Alexandria J. Maloney, MPA
All aspects of BPIA’s operations are managed by an accomplished volunteer Board of Directors. The BPIA board is dedicated to increasing opportunities, exposure, and involvement of our community in international affairs arena.
President (1-year position)
Alexandria J. Maloney, MPA is a national security, DE&I, and communications strategist who has and continues to build the pipeline infrastructure for the next generation of underrepresented international affairs professionals. Most recently, Alexandria was announced as a Forbes FTC 50 Champion for Black and Brown communities alongside community leaders like Colin Kapernick, Issa Rae, and others for her work as a board member (and now President) of Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) in building multiple ecosystems with an organic reach of over 60,000 to educate, prepare, and empower diverse communities to enter the international affairs and national security fields. She has also been recognized for her work as the Truman 2021 "Rookie of the Year'' and CSIS-DINSN Power 50 Leader. She has been a featured speaker at the United Nations, G20 Civil Society Summit, and guest lecturer at Cornell University’s Institute of Public Affairs.
Sandile Hlatshwayo, Ph.D. is an economist in the Macro-Risk Unit at the International Monetary Fund where she helps evaluate risks across the Fund’s 190 member countries through crisis prediction modeling, text-based analytics, and strategic foresight activities (e.g., wargaming). Her primary research interest is quantifying the domestic and international consequences of policy uncertainty through the use of machine-learning and natural language processing techniques. She also conducts a range of policy work, having worked on specifically on Madagascar, South Africa, and Fiji. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, a master’s in policy studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Spelman College
John Calvin "Cal" WilliamsVP Business/Economic Development (2-year position)
John Calvin (Cal) Williams retired from the IMF in September 2004. His international career spanned thirty-six years, beginning in 1968 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, first in Niger and later in Morocco. After the Peace Corps, he worked as a Commercial Lending Officer in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank, with postings in Paris, Geneva and London. In 1981 he was granted a leave of absence from Chase to assume a senior management position in the Peace Corps in Washington, DC; this led to his appointment in1982 as Assistant to the U.S. Executive Director of the IMF. He was recruited by the African Department of the IMF in April 1984, where he rose to the rank of Senior Economist; he was Desk Officer for numerous African countries and served as the IMF Resident Representative in Zaire (now DRC) from 1987 to 1990 and in Mali from 1998 to 2002. He is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a dual major (Architecture – Class of 1968 - and Philosophy), where he earned numerous academic honors, was a leader in student government, and was the first African American member at Kansas State University of Blue Key National Honor Society. In May 2011, Cal was invited to give the Commencement Address at the Graduation Ceremony for the Kanas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design.
VP Education and Exchange (1-year position)
Danny Evans is the founder and CEO of Millennium Envoys, an international education company that provides foreign language classes, training, consulting, and delegation trips to Asia and Africa. In partnership with BPIA, he hosted, “High School Global Exposure Creates International Trendsetters Virtual Panel Series”, a three-part series that helped high school students and their parents gain exposure to international educational and professional opportunities. He is currently the Vice President of theMunicipal Employees Credit Union (MECU) Foundation Board and has spent several years volunteering for various national and international organizations. He is currently a congressional staffer in the United States Senate where he focuses on, among other issues, federal employees, law enforcement, and trade. Furthermore, he has served as a Special Assistant to Ambassador Robin Sanders for her Food Security, Education, Environment-Energy, Economics, Democracy-Development and Self-help (FEEEDS) initiative in Africa. Mr. Evans was selected as a Sanders-African Leadership Academy (ALA) fellow in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was the project coordinator/special assistant for the ALA’s Model African Union (AU) Conference. He also served as Vice-chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee (BXSCC). During his tenure, he created the BXSCC youth ambassadors’ program and raised over $30,000 to fund the program, which took over 25 Maryland students to China. In the past, he served as a volunteer for WorldTeach (a Harvard University Educational Program). Originally hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, he now lives in the DC/Baltimore metro region, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Political Science from Morgan State University and a Master’s in International Affairs at American University. He speaks advanced Mandarin and is proficient in Portuguese and Japanese.
McGrath Jean ThomasTreasurer (1-year position)
McGrath Jean Thomas has extensive experience in international development and strategic management providing transformational leadership for international organizations, government agencies, and corporations in the US, Africa, and the Middle East. She led multicultural workgroups of up to 200 As the U.S. Peace Corps Country Director in South Africa, Lesotho, and Uganda. She served as the Vice President for Management for Meridian International Center; and she managed a USAID $27 million civil society capacity development/grants management project in Egypt for 8 years. She has served on several non-profit boards including BPIA, the International Student House of Washington DC and Send a Cow US.
