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 TFAS Prague. 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
Alexander Archuleta oversees TFAS Santiago and TFAS Prague, along with managing recruitment and admissions for TFAS International Programs, and 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
Brenda Hafera is the director of international and continuing education programs at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) where she oversees the TFAS Public Policy Fellowship, Curriculum of Liberty Seminars and the TFAS academic program in Hong Kong. Prior to joining TFAS, Hafera 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 Bachelor of Arts in political science, a Bachelor of Science in finance and a master’s in political science from Villanova University. She was a 2017 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and her articles have appeared in publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Federalist, Washington Examiner, The National Interest, and The Claremont Review of Books.
Email: bhafera@TFAS.org / Telephone: 202.986.0384