GRI's alums represent both undergraduate and graduate level programs across Northeastern University where they worked on an interdisciplinary team of researchers seeking to solve complex resilience challenges. Students who have worked at GRI provided critical support for the institute's mission, but also gain practical training skills which advance their career.
Rachel joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2017 as a Co-op Research Assistant and continued on as a Social Media Assistant until May 2018. She graduated with a BA in International Affairs and minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship, Law and Public Policy, and Political Science. While at GRI she worked on research projects related to energy resilience and disaster resilience. After working closely with the Communications Manager, she discovered her passion for strategic communications and social media. Today, she lives in Washington D.C. working at a creative advertising studio.
Towsif graduated from Northeastern in 2018 with a combined degree in economics and business with a concentration in marketing, and completed two co-ops while studying. The first was at John Hancock, working in sales operations, and the second was as a Research Assistant at the Global Resilience Institute (GRI). While working at GRI, Towsif contributed to multiple projects related to security and resilience issues including: the launch of the Global Resilience Institute, the GRRN conference, and the Wildfire: A Changing Landscape report. Following graduation, Towsif is working as an Associate Researcher at Boston Consulting Group, with a focus on Private Equity and Venture Capital. Outside of work, Towsif enjoys watching the Baltimore Ravens, listening to podcasts, and reading about World War II.
Kendall Avenia joined the Global Resilience Institute in September 2017 as an administrative assistant, and transitioned to the research team in July 2018. She is a third year at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in international affairs and political science with a minor in global social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining GRI, Kendall worked as a legal assistant for a Kansas City-based law firm.
Joshua Bardwell worked as GRI’s research assistant in Washington, DC during Fall of 2016. He focused primarily on GRI’s grant project with the MacArthur Foundation, researching the global maritime supply chain, and efforts to make it secure and resilient against the threat of a radiological attack. Josh graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 2017 and today works in high school exchange, assisting in operations and compliance for STS Foundation.
Lydia joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2019 as a research assistant and now works with the events and administration team. She is currently in her second year at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a structural concentration and a minor in Material Science Engineering. Prior to working for GRI, Lydia studied ceramic materials and archaeological materials in Belize and Guatemala. At Northeastern, she is involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and NU Knits.
Julia joined the Global Resilience Institute in June 2019. As a third year student at Northeastern University, she is pursuing a combined degree in Environmental Studies and Economics with a minor in Political Science. She is a member of the Northeastern Alliance of Civically Engaged Students and has worked as a peer mentor and volunteer at the Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club.
Erin’s first introduction to resilience came in 2016 through her work as a research assistant at the Center for Resilience Studies, GRI’s precursor. There, she focused on watershed management and interdependency challenges following record flooding in South Carolina before leaving the Center to spend a year studying Russian in Kazakhstan. Upon her return, she rejoined the team at GRI and worked on projects ranging from gray zone conflict and cybersecurity to the implementation of the inaugural Global Resilience Research Network Summit in Boston. Now, Erin is in her final semester at Northeastern and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs with minors in Russian and History. Following graduation, she will attend graduate school and join the 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. U.S. Foreign Service as a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow.
Vishvesh Busa joined the Global Research Institute in September 2019 as a Security Engineer. He is pursuing his master’s in Cybersecurity at Northeastern University and completed his bachelor’s in Computer Science from India. Prior to joining GRI, Vishvesh worked as a Security Controls Monitoring Intern at Salesforce and as a Cyber Security Intern at IDEXX. He has also worked with MFS Investment Management in cloud vendors’ security assessment process
Sofia joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2018 while she was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Affairs with a minor in Urban Studies at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the GRI, Sofia spent the summer abroad studying climate change science and policy in Brazil and Peru, which focused on climate hazards and city resilience as well as climate adaptation in emerging economies.
