Parker Essick comes to GHD with an interest in the apex between governance, rural development, and civic engagement, pushing the field to look toward the civic rise of rural populations and ethnic minorities as a foundation for economic development. At GHD, he has focused his research on innovative governance reforms and domestic revenue mobilization, all while boosting his analytical and quantitative proficiencies. Parker graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a BA in English and Political Science.
Class of 2020
Shea Flynn joins the GHD program after almost three years at RTI International working on USAID’s flagship neglected tropical disease project called ENVISION.
Caleb Leseine, a Kenyan national, joins GHD after working for Kenya’s largest public water utility company, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company. He has a background in Civil Engineering and has been working in water and sanitation for the last three years.
Ashley Hamilton is a proud native of Flint, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Spelman, Ashley spent one semester in Brazil learning Portuguese and researching the role that natural hair plays in identity politics amongst Afro-Brazilian women.
Nora Hammond is a native of Palm Springs, California and a graduate of the University of California – Berkeley where she studied political science and minored in human rights and Middle Eastern studies.
Grace Hulseman joins the GHD program from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she served two years in Belize City, Belize, working as a social worker with Hand in Hand Ministries’ Building for Change Program.
Dora Alicante was born and raised in Equatorial Guinea, West Central Africa, the country with the widest gap between per capita wealth and social and economic development in the world. One of the last in a family of thirteen children, she earned a BA in International Business and Economics from Oklahoma State University.
Jason Edward Mann graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors College of James Madison University (JMU) in 2016 with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Economics. Upon graduating from JMU, Jason relocated to Linares, Chile, where he served as an English teacher in a joint program with the United Nations Development Program and the Chilean Ministry of Education.
Emma Manzi graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Comparative Politics and minors in Chinese and Spanish. Living abroad during high school, Emma felt the call to serve in the U.S. military, ultimately choosing the U.S. Navy for its commitment to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
Laurel Morrison joins the GHD program after working 5 years in the field of international development. Laurel was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone where she taught, was a member of the Gender Equity Committee, and built a library for her school.