The African-American China Leadership Fellows Program (AACLF) is dedicated to the professional development of African-American China specialists. Through the guidance of experienced mentors, participants will expand their professional networks and hone skills critical to advancing their careers.
Now in its second year, the African-American China Leadership Fellowship strives to curb the under-representation of African-Americans in all facets of U.S.-China relations, from corporations, to government, to civil society. A growing body of evidence reveals that the problem originates not from differences in experience, qualifications, or aspirations, but from an uneven playing field and invisible barriers, such as the absence of targeted support structures to advance careers and lack of awareness of existing and emerging talent. We believe that supporting up-and-coming African-American professionals is key to improving U.S. national security and competitiveness and better reflecting the diversity of the United States.
This 8-month (late-April to late-November) mentoring program targets early-to-mid-career African-American professionals who have demonstrated a strong interest in China either through formal study or time in country. The program is remote and part-time, with an in-person week-long capstone trip to Washington D.C. in November 2022. The curriculum focuses on a core set of career skills, including communications, networking, goal setting, and navigating career pathways. We have paired program participants with successful African-American mentors with deep experience engaging with China. Learn more about the 2022 AACLF Fellows.
Introducing the 2022 AACLF Fellows
Global Leadership Fellow
Shirley Martey Hargis
Dentons Global Advisors – ASG Fellow
Fellow in Advanced Academics
Fellow in International Diplomacy
International Security Fellow
Fellow in Global Public Affairs
Dr. Joseph Smith
Foreign Affairs Fellow
Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, International Affairs, U.S Treasury
Chief, Economic Unit, American Institute in Taiwan
Lead, Global Government Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories
Keisha A. Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor of History at Tennessee State University
Daniel K. Delk, Jr.
Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate General Shanghai
Director of Global Affairs, Global Public Policy, General Motors
International Advocacy Manager at Caterpillar Inc.
Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong
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Managing Director, Longview Global LLC
Co-Founder and Co-President, Black China Caucus Co-Director, Young China Watchers.
Executive Director, American Mandarin Society
Program Specialist, UC Berkeley Extension. Research Assistant, American Mandarin Society
Isaac Stone Fish
CEO and Founder, Strategy Risks