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Paul Costello


President, Founder and CEO, Paul Costello is an educator, writer and recognized world expert and leader in the area of narrative practice. In addition to his role as founding director of The Centre for Narrative Studies, he has also designed a number of training and leadership programs that use the power of stories for transformative change, most notably as the architect behind the innovative narrative design of the 2000-2007, Washington Ireland Program.

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Andrew B. Doll

Program Manager

Andrew Doll joined New Story Leadership as the Program Manager in May 2015.  In the capacity of Program Manager, he will focus on strengthening NSL’s efforts concerning administration, student engagement, curriculum development and network engagement.  Prior to joining New Story Leadership, Doll worked at NSL’s sister program, the South Africa-Washington International Program, as Program Coordinator.  From his time at SAWIP and a master’s degree from the University of Kent in Brussels, he brings a background in international relations, cross-cultural communication, mediation, and public speaking.  Previously, he has been responsible for publicity, communications, team development and curriculum management.  He hopes to integrate these experiences into NSL’s framework.

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Keshet Benschikovski

Outreach Coordinator

Outreach Coordinator, Keshet Benschikovski is a first year student at American University majoring in International studies with a regional focus on the Middle East. She grew up in Kibbutz Afek, Israel, which has shaped her interests in foreign policy in the Middle East. Prior to joining New Story Leadership, Keshet has volunteered with the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign and attended the Coexistence in the Middle East program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Throughout high school, her love for politics flourished, as she found an interest in international relations. Keshet hopes to work in the future with the United Nations on stabilizing Israel’s relations with its neighboring countries like Syria and Lebanon.

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Jeremy Popowitz

Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator Jeremy Popowitz is a first-year student attending American University following the pre-medicine track and majoring in communications and history.  He is currently a part of the Washington Mentorship Program at American University.   Jeremy is from Los Angeles, California where he graduated cum laude from The Buckley School. Jeremy is an avid baseball fan who loves to play, watch, or discuss any aspect of the game.  Prior to joining New Story Leadership, he had interned, volunteered, and shadowed at many different hospitals around the country including, but not limited to: Kansas City, Burlington, and Los Angeles. Jeremy has also won two Scholastic California Art Awards, including a gold key award, for his work in graphic design.  He is also an AP Scholar for his success in AP subjects including, but not limited to AP World History, European History, Biology, US History, and Government Studies.


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