Biography

Jacqueline White Menchaca is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where she conducted research for the Korea Project. Her particular focus is on North Korea’s circumvention of sanctions through exploitation of cryptocurrency. She was also a Department of State Charles B. Rangel Fellow and was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat upon graduation. This past summer, she served as a Political/Economic Section intern for Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania. Prior to Harvard, she worked in the Department of State's civil service in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. She previously served as a Staff Assistant and Fellow for Congressman Ruben Gallego and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, respectively.   
  
Jacqueline was a 2019 Boren Scholar recipient and used her award to study Swahili in Tanzania while working for a non-profit focused on countering violent extremism and protecting shrinking democratic spaces in East Africa. Jacqueline also participated in the McCain Institute’s Diplomacy and Security Policy Design Studio where she studied under former diplomats. Jacqueline is a proud graduate of Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. Her research interests include security and defense policy, countering violent extremism, cybersecurity, and African affairs.   
 

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