STEERING COMMITTEE

The initial PD steering committee has been formed and serves as an informal resource for planning and evaluation. Composed primarily of a variety of young professionals, the committee draws from the policy expertise of the Woodrow Wilson School, and boasts representatives of the Masters of Public Administration program, the Masters of Public Policy program, and the most talented of the undergraduate body. Further, it will have ongoing participation from the student body of the school in order to support the maintenance of links with the most current developments in policy and research.

Ethan Cohen-Cole
Harvard University, History, BA
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, MPA 2001
University of Wisconsin – Madison, MS 2004, PhD expected 2007

Cohen-Cole is a economics graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was previously a food policy advisor for the West Africa region for Catholic Relief Services in Ghana. Prior to CRS, Ethan was as an analyst and project manager in the financial services sector, and founded a small advisory company. In the financial services sector, he worked as a project manager for Oliver, Wyman & Company, with clients including United Bank of Switzerland, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Bancomer, Bank of Montreal, Den Norske Bank, and more. He advised these institutions on matters of financial strategy and risk management. Cohen-Cole also worked as an analyst for a boutique investment bank for a range of middle-market clients. As an entrepreneur, he founded two companies, and served as an entrepreneurial adviser in a number of others. This experience at both senior-executive and junior levels has brought him to five continents and 35 countries. It has allowed for a broad range of roles from paper presentations and workshop implementation to project management. As an entrepreneur, he gained experience in organizational development, operational design, and resource management.

Pablo Iragorri
Pontificia Universidad de Javeriana, 1997, Industrial Engineering, BSE
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School MPA, 2001

Iragorri is a Program Officer with the Americas Society in New York. Before the Americas Society and Woodrow Wilson, Iragorri was at the National Federation of Departments/States and at Bogota’s District Health Department. Prior to that position, he earned his degree in Industrial Engineering. Pablo has twice worked for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation as a staff member at their Institute for Ideas in Clinton, MI. He has also worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit. His work there focused on decentralized educational policies in the Andean region.

Tanya Jones
Brown University, 1999, African American Studies and American History, BA
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School MPA, 2001

Jones is the Research Coordinator in the Policy Research Division at the Population Council in New York. Prior to the Population Council and Wodrow Wilson, Jones was Manager of Charitable Giving at Mellon Bank in Boston, MA. In this role she was responsible for the annual distribution of bank charitable resources to non-profit agencies serving low and moderate-income individuals.

Anais Loizillon
Swarthmore College, 1995, Political Science and International Relations, BA
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School MPA, 2001

Loizillon is an independent consultant in Philadelphia and Paris. Prior to consulting and Woodrow Wilson, Loizillon worked in the policy advocacy field for four years. She helped design and manage the implementation of two innovative direct service organizations in the Philadelphia area. Her policy area experience is in juvenile justice, welfare reform, low-income neighborhoods, urban politics, and urban planning. Most recently, Anaïs worked in the Cabinet Office (London) as a part of the Prime Minister’s government effort to help produce a new migration policy for the United Kingdom.

Azad Oommen
Georgetown University, 1995, International Economics, BSFS
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School MPA, 2001

Oomen is the International Programs Manager for City Year, Inc. in Boston. Prior to City Year and Woodrow Wilson, Oomen was Director of the Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program, a leadership development program focused on hunger issues, during which time he worked in the Lake Tahoe area, establishing a food distribution program for migrant workers, and with the American Red Cross’ national public policy office. Oomen also spent a year working as a health care research analyst at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC.

Alison F. Qualter
Boston College, Psychology, BA
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School MPA 2001

Qualter is the Media Relations Officer at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York . Prior to UNICEF and Woodrow Wilson, Qualter worked at NBC-TV in New York as an associate producer for Dateline News. For four years, she produced stories for the network on social psychology and public policy. Outside of NBC, Qualter has volunteered for the University Chaplaincy in Guayaquil, Ecuador, interned with the United Nations Development Program in East Jerusalem, and worked the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in New York.

As part of her work in East Jerusalem, she wrote a book on the activities and successes of a participating youth development project called Sharek! (Participate!). Her expertise includes marketing, media relations, and project management.