Prakhyat is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, as well as a Bachelor’s in Media and Screen Studies. Prior to working with GRI, Prakhyat was the Public Relations and Marketing co-op for Karl Lagerfeld Paris in New York City, where he worked with stylists and editors from major fashion publications, coordinated celebrity gifting campaigns, and devised promotional events for the brand’s new collections. Prakhyat spent a summer semester studying abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and most recently served as the Springfest Week Chair on the Council for University Programs.
Shailee joined the Global Resilience Institute in Fall 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the GRI team, Shailee worked as a research intern for the Helmuth Lab and Scyphers Lab at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center.
Isabella is working on her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Design, with a minor in Music Industry and concentrations in Marketing and Graphic Design. Prior to joining GRI, Isabella was a Creating Services Co-op at Brown Brothers Harriman, where she created original promotional marketing materials, contributed to the design team for specialty clients and large format ads, and maintained the brand. Outside of work, she is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and the lead singer of a rock band.
Amar joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2019. He is a fourth year student at Northeastern University pursuing a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a concentration in International Political Economy. Prior to joining GRI, Amar worked as an intern in the Irish Parliament, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.
Emily cooped at GRI in the summer/fall of 2016 as a fifth year at Northeastern. She graduated in the Spring of May 2017 with a degree in International Affairs and History. While at the Institute, she conducted research on a variety of security and critical infrastructure topics including maritime nuclear smuggling and the electrical industry. She also had a focus on national natural disaster resilience that involved incidents from California wildfires to South Carolina floods. Currently, Emily lives in Seattle where she works as a paralegal at a law firm in their healthcare and business departments. She plans on attending law school in the next couple years to pursue her Juris Doctor.
Madelinn joined the Research Team in January 2019. She is currently in her second year at Northeastern University pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. Her experience surrounded by nature when growing up in a small town in New Hampshire has fueled a passion for the environment that she hopes will be beneficial to her research at GRI. Prior to joining GRI, she spent the summer of 2018 in Iceland learning about its geology and geothermal energy.
Sofia joined the Global Resilience Institute in February 2020. She is currently in her first year at Northeastern pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International Business. Prior to joining the GRI team, Sofia did research on Cardiology and clinical trials at Columbia University. At Northeastern, she is involved in Northeastern University’s Alliance of Civically Engaged Students and Women’s Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship.
Yitzhak joined the Global Resilience Institute in April 2018. He completed his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at The University of the West Indies and his master’s degree in Security and Resilience Studies at Northeastern. He is currently a PhD student in Political Science at Northeastern. His research focuses are supply chain security and resilience assessment.
Amanda’s first introduction to resilience came in 2017-18 through her work as a Research Assistant co-op at the Center for Resilience Studies, GRI’s precursor. There, Amanda notably contributed research to a report on the successful health care response to Hurricane Harvey, as well as helped to facilitate the inaugural Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) conference. After her tenure with GRI, Amanda completed her final classes in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she studied the impacts of Brexit on International Economics and Financial Markets. Following graduation, Amanda went on to work for Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator and candidate for President of the United States.
Rebecca joined the Global Resilience Institute in August 2018 as a Cybersecurity Research Assistant. She graduated from Northeastern in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in International Security Studies. Prior to her graduation, Rebecca co-opped as a software engineer at Data Ductus, a network consultancy firm, and has previously worked for US Defense contractors. In the summer of 2017, Rebecca pursued research into emerging technologies and their international security implications at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Following graduation, Rebecca went on to work for Data Ductus as a software engineer.
Jade joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science, as well as a minor in Sustainability at Northeastern University. She has previously worked as a research assistant at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant.
Elina joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2019. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science, with minors in Russian and History, while simultaneously working on her Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining the Research Team at the Institute, Elina has worked as a Scheduling and External Affairs Assistant at the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, served as a liaison between the European Court of Human Rights and the Russian Human Rights Movement, as well as gained experience with the FIFA organization during the 2018 World Cup, and in various law firms and NGOs across the globe. Elina was born in Russia, and has lived in Greece and the Czech Republic prior moving to the United States to pursue her academic career. Her primary area of research is local and global disarmament, arms trade processes and global security. Currently, she is a core student organizer of both March for Our Lives: Boston and March for Our Lives: Massachusetts, and is holding various leadership positions at Northeastern University within Student Government Association, Resident Life, United Nations Association of the United States and International Relations Council.
