Confirmed Hosts

2022 Confirmed Hosts :


Host: Nathaniel (Nate) Haight

Position: Education Advisor

Organization: USAID

Brief Description of Organization: USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address:

Ronald Reagan Building (RRB)

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW


Washington, DC 20523

Best Metro Stop to use: Federal Triangle

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Afternoon: 2 PM on May 5th

Additional Directions/Instructions: Meet at the northwest corner of the RRB where the main desk/entrance to USAID is located. If you are unable to find the main entrance to USAID, you can feel free to call my cell number below.

Office Phone Number: N/A – cell: 281-468-0372

Number of Students you can Host: 5 if inside USAID, more if we find a spot outside of USAID


Name: Andrew Meeks

Position: Senior Project Manager / Internship Program Manager

Organization: TargetPoint Consulting

Brief Description of Organization: TargetPoint Consulting is a full-service public opinion market research firm. Through the use of Quantitative research methods (Surveys and Ad Tests) and Qualitative research methods (Focus groups and Executive Interviews) we help political, corporate, and non-profit clients gain key insights into how to reach and target the audiences they are interested in.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: WeWork 1201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA. Floor 27, Room 27A – Classroom.

Best Metro Stop to use: Rosslyn. The WeWork is right next to the metro stop.

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM – Preferred

Additional Directions/Instructions: When entering the WeWork, please check in with the security at the front desk and they will direct you to the elevators. We will need a list of names of those attending beforehand.

Office Phone Number: 8018142893, my direct line

Number of Students you can Host: 10-15


Name: Ryan Leavitt

Position: Attorney/Partner

Organization: Barker Leavitt, PLLC

Brief Description of Organization: Government Affairs/Public Policy Consulting Law Firm. Our practice focuses largely on federal affairs consulting and lobbying. We represent clients with interests across the United States.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20007

Best Metro Stop to use: Foggy Botton/GWU

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM

Additional Directions/Instructions: I will meet the group at the 1st floor lobby and escort the group to our conference room.

Office Phone Number: 202-557-6153 (this is my cell phone)

Number of Students you can Host: 10


Utah Congressional Delegation Office Visit

Hosts: Robert Borden (Mike Lee); Jake Borstein, Sophie Draayer (Curtis), Kelsey Berg (Romney); Alex Yost and Barbara Andrade (Owens)

Event Room: SVC 203-02

Your students will need to be escorted into the building by our staff. They will enter via the Russell Senate Office Building northwest entrance at the corner of Delaware Ave NE and C St NE. When the group arrives, please call me at 801-809-1424.

10 AM – 3 PM

Number of students: (20)

Robert Borden, 801-809-1424

Anyone in attendance who is not official Congressional staff will need to be escorted into the building and into the Capitol by official Congressional staff. One staffer can take up to 15 people at a time.


Name: Rachel Sheffield

Position: Senior Policy Advisor

Organization: Joint Economic Committee (U.S. Senate, Ranking Member Mike Lee)

Brief Description of Organization: We are a Senate committee that conducts policy analysis and research on a variety of issues related to the U.S. economy. Under the leadership of Ranking Member Mike Lee (R-UT), we have focused specifically on “social capital” trends in the United States (the state of private and civic institutions such as the family, churches/houses of worship, the workplace, and other community organizations) and how policy can strengthen social capital.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Best Metro Stop to use: Union Station or Capitol South

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM

Additional Directions/Instructions: Meet me at entrance of the Senate Dirksen Office Building on the corner of 1st and C Street NE at 10:00 so I can let you in the building.

Office Phone Number: (818) 337-9902

Number of Students you can Host: 9


U.S. State Department

Host: John Dinkelman

Position: Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Administration – HST Room 6529

Organization: Department of State, Washington, DC 20520

Brief Description of Organization: Foreign Affairs; The Diplomacy Center is the future museum and visitors center for the Department of State. The Center will serve the American public by showcasing the history, practice and challenges of diplomacy and will inspire the next generation of diplomats.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC  20520

Directions: All 18 guests are pre-registered.  Please have all report to the C Street Entrance (“Visitors Entrance” Awning to the west (left) of the Main Entrance to the building at C Street and 22nd Street NW, Foggy Bottom – where they’ll have to go through the standard airport-like security clearance process) WITH government-issued photo ID no later than 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the event.

They will be met and escorted to the room and then escorted back to the C Street entrance at the end of the event.

