Ellison Laskowski is currently on a leave of absence.
Ellison is a senior fellow in the Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). She previously served as a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department where she was special assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, advising her on Asia-Pacific and economic issues. She also served as a senior advisor to the Special Representative for North Korea. She has broad experience working on Northeast Asia, including the U.S.-China relationship and efforts to address North Korea’s nuclear program. Ellison worked in Washington in the office of Korean Affairs and as the political-military officer in the office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, where she was responsible for a range of defense, nonproliferation, and arms control issues. Ellison has been a fellow in the United States Senate. She served overseas in Taipei and Moscow. Prior to joining the State Department, Ellison worked on the Europe team at the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division. She received her master's degree in German and European studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree in political science from Wake Forest University.