Celebrating Silverado Policy Accelerator’s 2021 Interns

Meet the three interns who have become an essential part of Silverado’s team over the past year.

07/29/2021 | Silverado Policy Accelerator

In recognition of National Intern Day, Silverado Policy Accelerator would like to thank its three wonderful interns, all of whom have become an invaluable part of Silverado’s work in the months since our official launch.

Danielle Murad Waiss, Cybersecurity Research Intern

Danielle has been assisting Silverado with all things cyber since February 2020. She joins Silverado from Columbia University, where she is pursuing a dual Masters degree. She has graduated with a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on International Security Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and will be returning to complete her Masters degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). At Silverado, she has analyzed congressional action on cyber issues, supplied detailed research memos to guide our cyber policy recommendations, and contributed research to our ongoing initiatives related to the semiconductor supply chain. In addition to her cyber expertise, Danielle is a dancer in various disciplines, ranging from ballet and contemporary to salsa dance.

In her own words: “Being part of Silverado has been a wonderful opportunity to work with a cutting-edge team. I have enjoyed working on policy issues that are crucial to U.S. strategic competition and to contribute to the development of policy through Silverado's unique approach. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this important work!”

We are delighted to have Danielle continue her work with Silverado as she returns to New York City this fall.

Zoe Stilphen, Policy Intern

Zoe joined Silverado in June from Bowdoin College, where she is a rising senior with a double major in Government and Legal Studies and Sociology. Zoe has jumped straight into Silverado’s work in its Trade and Industrial Security and Eco²Sec pillars, helping to compile a legislative tracker to monitor congressional action on Silverado’s key policy areas and conducting literature reviews of the latest academic research on pressing issues like environmental arbitrage. When she’s not parsing the details of new environmental policies, Zoe enjoys watching the Boston Red Sox, reading, and exploring the beaches of Maine.

In her own words: “Working at Silverado has been such a valuable experience for expanding my policy interests. Not only have I gained tangible knowledge and skills about environmental, cyber, and trade policy, but I have learned from experts in the field. I love having autonomy and independence in my work and I am excited to see where this journey takes me!”

Zoe plans to continue her work with Silverado this fall as she returns to Bowdoin to complete her degree.

Ryan Cutler, Marketing Intern

Ryan joined Silverado in June from Syracuse University, where he is a rising senior pursuing a major in Communications and Rhetorical Studies. As Silverado’s Marketing Intern, he has been conducting in-depth analyses of Silverado’s social media analytics to help us understand how we can more effectively engage with our target audiences online. Ryan also developed a system to allow Silverado to keep track of its mentions in major media outlets and compiled a database of the offices within each federal agency that administers programs related to the environment. Outside of work, he enjoys going to the gym and being outside in nature.

In his own words: “I have learned a lot working from Silverado and enjoy the people I work with very much. I'm very thankful that I get to be part of an organization like this!”