Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all active Law School Ambassadors.
Charlie Bell is currently a JD candidate at Georgetown University. Prior to law school, he was a United States Army field artillery officer from 2005 through 2015, most of which he served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Charlie has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He holds a BA in English from Campbell University and an MBA with distinction from Liberty University.
Brendan graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2006 with a BS in Government, specializing in Public Policy. He served ten years in the Coast Guard, including six years at sea enforcing immigration and drug law, and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brendan earned a Masters from the George Washington University while on active duty, is a Veterans in Global Leadership mentor, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. He left active duty in 2016 to pursue a JD at Boston College Law School.
Ty is a student at Columbia Law School. Originally from Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Dallas and commissioned into the Marine Corps in 2009. As a public affairs officer, he first worked for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, then deployed to Afghanistan as a staff PAO for the International Security Assistance Force – Joint Command. Ty recently completed his seven years of service as the deputy for media and digital engagement at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. He and his wife are very, very slowly adjusting to life in Manhattan.
Ashley graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in Sociology. She commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer and was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord as a member of 4-2 SBCT. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012-2013 as a Female Engagement Team member and Brigade Assistant Intelligence Officer. After leaving active duty in the spring of 2014, Ashley joined Teach for America as a high school mathematics teacher in San Jose, CA. During her time in the classroom, she also completed a Masters of Education in Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Ashley is a J.D. Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the GULC Global Law Scholars Program. Ashley is a 2016 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar.
Dani received her commission in 2007 as an Adjutant General Officer through Army ROTC at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF, she earned a BS in Interpersonal Communications, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in Women’s Studies. From 2008 - 2012, Dani served in various S1/Adjutant positions within the 82 nd Airborne Division. After being selected for Civil Affairs at Fort Bragg, her area of concentration was Asia Pacific and Mandarin Chinese. Following her medical retirement from the Army in 2015, Dani entered the class of 2018 at Wake Forest University School of Law.
John is entering his first year at the University of Richmond School of Law. Originally from Durham, N.C., he enlisted in the Navy in 2006 as a Cryptologic Technician Technical. John attended college while on Active Duty and is a 2014 graduate of the American Military University with a B.A. in Intelligence Studies. While on Active Duty he has deployment experience in the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations as well as a deployment to Afghanistan supporting Special Operations and Village Stability Operations. John has transitioned from Active Duty to the Naval Reserves as he enters Law School.
Josh received his BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University in 2009. After graduating, Josh joined the Dubai office of Monitor Deloitte and consulted on economic development projects in the Middle East for two years. In 2012, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Josh served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey and the 11th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin. He will attend Harvard Law School in the Fall of 2016.
Tianyi graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and International Law. A native Texan, she commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer and was stationed in Camp Red Cloud, South Korea and Fort Hood, Texas. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and Iraqi in the spring of 2016. Tianyi will be leaving active duty in the fall of 2016 and attending Yale Law School.
Will is a first-year student at the University of Virginia Law School. He graduated West Point in 2011 with a B.S. in History. While at West Point he captained the Mixed Martial Arts Team. Following graduation, Will was stationed at Fort Hood for five years including a one-year deployment to Kuwait. Will is also a professional LSAT Tutor with Varsity Tutors.
Andrew commissioned in the US Army after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. In his eight years on active duty he held multiple positions with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying to Afghanistan five times. He will attend Stanford Law School as a member of the class of 2019.
Anya immigrated to the United States as a teenager from the former Soviet Union. After graduating from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois and working in banking, web development and law industries, Anya earned a scholarship to attend The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. She commissioned as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate after law school graduation in 2013 and is stationed at Joint Base Andrews (JBA), Maryland. As Chief of Adverse Actions she advises commanders on a range of discipline issues arising in a population of over 60K active duty, Title 10 Air National Guard and Reserve airmen stationed at JBA and around the world.
Manning is in his third year of a joint J.D./M.P.P. program at Georgetown University Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington. Manning separated from the Army as a Captain in 2012 after six years on active duty, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and four years in the Army Reserves as a medic before that. Prior to attending Georgetown he was a substitute teacher in Austin, TX.
