We are a group of recent Johns Hopkins SAIS grads cycling from San Francisco to Washington, DC. Here’s a bit about us:

Joshua Henderson graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS concentrating in Energy, Resources, and the Environment with specializations in international finance and infrastructure finance. At SAIS, Joshua was the Student Government Association President and Co-President of the Israel Club.Originally from London, Joshua moved to Washington, D.C. to finish high school. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. Political Science and a B.A. History. He then spent a year in Israel at the Ministry of Justice in Tel Aviv. After returning to D.C., Joshua worked at a political consultancy advising clients in the retail, technology, and energy industries. During summer 2018, he interned at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the Structured Finance department. After SAIS Cycling For Access, he will be moving to New York to work at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

John Poor is a graduate from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies with a concentration in International Law and Organizations. He was born in Missouri, and his early life spent between Arkansas and Washington state. Having grown up in U.S. poverty, John developed a number of business skills which would eventually lead him into years of work in the business sector. It would also develop in him a passion to see poverty eliminated with, setting him on course for this very bike ride.

Sarahann Yeh is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins SAIS with a concentration in International Law and Organizations. Growing up, Sarahann never thought she’d have an international career. That all changed in 2014 when she was awarded a Fund for Education abroad scholarship to study in Shanghai, China. From there, Sarahann became passionate about international relations. After completing her bachelor’s, Sarahann interned at the U.S. Embassy in Malawi with the USFSIP program and taught English in Indonesia as a Fulbright ETA. She will be joining the U.S. State Department Foreign Service as an Economics Officer in the fall of 2019.

Lidia Gregg graduated with a Master’s Degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Originally born in Russia, she was adopted by an American family in Dallas at the age of 13. Throughout her teenage years, she was eager to learn more about where she was from. At Texas A&M University, she majored in International Studies, and with the help of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, she had a chance to study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. After university, she worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce and later at the National Geographic Society. While at SAIS, she worked at a foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine and led research for the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development.

Chloe Hauenstein is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Claremont McKenna College. Prior to attending SAIS, she performed independent research in New Delhi, India with a Fulbright Research Fellowship. She then worked as a market research consultant, for which she traveled to India, Mexico, Australia, the UK, and cities across the United States. At SAIS, she studied International Development and Economics. She also honed her language skills in Hindi and Urdu. In July, she will begin working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Throughout her career and education, she has valued hearing and learning from different perspectives. Through this ride, she hopes to learn more about communities across the United States and increase the perspectives represented in universities and policy making.

Jesse Metzger is from San Diego, California. Before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from UC Riverside, he had studied in 7 universities in 4 countries through various university transfers and study abroad. With restless feet and an unquenchable curiosity, Jesse continued to explore the world by teaching English in Indonesia, Palestine, and Russia. Moscow, Russia became his home away from home where he lived for four years. In these four years, he opened a foreign language department at a cultural institute, gave seminars on American literature, and conducted research at think tanks.