Joan B. Burton, Ph.D., Director, Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, DC
Joan Burton is Director of the Federal Fellows Program and Founding Director of the Global Fellows in Washington, DC Achievements at UMD include transforming a small federal internship program serving 12 students per year into a high-powered set of learning communities serving an average of 120 students per year. Focusing on some of the biggest policy issues of the day, these year-long programs integrate academic and experiential learning to prepare a talented, diverse corps of students for careers related to public service and global leadership. Dr. Burton has given invited presentations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Partnership for Public Service, and currently serves on a Pathways Implementation Team for the Office of Personnel Management. She also gave the keynote address at the Embassy of Malaysia in D.C. for their 2015 celebration of International Mother Language Day. Related service at UMD includes sponsoring and hosting a White House Roundtable on the State of Education (2011) and cosponsoring, with the School of Public Policy,
a White House Roundtable on the Economy (2012). She is also Director of the
Individual Studies Program and serves on the Administrative Council for the Office
of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Burton came to Maryland from Trinity University,
San Antonio, where she was Chair and Professor of Classical Studies. She has
also held teaching appointments at Howard University and at the University of
California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from the University
of California, Berkeley. Dr. Burton has a passion for interdisciplinary studies
and empowering students. She is also a strong advocate for public service and global citizenship education.
Jay Arasan, Assistant Director
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Jay Arasan was a Training Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
and Diplomatic Sales Consultant for the ONE UN New York before joining the Federal
and Global Fellows Program in November of 2014. He has a Bachelor in Business
Administration (BBA) and a Master in Science (Information Technology), both from
University Utara Malaysia (UUM). He has extensive experience working with the
U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Department
of State, and other Department of Defense agencies. He is passionate on
International Affairs, Security Assistance and Security Cooperation related issues.
Naz Beyranvand, Program Coordinator
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Naz Beyranvand is the outreach and finance coordinator for the Federal and Global Fellows in D.C. Programs. She launched the new Alumni Mentorship Program in spring 2016 in collaboration with the Alumni Board President. This mentor program paired professional, talented alumni with students in both our programs. In addition, she created the successful Ambassador Program. Before joining the Federal and Global Fellows Programs in September 2015, Naz was the project manager for the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD), administrative coordinator for the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and executive assistant to the Director of Roshan for three years. She earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Persian at the University of Maryland in 2012, the same institution in which she had earned her Bachelors of Arts degree as a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Persian Studies. She is fluent in English, Persian and Spanish.
Mirish Shah, Graduate Assistant
Mirish Shah is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Government and Politics. Mirish is currently a graduate student, pursuing a Master's in Public Policy with a dual specialization in International Security and Economic Policy and International Development Policy. He has interned at the Department of Children and Families of New Jersey and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. After graduate school, Mirish plans to go to law school with hopes of pursing a career in the international development realm. Mirish is a die hard Brooklyn Nets fan and loves watching and playing sports.
Nai Le, Graduate Assistant
Nai Le is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs, and the Individual Studies Program. She is an alumna of the Federal Fellows Program in the Homeland Security concentration; she was a member of the 2015 cohort and then rejoined the program as a Teaching Assistant for the 2016 cohort. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and was given early admission to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy through the five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Policy Program. Nai is now pursuing a Public Policy degree, specializing in International Security and Economics. Since joining the Federal Fellows Program, she has interned with the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Office of the Chief Counsel, at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) on the Unconventional Weapons Trafficking project, and with the Congressional Research Service in the Asia Section of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. Nai is interested in crime, narcotics, and unconventional weaponry, and hopes to pursue a career in the public sector.