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.


Andrea Wert, Co-President

Andrea Wert is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Studies. In addition to her studies, Andrea works as a risk analyst in the private sector. Before returning to academia, Andrea spent four years at Sojitz Corporation of America conducting research and analysis on a variety of topics, including energy, new technology, foreign policy, international security, and the South China Sea. She graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs and spent one year abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.


Amy Calfas, Co-President

Amy Calfas is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. Previously, she worked with the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights Watch, and International Republican Institute, where she managed a network of young political leaders and activists around the globe.  During her studies at Georgetown, Amy plans to focus on women’s political inclusion and economic empowerment, particularly in emerging and developing economies, and holds a regional focus in South Asia. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.


Katherine Kitson, Communications Chair

Katherine Kitson is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, where she studies Global Business and Finance, and is also pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. She has undergraduate degrees in Comparative Literature and Italian from Indiana University, where she was a member of the Hutton Honors College. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Italian Studies from New York University; her thesis focused on media representations of contemporary female politicians. Katherine is interested in the challenges that companies face as they operate in an increasingly complex geopolitical environment, especially as it pertains to social and environmental impact.


Nadhika Ramachandran, Professional Development Chair

Nadhika Ramachandran is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University, where her focus is nonstate conflict and security issues. She has interned at the U.S. State Department and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to her time at Georgetown, Nadhika served as an AmeriCorps member with CityYear DC and worked as a field staffer on the Hillary Clinton campaign. Nadhika graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Policy Studies. While at Rice, she spent a semester in Granada, Spain, and speaks Spanish proficiently.