Women in International Affairs


Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) aims to develop quality leadership among Georgetown graduate students and to increase the visibility of women in international affairs. Through interactive programming, GWIA connects, empowers and prepares emerging leaders. The student-led GWIA Executive Board spearheads the initiative’s planning, programming, and communications, working closely with our staff.

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, and Professional Development Chair.

Sienna Tompkins, Co-President

Sienna Tompkins is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, where she is concentrating on Global Politics and Security and developing a functional expertise in emerging technology and global corporate sustainability. Sienna previously worked for first the Global Solutions team and then joined the CEO’s team at APCO Worldwide, a global communications and advocacy consultancy, which focuses on advising the navigation of reputational challenges, investment opportunities and complex geopolitical issues. Sienna is currently working as Ambassador Nancy McEldowney’s Teaching Assistant where she supports a project on the inclusion of women in the Afghanistan peace process. Sienna holds an MA in Chinese Studies from Cambridge University, including a year at Peking University in Beijing. She speaks French and Mandarin.

Daniela Rojas Medina, Co-President

Daniela Rojas Medina is pursuing a Master’s in German and European Studies with a concentration in International Business and Technology. Her research interests are on emerging tech policy and innovation in the auto industry. Daniela is also currently working in the area of government affairs at the German American Business Council. Prior to her time at Georgetown, she attended Penn State University, where she obtained B.A. degrees in International Politics and German with a minor in Global Security.

Leah Kramer, Professional Development Chair

Leah Kramer is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, where she is concentrating in Global Politics and Security and pursuing a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Her academic interests include forced migration and the politics of aid. Before MSFS, Leah worked at Global Communities in Washington, DC, where she provided programmatic and operational support for multi-sectoral humanitarian and early recovery projects in the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked in Amman, Jordan: first, at the Collateral Repair Project, a small grassroots organization providing assistance to urban refugees; and then at the Open Society Foundations, where she supported grant-making to civil society organizations throughout the region. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in World Politics with minors in Middle East Studies and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. She speaks Arabic and Spanish.

Kyoko Imai, Communications Chair

Kyoko Imai is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, where she is concentrating in Global Politics and Security and pursuing a certificate in Asian Studies. Kyoko is from Japan, but grew up in Myanmar, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. Growing up in Abu Dhabi, she became involved in a Human Rights Organization that advocated for migrant laborers. She obtained her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in French from the University of Rochester. During her undergraduate career, she focused on the impact of various political regimes, which led her to explore the United Kingdom Independence Party and Mediterranean Refugee Crisis at the European Parliament in Brussels as well as gain exposure to the U.S. border control and foreign policy systems while working for Congressman Will Hurd. She is currently a United Nations of the National Capital Area Graduate Fellow and a Research Intern for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Maia Nikoladze, Community Engagement Chair

Maia is a first year student at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is from Tbilisi, Georgia and recently graduated from Clark University, MA where she double majored in Political Science and Economics. She joined GWIA board because of her strong interest in increasing women’s involvement in foreign service and her desire of creating a network of like-minded individuals.