Marshall J. Bailly II (MPA '2007), Executive Director and Founder, Leadership Initiatives.
Marshall Bailly is the Executive Director and the Founder of Leadership Initiatives. He created Leadership Initiatives to empower men, women and children around the world to determine their own future. Marshall has previously headed several organizations including American University's Freshman Service Experience that maintains more than 1,000 members and employees and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He has extensive development experience and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. Marshall attended American University for his bachelor degrees in International Relations and Political Science from the honors department and a degree in Leadership. He also earned his Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University. Upon completing his MPA degree, Marshall served as a guest speaker in PAUD 681 Managing Nonprofit Organizations, taught by prof. Amirkhanyan.
Allison Bawden, (MPA 2004), Assistant Director of Natural Resources and Environment Division, Government Accountability Office
Allison Bawden attended Dartmouth College, receiving her bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1999, and she graduated from American University with a Master of Public Administration degree in 2004. She concentrated her studies in Public Budgeting. While attending American she enjoyed her involvement with the faculty. Their open door policy created an environment where Allison was enabled to have a break from the workforce and instead become engaged in the academic process. While a student at AU Allison held several different internships. She was a graduate assistant for a government professor where she helped conduct research. She co-founded the Public Purpose, American’s student run policy journal. She also was the president of School of Public Affairs graduate council. During the summer in between her first and second year she interned at the Government Accountability Office, GAO, and continued throughout the rest of her graduate coursework. Upon graduation this position turned into a full time offer of employment. She is currently an assistant director in GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment division. Allison’s work focuses on management and oversight of the nation’s nuclear security enterprise and research and development within the Department of Energy. She supervises teams conducting evaluations of these programs. Allison believes the MPA program has aided her in her current job with the practical knowledge and concrete skills necessary to oversee Executive Branch.
Bill Brown (MPA, 2007), Financial Operations Manager, SPA Dean's Office.
After nearly a decade of direct social service delivery, working with families and low-income residents for the State of Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services, Bill enrolled in SPA's MPA program in 2005. While at American, he was a Paul A., Paul H., and Isabella A. Clarke Scholar in 2006 - 2007 and a Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) National Honor Society Inductee in 2007. He served as PAA Vice President in 2008 and President in 2009 and 2010. Upon graduation, Bill worked a Budget Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor, managing over $30 million of appropriated funds. Currently, he works in the SPA Dean's Office and is the financial manager of SPA's externally funded accounts and instructional revenue center accounts.
Caitlin Geary (MPA’2010), National Housing and Rehabilitation Association.
Caitlin Geary graduated from the School of Public Affairs at American University in May 2010 with a Master of Public Administration, concentrating in Nonprofit Management. Prior to graduation, she interned with the National League of Cities in the Center for Research and Innovation and was hired upon graduation as an Associate on the Finance and Economic Development team. In this capacity, she helps to strengthen the leadership capacity and identifies key roles for local elected officials in building economically competitive cities. In August 2011, Caitlin will begin a new position with the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, a national association for affordable housing developers and historic revitalization organizations, where she will help manage the membership, marketing, and communications activities for the organization.
John Rancourt (MPA '2011), Program Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services.
John Rancourt graduated in May with his Masters of Public Administration. He is a Program Analyst within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. John earned this position as a Presidential Management Fellow. His work focuses specifically on "state policies related to health information exchange". The skills learned as an MPA empowered John to succeed as a PMF finalist and secure an appointment. His capstone paper focused on health information technology so his appointment seems particularly poignant. American University's MPA gave John "a solid foundation for executing my new job well, but also for having a successful career in public service".
Robyn Hicks (MPA’2009), Intern Director, The Supreme Council.
Robyn Hicks is an Intern Director at the The Supreme Council, 33* ScottishRite of Fremasonry-SJ. Robyn manages the intern program which employs 8-10 young men and women per semester. The interns act as the public face of the Sucprme Council/Scottish Rite for the general public visiting the House of the Temple. The Supreme Council, 33* ScottishRite of Fremasonry-SJ is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, to assist its members and empower their communities. It also has the goal of emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth while promoting its high social, moral, and spiritual values such as compassion, fellowship, dedication to God, family and country.
Andria Hollis (MPA’2006), Program Director, Kid Power.
Andria Hollis is a Program Director at Kid Power, a civics-based organization providing academic, artistic, nutritional, and service-learning opportunities for young people in the vulnerably communities in the DC area. Andria “has worked and volunteered with youth for over a decade, beginning as president of a volunteer circle for a children’s hospital at age 16.In Tucson, AZ, she worked extensively with physically and emotionally abused youth as a direct care provider in therapeutic group homes, a home based therapist, and a foster parent.She has her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her M.P.A. from American University. She began working with Kid Power-DC in October 2005.”
