ICAP Community Service – MLK Day 2019

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, ICAP volunteers staffed a pop up grocery center at the R.I.S.E. (Relate, Innovate, Stimulate and Elevate) Demonstration Center in Washington, D.C. through a partnership with Martha’s Table.

Rolling up their sleeves and welcoming folks in need with warm smiles, ICAP fellows and friends helped fill and distribute more than 500 bags of fresh produce. In total, volunteers served 600+ folks with healthy food and provided them important information on additional food, education, and clothing assistance offered by Martha’s table at no cost. In addition, volunteers engaged kids through arts and crafts honoring Dr. King’s dream for racial equality, economic rights, and harmony.

Afterwards, ICAP fellows and friends reflected on and celebrated their service at a happy hour hosted by ICAP Alumni Association Board Member Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (ret.).


Washington, May 7, 2018—On April 28, the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association (ICAPAA), honored Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, with the 2018 Diversity Award for his commitment to diversifying senior leadership in foreign affairs. The award was given during the ICAP Mid-Year Reunion and Awards Ceremony hosted at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Brigety formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In his acceptance remarks, Ambassador Brigety underscored the importance of diversity in American leadership in bringing our nation closer to realizing the goals of the U.S. Constitution, “not as the our Founders practiced but as they articulated.” He implored the ICAP Fellows and senior advisors gathered to continually work toward building the America that reflects all of our ideals, commenting that progress is not guaranteed and historical biases and prejudices can reemerge without deliberate efforts.

Ambassador Brigety emphasized the importance of building strong relationships based on trust with those with different backgrounds, speaking multiple languages, making strategic decisions, and creating personal opportunities to share diverse experiences. He added that the majority must be engaged to play a critical role in social solutions, noting that “just because an injustice is not happening to us, it does not mean it is not happening.”

Dr. Tom Rowe, Founder & Director of ICAP said, “We are thrilled that ICAPAA is honoring Ambassador Brigety, a man who has illustrated through his career a commitment to promote diversity in his work and open doors and mentor all people, including people of color.”

“We are privileged to commemorate Ambassador Brigety. During this challenging political climate, ICAPAA wants to lock arms with a man who stands for his principles and values, not just when it is popular, but when it is most necessary,” stated Chandrima Das, President of ICAPAA.

Ambassador Brigety’s award was presented by Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, the highest-ranking African-American Foreign Service Officer and the first African-American woman to be named Career Ambassador when she retired in 2009. In attendance were ICAP Fellows, supporters and ICAP senior advisors, including Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Distinguished Resident Fellow at Georgetown University and former Assistant Secretary for the State Department Bureau of African Affairs and Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez, the current Executive Director at the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

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The ICAP Alumni Association (ICAPAA) is a non-profit organization which represents the Fellows who attended the ICAP Aspen Seminar for future U.S. leaders in foreign affairs. Since 1997, more than 500 foreign affairs experts, reflecting diverse demographics of the United States, have participated in the Seminar. The Alumni Association offers its members opportunities to network, mentor, build skills, and engage in community outreach. In addition, the Association is an important catalyst for increasing diversity in senior management and policymaking roles.

About ICAP (International Career Advancement Program):

Created in 1997, ICAP is a professional development and leadership program for highly promising mid-career professionals in international affairs in the United States. ICAP is sponsored by the University of Denver, Aspen Institute, United Nations Foundation, U.S. State Department, USAID, USDA, and many additional partners. With over 500 ICAP Fellows and counting, ICAP has helped its participants advance to senior position in all employment sectors. Fellows have risen to the ranks of U.S. Ambassadors, executive directors of nonprofits, and chief executive officers in the private sector.

In 2016, Congress recognized ICAP in law as a means to promote traditionally underrepresented groups. A 2017 Congressional resolution commended ICAP for “bringing greater quality and diversity to the staffing of senior management and policy-making positions in international affairs.” ICAP was chosen by the Economist Global Diversity List in 2015, as one of the Top Ten Ethnicity Employee Networks, a category which recognizes the achievements of employee network groups established to work on ethnic and racial diversity within organizations.

Media Contact: Chandrima Das, President of ICAP AA, chandrimagrdas@gmail.com, 781-640-2248.

