Cynthia Barmore ’09, M.P.A./J.D. ’15, a Woodrow Wilson School graduate from Illinois, speaks Italian, and some French and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. She founded a service organization doing volunteer work in Trenton and was president of Princeton Against Protectionism. She spent the spring semester of her junior year in WWS’s policy task force in Cape Town, South Africa; her summer internship under SINSI with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Russia; and her fellowship with the Office of the Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Food Agencies in Rome, followed by work with USAID’s agricultural development project in Bosnia. Both rotations focused on issues of land rights and agricultural development. She finished her MPA studies in the fall of 2011 as part of a joint MPA/JD program with Stanford Law School.
One of SINSI’s most valuable aspects is its flexibility. Through SINSI, I was able to move between USDA and USAID, working on agriculture and food security issues for both agencies. Unlike perhaps any other fellowship program, SINSI’s flexibility gave me an opportunity to determine the path that most supported my career goals. I spent the first year of my fellowship in Rome, working with the agricultural attaché and the U.S. mission to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization. My second year was with USAID in Bosnia, working for a local agricultural development project. This sequence introduced me to an incredibly wide spectrum of food security issues.