Sarah Blanchard, Sarah is currently a Public Diplomacy graduate student at Syracuse University. She is interested in Latin America, Western Hemisphere relations, and global security studies. Outside of the Exchange and the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars, she is involved in Hill Communications, the student-run public relations firm at Syracuse University.She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from Texas A&M University. Prior to enrolling in the graduate program, she worked as an intern at the US Department of State at the Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
Sarah can be contacted at sarah@exchangediplomacy.com.

Managing Editor

Elizabeth Howley, Elizabeth is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Prior to attending Syracuse University, Elizabeth worked as an editor of scholarly journals. She graduated from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a Bachelors in English.
Elizabeth can be contacted at elizabeth@exchangediplomacy.com.

Articles Manager

Maggie Moore, Maggie Moore, Articles Manager, is currently a Public Diplomacy graduate student at Syracuse University. Her regional focus is the Middle East and she is interested in the role of nongovernmental organizations, democracy and governance, and women’s issues. In addition to her work with Exchange, Maggie serves as the co-chair of the 2013 symposium for the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Italian Studies.
In addition to her activities on campus, Maggie Moore currently serves as the president of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. Founded in 2011 in memory of her godmother, the charitable foundation aims to support young women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference.
Prior to beginning her graduate studies at Syracuse, Maggie served as the operations officer for Democracy International (DI), a small business that implements democracy and governance programs worldwide on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development and other partners. In 2010, Maggie served as DI’s Media Liaison for the Wolesi Jirga (Parliamentary) elections in Afghanistan.
Maggie can be contacted at maggie@exchangediplomacy.com

Yao Xiao, Yao Xiao is a public diplomacy student at Syracuse University. She is interested in public relations, specifically investor relations, social media and SEO. Besides her involvement in the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars as the Outreach Chair, she is a member of Hill Communications, a student-run PR firm at Syracuse University.
She completed her undergraduate education in Wuhan University, Wuhan, China with a B.A. degree in English. Prior to pursuing graduate studies in Syracuse, she was an intern at China Mobile, responsible for customer relations.
Yao can be contacted at yaoxiaoxy@exchangediplomacy.com.

Editorial Manager

Nicole Audette, Nicole is a public diplomacy student at Syracuse University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary, where she did two exchanges in South Africa and Barbados. Her interests include Africa, child soldiers and conflict resolution. Along with her work on the Exchange, she is a co-chair for the annual Public Diplomacy Symposium. She also serves on the executive board of the Syracuse University Program for Refugee Assistance.
Prior to her enrollment in Syracuse University, Nicole worked at the Invisible Children headquarters in San Diego, California during the KONY 2012 campaign. She also spent six months in Kenya on an internship for the Canadian International Develop Agency. Originally, from the Yukon Territory, Nicole has worked as a junior accountant with Tle’Nax T’awei Limited Partnership, a First Nation Corporation.
Nicole can be contacted at nicole@exchangediplomacy.com.

Omnia Al Desoukie, Omnia is currently enrolled in a graduate program of Media Studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. Prior to that, she was a freelance reporter based in Cairo, Egypt. She has worked with a number of international news companies. In her research, she studies the impact of political economy on media organization and the effect of media organizations on regimes and vice versa.
Omnia can be contacted at omnia@exchangediplomacy.com.

Web Content Manager

Kevin McElligott, Kevin McElligott is currently a Public Diplomacy graduate student at Syracuse University. He is interested in Europe and Asia-Pacific, international crisis communications and nation branding/positioning. In addition to his work with Exchange, Kevin serves as head of public relations and Web development for the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago. He comes to Syracuse with a background in consumer and B2B media relations.
Kevin can be contacted at kevin@exchangediplomacy.com.