Emma Gilmore Kieran (MPA’2007), Senior Director, Orr Associates, Inc.
Emma Gilmore Kieran is Senior Director in the Development Department at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), a premier consulting firm to the nonprofit industry. Since joining OAI in December 2007, Emma has collaborated with nearly two dozen clients on annual and capital campaign management, event management and marketing, outsourced development, board building, and strategic planning. As a Senior Director, Emma identifies and implements best practices, manages client teams, and oversees the development departments’ daily functions. Previously, Emma worked for Changing Our World, a national philanthropic consulting firm, and for Sidwell Friends School. She also volunteers for the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA and for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, and competes avidly in marathons and triathlons.
Laura Kohlmann (MPA '2009), Grants Management Specialist, National Cancer Institute.
Laura Kohlmann received a BA from Michigan State University and a MPA from American. She gained non-profit and government experience through positions with the Capital Region Community Foundation, March of Dimes, National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, and Michigan State University Office of Governmental Affairs. Laura is currently a Grants Management Specialist at the National Cancer Institute. She is responsible for the administrative review and management of grant awards. She conducts cost analysis of budgets, monitor compliance with administrative and fiscal policies, and resolves issues in a manner that is consistent with Federal and NIH-specific regulations and policies.
Amber McIntyre (MPA '2011), Assistant Coordinator of Nominations, Department of State.
Amber McIntyre graduated with a Masters in Public Policy. Ms. McIntyre was converted from a SCEP position begun in Spring 2009 and is now a Legislative Management Officer that facilitates exchange between Congress and the State Department working on foreign affairs legislation. Her work in her academic and professional work “helped each other”. In her professional career, she applies “coursework in organization dynamics, managing conflict, understanding teams, which play a pretty heavy role in how I approach my work and people I work with and how to get the best results.”
Ramya Punnoose (MPA' 2010), Management Analyst, Office of Personnel Management.
Ramya Punnoose works full time as a Management Analyst with the Office of Personnel Management, a government agency that manages the civil service of the federal government. She works primarily on compiling division responses to congressional inquiries and legislative bills as well as measuring the performance of the division. She also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), a local nonprofit organization committed to ending domestic violence in the Asian community. Ramya serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors, applies for new grants, oversees the implementation of existing grants, and serves as a human resources liaison for all staff and interns.
Joyce Raby is a Project Manager working for FAIR Health, a nonprofit organization established in 2009 with a mission to help ensure fairness and transparency in out-of-network reimbursement. Prior to coming to FH Joyce ran a consulting practice helping organizations use technology to effectively further their missions. Joyce has over 20 years experience in the technology industry, including eight years with the federal government funding and managing projects at organizations across the country. Joyce is the 2009 recipient of the Innovations in Equal Justice Award presented jointly by the ABA/NLADA for her work at the Legal Service Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grant program.
Sarah Riczo (MPA’2011), Executive Director and one of the Founders, Teach on the Beach International.
Sarah Riczo received her MPA from American in 2011 after becoming the Executive Director of Teach on the Beach International. Sarah began her work with Teach on the Beach during her second trip to West Africa. The organization has since expanded to high school students in the US and has hosted over 100 international volunteers in Ghana. The organization is working to improve education around the world by connecting youth and facilitating discussion of global issues while at the same time enabling college students to gain hands on experience and to make a real difference in their world by leading these programs. Sarah Prepared a Marketing plan for Teach on the Beach International while in PUAD 683, Marketing for Nonprofits, taught by Professor Amirkhanyan.
Marisol Rodriguez (MPA’2008), Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation.
Marisol Rodriguez is a Program Officer at Walton Family Foundation that has a mission of improving student achievement in low-income communities by investing in organizations and programs that empower parents to choose among high-performing schools and insert competition.
Laura Kay-Roth (MPA’2011) Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President, American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM).
Laura Kay-Roth is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President at the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM). The Mission of ASAM is to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment, as well as to educate physicians (including medical and osteopathic students), and other health care providers and the public about addiction treatment.
Sara Spizzirri (MPA’2010), Research Assistant, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Sara Spizzirri graduated from American University with an MPA in 2010. She also holds a B.A. from Ithaca College, where she majored in politics and minored in biology. Currently, she is a researcher at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a private non-profit organization that advises the United States government on matters pertaining to science and health policy. She is part of a team that is working on a study on geographic adjustment in Medicare payment. Her primary responsibilities include writing, researching, editing, and communicating with stakeholders and the general public.