Jorge joined the Global Resilience Institute in February 2019 as a Finance Assistant. As a junior at Northeastern University, he is studying Finance in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. The prior semester to joining GRI, Jorge completed a co-op at Brown Brothers Harriman in Jersey City as Client Services Associate for the Latin American markets. In addition, he is part of the Northeastern University Real Estate Club.
John Ortiz is currently enrolled in the Master of Informatics program with a concentration in Data Analytics. He is originally from Colombia. John has a BS and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Before coming to Boston, he worked as a project manager for over two years in EquipNet, a Boston-based multinational company that provides asset management and redeployment services for the manufacturing industry. Additionally, John worked as a graduate teaching assistant on the course of Design of Experiments where he found his passion for teaching. In his free time, he loves to travel, read and play music–he even played bass in a couple of bands for several years!
Alexis is the Partnerships Coordinator at the Global Resilience Institute. In May, 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a BS in Mathematics and a BA International Affairs. She began at GRI in January 2017 as one of the institute’s founding co-ops. Prior to joining the Institute, Alexis held a position at INTERPOL, working in their Counterterrorism Division, and at Clearedge Partners.
Fenil Patel joined the Global Resilience Institute in June 2019 as a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing his master’s in Telecommunication Networks at Northeastern University. He is a Cisco CCIE Routing & Switching certified with bachelors in Computer Engineering. He worked as a Jr. Network Engineer in India prior to joining GRI. His current work focuses on Network Security and use of cloud services for improving scalability and security.
Maria Robson serves as a Doctoral Research Assistant at the Global Resilience Institute and is pursuing her PhD in Northeastern University’s Political Science Department. She has served as Teaching Assistant in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Espionage History. Maria previously worked as a Global Security Intelligence Analyst in the energy industry, monitoring physical security threats to employees in the Middle East, West Africa, and Latin America. She has her own consulting company in Canada, which provided tailored risk analysis to private-sector clients. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Military, Security, and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, Canada – where her thesis focused on US-Canadian intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes alliance – and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in International Relations, Economics, and History from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Jimena Rossell joined the Global Resilience Institute in February 2019. She graduated Cum Laude from Sussex University in England, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and International Development in May 2017. Jimena is currently enrolled at Northeastern University pursuing an MS in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Economics. Prior to joining GRI, Jimena worked at the Guatemalan Embassy in London as an Administrative Assistant and interned for PRONACOM – the development branch of the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy. Additionally, Jimena was part of the founding team of the Global Health and Development Conference at the University of Sussex, currently in its fourth year.
Lauren joined the Global Resilience Institute in June 2019. She is currently in her fourth year at Northeastern pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Security Studies, and a minor in International Affairs. Prior to joining the Research Team at the Institute, she was a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel where she researched hostage barricade attacks in the Western world. Lauren has also worked with Northeastern University’s Global Experience Office as an Ambassador after completing study abroad programs in Greece and Japan. On campus, Lauren is passionate about her involvement with IGNITE and College Democrats.
Laura Shrago joined the Global Resilience Institute as a graphic designer in January 2019. She is a third year student at Northeastern University, pursuing a degree in Graphic and Information Design with a minor in Art History. Previously, she worked on the design team at KIND Snacks and Northeastern’s College of Engineering, and she is involved in the school’s concert band and student-led design studio.
Delanie joined the Global Resilience Institute in August 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs, with a specialization in Security Studies and a minor in Russian at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Institute, Delanie has studied international business in Russia, lived in Mexico and the Republic of Georgia, and has held numerous positions in customer service and volunteerism, including multiple winters as a skiing instructor for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
Ari joined the Global Resilience Institute in May 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and earned his master’s degree in Security and Resilience Studies at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the GRI, Ari held positions working for Congressman Bill Keating in Washington, D.C., the MBTA, and Northeastern University’s General Counsel.