Best Metro Stop to use: Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange, Blue, Silver lines)

Afternoon: 10 AM

Additional Directions/Instructions: Guests must be pre-registered and should enter via C Street Entrance (C Street and 22nd Street NW – entering security processing at awning marked “Visitors”) then processing guest badge at main lobby desk – government ID required.  Escort required while in building.

Office Phone Number: 202-647-1492

Number of Students you can Host: 20-30


On behalf of the American people, the U.S. State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.


The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.


Name: Eric Carlson

Position: Partner

Organization: Covington & Burling, LLP

Brief Description of Organization: International Law firm

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address:

  • One CityCenter
    850 Tenth Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20001
  • +1 202 662 6000

Best Metro Stop to use: Metro Center

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM

Additional Directions/Instructions:

Office Phone Number: 202 662 6000 (general); 202 580 5744 (Eric’s mobile)

Number of Students you can Host: 10-12

In an increasingly regulated world, we have an exceptional ability to help clients navigate their most complex business problems, deals, and disputes.

Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise.

What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices.

This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality.


Name: David Evans

Position: Senior Fellow

Organization: Center for Global Development

Brief Description of Organization: The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 2055 L Street NW, Washington, DC (entrance on L Street near 21st)

Best Metro Stop to use: Roughly equidistant from Foggy Bottom and Farragut West. Also walkable from Farragut North.

Preferred Office Visit Time: Either 10AM.

Additional Directions/Instructions: Students will need proof of vaccination. David Evans will meet students in lobby of building.

Office Phone Number: 202-416-4059

Number of Students you can Host: 20

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.

Mission and Values

We strive for excellence and intellectual rigor. We believe global prosperity starts with smart policy based on evidence. Our work is nonpartisan and our recommendations are not influenced by our funders. We are willing to challenge powerful institutions and the status quo to promote better, evidence-based practice.

We are committed to transparency, diversity, and professional and personal integrity. We value mutual respect, a collegial work place and a healthy sense of humor.

CGD’s Impact and Influence

CGD has helped to change the policies and practices of the world’s most powerful decision makers, and has made a real difference in the lives of people in the developing world. Click here to read more about how we’ve done it.


Name: Ashley Erickson

Position: Director of Network Advancement

Organization: American Constitution Society

Brief Description of Organization:

Our Vision: The American Constitution Society realizes the promises of the U.S. Constitution by building and leading a diverse legal community that dedicates itself to advancing and defending democracy, justice, equality, and liberty; to securing a government that serves the public interest; and to guarding against the abuse of law and the concentration of power.

Our Mission: ACS believes that the Constitution is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We interpret the Constitution based on its text and against the backdrop of history and lived experience. Through a diverse nationwide network of progressive lawyers, law students, judges, scholars and many others, we work to uphold the Constitution in the 21st Century by ensuring that law is a force for protecting our democracy and the public interest and for improving people’s lives.

Our Values: ACS welcomes a diverse membership into our network from a wide range of communities, including people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, religious and spiritual values, and national origin. These members are critical to ACS’s mission of building and leading a diverse legal community that dedicates itself to advancing and defending democracy, justice, equality, and liberty; to securing a government that serves the public interest; and to guarding against the abuse of law and the concentration of power.

The ACS Mission is Essential:

  • Through our public programs (over 1,400 debates, conferences, and press briefings across America each year), publications, and active online presence, ACS generates intellectual capital for ready use by progressive allies and shapes debates on key legal and public policy issues including access to courts, voting, equality, immigration, workers’ rights, and many others.
  • ACS nurtures the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators, and academics by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, and organizing around matters of both local and national significance.

ACS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Meeting with Ashley Erickson

Time: May 6, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 865 6993 9188

Passcode: 843653

One tap mobile

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Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: N/A

Best Metro Stop to use: (zoom link??) TBD

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM

Additional Directions/Instructions:

Office Phone Number: 202-393-6181

Number of Students you can Host: 20


Name: Ryan Martin

Position: Deputy Director, Center for Best Practices

Organization: National Governors Association

Brief Description of Organization: Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the voice of the leaders of 55 states, territories, and commonwealths. Our nation’s Governors are dedicated to leading bipartisan solutions that improve citizens’ lives through state government. Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels. The NGA Center for Best Practices teams and divisions develop innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges. The center is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation’s governors.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Best Metro Stop to use: Union Station

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning (10 am)

Additional Directions/Instructions: If it’s possible to get information before students arrive (first and last name), I can prepare badges for them in the lobby. If not, I will have to check them individually which will take some time.

