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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

New faces at Northwestern Buffett

Meet our growing team as Northwestern Buffett continues to evolve.

Patrick Maloney has joined the Office of Global Safety and Security as a Program Coordinator. While working on his Bachelors at St. John’s University, he studied abroad in Spain, Italy, France, and Barbados. He also conducted research in Ecuador and Puerto Rico as well as an internship in Nicaragua. Maloney joined the Peace Corps and served in Burkina Faso from 2015-2017. In 2018, he worked as a trip leader for high school students doing volunteer work in Central America. He returned to Ecuador in early 2019 as a research associate with St. John’s University, where he worked with indigenous communities and local governments to conduct needs assessments and sustainable project proposals.



Tim McLellan is a visiting postdoctoral fellow whose work explores how bureaucratization within research hubs is changing the way scientists relate to the environment, society, and each other. After an academic career of studying agroforestry in Southern China, McLellan is excited to be using the Northwestern Buffet platform to become more engaged with agroforestry in ways he could not as a solo researcher, as well as help lead conversations in other areas of interest, such as those tackled in Northwestern Buffett’s Working Groups.


Hiroko Strulovici joined Northwestern Buffett as a Senior Project Coordinator. With a passion for international relations, intercultural exchange, and the arts, Strulovici’s academic career has taken her through Japan, France, and the United States. These experiences have given her a broad outlook and allowed her to share with the world her passions for Japanese culture—tea ceremonies, cooking, origami, and language. Currently, her focus is on existing partner support, the Global Collaboration Team, and Meridian 180 support.


Mark Zajac joined the Office of International Student and Scholar Services as the SEVIS coordinator in July. SEVIS, or Student Exchange Visitor Information System, is the system used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to maintain information on Northwestern’s F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents. Mark was a James H. Dunn Fellow in the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Munich, Germany. After the program, he worked in the International Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology before starting at Northwestern this summer.