Nicholas Wondra, son of Mel and Jan Wondra of Nathrop, has been named a Congressional Fellow to the United States Congress from the Department of Energy for the coming year. Wondra’s previous role at the United States Department of Energy was in the Office of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and National Nuclear Security Administration, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
Wondra, of Arlington, VA., has accepted a position on the staff of Senior Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) focused on energy policy. Wyden is ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee.
Wondra holds an undergraduate degree with honors in International Relations and Russia studies from Cornell College and a Masters in Economics and Russian and Eurasian Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C., where he was Editor of the SAIS Review of International Affairs.
In 2008 he interned for the U.S. Department Of State at the U.S. Embassy in Yeravan, Armenia, and spent 2010-2011 as a Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Georgia where he worked with Caucasus Research Resource Centers on public education reform issues. During 2012-2013 he coordinated the Tajik National University Law Faculty internship program at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Tajikistan. He also engaged with the clinical legal education program at the Tajik National University, participating in the monitoring of joint legal assistance centers with the Tajikistan Bureau of Human Rights.
He is a 2015 graduate of the National Nuclear Securities Administration Graduate Fellowship program. His first role at the Department of Energy was as an Energy Analyst in the International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program.
Among his writings are this piece for the Center for Strategic & International Studies: https://www.csis.org/blogs/post-soviet-post/power-attraction-comparing-us-and-russian-nonproliferation-policies.
Editor’s Note: Wondra is the son of Ark Valley Voice Managing Editor Jan Wondra.