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2023-2024 Fellows

Gabriel Flores

PCFR 2023-2024 Fellow

Gabriel Flores, originally from Mexico, is pursuing a Master's degree in Global Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management, set to graduate in May 2024. Additionally, he also serves as a campus ambassador at Thunderbird.

Gabriel, fully bilingual, is deeply interested in global affairs, has gained valuable experience volunteering in various Mexican diplomatic missions in the USA. He engaged with community and business leaders to promote deeper economic, cultural, and political ties between the two neighboring countries.

Furthermore, Gabriel has also obtained experience in the tourism industry and his international upbringing has favored his adaptability to multicultural environments.

Luis Gonzalez

PCFR 2023-2024 Fellow

Luis Gonzalez, a Civil Engineer and SHARE Fellow, is currently enrolled in a Master's program in Global Management at the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management. He specializes in Global Affairs and brings five years of expertise in the heavy civil infrastructure and environmental sector, particularly in constructing water and wastewater treatment plants. Hailing from Cuba, Luis is deeply inspired by his roots and advocates fervently for marginalized communities in Latin America. His ultimate goal is to play a pivotal role in the reconstruction efforts of Cuba.

Brenden Kazensky

PCFR 2023-2024 Fellow

Brenden Kazensky serves as an Immigration Advisor and Designated School Official for Arizona State University, providing visa maintenance and assistance to the international student population of the university. Brenden obtained a B.S. in Public Service and Public Policy (Law and Policy) from ASU in December of 2022 and is currently in the process of gaining his M.A. in International Affairs and Leadership, also from ASU.

He developed a passion for international relations during his undergraduate program, going as far as to begin learning Arabic and studying abroad in Morocco. Despite originating from the small town of Kelso, WA, Brenden has called Arizona his home for the past four years, residing in Tempe. He is ecstatic to be an Intern Fellow with the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and to bring his knowledge with him while concurrently taking his career to the next level.

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Past Fellows

Lilian Taruvinga, 2022-2023

Samuel Childerson, 2021-2022

Erica Ingram, 2021-2022

Diana Salas Diaz, 2021-2022

Trevor Cook, 2020-2022

Connor McAndrew, 2020-2022

Sam Richardson, 2020-2022

Spencer Morgan, 2019-2021

Briana Nowak, 2019-2021

Matthew Totlis, 2019-2021


Thank you to our Student Fellowship Program donor, Jerry Hirsch, whose annual donation funds the student fellows activities.

Jerry is Chairman of The Lodestar Foundation. Lodestar’s strategies are to encourage philanthropy and to encourage nonprofits to collaborate and employ other business practices. Jerry has also been instrumental in the development of several international philanthropic networks and was recognized by Barron’s magazine in 2010 as one of the world’s 25 most impactful philanthropists. He is also involved in leadership of organizations promoting peace or stability in the world; he is on the advisory board of the Global Leadership Foundation and is on the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project, established by the Council on Foreign Relations. Jerry holds a BA, and a JD (magna cum laude) from the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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