Deanna Stephens (MPA '2011), Policy Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services.
Deanna Stephens graduated with a Masters of Public Administration. Her federal career started as an undergraduate. She participated in WIN, which actually made her interested in the MPA so her academic and professional pursuits are certainly related. She kept in contact with the office she had interned with and was hired again as an intern and then brought on full time as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Communications at the Department of Health and Human Services. The “MPA taught more political aspects of working in restrictions and restraints you’re faced with.” With this in mind, she’ll use a “balance of passion and desire for public service and being able to have the appropriate skills to work within the system.”
Kyle Sutton is an Associate Administrator at Christ House. The mission of Christ House is to provide comprehensive health care to sick, homeless men and women living in Washington DC, and to help them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness.
David Uhl (MPA’2009), Development Officer, ZERO.
David Uhl currently serves as the Development Officer at ZERO, The Project to End Prostate Cancer. David focuses on major donor contributions, corporate giving, foundation grants and overall fundraising strategy. Prior to joining ZERO, David worked in the development office at L'Arche Greater Washington. David Uhl also worked in New Orleans where he provided assistance to displaced residents after Hurricane Katrina. David received his MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management from American University. Originally from the Seattle area, he received his undergraduate degree in political science from Gonzaga University.
MPP Alumni Achievements
Megan Campbell, (MPP 2009), Child Care Program Specialist,Office of Child Care in the Administration for Children and Families
Megan Campbell received her BA in Political Science from Boston University in 2005 and graduated from AU with her master in Public Policy with a concentration in social policy in 2009. The MPP program at AU provided Megan with a solid theoretical foundation as well as the opportunity for practical application through the policy practicum. Megan enjoyed the academically challenging environment that the Policy Program provided while still encouraging students to pursue outside opportunities. While Megan was a student at AU she had several internships and eventually became a research assistant at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Megan is currently a Child Care Program Specialist in the Policy Division of the Office of Child Care in the Administration for Children and Families, which administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. She acquired this job as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As a PMF finalist, Megan was guided and supported by SPA faculty through professional networking. Over the past two and a half years, she has managed work related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which provided $2 billion in supplemental funding for the CCDF, including ensuring that States, Territories, and Tribes adhered to new reporting requirements, provided technical assistance to grantees, and composed quarterly finding reviews. In addition, she completed a detail at the Congressional Research Service in the Domestic Social Policy division.
Jane Clark, (MPP 2009), Data Analyst, U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jane Clark attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate degree and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2005. After that, she attended American University's School of Public Affairs and got her Master's in Public Policy in 2009 with a concentration in social policy. Jane enjoyed the practical curriculum and how it directly applied to her work. She views her MPP degree as a professional tool that has offered her a set of skills she has been able to use in all of her internship and jobs. While a student at AU, Jane interned at the an international NGO called the Council for Community of Democracies, a nonprofit called the Committee for Education Funding, and a policy advising firm called Baker Donnelson. Jane is currently working at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her roles and responsibilities are to manage the data cycle in her office, which includes coordinating the data review process, increasing access to high value data sets through public websites, and looking for ways to increase staff capacity to use data for program management and decision making. She has a very challenging but rewarding job. Jane believes that many elements of the MPP program helped to prepare her for this job. The foundational classes such as methods of policy analysis and her social policy courses were particularly useful in preparing her for her current job. Additionally, the Practicum course and its 48 hour course project aided her in how to work in a condensed amount of time and still be able to produce professional quality work.
Mark Fisher, (MPP 2011), Grassroots Project Coordinator, American Heart Association
Mark Fisher attended Allegheny College and received his Master in Public Policy from American University in May 2011 with a concentration in social policy. Mark valued how the MPP program encouraged students to gain work experience outside the classroom. His internships helped him to make contacts, meet people in fields of interests, and create connections which enabled him to have future job opportunities. When Mark was a student at AU he held various advocacy internships where he gained practical skills and knowledge. His internships were at Families USA, the American Lung Association as an advocacy and policy intern, and an education nonprofit. Mark currently works at the American Heart Association. He is the Grassroots Project Coordinator where he connects people across the country to the federal government and other agencies to enable them to shape policy. He uses webinars, phone calls, and email action campaigns to alert advocates on policy happenings in Washington, D.C. Mark indicates the MPP program helped prepare him for his current job through classes such as the Practicum, where he had to produce professional quality work and hone professional communication skills with clients. He daily uses his project management and liaison skills at his position at the American Heart Association.
