The GWIA Executive Board

Georgetown Women in International Affairs Executive Board

Jessica Gott, Co-President

Jessica Gott graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Biology and American Military University with a MS in Public Health. She has served for 11 years in the United States Air Force as a Logistics Readiness Officer. Her most recent assignments include coordinating US military assistance to the Pakistan Military at the US Embassy in Islamabad, and serving as the Chief of Force Allocation at the Air and Space Operations Center in Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In order to pursue her goal of shaping future US National Security policy she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Foreign Service with a concentration in Global Politics and Security. 


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 women and the political economy of Ghana at the University of Ghana Legon. Following this experience, she conducted field research on women’s leadership and empowerment initiatives in local microfinance groups in the Siddi community in rural Karnataka India before spending a year studying French in Aix-en-Provence, France. During this time, Kirstin interned with the Red Cross Migrant service in Marseilles, assisting asylum seekers with filing their applications. She was named a Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs fellow during her senior year of college and interned with the United Nation Foundation’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative following graduation. She then taught English in southwestern France for a year. Afterwards, she interned with the American Refugee Committee’s headquarters office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 student in the MSFS program concentrating in Global Business and Finance. Before coming to Georgetown, she worked at State Street Corporation in Boston, first as a rotational analyst in the Professional Development Program and then as a compensation consultant. She has also held internships with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Council on Foreign Relations. Katrina received her BA, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, where she majored in Economics, International Relations and German Studies. She speaks German and Spanish, and is learning Turkish.


Natalie Fuchs, Communications Chair

Natalie 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, Natalie is the Director for Discussion Groups for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), and a member of the inaugural cohort of the Women in Security (WiSe) Leadership Initiative. Natalie is currently in the first year of the Master of Arts Security Studies Program in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona concentrating on U.S.-Iran relations and U.S. national security policy. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Persian (Farsi).


Friederike Kaiser, Social Chair

F. KaiserFriederike is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in German and European Studies and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. She specializes in transatlantic trade and security and has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, and the U.S.  Prior to beginning her degree at Georgetown, Friederike worked for Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts in Key West, Florida. She also has interned in the executive office of the German Marshall Fund, a public policy organization dedicated to enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Europe. Over the summer, Friederike will be working at BMW’s Washington, D.C.-based Government and External Affairs Office. She is a teaching assistant to Secretary Albright for the 2017/18 academic year. Friederike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She is a native German speaker and is fluent in French.