Eisenhower Fellowships Announces 2016 USA Program Fellows

2016 USA Eisenhower Fellows Seek to Advance the Arts, Food Policy, Education and Entrepreneurship


General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), Chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships, announced today that the organization has selected 10 outstanding U.S. leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors as USA Eisenhower Fellows in 2016. “We are proud to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience to this group of talented men and women. The fellowship is an opportunity for them to deepen their engagement with a global network of leaders and broaden their ability to positively impact society through their work,” General Powell said. 


The 2016 USA Eisenhower Fellows are:


Mason Ailstock, COO, Research Triangle Park Foundation, Raleigh, NC;

Quinn Bauriedel, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA;

Vanessa Cooksey, Senior Vice President and Head of Community Affairs, Wells Fargo Advisors,

St. Louis, MO;

Kathryn Finney, Founder and Director, digitalundivided, New York, NY;

Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café, New York, NY;

Tatiana Garcia Granados, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Common Market, Philadelphia, PA;

Jennifer Hashley, Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA;

Susan Patrick, President and CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Washington, DC;

Kelly Pollock, Executive Director, Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO;

G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC.


The USA Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the United States. Fellows will travel abroad on an intensive four- to five-week individualized professional program. They will meet with experts in their respective fields, with the goal of exchanging ideas and information to help them and their peers abroad better their communities and advance their professions. The Fellows will visit diverse countries in the Eisenhower network, including Spain, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Northern Ireland and Japan.


Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that fosters international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas and perspectives among leaders throughout the world. Since 1953, the organization has sponsored more than 2,000 Fellows from 111 countries. 

Contact: Jane Grabias, Chief Program Officer, jgrabias@efworld.org.

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