Erica Herrmann (MPP 2011), Program Specialist in the Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services, Peace Corps Headquarters
Erica Herrmann graduated with her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and graduated with her MPP degree from the School of Public Affairs in 2011 with a concentration in international social policy. After graduating from a large university Erica enjoyed the intimate class sizes of the AU MPP program. She believes that the smaller classes fostered a learning environment where she was able to establish close relationships with professors. Erica also enjoyed the MPP program’s sense of service and giving back to the community. While a student, Erica interned at the State Department in the winter of 2010. Currently, Erica is the Program Specialist in the Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She works as a liaison between potential employers looking to hire Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), as well as helping aid returned Volunteers in the transition between their time of foreign service into a career. Erica believes the practicum course was extremely helpful in developing her research and writing skills. In addition, this client based project provided her with hands on experience in focusing in on a problem and applying creative policy solutions to solve it.
Lindsey Hitchcock received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and graduated with her Public Policy degree in 2008 with a concentration in international development. While a student at American Lindsey was actively involved in the graduate student council, in her first year she was the chair of the social committee and in her second year became the School of Public Affairs, SPA, graduate council student president. While SPA graduate council student president, Lindsey helped in the larger university graduate student council and aided in university strategic planning meetings. These experiences helped enrich her graduate education and professional development. The internships Lindsey had while a student at AU were at various policy think tanks around the city where she researched topics ranging from literacy to national security. Lindsey currently works at Deloitte where she is a senior consultant. The main thrust of the company is to help the government think strategically about technology, human capital resources, and budgetary confinements. She has been able to have a variety of federal government projects and with each project her role within the firm is able to change. Lindsey believes the MPP program has helped to prepare her for current job by giving her a wide breadth of knowledge about the government. The classes, case study projects, and analytic skills from the program are relevant to her work every day. Additionally, Lindsey was influenced by other programs at American. She was able to participate in an alternative break trip in January 2008 in Colombia. She had the opportunity to talk to local indigenous people and see how United States policy is directly affecting people. This experience has helped to form her perspective and approach on numerous policy stances. Lindsey also participated in the Kogod Case Competition and stated that this experience was formative for her graduate education. This intensive 72 hour project helped to prepare her for the real working world. Overall, Lindsey had a very enjoyable experience both personal and professional while at American.
Andrew Hu, (MPP 2009), Legislative Assistant, Senator Amy Klobuchar
Andrew Hu received a Masters in Public Policy from American University in 2009 after graduating from the University of California San Diego in 2006. Throughout his coursework, Andrew enjoyed the interactions and discussions he was able to have in class with his professors and peers. While a student at AU, Andrew interned at the National Association Community Health Center and was a Congressional fellow for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. Andrew is currently a legislative assistant to Senator Amy Klobuchar. His current roles and responsibilities in this job are to manager the Senator’s healthcare portfolio and conduct analysis on issues that directly impact the senator’s constituents. Andrew believes the MPP program helped him develop and view policy positions in different ways through discussions among both his classmates and professors.
Krista Niemczyk, (MPP 2010), Public Policy Specialist, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Krista graduated with her undergraduate degree from California State University in Long Beach and graduated with her MPP degree in 2010 with a concentration in social policy. Krista enjoyed the balance the MPP program strived to achieve between classroom and real world experience. She was able to apply her daily coursework an internship at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which later transitioned into a full time position. Currently, Krista works at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence as the Public Policy Specialist. The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is a membership organization that advocates for a California free from domestic violence by shaping public policy, increasing community awareness, and strengthening their members’ capacity. Krista promotes state-level policies pertaining to domestic violence by educating lawmakers and decision-makers and organizing grassroots advocacy campaigns. Krista believes the MPP program gave her a solid foundation for understanding the policy process and how policy actually is created. In particular, the social policy courses she took helped her to analyze and deepen her understanding about specific issues. Furthermore, the quantitative methods for policy analysis classes helped her become a better consumer of statistics and this ability to interpret data has aided her in advocating to end domestic violence.
Samantha O’Leary graduated with a Masters of Public Policy and was hired as a Consultant at Lewin Group, a leading health care policy consulting firm focused on states and payers practices. Ms. O’Leary’s work will focus on statistical work on state Medicaid as well as policy recommendations, skills honed in her coursework at American. Samantha “never took a statistics class in college so classes like methods of problem solving and program evaluation gave me the skills and insight that I will need in my job”.
