Daniella Montemarano is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international conflict resolution and multitrack diplomacy under the program's Global Politics and Security concentration. She holds a Huffington Graduate Fellowship at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she researches Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.
A trained mediator since the age of 15, Daniella specializes in transitional justice, the Rule of Law, and gender, peace and security. Prior to joining MSFS, Daniella led peacebuilding projects in West and Southern Africa and the United States, addressing issues like women's political participation in rural Cameroon and post-conflict reconciliation within the Liberian diaspora community. Daniella served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (2012-15) and holds an honors B.A. in History from New York University.
During her #SummerSFS, Daniella worked at the Asian International Justice Initiative in Cambodia. While in Phnom Penh, she monitored Case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and helped conduct a study on the impact of the courts on transitional justice and the Rule of Law in post-genocide Cambodia. Her work also included developing human rights legal education curricula and supporting the Center's community outreach programs.