News Brief

2019 International Affairs Students Selected

The Council of American Ambassadors is delighted to announce the selections for the 2019 Annenberg Fellowship and the 2019 CAA Fellowship. Congratulations Fellows!


International Affairs Fellows

Mashad Badii, University of California, Berkeley

Kendall Gardner, Tulane University

Gwyneth Hochhausler, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jacob Libby, University of Virginia

Elisabeth Miller, Lewis and Clark College

Thomas Naatz, University of Notre Dame

Benjamin Press, Princeton University

Seriana Williams, University of Nebraska at Lincoln



About the CAA Fellowship


The CAA Fellowship program is designed to foster the development of the next generation of American diplomats. Of the CAA Fellows selected each year, six are named Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg Fellows. Since 2004, the annual fellowship program has offered rising seniors selected from among the Department of State’s summer internship class the opportunity to receive mentoring from former United States ambassadors, to enroll in advanced coursework in foreign affairs and economics, and to attend various Council panels and events. These Fellows are “some of the most outstanding young leaders in the United States and have great potential to make important contributions to our country,” stated Ambassador Abelardo L. Valdez, CAA President Emeritus and Fellowship Program Founder.



About the Council of American Ambassadors


The Council of American Ambassadors is the association of non-career United States ambassadors. A nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the Council aims to enhance America’s conduct of diplomacy. The organization sponsors fellowships to develop young leaders for careers in public diplomacy and international affairs and conducts semiannual conferences. The Council also convenes roundtable member discussions and “Taste of Diplomacy” luncheons with Ambassadors to the United States, organizes overseas fact-finding missions, publishes a bi-annual journal, The Ambassadors REVIEW, administers Ambassadors Perspectives, an online forum for commentary, and hosts the podcast series, CAA Live! The Council maintains a website at, LinkedIn and Facebook pages and a Twitter account (@AmerAmbassadors).




Date Posted

May 30, 2019