About Us >> Staff
Ed McCord, Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503M
Tel: (202) 994-5785
Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503R
Tel: (202) 994-8854
Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Asian Studies Program Director
Monroe 411, 2115 G Street, N.W.
Tel: (202) 994-9125
Matt Grieger, Rising Powers Initiative Assistant Director; Sigur Center Executive Associate/Office Manager
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503S
Tel: (202) 994-4360
Mike Bouffard , Program Coordinator
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503Q
Tel: (202) 994-5874
Winnie Nham, Research Manager, Rising Powers Initiative
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503R
Tel: (202) 994-5247
Andrew Parker, Asian Studies & PISA Program Assistant
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503T4
Tel: (202) 994-2694
Timothy Westmyer, Research and Program Assistant, Rising Powers Initiative
1957 E St. NW, Suite 503P
Tel: (202) 994-1949
Kyle Churchman, Staff Assistant
BA International Affairs & Chinese Language and Literature (May 2013)
Lauren Fabijanski, Staff Assistant
BA International Affairs (May 2015)
Selina Lara, Staff Assistant
BA International Affairs & Korean Studies (May 2015)
Sheng Peng, Events and Communication Assistant
MA International Affairs (May 2014)
Matt Grieger serves as the Assistant Director of the Sigur Center's Rising Powers Initiative. In addition, he manages the staff, grants, and budget of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Before joining the Sigur Center in 2009, Matt served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. He subsequently lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he consulted for a South Korean corporation. In addition to working in Asia, Matt has held positions in media and communications, government relations, Democratic politics, and at USAID working on food security issues. He holds an MA in Asian Studies and a BA in Political Science, both from GW. .
Mike Bouffard holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from American University. Before joining the Sigur Center in 2012, Michael worked on public diplomacy issues for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP). He has spent time living in Beijing, China where he studied at Peking University while also interning for the Beijing Center for Policy Research. He has also interned for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the U.S. Campaign for Burma
Winnie Nham coordinates research and project logistics for the Rising Powers Initiative. Additionally, she manages the Intiative's online presence. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, Winnie studied abroad in China and served as a political analyst at the American Embassy Singapore. She also worked on global education policy in emerging markets for Apple, Inc. Winnie holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Andrew Parker holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from American University. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, he spent two years teaching English in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. While an undergraduate, he worked at the American University Center for Asian Studies. Andrew has interned at the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, the Los Angeles Times Beijing Bureau, the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief, and studied abroad at Beijing University.
Timothy Westmyer is Research and Program Assistant at the Sigur Center's Rising Powers Initiative. He assists in coordinating the RPI's study of debates taking place in Asia over the risks and rewards of nuclear energy and non-proliferation. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, he worked as a Foreign Affairs Assistant at the US Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Threat Reduction. Timothy has also spent time at the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Senate, the Arms Control Association, and a presidential campaign. He holds a MA with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in International Studies, History and a minor in Asian Studies from the University of Redlands in beautiful California.