Four HKS alumnae have been named to a list of 35 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been making a significant impact early in their U.S security and foreign policy careers.

The third-annual list is compiled by New America, a “think and action tank,” and the Diversity in National Security Network, a coalition of national security and foreign policy practitioners working to amplify the contributions of diverse practitioners in U.S. national security. Individuals were selected based their thought leadership and work in the security and foreign policy space.

The four alumnae are Kei Ashizawa MC/MPA 2017, Kristine Lee MPP 2018, Jenny Mallamo MPP 2013, and Rebecca Yang MPP 2015.

Earlier this year, four HKS alumni and one current student were named to the same organization’s list of emerging Black American leaders who are having an impact on security and foreign policy.

Kei Ashizawa headshotKei Ashizawa MC/MPA 2017 is a U.S.-Japan relations community organizer and an attorney at law experienced in energy and natural resources, real property, business law, and compliance. She has counseled various public and private entities on legal matters and unique international opportunities. She has key expertise on energy, Texas, and Japan.


Kristine Lee headshotKristine Lee MPP 2018 is an associate fellow at the Center for a New American Security’s Asia-Pacific Security Program, where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S.-China relations, and managing the North Korea threat.


Jenny Mallamo headshot with a white backgroundJenny Mallamo MPP 2013 is deputy director of global communications and media relations at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she promotes CFR’s work on issues including defense and security, gender equality, and global health. She is active in CFR’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and is co-chair of an employee resource group for women in the workplace.

Rebecca YangRebecca Yang MPP 2015 is a business advisor for global education at Amazon Web Services’ World Wide Public Sector organization, where she builds bridges among technology firms, government, and civil society to solve global challenges. Previously, she served as a U.S. diplomat in Istanbul, where she led U.S. engagement on women’s rights in Turkey and collaborated with the UN to address the unique needs of LGBTI refugees.