Elaine Li graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics and a certificate in Asian studies. As a Chinese American, she has a deep interest in Chinese language, culture, and politics, and is committed to promoting effective collaboration and communication that helps define the status and role of the United States in Asia.
Through a Critical Language Scholarship, Li studied in Qingdao, China, and later continued her language studies at Peking University in Beijing. Following her time at Georgetown, she worked in Shenzhen, China, as a consultant with EIC Education, mentoring youths and leading bilingual training for local staff. The personal and professional development guidance she provided helped students understand diversity and social issues, and prepare to study abroad.
Li gained additional experience working for two bureaus of the US Department of State—the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Her contributions included researching and analyzing trends in Southeast Asia and developing a policy database intended to inform multiyear strategic plans.
At The Pearson Institute, Li is focused on understanding how to adapt multiple frameworks and methodologies for conflict prevention to specific societies. While at Harris Public Policy, Li has worked as a research assistant with the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab and is a contributor to The Economist, where she helped to develop the framework for the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index. The index is focused on gauging how well countries are prepared to educate their children on skills of the future.
Li worked in the USAID Ethiopia Mission, Office of Education and Youth as a Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow in the summer of 2018 and will join the USAID Foreign Service upon graduation in June 2019.
Aleppo, Syria - October 4th
Smoke rises after a warcraft belonging to the Russian Army bombed a residential area in the Darat Izza neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on October 4, 2016.
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