Ankhet Holmes is a second year master’s student in public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School for Public Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Geography, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and International Studies. As a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship, Ankhet will spend five years as a Foreign Service Officer after completing her master’s degree. As part of that fellowship, Ankhet spent the past summer in Morocco working in public diplomacy and information at the US Embassy in Rabat. Ankhet’s interest in international affairs began after spending her junior year of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia as an exchange student through the State Department sponsored YES Abroad scholarship. During her time at Dartmouth, Ankhet studied women and gender studies and Indian history in Hyderabad, India for three months on a foreign study program. With a Dartmouth fellowship, she returned to Indonesia to work for three months at The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO), the premier NGO focused on diplomacy between the two nations. Ankhet’s professional interests are in public diplomacy, international organizations, and human rights. At UCLA, Ankhet is a program manager for the Global Public Affairs program and an Advocacy co-chair for Policy Professionals for Diversity and Equity. In her free time, she is an avid patron of the arts – watching films, reading books, taking art classes, and writing. Ankhet calls Los Angeles, California home.