Office Phone Number: 202-624-5486

Number of Students you can Host: 20

Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Senate 

Host: Joe Johnston

Joe is at the epicenter of everything that’s happening right now in the Senate and on Capitol Hill with politics these days and he’s also a really engaging person to talk to so The students would enjoy meeting him.

Position: Legislative Group – Assistant Editor, Daily Digest

Organization: Office of the Secretary of the Senate

Brief Description of Organization: The chief administrator and records keeper for the Senate

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: S-421 U.S. Capitol Building

Best Metro Stop to use: Union Station or Capitol South

Preferred Office Visit Time: Morning 10am

Additional Directions/Instructions: Meet outside the north security shed and I will bring you in as a group. No large bags, food, drinks, mace, pocket knives, or other weapons

Office Phone Number: 202-224-6167

Number of Students you can Host: 12

Union Station is the closest metro stop. I would meet the group outside the Capitol Building at the North Carriage Door. Here is a link of prohibited items.

10 am is best. I can only do one time.

Issues: whatever the senate is working on at the moment. Legislative process, Senate floor procedure, Senate rules, bill clerks, executive clerks, Senate journal, and Congressional Record.


Name: Natalia Cote-Munoz, Jared Banks, Kim Roy, Mika Cleverly, Rob Waller

Position: Various

Organization: U.S. Department of State

Brief Description of Organization: The oldest of the Cabinet departments, the Department of State is charged with developing and implementing U.S. foreign policy.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 2201 C St., room HST 1482

Best Metro Stop to use: Foggy Bottom

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Afternoon: 2 PM

Additional Directions/Instructions:

The Department of State’s street address is 2201 C Street.  The closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom.  When students exit the metro they’ll come up an escalator and then turn right onto 23rd street and go south unti they reach the Department (i.e., the Harry S. Truman building), which will be on their left.  The C Street entrance, which is the one they should use, is on the south side of the building (i.e., the side closest to the Lincoln Memorial).  They’ll need to go through security (just to the left of the main entrance) before entering the C street lobby, where one of us will meet them.

All names have been submitted. Please enter through the C-Street entrance (the one facing south, see pictures below)

Address: 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520


Name: Erin Abell

Position: VP, Operations

Organization: Tunnl

Brief Description of Organization: Tunnl is a nimble, rapidly growing company. We understand the necessity of timely and accurate data powering our client’s brand and advocacy needs. Our proprietary, data-driven platform is designed to create, connect, and influence the audiences that matter most across the social media, digital, advanced TV, and linear TV spectrum.

  • We strive daily to deliver innovative solutions to the active and emerging challenges our clients face.
  • We believe being highly collaborative and responsive is critical to any working relationship with our clients. We will never waiver in being a trusted and committed partner in the work we do.
  • We put a premium on recruiting highly talented and skilled team members. Our clients can trust they are getting the best products and service on the market.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22201

Best Metro Stop to use: Clarendon

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Morning: 10 AM
  • Afternoon: 2 PM – 2pm preferrred
  • Either/Both

Additional Directions/Instructions: Our floor is keyfob locked, so you will need to call oour Operations Manager, Emily Perry (508)221-4979 when you are all assembled in the lobby to be brought to our floor

Office Phone Number: (202)990-3690


Team of Hosts from Becket:

  • Eric Baxter, VP & Senior Counsel
  • Montse Alvarado, VP & COO
  • Megan Donley, Government Affairs Analyst
  • JeRevienne Mitchell, Administrative Officer
  • Monica Dewey, Office Assistant

Organization: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Brief Description of Organization: Non-profit law firm that defends religious liberty for people of all faiths.

Organization’s Webpage:

Office Address: 1919 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006

Best Metro Stop to use: Farragut West (Orange, Blue, Silver Line) or Farragut North (Red Line)

Preferred Office Visit Time:

  • Afternoon: 2 PM

Additional Directions/Instructions: JeRevienne Mitchell and Monica Dewey will be the points of contact for office-related logistics and transportation. When you arrive, security will meet you and let you up to our offices. If you have any questions or issues at all, please call the number below (JeRevienne), or you can reach out to Monica as well: 914-336-6321.

Office Phone Number: 202-349-7220

Number of Students you can Host: 20-22


Host: Mike

Location: CIA, at the BYU Barlow Center, can’t go to Langley, Virginia this year

No need for the following this year, but for future years, when we go to Langley again:

For each person who wants to attend this briefing, you can send me:

  • Full name (first name, middle name, last name)
  • Social Security Number

Our contact at the CIA will circle back with info for how to arrive day-of, but a few quick logistics notes:

  • It’s *not* located near a metro so students will need to either drive or take a Uber/Lyft/taxi to get there
  • Plan on arriving 15 mins early to clear security

Below are arrival instructions. In addition to the recruiter, there will be 2, maybe 3, BYU alumni to greet you and the students.