Honoring Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley

In late November 2017, the year of ICAP’s 20th anniversary, in the State Department’s exquisitely decorated “Treaty Room”, friends and colleagues gathered to mark the diplomatic career of Amb. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley.

 The Flag Ceremony marks the close out of an Ambassadorship and career. It was officiated by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan who presented the ceremonial Ambassador’s flag. It also marked the career of one of ICAP’s first participants, Amb. Abercrombie-Winstanley, who was joined by ICAP fellows from subsequent classes; 5-10 classes were represented. 

ICAP 2018

Interested in becoming an ICAP Fellow for 2018? Applications are now available at https://www.icapaspen.org/apply/?

For more information about the fellowship, please visit https://www.icapaspen.org/

2017 ICAP Fellows Include

Lisa Barton
U.S. International Trade Commission

Annika Betancourt
U.S. Department of State

Benjamin Chan
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Fan-Li Chou
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nadia Farra
U.S. Department of State

Michael Fraser
U.S. Department of State

Kristine Gloria
The Aspen Institute

Osvaldo Gomez-Martinez
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Christina Hardaway
U.S. Department of State

Ada Ihenachor
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Brandon Jackson
U.S. Department of State

Aaron Johnson
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Michelle Kayser
U.S. Department of State

Viondette Lopez
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Kevin Sean Martin
U.S. Department of State

David Martinez
U.S. Department of State

Regina Neal
African Development Foundation

Noelle Ojo

Imani Esparza Pitman
U.S. Department of State

Carlos Quintana
U.S. Department of Labor

Keetah Salazar-Thompson

Anusha Seneviratne
U.S. Department of State

Mai Shintani

Adam Sotomayor
U.S. Department of State

Jessica Thomas
Council on Foreign Relations

Carmen Tull

Ravinder Ubee
U.S. International Trade Commission

Jamila White

Parastou Yousefi
Gates Foundation

Esther Zeledon

Announcing Chandrima Das as the President of ICAPAA

February 7, 2018 – WASHINGTON (D.C.) – The International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association (ICAPAA) is announcing that Chandrima Das, a 2013 ICAP Fellow, was elected to succeed Charlotte G. Kea as the organization’s president.

Ms. Das has served on the ICAPAA board since 2013, including two years as chair of the program committee where she expanded partnerships and programming, such as networking dinners and professional workshops.

On becoming ICAPAA president, Chandrima said, “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow board members, valued senior advisors, and supporters to ensuring America’s foreign policy leaders represent our country’s growing diversity.” She continued, “Charlotte Kea has been a visionary and dynamic leader whose accomplishments, such as the partnerships with CSIS,

The Raben Group, have advanced ICAP’s mission and fundraising efforts, including raising funds for ICAP cohort for the past six years. On a personal note, she’s been a friend and valued confidant whose support I could not have done without.”

“I’m proud of the work we did over the past six years as we were able to bring more accomplished and wonderful ICAP Fellows into the program who are dedicated to broadening diversity in senior positions,” said Charlotte G. Kea. “Chandrima will bring enthusiasm,
creativity, and a fresh perspective to her role as president. She’s been a tremendous board member and friend and I look forward to supporting her efforts.”

Dr. E. Thomas Rowe, the founder of ICAP remarked that, “Throughout the years, Chandrima has demonstrated leadership ability in her professional capacity and within ICAP. I have no doubt that she will continue to strengthen ICAP and its Fellows. It is more important now than ever that diverse international affairs practitioners have their voices heard to solve the many complex problems we face in the world. I can confidently say that Chandrima will help elevate those voices.”

Background on Chandrima Das
In her professional capacity, Ms. Das is the Director of Peacekeeping Policy at the United Nations Foundation and Better World Campaign. Chandrima is the resident expert on UN Peacekeeping Operations and educates Congress and the Administration on the value of UN
peacekeeping as an effective part of the U.S. national security toolbox. She holds a master’s degree in Peace Operations and received her bachelor’s in Political Science from Syracuse University. Chandrima is also a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. Chandrima is
married to Brent Woolfork, ICAP 2012, and they have a one-year old daughter, Asha.

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