Michelle (Jeffress) Le is a two-time alumna of The Fund for American Studies. She attended the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) in 1995, interning with the Military District of Washington as a staff reporter. The following year, she participated in the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague (AIPES). In 1997 she returned to TFAS again, this time serving as a program assistant for the international programs. In 1998 she joined the TFAS staff fulltime. Michelle currently works as the vice president of international and alumni programs for TFAS.
Originally from Independence, MO, Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science with minors in history and French from Missouri State University. She completed her master’s degree in international economics and European studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She spent her first year of graduate school overseas in Italy, studying at the SAIS Bologna Center.
During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she completed a foreign policy internship in the office of John Ashcroft, then U.S. Senator of Missouri, as well as a print media internship with Inside Report, Evans & Novak. Michelle also worked as a political researcher for a member of the government in the British Parliament in London, United Kingdom.
Email: michelle@TFAS.org / Phone: 202.986.0384
Brigit Moore joined The Fund for American Studies in 2007 and currently manages the Asia Institute for Political Economy (AIPE) in Hong Kong. Brigit also oversees recruitment and admissions for all international programs and directs the year-long Public Policy Fellows program for TFAS alumni.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Brigit graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with her bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. At Northwestern, she indulged her passion for traveling and learning more about the world love by spending a semester at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.
In addition working at TFAS, Brigit received a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University’s School of International Service in December 2011. She was active in American University’s Dialogue Development Group, participating in and facilitating formal semester-long dialogues, and also took part in conflict mediation training.
Email: bmoore@TFAS.org / Telephone: 202.986.0384
Matthew Kwasiborski joined The Fund for American Studies in February of 2005. He has directed The American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) since 2005. In this position, Matt works with hundreds of students and staff representing more than 50 countries. Matt also serves as the vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center of International Media Ethics (CIME).
A native Philadelphian, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loyola University in New Orleans, La. and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. Prior to joining TFAS, Matt taught English as a second language (ESL) and served as a tutor in Hungary. And was an administrator for a summer in Switzerland program located at the Leysin American School in Switzerland where he served international high school students. Matt also previously taught world religions, Christian vocations, morality, and computers and served as a basketball coach for Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, La. From 2001 to 2004, he served as director of the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program in New Orleans and worked directly for the president of Loyola University.
Jon Perdue came to TFAS in 2008 as the director of Latin America Programs and the Institute for Leadership in the Americas (ILA) in Santiago, Chile. Jon began working in Latin America in the 1990s as a consultant to U.S. companies working in the region, and to U.S. and Latin American think tanks. His articles have been published nationally and internationally, in both English and Spanish, and can be seen in Investor’s Business Daily, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Journal of International Security Affairs, among others, as well as various newspapers in Latin America. He is also the author of the book, The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism (Potomac Books, Oct 2012).
Perdue serves on the Board of Advisors of the Chilean think tank Instituto Democracia y Mercado, and as the Research Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society in Washington, DC. He received the International Young Leader Award in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009 and the Global Leadership Award in London, England in 2010.
Email: jperdue@TFAS.org / Telephone: 202.986.0384