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.

Stephen Whittaker
Program Manager

Stephen Whittaker is the Program Manager at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. In this capacity, he is responsible for a broad range of tasks pertaining to the National Committee’s public programming, membership engagement, outreach and the organization of Track I 1⁄2 and Track II conferences.  He also leads or substantively participates in various special projects at the National Committee, including task forces examining U.S.-Russia relations, policy in the Western Balkans, the fallout of Brexit in Northern Ireland, and the future of global interdependence.  From 2015-2016 Stephen also served, concurrently, as the Associate Editor of the NCAFP's retired academic journal American Foreign Policy Interests.

Stephen completed his M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University, focusing on European and transnational public policy.  He also received a B.A. from Dickinson College in history with a minor in political science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He speaks Italian, reads Spanish and French, and has studied and lived in both Bologna, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic.

Sampson Oppedisano
Program Assistant

Sampson Oppedisano is the Program Assistant at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, where he supports daily operations and administrative logistics for Track 1.5 and Track II dialogues and public programs. He also manages and creates content for The National Committee's social media platforms.

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. 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 graduate of the SUNY Global Engagement Program, a highly-selective and rigorous state-wide internship and colloquium program housed in New York City.


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