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Federal Fellows Staff

Image of Joan Burton, Director of Federal/Global FellowsJoan B. Burton, Ph.D.
Director, Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, D.C.

(301) 314-1920 |
Joan Burton is Director of the Federal Fellows Program and Founding Director of Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. at the University of Maryland. Achievements at UMD include transforming a small federal internship program serving 12 students per year into a high-powered set of learning communities serving over 150 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 Bangladesh 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. In 2012 and 2016, she was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Faculty Mentor, and in 2012 she was inducted into ODK. Prior to moving to Maryland, Dr. Burton was Chair and Professor of Classical Studies at Trinity University, San Antonio, where she also served as Co-founder and Director of Comparative Literature. 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.

Image of Jay Arasan, Assistant DirectorJay Arasan, Assistant Director
(301) 314-1130 |
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.

Image of Naz Beyranvand, Program ManagerNaz Beyranvand, Program Manager
301-314-0261 |
Naz Beyranvand is the program manager for the Federal and Global Fellows in D.C. Programs. She launched the 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, 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.

Image of Victoria Yepez, Graduate AssistantVictoria Yepez, Graduate Assistant
Victoria Yepez is a Graduate Assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. She is an alumna of the Federal Fellows Program’s Responses to Global Challenges: A Practitioner’s Perspective concentration in the 2018 cohort. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy degree and has a strong interest in gender, social equity, and urban planning. Victoria graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2019, and obtained a B.S. in Geographical Sciences with a minor in Global Poverty. She previously worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute, the World Resources Institute, Alliance to End Hunger, Humanitas Global and ProMujer. Victoria’s family is from Quito, Ecuador, she speaks 3 languages, and hopes to work in business development or program evaluation to achieve higher social mobility in Latin America

Image of Jen Bui, Graduate AssistantJen Bui, Graduate Assistant
Jen Bui is a Graduate Assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy degree with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policies. In May of 2019, she earned a B.A. in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations. She hopes to use these degrees in fulfilling her passions of working within diplomacy or international relations. During her time as a Global Fellow, she interned in Senator Van Hollen’s (D-MD) congressional office and the Department of State’s East and Pacific Asia Bureau, Mainland Southeast Asia regional office. Outside of school, she greatly enjoys traveling and eating, and as a result has a goal of visiting at least two new countries every year to experience new cultures and cuisines.

Image of Josh McGhee, Graduate AssistantJosh McGhee, Graduate Assistant
Josh McGhee is a Graduate Assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. He is an alumna of the Global Fellows Program's Science Diplomacy concentration in the 2018 cohort. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with specializations in Environmental and Energy Policies. Josh graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2019, where he majored in Government and Politics and minored in Sustainability Studies. Since enrolling at the University, Josh has interned with the Piedmont Environmental Council, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Aspen Institute's Energy and Environment Program, and Squire Patton Boggs, LLP as a public policy intern. Josh is passionate about conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainable development, and hopes to pursue a career in environmental lobbying or federal government.