  • Briefing start time:  2 PM
  • Address:  CIA Headquarters,1000 Colonial Farm Rd, McLean, VA 22101
  • Point of Contact: (Note – this number is only if you are running late.)  Please call Anna at 703-482-3364 if you are running late.  She will be meeting you at the Visitors Center and will not be at that phone after 12:15 as that is the point at which she will leave her desk to walk to the Visitors Center to meet you and the group.

Please plan to arrive 30 minute early to allow for security/processing at the Visitors Center.

  • Everyone will need to bring a US Government issued photo ID (drivers license or passport).
  • You will not be able to bring in any of these items: cellphones or “smart” aka wifi-enabled devices (this includes apple watches, fitbits, wifi-connective headphones). So either plan on leaving them in your car or back at your hotel/residence.

When you arrive:

  • Turn into the main entrance of CIA Headquarters.
  • As you drive towards the entrance, you’ll see a sign indicating visitors should pull over to the right.
  • Pull off to the right and stop at the camera/speaker and present your photo ID and explain that you are there for a tour and will be meeting your escort at the Visitor’s Center.
  • The officer on the intercom will buzz you through and you can pull forward and park in front of the Visitors Center.

A point of contact/escort will be waiting for you at the Visitors Center. You will enter and one-by-one present your photo ID and receive a Visitor Badge. Once everyone has their badge, your POC will escort you on foot to the main entrance. It’s about a 5 minute walk so please let me know if there is anyone in the group with mobility impairment and a shuttle can be arranged.

I was also reminded and given plea that everyone leave *all* electronics behind.  If even one phone, USB, Apple watch, Fitbit, etc. slips through – it will delay the entire group.  Everyone will go through rigorous security and then, if anything is found, that one item will need to be taken back to the car (which entails a walk to and from the car from the point of security) while everyone else (including the CIA escorts) waits.  The entire group doesn’t clear if ANY electronics are found on any one person. 

Also confirmed are:

  • BYU alum representing multiple career tracks will be on a panel (all of these BYU alum have served in DC as well as overseas in embassies) – so if the students can read up and watch the videos, they’ll be able to ask more informed questions and make best use of the time.
  • The person from the Outreach and Talent office will be there and looks forward to making official introductions with you/Kirk/etc. so that as long as BYU wants to make this a standing session for each year’s group, they can do so.

For context and to inform discussion / questions, I would suggest that students:

Either I, Matthew Clarke, or another administrator will attend this briefing, and we will meet the student recruiter who will be leading the briefing.

If possible, I need the names and SSNs by, say, middle of the week of April 22-29, 2018 to share with our point of contact. He’ll then pass it to the security team at the CIA (all the info needs to be run through their security system in advance of their arrival).


  • CIA Headquarters visit – Friday, 10 May 2019, 10:00 am – 2:00p.m.  Your group should arrive at the CIA visitor’s center between 9:45 – 10:00a.m. in order to allow adequate time to process onto the compound.  Students, faculty and staff should arrive together at our Headquarters compound. Please advise on how your group will travel to Hqs (how many vehicles, chartered bus?  If so we will need the bus drivers name, SS#, & POB as well)
  • Participants must bring a passport or driver’s license and be prepared to verify the last four numbers of their SSN upon arrival.  Important:  If a participant was born outside of the United States, they will need to present their US Passport or naturalization certificate when they arrive.  Only those US citizens whose names and social security numbers were provided in advance will be allowed to proceed onto the CIA campus.  Non-US citizens cannot visit our compound.
  • The passage of the real ID Act in July 2014 restricts the use of certain state-issued driver’s licenses from gaining entry into federal buildings.  Specifically, please visit the following website: to ascertain States currently in compliance with Real ID.  If any attendees have a driver’s license from a non-compliant State they should bring another form of acceptable ID, e.g. US passport.
  • Participants may not bring backpacks, purses, or electronic devices. Cameras and photography are strictly prohibited.
  • In regards to electronic devices, attendees often forget about their cell phones or if they are wearing/carrying a Fitbit or other form of GPS in his/her watch, so please remind them about leaving such devices on the bus or at home.
  • All vehicles entering or exiting from the Agency installation are subject to inspection and search by authorized persons.
  • Please have participants wear comfortable shoes, eat and drink prior to the visit and bring cash or a credit card if they would like to purchase something from our Agency gift store.