Michael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011, earning a B.S. in History with Honors and a commission in the Armor Branch. While assigned to 4/3 Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart, GA, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader where he deployed to Logar Province, Afghanistan for nine months in 2013. He also served as a Troop Executive Officer. After five years of military service, Michael separated from the Army and is now a Class of 2019 JD Candidate at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
J David Thompson is a juris doctor candidate at Washington & Lee School of Law focusing on International Human Rights Law with a BS in Economics and MBA-Leadership from Liberty University. He is a Veterans4Diplomacy Fellow. Additionally, he brings experience on human rights, international relations, strengthening civil society, refugee issues, interagency collaboration, and countering violent extremism. Prior to Washington & Lee, he served in the US Army as a Military Police officer and Special Operations Civil Affairs with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and one to Jordan -- receiving a Bronze Star amongst other decorations. As an MP in Afghanistan he partnered alongside security and government officials to expand government outreach. As a Civil Affairs Officer in Afghanistan he trained Afghan military forces, mentored government officials, advised Naval Special Warfare on civil concerns, coordinated humanitarian assistance, and collaborated in refugee response. In Jordan, David worked at the US Embassy in countering violent extremism, strengthening civil society, and refugee response with other United States Government organizations, the United Nations, and various non-governmental organizations. Outside of work and school David enjoys reading, hiking, outdoor activities, exercising, traveling, and writing. He currently has 1 published book: 30 Days with Gail.
Ethan is a member of the Army Funded Legal Education Program currently studying at Vanderbilt Law School. Upon graduation in 2019, Ethan will begin practice as an Army Judge Advocate. Prior to law school, Ethan served for four years as a Signal Officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Ethan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University and is a Distinguished Military Graduate. As a Cadet Ethan studied Tajik-Persian at the Critical Language Institute, Arizona State University and trained at the Republic of China Military Academy, Taiwan.
Aaron graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007, earning a B.S. in Leadership with Honors and a commission in the Infantry. While assigned to the 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis, WA, he served as a Platoon Leader and as a Company Executive Officer. During his subsequent assignment to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Aaron served as a Special Forces Detachment Commander and as a Company Executive Officer. With nearly nine years on active duty and several overseas deployments, he transitioned into the Army Reserve. Aaron is a Class of 2019 JD/MBA Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides with his wife and son.
Joshua is an officer in the United States Navy JAG Corps and an alumnus of Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Fiveson was a Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute fellow and served as an editor with both the International Law Journal and the National Security Law Journal. He has worked extensively with the United States Department of Justice—in both their Office of International Affairs and Counterterrorism Section—and has regularly served as a guest speaker at George Mason University’s Criminology, Law, and Society Department. Currently, Fiveson is an Attorney Advisor to Judge Ohlson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and he also serves as the Navy Fellow at the Institute for World Politics.
Elliot graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008. A native Chicagoan, he commissioned as a SWO through Navy OCS and was off to Sasebo, Japan shortly thereafter. In 2012, Elliot transferred to San Diego, where he was homeported 15 months, including an 8-month Middle East deployment. Elliot's final duty station was the Pentagon, where he worked as the aide-de-camp to a Marine Corps General on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from 2014-2015. Elliot separated from the Navy in July, 2015, took a SPACE-A flight to Europe for a month, and upon his return he began his studies at George Mason University School of Law. Fun fact: Elliot traveled to 30 countries before the age of 30.
Doug graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Japanese. He holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University (International Security Studies) and the US Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies). He was forward deployed to Japan, where he served as a division officer in USS LASSEN (DDG 82) and a staff operations officer and flag aide for Commander, SEVENTH Fleet in USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19). Ashore, he was a Master Instructor of Political Science at the Naval Academy and a human resources policy officer for Commander, Navy Reserve Force. He is currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School and is interested in public international law, international transactions, and national security law.
Derrick graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science (Legal Option) and commissioned into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. His initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Division where he deployed on a 15-month deployment in support of “the Surge.” Derrick also served as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” in Washington, D.C. where he competed in the Best Ranger Competition in 2009 and 2010 and was the Officer in Charge of Edward “Ted” M. Kennedy’s funeral in Arlington Cemetery After completion of the Special Forces Qualifications Course, Derrick served as a Detachment Commander for two Special Forces teams and the Company Executive Officer for two companies over the course of five deployments to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. Derrick enjoys studying Arabic, running, and is pursuing his JD at Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2019.