Our Team

Tina Maglakelidze, Alexia Gardner, and Madelynn Bovasso are all part of American University’s Honors Program.


Born in Moscow to a Russo-Georgian family, Tina immigrated to the United States in 2002. She recently graduated from American University’s School of International Service, where she majored in International Studies. Tina is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies at The University of Oxford and is considering joining the U.S. Foreign Service. Currently, she is reading William J. Burns’ The Back Channel.


After spending the first seven years of her life in Hong Kong with her British mother and Australian father, Alexia’s family moved to Park City, Utah. She is passionate about feminist security studies and the intersection of employment practices and women’s rights. She recently graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a regional focus in Latin America. She hopes to live overseas again, either as a Foreign Service Officer or by working for an NGO. She is currently reading Ambassador Huddleston’s book Our Woman in Havana.


Madelynn is completing her degree in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from American University. Her passion is reproductive health and justice with a focus on maternal health and sexual education. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education with a dual degree J.D./ MPH. She is currently reading All About Love by Bell Hooks.

We would like to thank Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby for all of her support and incredible insight. We are fortunate to have had such a strong, female mentor and this project wouldn’t have been possible without her. You can find out more about Ambassador Shelton-Colby here.

One should never underestimate the influence that bright young women can bring to bear on the shaping of US foreign policy.”

Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby

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