Fellowship Program

Pallas Foundation is proud to have created the Pallas Fellowship Program to support the education and professional development of emerging leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups in national security. Fellows participate in a paid program where they assist in the day-to-day operations of the firm, provide tailored research, and develop products for clients, all while being immersed in and engaging with the national security and policymaking communities in Washington, DC.


Throughout the program, Fellows have many opportunities to interact with senior officials and officers across the Department of Defense, State Department, National Security Council, Intelligence Community, and other government agencies and offices. They also gain exposure to the broader national security ecosystem and its impact by working with leading technology companies, venture capital firms, and non-profit institutions. Additionally, the Fellows take part in a series of leadership development curriculum throughout the program.

Interested in becoming a Pallas Foundation Fellow? More details can be found here.

Meet the Fellows
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Jasmin Alsaied
Jasmin Alsaied is a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer interested in the nexus of public-private enterprise and civil-military relations and how these relationships enhance defense posturing, strategic planning, and future integration on a modern battlespace.  She is currently pursuing her master’s at Georgetown University in Foreign Service. She has spent time on Capitol Hill and with several national security think tanks.
Ariel Fanger

Ariel is a first-year MA candidate at the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she focuses on international security studies and strategic management. Previously, she worked at Dexis Consulting Group where she managed USAID and U.S. Department of State proposals for conflict and stabilization projects. She has also worked in the space and defense industry, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and within the Aspen Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute. She earned a BA in Political Science from Emory University.
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Megan Harlow
Megan has just completed her first year at the University of Virginia where she is double majoring in mathematics and computer science. She is excited to work at Pallas so she can dive deeper into the details of national security and learn about the different careers available in national security as she continues her schooling. 
Anna Hunanyan

Anna is currently studying international security policy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Prior to Columbia, she worked at an international law firm where she represented clients in a broad range of corporate transactions, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Anna attributes her interest in national security to her fascination with solving complex problems and her desire to pursue work that is of service to the public. 
Cody Retherford

Cody has a background in national security and emerging technology research and analysis. He is a non-resident fellow at a foreign policy focused think tank and previously served as an Army officer for five years in infantry and special operations units. Cody holds a B.A. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the University of North Georgia and a M.A. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is interested in continuing to serve the country in the national security space working with emerging technologies. 
Andrew Senesac

Andrew joined Pallas after his time as a Junior Policy Fellow at the National Defense Industrial Association. Andrew has a significant research background and holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelors in History from Gettysburg College. Andrew's interest in national security stems from his fascination with strategy and desire to positively contribute to the security and well-being of the United States. 

Jaylah Straughter

Jaylah is a junior at George Mason University, majoring in business administration and accounting. She is interested in learning about the intersection of business and national security. During her Fellowship at Pallas, Jaylah will focus on the financial aspects of the business, including federal contracts billing and reconciliation. After graduation, she plans to earn the Certified Public Accountant designation and work as an accountant or financial analyst within the defense sector.

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson is a recent graduate from Stanford University, where she studied political science with a focus on national security and technology. During her time at Stanford, she worked with organizations including Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Hoover Institution, and the Department of State, where she conducted research for policy projects. Her passion for national security stems from her dedication to public service and the intellectual puzzle of securing such an interconnected world.