Staff

Staff Bios

Rorry Daniels
Deputy Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Rorry Daniels is the Deputy Project Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS). In her role with FAPS, she organizes Track I 1⁄2 and Track II conferences and meetings focused on security issues in Northeast Asia, oversees Asia-related publications and public events, and manages the project's grant and donation funding. From 2015 - 2016 she was concurrently Deputy Director of the NCAFP.

She regularly writes and provides analysis for major media outlets and newsletters on security issues in the Asia Pacific. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, the National Committee on North Korea, a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, as well as a Korea Society Kim Koo Foundation Fellow (2015 cohort). She earned her M.S. in International Relations at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, where she focused her studies on East and South Asia. She speaks Mandarin and holds a B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College.

Juliet Lee
Project Manager, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Juliet Lee is the Project Manager at the Forum on Asia­-Pacific Security at the NCAFP, where she organizes Track 1 1⁄2 and Track II conferences and meetings on Northeast Asian security issues. She is also a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, 2018 cohort. Her research interests include U.S.­-China relations and cross­-Taiwan Strait security. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from New York University, where she completed a Master’s thesis on the roles of economic interdependence and Taiwan’s electoral politics on cross-­Strait security. Juliet also graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies: World Politics & Diplomacy and minors in French and Chinese, and she speaks Mandarin.

Erin O'Donnell
Program Development Officer

Erin O’Donnell is the National Committee’s Program Development Officer. She oversees the organization's fundraising initiatives, including grant writing and the coordination of public events, programs, conferences and Track II meetings. Erin also contributes to the National Committee’s program on the Middle East. Before joining the National Committee, she worked for an international NGO in Israel and Palestine, and studied at the American University of Beirut’s Center for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. She received her B.A. from New York University in Global Liberal Studies, with minors in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Hebrew & Judaic Studies.

Amanda Ghanooni
Program Manager

Amanda Ghanooni is a Program Manager at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, where she supports member engagement, public programming, outreach, and organizing Track II dialogues. 

She previously worked at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where she designed engagement activities for three separate outreach programs, and was held responsible for managing operations for the Asia Dialogues program by coordinating research initiatives, international conferences, and special events. Amanda has also worked extensively in education and research centers, including the NYC Department of Education, Strategy Risks Inc., Parsons School of Design, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics. 
 
She earned an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School University, and serves as a committee member for the Young Patrons Council for Off The Record foreign policy forum. 

Sampson Oppedisano
Program Assistant

Sampson Oppedisano is the Program Assistant at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, where he supports daily operations and planning logistics for private Track 1.5 and Track II dialogues held through the NCAFP's Forum on Asia-Pacific Security as well as the Committee's regular public programs. He also manages and creates all content for The National Committee's social media platforms, including the NCAFP's 2021 Emerging Leaders podcast series.

Prior to joining the National Committee, Sampson worked as a Legislative Coordinator for the New York State Assembly, where he actively worked on advancing a diverse and progressive portfolio of state policies and regulations. Sampson has also worked with several NGOs as a United Nation Youth Representative within the international security and nuclear disarmament arena, regularly speaking and advocating on the issues. Most notably, he was the Youth Representative at the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, where he addressed the members of the United Nations on the issue. Sampson is also a freelance foreign affairs writer where he offers commentary on issues of diplomacy, regional security, and policy, specifically within the Asia-Pacific region.

Sampson currently holds a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from SUNY New Paltz and has studied in Nagasaki, Japan. He is also a proud alumni of the SUNY Global Engagement Program, a highly-selective and rigorous state-wide internship and research colloquium program run by SUNY New Paltz, and housed in New York City.

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