Women in International Affairs


GWIA is constantly looking to meet the needs of its graduate students. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Executive Board at graduategwia@gmail.com or connect with via social media through their Facebook Page and Facebook Group or Instagram.

The GWIA Executive Board develops and implements a variety of programs based on the needs of graduate women seeking careers in international affairs. The Executive Board consists of the following positions: two Co-Presidents, Communications Chair, Social Engagement Chair, and Professional Development Chair.

Jessica Gott, Co-President

Major Jessica Gott is an Air Force Strategy Staff Officer stationed at the Pentagon where she is the assistant to the Enterprise Strategy and Analysis Chief in the A4 Weapons Sustainment Division. Jessica helps integrate agile combat support, strategy and governance activities and develops wargame scenarios to maximize Air Force logistics readiness. In order to pursue her goal of shaping future U.S. National Security policy she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Foreign Service with a focus on South Asia nuclear weapons programs.


Kirstin Yanisch, Co-President

Kirstin Yanisch graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science and French. During her time at Wellesley, she spent a January term studying at the University of Ghana Legon and conducted field research on women’s leadership and empowerment initiatives in rural Karnataka India before spending a year studying French in Aix-en-Provence, France. Kirstin interned with the Red Cross Migrant service in Marseilles, assisting asylum seekers with filing their applications and was named a Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs fellow during her senior year of college. She interned with the United Nation Foundation’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative following graduation. Afterwards, she interned with the American Refugee Committee’s headquarters office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most recently, she served as an Advocacy Project fellow launching a livelihoods project for wives of the disappeared in Bardiya, Nepal. Currently, Kirstin is enrolled in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program, pursuing a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies and looks forward to continuing her work promoting women internationally.


Katrina Knisely, Professional Development Chair

Katrina Knisely is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) along with an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy. She spent the summer at Moody’s Investors Service analyzing Latin American sovereign risk. Prior to graduate school, her experience in a leadership development program at State Street Corporation exposed her to a variety of topics in the financial industry, including risk management, sales and marketing, and compensation/human resources. Katrina earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and majored in economics and international relations. She speaks German and Spanish, and is learning Turkish.


Natalie Fuchs, Communications Chair

Natalie Fuchs works as a Senior Program Analyst for a defense contractor in Alexandria, VA, conducting business operations analysis and in-depth market assessments for business development opportunities – particularly in the space and missile defense sector. Prior to this, she served as a researcher on Iran sanctions and geopolitical relations for several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and as a foreign affairs intern in a senatorial office on Capitol Hill. In addition to her current position, Fuchs is a contributing editor for Space Watch Middle East, where she covers developments in Iran’s space program. Fuchs is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Security Studies at Georgetown University, and is a fellow with the American Security Project’s Women in Security Leadership Initiative, where she focuses her research on U.S.-Iran relations and space policy. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Persian (Farsi).


Friederike Kaiser, Social Chair

F. KaiserFriederike is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in European Studies and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Her focus is transatlantic trade, business and investment. She has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, and the U.S.  Prior to beginning her degree at Georgetown, she worked for Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts In Key West, Florida. She has also held internships with the German Marshall Fund and BMW Group’s D.C.-based Government and External Affairs office.  Friederike is a teaching and research assistant to Secretary Albright for the 2017/18 academic year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She is a native German speaker and is fluent in French.