Wellesley College junior Ellen Willis-Norton, the daughter of Erwin Willis and Noelle Norton of Solana Beach, has been named a fellow of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, which prepares women for positions of global leadership.
Willis-Norton’s participation in the institute began with an intensive course this January, where she took lessons from various international relations and public policy experts, including former U.S. Secretary of State Albright, a member of the Wellesley College class of 1959, who served as the institute’s distinguished visiting professor. This summer, Willis-Norton will participate in a Wellesley-funded internship in the United States or abroad, applying what she has learned in a real-life setting.
“I am excited to think about the rare experience I will have as an Albright Fellow,” she said. “As an environmental studies and biology double major, I will finally get a chance to practice how to put both my scientific and policymaking knowledge together to create solutions at the international level.”
Willis-Norton has worked as an intern at the University of San Diego, researching pollution at a tuna and sardine cannery in Magdalena Bay, Mexico, and at the San Diego branch of the Surfrider Foundation. This summer, she will intern for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the southwest branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service in their environmental research division.
At Wellesley, she is involved in the Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense, Wellesley Equestrian Team and the campus-wide Sustainability Advisory Committee.
This year's crop of Albright Fellows hail from 12 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Israel, Hungary, Japan, Nepal, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe.