Meet our Staff Members

Donna Scarboro, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, International Programs

Donna Scarboro oversees numerous activities worldwide which help strengthen and sustain GW’s commitment to educating global citizens and engaging in service abroad. As Associate Provost for International Programs, she is responsible for GW’s international centers, study abroad, and international academic exchange partnerships. Dr. Scarboro has been with GW since 1983, having served previously as lecturer of Honors and English as well as assistant vice president for Special and International Programs.

For more information about Dr. Scarboro, please view her full Biography

Vanessa Brimner
Division Manager & Special Assistant to the Associate Provost

Vanessa Brimner manages financial, budgetary, and statistical accounting for the Office of International Programs, including the Office for Study Abroad. She holds a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in Political Science and Public Administration with minors in Economics and International Geography from Arizona State University. Vanessa is an active member and volunteer with the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women and tutors D.C. elementary school students.

Andrew Fromknecht

Andrew Fromknecht

Andrew Fromknecht manages the Office of International Programs Web site and provides essential Web site support to the Office for Study Abroad and related offices. He holds a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Geography from The George Washington University.  As an undergraduate at GW, he worked on international security programs and studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany. 

Shawn Lenker

Shawn Lenker
International Operations Coordinator

Shawn Lenker supports key aspects of GW’s international relations through the  assessment and management of operational risks abroad. Shawn also works with parties on campus and throughout the world to facilitate the negotiation and settlement of international agreements. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University and an M.S. in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Jennifer Skiba
International Programs Coordinator

Jennifer Skiba helps manage the Carlos Slim Scholars Program, a partnership between GW and the Fundación Carlos Slim in Mexico, working closely with the Slim Scholars and across university departments and schools to coordinate program requirements and create leadership experiences for the students. She also provides support to other sponsored global scholars and international visiting delegations, and contributes to reporting on GW’s international programs and activities.  Jennifer holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in International Relations from Ewha Womans University in Korea. 

Francesca Piemonte Slesinger

Francesca Piemonte Slesinger
Associate Director for Communications

Francesca Slesinger oversees communications about GW’s international efforts, serves as liaison for select sponsored international student programs, and provides support to visiting international delegations and scholars. Prior to joining GW, she was a staff member and consultant at several international and educational organizations, language instructor, and volunteer English teacher with area non-profits.  She received a B.A. in Spanish and Italian from Middlebury College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and has lived and traveled for work and study in Spain, Italy, and throughout Latin America.

For Office for Study Abroad staff information, please visit the Office for Study Abroad staff page.

International @ GW

Elliott School of International Affairs graduate students Caroline Bailey, left, and Mariam Adil

GW Strongly Represented at Clinton Global Initiative University

Eighteen social entrepreneurs from the university participate in annual meeting.

Grinding cochineal at Bii Dauu Cooperative in Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Dulce Angel Vargas.

‘Woven Lives’ Showcases Ancient Oaxacan Traditions at GW

Environmental Film Festival, Textile Museum collaboration brings documentary to campus.