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Elise Jordan

Part-Time Fellowship-2010

Project: Muslim Girls and Women as Equal Americans


Elise Jordan is a journalist and commentator whose writing on politics and foreign policy has been published in the, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Marie Claire, National Review Online, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Weekly Standard.  Elise is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and has also commentated on the BBC, CTV, Fox Business Network, and National Public Radio.  During the Bush administration, Elise worked at the State Department as speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and in the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting. In 2007, she joined the National Security Council, where she worked on press and communications strategy for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.  While at the White House, Elise worked for extended periods at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad and for the Commanding General’s Strategic Advisory Group at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.  She is on the board of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee, an effort to promote UNICEF’s humanitarian mission among under forty year old supporters, and the advisory board to the G(irls)20 Summit, a summit for young women from G20 nations and the African Union.  A 2004 graduate of Yale College with a degree in history, Elise was born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi.