meet the team.


founder | chief executive officer

Elise Labott is a leading journalist covering US foreign policy and international issues. She is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service. As CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent, she reported from more than 80 countries, traveled the world with seven secretaries of state and has interviewed many world leaders and newsmakers. Elise serves as a global ambassador for Vital Voices, an organization that empowers female entrepreneurs around the world and is on the advisory committee of Global Kids DC, a program that introduces high school students in underserved communities to international affairs.



content producer

Allison Reed is a program officer with the DT Institute, where she focuses on global democracy and promotion of human rights in repressive and closed countries. Before joining the DT Institute, Allison worked for the Department of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Allison earned a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs focusing on Human Security from the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.



co-founder | director of visual journalism

Jenna Cohen is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying journalism, leadership studies and information science. Jenna is an innovator in explanatory and visual journalism. As a digital and graphics designer for The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, she developed interactive and motion graphics, data visualizations and user-centered designs for long-form, investigative stories. She’s been a digital designer for the LEAD1 Association, Investigative Editing Corps., Leadership & Community Service-Learning and Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc.


nikki drag-kposowa

operations manager

Nikki Drag-Kposowa is a Senior Administrator at a Fortune 500 communications company, where she manages business operations for Product Research & Development. Additionally, Nikki directly supports Alycia Huston's Coaching and Consulting Enterprise while executing daily initiatives focusing on development and growth. In her previous role as Senior Business Coordinator for CNN’s Washington Bureau, she provided direct support to senior-level executives while managing bureau-wide projects, on-boarding new talent and supporting broadcast production. Nikki earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Buffalo State College. She is also a Certified Meeting Planner and Washington DC Notary Public.