Meet the members of the Seventh Annual Walsh Exchange Steering Committee!
Casey Wang | Chair
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Casey Wang is a sophomore in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service planning to major in Regional and Comparative Studies with a concentration in East Asia and Russia and a minor in Chinese. Her main areas of academic interest include economic development and grand strategy. At Georgetown, she is also involved in The Alexander Hamilton Society, the International Relations Club, and the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy. She is excited to help plan this conference and to learn about the outstanding undergraduate research projects this coming spring!
Karima Nodine | Editor-in-Chief
Karima Nodine is a sophomore at Georgetown University pursuing a double major in Spanish and Political Economy. She is interested in United States-Latin American relations, so she is excited to expand her knowledge of international affairs through her involvement with the Walsh Exchange. Although she is originally from Atlanta, GA, Kari loves living in DC. She spends her time here on the Hilltop as a writer for the Voice, resident of the Spanish LLC, member of the Relay for Life sponsorship committee, Rangila dancer, and avid consumer of Corp coffee.
Camille Afable | Director of Marketing and Outreach
Originally from Short Hills, NJ, Camille Afable is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, planning to major in Global Business and to minor in French. Outside of the Walsh Exchange, on campus, Camille is involved in social impact organizations, including Moneythink, Fundraisr, and the Young Diplomats of Seaton Elementary. She also loves working as the Career Technology Assistant at the Cawley Career Education Center and playing the bassoon in the Georgetown orchestra! In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys traveling, playing the piano, and finding the greatest mocha in D.C. She looks forward to working with the committee as the Director of Marketing and Outreach and to a successful research conference in the spring!
Ruolin Zhao | Academic Coordinator
Ruolin is a junior at the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy. Originally from Beijing, China, Ruolin has lived in South Africa before coming to the United States. She spent the first two years of college at UCLA and developed a passion for international relations and economics. Ruolin interned with U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass and engaged with policy scholars during the American Enterprise Institute honors program. At Georgetown, Ruolin is a Student Fellow with the Georgetown Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues. She is excited to meet students from universities around the world at the Walsh Exchange this year!
Isabelle Smith | Academic Coordinator
Isabelle Smith is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a certificate in International Development. She is interested in the intersection between short term and long term humanitarian work in conflict ridden regions, and is excited to explore some of her academic passions further in her first semester on the Walsh Exchange. She is also involved in the International Relations Club and the Model United Nations team, and is an Undergraduate Scholar with the Master’s School of Foreign Service where she is able to work on her own undergraduate research. In her free time, Isabelle loves attempting Zumba, watching videos of baby animals, and exploring Smithsonians.
Rebecca Lin | Director of Social Media and Technology
Rebecca Lin is a current freshman in the School of Foreign Service planning to major in International Political Economy and is from Seattle, WA. With her parents both being immigrants from Taiwan, her annual visits to Taiwan helped stem her interest in international relations because she was able to witness the cultural differences between the US and Taiwan. On campus, besides the Walsh Exchange, she is also involved with the United Nations Association, ACLU, and Georgetown University Women in Leadership and spends too much time and money at Starbucks. She is so excited about having this opportunity to plan and help execute the Walsh Exchange!
Camilla Wasiak | Director of Events and Finance
Camilla Wasiak is currently a member of the class of 2020 in the McDonough School of Business, pursuing a double major in International Business and Finance and with a minor in Government. New to the Walsh Exchange, she is excited to interact with other individuals who hold a passion for international affairs and learn about other students’ perspectives while also helping the 7th Walsh Exchange be a success. Around campus, she is also a teaching assistant for the Economics Department, a board member for the Ballroom Dance Team, a tutor for MoneyThink, and a member of the Georgetown Equestrian Team. In her free time, you can find Camilla running around D.C., exploring museums and events with a camera in hand, or spending too much time in the Library of Congress.
Jonathon Marek | Director of Finance
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Jonathon Marek is now a freshman in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is pursuing the International Political Economy major with a certificate in Asian Studies. He has studied Chinese for 10 years, spending 2 of his past 3 summers studying abroad, and is particularly interested in Chinese politics and economics, as well as the future of Sino-American relations. Besides the Walsh Exchange, he is involved with the IRC, the Caravel, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He hopes that he will be able to contribute to making this year’s Walsh Exchange the most successful in the Exchange’s history, and looks forward to seeing the fascinating research that will be presented at the conference.
Elena Ortiz | Director of Events
Elena is a freshman in the Walsh School of Foreign Service pursuing a major in International Political Economy. Although her family is originally from Detroit, Michigan, she grew up overseas in Kenya, India and Malaysia. Her life abroad has inspired her to continue a global lifestyle through her career ambitions of working in development. She is a strong believer in youth empowerment and is very excited to see what this year’s Walsh Exchange has in store. When not in school, you can find her baking, running or involved in community outreach programs.
Elizabeth Park | Long-Term Development Coordinator
Elizabeth Park is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Government and French. As a South Korean who lived half her life in Los Angeles and New York and attended an International French School, she has been exposed to different cultural background and naturally grew to be interested in International Relations. Through the Walsh Exchange, she wishes to learn more about International Relations as well as to promote and help see the 7th Annual Walsh Exchange to success! On campus, she is also involved with TEDxGeorgetown, the International Relations Club, and the Multimedia section of The Hoya. In her free time, she likes to watch and make movies, drink coffee and waste money on food.