Staff

Juliet Lee
Deputy Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Juliet Lee is the Deputy Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS) at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), where she manages the organization's Track I 1/2 and Track II conferences and meetings on security issues in the Asia Pacific, namely US-China relations, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, North Korea, and alliance management. She is also a Pacific Forum Young Leader, Korea Society Kim Koo Foundation Fellow (2018 cohort), and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Juliet earned her M.A. in International Relations from New York University, where she completed her Master's thesis on how cross-Taiwan Strait security is impacted by economic interdependence between the Mainland and Taiwan, as well as by Taiwan's domestic politics. She also earned her B.A. in International Studies with minors in French and Chinese from the University of Richmond, 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 Track II dialogues. 
 
Amanda was previously an associate at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs where she managed three outreach programs as well as oversaw operations, research initiatives, and international conferences for the Asia Dialogues department. She has worked extensively in education and research centers, including the NYC Department of Education, Strategy Risks Inc., Parsons School of Design, and the International Center of Photography. 
 
She earned a master's 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. Sampson has also worked with several NGOs as a United Nation Youth Representative within the international security and nuclear disarmament arena. 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.

Neal Caldwell
Project Manager, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Neal Caldwell currently works as a Project Manager on the National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s Forum on Asia-Pacific Security. His research interests include security studies, U.S. foreign policy, Russia and Eurasia, the Middle East, East Asia, and legacies of the Cold War. Previously, he has worked in the United States Senate, for a Manhattan tech startup, and on government contracts at a conflict resolution and consulting firm. Neal holds an MA in International Relations from NYU and a BA in Philosophy from Duquesne University.

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