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Join Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) and Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) for "Shaping the Future of Foreign Policy": A Leadership Fireside Chat & networking reception. Moderated by BPIA President, Alexandria J. Maloney, this discussion will explore the founding and journey of Foreign Policy for America, opportunities to engage, and how everyday Americans can influence U.S. Foreign Policy with FP4A Founder Andrew Albertson and FP4A Outreach Director and BPIA member, Kristina Biyad.
A networking reception will follow.
Attire is business casual.
Note: This event is in-person and off-the-record. Pre-Registration is required to attend this event. The location is shared in the registration confirmation email.
5:30pm - Check-in Begins
6:00pm - Welcome & Introductions from BPIA President
6:05pm - Moderated Discussion (3-4 open ended question
6:45pm - Audience Q&A
7:00pm - FP4A/ BPIA Networking Reception
8:00pm - End of Event
Andrew Albertson is the Executive Director of Foreign Policy for America, where he leads the team in working to strengthen support for principled American engagement in the world. Prior to founding FP4A, Andrew worked at USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), where he was Deputy Regional Representative for OTI's programs in South and Southwest Afghanistan. Previously Andrew was the founding executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process. Andrew serves on the board of directors for Secure Families Initiative and POMED and is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, where he was the Huffington Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Kristina Biyad is Foreign Policy for America’s Outreach Director and a BPIA member. Prior to joining FP4A, Kristina worked as the Program Specialist for the Bridging the Gap Project (BTG) supporting international relations scholars and the broader foreign policy community in developing policy-relevant academic research. She previously served as the Communications and Development Officer for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) focusing on gender-based violence in North Africa. Kristina has also held positions with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Embassy. She is the founding co-chair of Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS) Southwest Asia & North Africa Working Group and a 2021 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Kristina is listed on the 2021 Arab America Foundation 30 Under 30 List and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) & Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN) 2021 U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List. Kristina earned an M.A. in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service, where she was awarded with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Campus Community. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Economics from Roger Williams University.
Please read policy paper by Constituency for Africa:
CONSTITUENCY FOR AFRICA POSITION PAPER on US Policy Toward Africa - Final for Distribution (1).pdf
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