Alexander Archuleta serves as international programs associate at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), managing recruitment and admissions for TFAS International Programs in Chile, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, as well as coordinating outreach with educational partners and alumni. Prior to joining TFAS, he served as a research associate of U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he supported the projects of multiple senior fellows.
Alexander grew up in Seattle, Washington where his close contact with immigrant communities, particularly volunteering with resettled Bhutanese refugees, sparked an interest in studying abroad in college. While attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, he studied in Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. Through these experiences, he developed an interest in international relations and a greater desire to foster cross-cultural dialogue through relationships. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science, Alexander moved back to D.C., which is now his second Washington home.
An outdoor enthusiast, Alexander loves to explore the greater D.C. area on foot or by bike. He and his wife enjoy cooking new plant-based recipes for friends and family, or kicking back with a sitcom.
Email: aarchuleta@TFAS.org / Phone: 202.986.0384
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
Brenda Hafera is the director of Asia programs at The Fund for American Studies. She previously worked as assistant director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, where she organized programs focused on citizenship, statesmanship and freedom.
Brenda holds a B.A. in political science, a B.S. in finance and an M.A. in political science from Villanova University. Her primary area of interest was American political thought. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is now enjoying learning about D.C.’s rich culture and history.
Email: bhafera@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.