Steering Committee


Adrienne Clermont graduated from Princeton University in 2009 with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. Following graduation, she worked for the UN World Food Programme in Benin as a part of the Princeton in Africa fellowship program. She has since worked for Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and the International Youth Foundation on youth development programs in Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. In 2015, she completed her MSPH in nutrition and international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently lives in Baltimore and is a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Madison Marks joined the MENAR Fellowship Program in 2016. She is currently based in Dubai working as Program Manager with Womena, aiming to increase gender inclusion and diversity projects in innovation and tech entrepreneurship across MENA. She also consults on projects at the nexus of tech and development. Prior to relocating to Dubai, Madison managed youth engagement programming for Qatar Foundation International in Washington, DC and also has experience with USAID,, Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, World Justice Project, ANERA, and New Jordan Research Center. She holds a Masters of Arab Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, a BA in Middle East Studies from Florida State University, and studied abroad in Jordan as a Boren Scholar in 2011-2012. 


Colleen McCullough got her BA from Princeton in 2012 and her JD from Penn Law in 2016. In 2008, she spent three months traveling in North Africa and Turkey. While at Princeton, she studied Arabic and took classes on the modern Middle East. She spent the summer of 2010 working at an orphanage in Egypt and the summer of 2011 working for the National Council on US-Arab Relations in Washington, DC. In 2016, she worked with the International Development Law Organization and the government of Somalia to rewrite the country's criminal code. She is currently works as a lawyer in Boston.


Zach Ruchman graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies, and also studied at the American University in Cairo and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he is a Jefferson Fellow. Previously, he was a senior consultant at Alvarez & Marsal in Washington, DC. Zach has also worked at the National Democratic Institute, where he supported democracy development programs in Egypt and North Africa, and was as a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan, where he taught English at Jordan Applied University and was a researcher for the Project on Middle East Democracy.

Founding Members

Several Princeton students began the project of creating MENAR Fellowship Program, then under the name Princeton in the Middle East, in the fall of 2011. Gavi Barnhard and Colleen McCullough placed the first fellow in Morocco in 2013-2014, under the auspices of Princeton in Africa.
Gavi Barnhard graduated from Princeton University in 2013, majoring in Near Eastern Studies with a certificate in Arabic Language and Culture. While at Princeton, he studied Arabic and took classes on Islam and the Middle East. He spent the summer of 2011 in Tunisia studying Arabic through the Critical Language Scholarship, and the summer of 2012 working for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. After graduation, he spent a year studying Arabic on a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowship in Amman, Jordan, and has worked as a research assistant at the Washington Institute.