Cameron Smith, (MPP 2007), Chief Operating Officer, American Action Forum
Cameron Smith graduated from American University in 2007 with a B.A. and in 2008 with a Master’s in Public Policy, concentrating in tax policy. Cameron enjoyed that the policy program’s location in D.C. attracted prominent adjunct professors who incorporated their years of experience in the field into their courses. AU’s location in the nation’s capital enhanced her experiences inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, Cameron benefited greatly from the caliber of students in her program, who provided real examples of challenges through their activities in various policy institutions. Cameron interned as a student at Lehman Brothers, where, during the 2008 presidential campaign she analyzed the impact of political forces and policy changes on financial markets. She currently works at the American Action Forum as the Chief Operating Officer. In this position, she writes on a wide range of policy issues, spends time building relationships on Capitol Hill, and manages all policy areas of a growing center-right think tank. Dealing with everything from donor relations to budgeting, her position has allowed her to mix the managing of a nonprofit policy shop with writing and publishing on relevant policy issues. Cameron believes the courses she took in the policy program have provided her with strong quantitative and qualitative skills that she applies to every policy issue on a daily basis.
Dominique Melissinos Thout,(MPP 2008) Program Coordinator, Robert S. Strauss Center Program on Climate Change and African Political Stability, University of Texas at Austin
Dominique graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Bachelor of Dance Arts. She then graduated from American with her MPP degree in 2008 with a concentration in social policy. While attending American, Dominique appreciated the mentorship from professors and the skill set she learned in her MPP courses, as well as the opportunity to apply this skill set to several different areas of policy analysis. Additionally, she had an article published in ThePublic Purpose, American University’s School of Public Affairs peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. As a student, Dominique had the opportunity to intern at several organizations. She interned at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the Brookings Institution, which transitioned into a full-time position upon graduation. She then worked for the New England Health Care Institute as a health policy associate. Currently, Dominique is a program coordinator for the Robert S. Strauss Center’s program on Climate Change and African Political Stability at the University of Texas at Austin. She coordinates the program’s research activities and publication on climate security issues. Dominique believes the variety of courses she took at AU, ranged from environmental policy to expenditure analysis to social policy, has provided her with a strong skill set which she has been able to apply to a range of organizations with different areas of focus.
Hillary Webster, (MPP 2010), Consultant, Deloitte
Hillary Webster received her BA from the University of Minnesota and graduated with her Public Policy degree in 2010 with a focus on both finance and non-profit management. While in the MPP program, Hillary really enjoyed the community atmosphere she had with her fellow classmates, the strong relationships she was able to have with faculty, and the timely discussion within class about current policy. While a student at AU Hillary had numerous internships. She was a teaching assistant, a policy intern at the National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI), and an intern at the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), an organization focused on rural development issues in the United States. She also interned at the Inter-American Development Bank where she was able to directly apply her quantitative analysis skills. Hillary is currently working with Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she has supported several projects within the Department of Homeland Security. Her current role entails financial management and budget support at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hillary believes the concepts from classes such as organizational analysis, project management, and methods of policy analysis have aided her in honing her critical thinking and analysis skills, which have greatly benefitted her in her current position at Deloitte.
Alison Williams, (MPP 2009), Energy Analyst, Bloomberg Business
Alison Williams attended the University of California at Davis and graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy in 2009 with a concentration in environmental policy. While attending American, Alison enjoyed having the opportunity to work with professors who are in the top of their field. Also, she commented on how she appreciated the close-knit atmosphere and open dialogue she was able to have with both her professors and peers. Looking back, she says that each class was well organized and executed and came together perfectly in the capstone course, much like pieces of a puzzle. While a student at AU, Alison had several internships. She was an intern at the World Resources Institute, conducted field work in Tanzania, and had a SCEP position at the Department of Energy that she converted to a civil service position. After three years at the department, she came to Bloomberg Government, where she currently serves as an expert analyst on a variety of energy issues. She conducts research, writes, and comments on trends in the field. She believes her MPP education continues to help her frame and contextualize different issues and on a daily basis is able to use the quantitative analysis skills she gained from the program.
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Mohammed Abu Asaker (Nonprofit Certificate’2007), Program Coordinator, United Nations in Gaza.
Originally from Gaza , Palestine, Mohammed Abu Asaker got his B.A. in English from the Islamic University of Gaza and got M.A in International Development and Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from American University, Washington D.C in 2007. Additionally, in 2002 Mohammed published a human rights report in The Palestinian Human Rights Monitor. Mohammed was also the Vice President of the SIS Graduate Student Council at American University in 2006. Mohammed has attended leadership, management, media and communication trainings in the United States, Japan, Egypt, and Palestine. He is a civic activist and consults on media and communications for development. He worked for three years with USAID sub-contractors in Gaza as a project coordinator and project manager. Between the period of 2007-2009, Mohammed worked as a Deputy Country Director with the BBC World Service Trust in Sudan. Currently, Mohammed is working as a Program Coordinator with the United Nations in Gaza.