PRESIDENT

Brett Buchness

Brett Buchness is vice president and portfolio manager for innovation capital within Blackrock's Fundamental Fixed Income Group. In his role, he makes equity and debt investments in cutting-edge firms operating at the edge of their respective industries.

Buchness previously served as a fixed income portfolio manager within BlackRock's managed account business within Multi-Asset Strategies (MAS). In that role, he managed non-dollar, taxable, and municipal fixed income mandates. His responsibilities included the research, development, and implementation of global and international fixed income trade ideas across different mandates. Additionally, since 2017 Buchness has worked for the Office of the CIO of Fixed Income in various capacities, aiding global-macro and credit portfolio managers with thematic research and idea generation. Buchness' service with BlackRock dates back to 2007, when he joined the firm as part of the Summer Analyst Program. 

Prior to his time at BlackRock, Buchness earned a BS degree with special attainments in commerce, cum laude, in business administration from Washington and Lee University. In 2013 he became a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce) and in 2011 was accepted into the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).


ADVISORY COUNCIL

Joseph Amann

Joseph Amann is the director of portfolio analysis and reporting at Marlin Equity Partners in Los Angeles, where he oversees portfolio company reporting and valuations across the firm's global private equity investments.

Prior to Marlin, Amann lead the Investment analytics team at the Carlyle Group in Washington, DC for over three years. Before Carlyle, he worked at Morgan Stanley in New York for five years, most recently as a market risk manager of global credit products. Amann is the founder of the CNL DC program and a former Carnegie Council Trustee, Investment Committee member, and Pacific Delegate. He is a chartered alternative investment analyst and graduate of the University of Delaware with a major in finance and minor in political science.

Tina Huang

Tina Huang is a research analyst at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology, where she focuses on the U.S. AI workforce and the strategic implications of military use of AI. She is also the curriculum development specialist for Girl Security, where she creates modules aimed at teaching young girls about national security topics and careers. 

Previously, Huang has held positions at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Council on Foreign Relations, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Anti-Defamation League, and Georgetown University. 
 
She holds an MA in security studies from Georgetown University and a BA in international studies from Emory University.
 

Sam Jordan is the president of the Carnegie New Leaders DC Chapter and a client leader at IBM.

In her role at IBM, Jordan oversees the adoption of agile techniques and IT modernization efforts with enterprise-level clients in the consumer and distribution markets. She also serves on the Board of Kidsave, a non-profit organization that finds older foster kids and orphans permanent homes through a weekend and summer hosting program.

Previously, she worked at Regulatory Economics Group, LLC, an economic litigation consulting firm that provides a broad range of services to the energy industry, including cost of service calculations, market based rate studies, and analysis of tariff structures.

Brian Mateo

Brian Mateo serves as assistant dean of civic engagement at Bard College where he conceptualizes and implements strategies to provide civic engagement opportunities for students domestically, at Bard's international campuses and Early Colleges. Mateo works with faculty to develop and design curriculum to embed civic engagement into their syllabuses to establish a scholar-practitioner approach. 

He also serves as program director for the Study of U.S. Institutes on U.S. Foreign Policy, a program sponsored by the State Department Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs and works with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. He is also affiliated with the World Policy Institute as an associate fellow and a member of the United Nations Association.

Ronnie Saha

Ronnie Saha is a risk and strategy executive with Facebook Payments. He was elected to the Carnegie Council's Board of Trustees in 2020.

Prior to joining Facebook, Saha spent 8+ years as a management consultant with Deloitte, originally joining the firm's public finance / emerging markets practice where he advised ministries of finance and central banks throughout Africa and Asia on macroeconomic planning and public finance matters. In the post financial crisis period, he advised systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs) on stress-testing and capital and liquidity management and later helped to launch Deloitte's strategic risk practice, designed to help organizations manage the impacts of business model innovation, macroeconomic trends, and geopolitical shifts on their corporate strategies.

Previously, Saha spent several years in the international economic development sector, with NGOs and think tanks, including serving as special assistant to the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as a researcher at Harvard University's Hauser Institute for Civil Society.

He holds a BA from Kenyon College and MPP (international trade and finance) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Geoff Schaefer works for Booz Allen Hamilton where he focuses on the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) has on individuals, organizations, and societies. This includes an emphasis on key ethical challenges, how human-centered design can address them, and the different effects that AI will have on national security policy and economic development.

Prior to his work in AI, Schaefer served in a number of roles in both the intelligence community and financial industry. He started an analyst at the FBI before working on strategy and innovation at the National Reconnaissance Office. At Bridgewater Associates, he helped build a special projects team to tackle emerging issues at the nexus of security and technology. And as an officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he co-led the Applied Critical Thinking Group, where they fused behavioral economics and design thinking to develop new approaches to central banking.

Schaefer has a Master's in public policy from George Mason's Schar School and a BS in economics from West Virginia University. He completed an executive program on the European Union and British politics at Oxford, and a summer program on the history of foreign policy and diplomacy at The Washington Center.

Amelia Mae Wolf

Amelia M. Wolf is a senior intelligence analyst at Maxar Technologies, a geospatial intelligence company. She is also a Truman National Security Fellow, NYU Alumni Ambassador, and IE Business School Corporate Mentor.

Formerly, she was a research analyst at CENTRA Technology, a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, and communications coordinator and writer at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. She was also previously an adjunct assistant professor at St. John’s University. Wolf has previously served as co-president of the DC Chapter of the Carnegie New Leaders program from 2017-19 and a board member for the Council for American Students in International Negotiations from 2013-15. She is also a recurring guest lecturer at NYU and Columbia University.

She was a recipient of a recognition award for outstanding work from the United States government in 2019, which her team received for the results of a project she led. She has published articles in outlets such as Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Defense One. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. Wolf has a BA in communications from Loyola University Maryland and an MS in global affairs from New York University, where she specialized in international law and human rights.

Kenneth Zoeller

Kenneth Zoeller is a global development communications director at TeachForAll, a global organization supporting nearly 50 country-level partner organizations that are each expanding the pipeline of leadership in education in their own countries. Through his work, Zoeller works with leading philanthropies, corporations, governments, and multilateral organizations to secure funding for the global organization and partners.

He previously worked in Washington, DC for 10 years, most recently as a foreign policy and political analyst with the international practice of a leading lobbying firm.

Zoeller holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international studies and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.