Humphrey Program Administration

Padideh Ala'i
Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Office: Room Y305
Phone: 202-274-4227

Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) in
Washington D.C. where she specializes in areas of international trade law and development and
comparative legal traditions. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was in private
legal practice with the law firms of Jones Day and Reichler, Milton and Medel prior to joining the Faculty
of the WCL in 1997. In private practice Professor Ala’i represented developing country governments, including Guyana,
Nicaragua, Uganda, China and the Philippines in their negotiations with foreign investors, US Government and its federal
agencies, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. To learn more aboutProfessor Ala’i, please visit her
faculty page.

Fernanda Katz Ellenberg
International Programs Coordinator
Office: Y360B
Phone: 202-274-4391

Fernanda Katz Ellenberg is the International Programs Coordinator at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL). In this capacity, she manages the Humphrey Fellowship Program and the International Visiting Scholars Program and oversees their daily operations. Prior to joining WCL, Fernanda worked as a Senior Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, focusing on sexual minorities rights, the right to education, and food security. Before joining the RFK Center, Fernanda worked as a foreign attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, in the United States, and as an associate at Veirano Advogados, in Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the Catholic University in Porto Alegre (PUC-RS), Brazil, and her Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Cornell Law School. Fernanda speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Mailing Address:
4300 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Phone: 202-274-4427
Fax: 202-274-4226