The International Leadership Foundation’s 2023 Civic Fellows

Monday, July 17, 2023
Contact: Amy Cheng Tarnoviski / 202-351-0575

Washington, DC – The International Leadership Foundation is pleased to welcome 2023 Civic Fellows. This year’s cohort boasts of 33 accomplished and civically-minded Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) undergraduate students from distinguished colleges and universities. They are interning in government agencies from across the U.S. federal government, congressional offices, and think tanks. Each Fellow participates in leadership and professional development seminars as well as have the opportunity to engage with various business, government, and community leaders. This will all help equip the fellows with tools and skills, help them build their networks, and train them to be civically engaged leaders.

“This year’s cohort is an exceptional group of undergraduate college students,” said ILF Chairman, Dr. Paul Hsu, “We look forward to working with each and every one of them. Despite how early they are in their careers, we commend them for their dedication to community service, advocacy for the AANHPI community and a desire to be effective leaders in the private and public sectors.”

“The ILF Civic Fellowship Program provides exceptional AANHPI students with an opportunity to intern in Washington DC and work on public policy issues. The program helps build leadership skills, encourage civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers,” said Executive Director Linh Hoang and he further added, “The ILF Civic Fellowship Program provides mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities to help fellows accelerate their careers and impact change in their communities.”

Summer 2023 ILF Civic Fellows:

  • Adrian Tong, University of California, San Diego, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Angela Yu, Georgetown University, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Beatrice Lin, University of Southern California, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Catherine Tong, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Chloe Ryan, Loyola University Chicago, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Christine Li, Harvard University, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Christopher Cao, American University, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Claire Sun, Barnard College, Export–Import Bank of the United States
  • Cynthia Yu, University of Washington, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Elayni Liu, University of Michigan, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Grace Chen, Cornell University, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Haohan Wang, The University of California Irvine, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Jason Xu, University of Washington Bothell, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Jessica Zou, Pitzer College, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Justin Liu, Georgetown University, Export–Import Bank of the United States
  • Kristin Yao, University of Washington Seattle, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Margaret Wu, Georgetown University, White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Maya Adhikari, Rice University, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Michael Sun, New York University, Small Business Administration
  • Nicholas Blumenthal, University of Florida, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Nicole Wei, George Washington University, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rachel Sun, UC Santa Barbara, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Rachel Tao, Georgetown University, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rebekah Jin, Loyola University Chicago, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ryan Abbasi, UC Berkeley, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Sophie Zhang, University of Chicago, Hudson Institute
  • Sungho Moon, Yale University, Export–Import Bank of the United States
  • Tayae Rogers, Wellesley College, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Vanessa Lee, University of Washington Seattle, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Wei Hung, University of California, Irvine, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Wen Wen, Cornell University, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
  • Wendy Wang, Washington University in St Louis, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Xuan Chen, UNC-Chapel Hill, Hudson Institute

In addition to the 33 summer ILF Civic Fellows, we are pleased to recognize five fellows interning at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the academic year:

  • Kathleen Zhang, University of Minnesota, USAID
  • Matthew Wong, Georgetown University, USAID
  • Munahil Sultana, Franklin & Marshall College, USAID
  • Shaun Karakkattu, Vanderbilt University, USAID
  • Tess Yu, Johns Hopkins University, USAID