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Hill staffers to watch on foreign policy

Keep your eye on these Capitol Hill staffers, all of whom were selected for the 2011 Fall Congressional Fellowship Program at the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), a centrist, security-minded policy organization here in Washington. Founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH), PSA is advised by former ...

Keep your eye on these Capitol Hill staffers, all of whom were selected for the 2011 Fall Congressional Fellowship Program at the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), a centrist, security-minded policy organization here in Washington.

Founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH), PSA is advised by former Democratic national security advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Samuel Berger, as well as former GOP Senators Howard Baker and Slade Gorton. Among the recent additions to its board are former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Defense Secretary William Cohen.

The new PSA Congressional Fellows will participate in a program that will allow them to network and interact with top experts and senior Obama administration officials. This is the fifth session of the fellows program.

"[T]he program brings together Republican and Democratic staff to develop the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy issues," PSA will say in its forthcoming press release. "Through training, networking, and interaction with top leaders in these fields, this unique program aims to build a ‘next generation’ of foreign affairs and national security experts equipped to respect differences, build common ground, and achieve US national interests.

Full list of fellows after the jump:

Hera Abbasi

Legislative Assistant

Representative Gerry Connolly (VA)

Jen Barnes

Legislative Assistant

Representative Bobby Schilling (IL)

Nina Besser

Senior Legislative Assistant

Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL)

Joe Bosnick

Staff Assistant

Senator John Cornyn (TX)

Sara Brown

Legislative Correspondent

Senator Jim Webb (VA)

Alexandra Brunory

Policy Advisor

Representative Tom Price (GA)

Joel Colony

Deputy Legislative Assistant

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)

Ryan Ehly

Deputy Legislative Assistant

Senator Ben Nelson (NE)

Cory Gill

Legislative Assistant

Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Minority)

Schylr Greggs

Policy Advisor

Representative Pete Sessions (TX)

Kenya Handy

Legislative Assistant

Representative Yvette Clarke (NY)

Matt Henken

Legislative Director

Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO)

Josh Koslov

Defense Fellow

Representative Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)

Robert Lawrence

Professional Staff Member

House Foreign Affairs Committee (Majority)

Jessica Lemos

Legislative Director

Representative David Cicilline (RI)

Jonathan Moore

Senior Legislative Assistant

Representative Steve Rothman (NJ)

Jonathan Nabavi

Legislative Counsel

Representative Steve King (IA)

Dr. Carol Pillsbury Patton

Legislative Council

Representative John Conyers (MI)

Chris Perry

Senior Legislative Assistant

Representative Buck McKeon (CA)

Steve Petersen

Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel

Representative Rob Bishop (UT)

Sergio Rodriguera, Jr.

Speechwriter

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA)

Jean Roehrenbeck

Legislative Director

Representative Mike Doyle (PA)

Scott Shiller

Legislative Director

Representative Billy Long (MO)

Simon Tafoya

Legislative Assistant

Senator Mark Udall (CO)

Cristina Tallarigo

Senior Editor

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)

Will Todd

Legislative Assistant

Senator Thad Cochran (MS)

Valentina Valenta

Senior Policy Advisor

Representative Rob Woodall (GA)

John Van Etten

Senior Legislative Assistant

Representative Nan Hayworth (NY)

Toby Whitney

Legislative Director

Representative Jim McDermott (WA)

Aaron Wolf

Chief Clerk

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (Majority)

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