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Read about the 2024 African-American China Leadership Fellows: Chelsea Anglin, Jessica Baby, Kelia Cummins, Bulelani Jili, N. Rashad Jones, Shahn Louis, Greyson Mann, Tamorie Mayweather, Jonathan Murrell, and Stanislas (Stan) Phanord. 

Chelsea Anglin

International Trade Fellow, mentored by Ebonique Barker

Chelsea Anglin is a Due Diligence Research Editor at Dow Jones and conducts enhanced due diligence investigations into Chinese, Japanese and American entities. Chelsea also volunteers with the New Jersey Gamer Symphony Orchestra in a leadership capacity, spearheading its non-profit conversion process among other responsibilities. Chelsea is passionate about the cross-cultural connections between China, Japan and the U.S. and is excited to further explore the dynamics of East Asia in her professional career. Chelsea received a B.A. in Chinese from Bates College. Her international experience includes studying Mandarin at Yunnan University, Japanese at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and living abroad with the Bunun people in Taitung, Taiwan.

Jessica Baby

International Law and Diplomacy Fellow, mentored by Robert Anderson

Jessica Baby is a China analyst and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) specialist, conducting research and analysis in English, French, and Mandarin Chinese. At Guidehouse, Jessica supports federal clients by developing and implementing strategy, concept of operations, and M&E plans that align and support the measurement of critical national security mission objectives​. Jessica’s experience includes research on Chinese policy, trade, security, and international cooperation, and evaluation work on U.S.-Chinese initiatives in multiple sectors, including energy, transportation, technology, agriculture. Jessica received a Dual master’s degree from Peking University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a focus on Chinese politics and international security.

Kelia Cummins

Foreign Affairs Fellow, mentored by Keith Richburg

Kelia Cummins is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Her extensive diplomatic career includes management, foreign assistance, and leadership roles at embassies and consulates in Switzerland, Jamaica, Pakistan, China, and the Philippines. She will take on the role of U.S. Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2025. Domestically, Kelia has managed crises, resources, and personnel, and formulated policy in the Secretary of State’s Operations Center and the Office of the Under Secretary for Management. She holds a JD from New York University School of Law, MPH and BA from the George Washington University, and will earn a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in June 2024. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and German proficiently. Prior to her diplomatic service, Kelia practiced corporate law in New York City.

Bulelani Jili

Advanced Academics Fellow, mentored by Dr. Keisha Brown

Bulelani Jili is a Meta Research PhD fellow at Harvard University. His research interests include ICT development, Africa-China relations, cybersecurity, post-colonial thought, and privacy law. He is also a visiting fellow at Yale Law School, a cybersecurity fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a scholar-in-residence at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a visiting fellow at Hong Kong University Law, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a research associate at Oxford University.

N. Rashad Jones

Rhodium Fellow, mentored by Anne-Marie Padgett

N. Rashad Jones is the current Economic Section Chief at the American Institute in Taiwan.  As a career member of the Foreign Service, Rashad has previously served in Shenyang, China and Guangzhou, China where he advanced U.S. interests on trade and investment issues, human rights, and religious freedom.  In Washington, Rashad also worked in the office of Taiwan Coordination, in which he covered international organizations, economic, environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) issues.  Rashad holds a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and French.

Shahn Louis

International Security Fellow, mentored by Danielle Andrews

Shahn Louis is a senior analyst. Prior to this role, Shahn worked as an analyst on issues related to PRC foreign influence and US-China supply chains. He has published work on China in the Boston Globe, World Politics Review, and the Lowy Institute. Shahn holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in International Affairs and Chinese Studies from Gettysburg College. Shahn’s research interests include cross-strait relations and Indo-Pacific maritime security.

Greyson Mann

International Trade Fellow, mentored by Terri Batch

Greyson Mann is a Government Affairs Manager at the US-China Business Council. He previously served as a Founding Team Member and Assistant Director of Whittle School & Studios’ Center of Excellence on International Cooperation. He also previously served as an appointee in the Obama administration’s Department of Education Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He has also worked in the tech sector at Chainbridge Technologies and Digital Promise. He is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and is also the Director of Research for the Black China Caucus. He holds his Masters in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He attended Wofford College for his Bachelors, where he received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship. He speaks Chinese and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai.

Tamorie Mayweather

Global Public Policy Fellow, mentored by Damon Woods

Tamorie is an international affairs specialist with over a decade of professional experience, including five years in public service. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington where she received the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to continue her Mandarin studies, once for studies stateside in 2022-2023 and again to study in Taiwan in the summer of 2023. Tamorie’s background includes graduating with a BA in International Affairs with a minor in Asian Studies, receiving scholarships to study Mandarin in both China and Taiwan, and serving in the Peace Corps.

Jonathan Murrell

Global Defense Fellow, mentored by Alethea Gordon

Jonathan Murrell is a director at Skydio focused on launching new partnerships and delivering autonomous sensors for global customers. He recently left active duty from the U.S. Army, where he served fifteen years in the infantry and as a Foreign Area Officer focused on China, Taiwan, and the Indo-Pacific. Jonathan received a B.S. at West Point, an M.B.A. from Penn State, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a postgraduate certificate from Peking University in Beijing. He also serves as an augmentee reservist at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Stanislas (Stan) Phanord

International Diplomacy Fellow, mentored by Daniel K. Delk, Jr.

Stanislas (Stan) Phanord is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  He began his career as the aide to the U.S. Ambassador in South Korea, where he oversaw the Ambassador’s engagement strategy and gained valuable insights into the political and security dynamics of the Korean Peninsula.  He then moved to Toronto as a political and economic reporting officer, covering issues such as trade, energy, and human rights.  He currently serves as the public affairs chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang overseeing the consulate’s outreach and engagement efforts with local media, academia, civil society, and government officials. He also fosters cultural and educational exchange between the United States and Northeast China through various State Department programs and initiatives. In the summer of 2025, Stan will begin his next assignment in Shanghai, China as an economic reporting officer focused on trade, investment, and market access issues.  Stan holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University.  Stan was born in Haiti and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. In his spare time he enjoys discovering hidden gems, watching K-dramas, and trying out new instant pot recipes.

We are grateful to the sponsors of our 2023 AACLF cohort. Without them, this program would not have been possible. We thank our sponsors for their strong, active commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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