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Student Leaders

PDLI's Student Leaders are responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the organization, from on-campus events and recruitment to fundraising and Trip planning.

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Cormac Thorpe


Cormac is a junior Global Affairs and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations double major from New York City. On campus, he is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Yale Review of International Studies, teaches international relations to high schoolers through Hemispheres, and does legal interpretation and case research with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS). He has interned with the Justice Center for Legal Aid in Jordan and at the Executive Office of the President, and worked on the Biden campaign during two gap years.

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Cameron Janssens

Cameron is a senior in Branford College from New York City, pursuing a major in History (Politics, Law, and Government Pathway) and an advanced language certificate in Mandarin. He is passionate about American foreign policy and national security, and has experience working in the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and multiple think tanks in the field. Cameron is particularly interested in understanding the implications of U.S.-China competition on the international relations of the Middle East and is excited to be part of the leadership team of such an impactful fellowship. Outside of the classroom, you can find Cameron on the court with Yale Club Tennis.

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Isabel Arroyo

Director of Alumni Engagement

Isabel Arroyo is a junior in Pierson College studying Political Science. She is most interested in legal history, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. On campus, Isabel is a Human Rights Scholar with Yale Law School’s Schell Center, an orientation trip leader for incoming first-years, and a staff writer for the Yale Record. She also studies Arabic. Before coming to Yale, she served a 6-month AmeriCorps term in Arizona and Colorado.


Salvador Gómez-Colón

Director of Recruitment

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Salvador Gómez-Colón is an internationally recognized climate resilience and humanitarian advocate. His field experience in sustainability and disaster response has informed his public advocacy at the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, the Organization of American States, and UN agencies. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of State, members of Congress, and subnational governments to advance climate action goals. The author of Hurricane: My Story of Resilience (W.W. Norton 2021), Salvador is also a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.


Alex Greene

Fellowship & Events Director

Alex Greene, a sophomore in Branford, intends to major in Global Affairs and History at Yale. He's a researcher at the Foreign Policy center of the Yale Policy Institute and serves as tournament director for the New Haven Urban Debate League. Alex is also a proud member of the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team, and he is a new editorial intern for the Yale Law Journal. In his free time, he enjoys saber fencing, reading Foreign Affairs and The Economist, and watching Succession.


Mohamed Ibrahim

Director of Finance

Mohamed Ibrahim, a sophomore Yale student, is considering a major in data science or electrical engineering, alongside economics. His passion lies in merging public reform and STEM innovation, particularly through entrepreneurial startups addressing global challenges. He's focused on creating sustainable solutions through effective international networks and business models. 

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