Assistant Treasurer (2-year position)
Lassine Cherif joined BPIA in 2010 as student member and volunteer. He subsequently joined the BPIA staff as Membership Coordinator and IT manager. Appointed to the board of directors in 2018, Lassine was elected as board member at Large in 2019. He serves as the chair of the membership committee overseeing the organization membership activities including recruiting, retaining, and engaging members. Lassine is an experienced IT consultant helping organizations in the US and oversee improve their IT and cybersecurity governance, risk and compliance strategy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a Master's degree in Information Systems Technology. He is a certified project management professional (PMP), certified information security professional (CISSP) and certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC).
Christian A. Chung
Secretary (2-year position)
Christian Chung is an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Federal Government, focusing on the Middle East. Christian graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Foreign Service and an MA in Security Studies, studied Persian at the Defense Language Institute, and previously worked in the Middle East as a writer. In his free time, Christian is a private pilot, an open water diver, and avid cyclist, and serves as a mentor with Minds Matter DC. He is also a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council. Christian is a proud native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his family hails from Jamaica.
Assistant Secretary (1-year position)
Breonna Stanton is from Maryland and is a current MBA candidate at the University of Baltimore. She is also a subject matter expert in International Trade Compliance and has supported U.S. Navy platforms for Northrop Grumman Corporation and has consulted for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Breonna holds an M.A. from American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. from Virginia Tech in International Studies and French. She currently serves as Liaison for the Asia and Pacific Working Group within the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation professional development organization.
Clifton W. Jeffery Jr.
Member at Large (1-year position)
Clifton is a Supervisory Special Agent and experienced U.S. diplomat in the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). With nearly 15 years of experience, Clifton has served at several diplomatic posts abroad to include Pakistan, Iraq, Botswana, Eritrea, and Syria, specializing in program and crisis management, counter-terrorism, physical security, high-threat protection, threat analysis and threat mitigation. His focus areas include the Middle East and Africa. As a federal law enforcement officer, Clifton has also served in three DSS investigative offices, investigating instances of visa and passport fraud, while also providing protection for the U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries. Clifton earned a B.A. from Tougaloo College, and a J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law.
Eunice S. Reddick, Ambassador (ret.)
Member at Large (1-year position)
During her more than 35 years of diplomatic service, Eunice held ambassadorial assignments representing the U.S. in Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, and Gabon. She also served as Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassies in Mauritania and Burundi. At the U.S. State Department, she served as director of the offices responsible for U.S. relations with countries in East and West Africa and Southeast Asia. Eunice also held positions covering U.S. cooperation with development-focused international organizations and U.S. assistance for refugees in Africa. In addition to Africa diplomatic assignments, Eunice covered political issues at the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. She was a Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Diplomat-in-Residence at Howard University, advising students and career-seekers in Washington, DC, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia on State Department careers and foreign policy issues. In retirement, Eunice continues to mentor students and career-seekers. She is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Eunice also is an instructor at the Washington International Diplomatic Academy and a member of the advisory council for the official celebration of America’s 250th independence anniversary in 2026. She holds Board of Director positions with Black Professionals in International Affairs, American Women for International Understanding, and Helen Keller International. A native New Yorker, Eunice has an undergraduate degree in history and literature from New York University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Member at Large (2-year position)
Alexanderia Haidara has over ten years of experience in foreign policy, global business, and banking. Her career journey in international affairs began when she studied abroad in Brazil as an undergraduate student at World Learning’s School for International Training, studying Brazil’s racial democracy. Alexanderia’s passion for learning foreign languages, cultures, and politics led her to pursue a career at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer and Charles B. Rangel Fellow. She served as a diplomat in Mexico and Desk Officer for Tanzania in Washington, DC. Alexanderia led the government in closing a controversial human rights abuse case that had strained U.S.-Tanzanian relations for years. She was also charged with briefing the White House during the Obama Administration on the 2012 Tanzanian elections. Determined to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, Alexanderia launched two start-up cosmetic distribution businesses in Honduras and Rwanda. She produced Rwanda’s first hair show, gaining international recognition and contributing to the tourist and cosmetic industry. Alexanderia earned her B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2003 and MA in International Administration from the University of Denver in 2006. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
Member at Large (2-year position)
Yvonne Hubbard is a respected and trusted International Development Professional, Senior Advisor and Thought Leader with more than 20 years of success in the field of international development specializing in leading, community development, advocacy, training, talent acquisition, coaching, and strategic process improvement and planning for international NGOs and US government agencies. Over a career of twenty-five years she has led major US and international interventions in countries across Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America to achieve economic and sustainable growth at the community level. Ms. Hubbard is a skilled networker and connector and is deeply committed to participatory management, community-led development, and sustainable growth. Ms. Hubbard has held senior management positions with international NGOs, Peace Corps and Department of State.