About Me

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Jay Friedel
University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2013
Major: International Relations
Minor: Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Language Fluency Certificate: French
Other Language: Persian
Computer Skills: Social Media; Microsoft Office Suite; Promotional Design; Web Navigation; basic SQL; HTML; iMovie; advanced ExactTarget

Jay Friedel is a Marketing Manager for Uber Baltimore.  He is also Co-Producer of The Middle East Video Blog.

Prior to his foray into the startup/tech scene, Jay was a Research Intern at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  He worked closely with Patrick Clawson, Director of Research, and Mehdi Khalaji in the Iran Program.  His responsibilities included researching for articles and/or government policy briefings; translating Farsi, fact-checking and transliteration-checking; overseeing conference/meeting logistics before, during, and after events; coordinating international travel and meetings with foreign governments; as well as various administrative responsibilities.

In May 2013, Jay graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.  He majored in International Relations with a concentration in Iranian Studies.  For his minor, he studied Persian language for six semesters, and he is currently continuing his Persian study at the Middle East Institute.  Jay spent his senior year writing a thesis which applied a dual-method analysis.  He (1) mapped the Iranian expatriate community’s growth since 1953, and; (2) traced Iran’s political, religious, and economic development in the same time period in order to evaluate the potential for the Iranian Diaspora to precipitate regime change.  You can follow these links to read it below.

Within both his major and his minor, Jay’s other coursework included seminars on International Security, Politics of the Contemporary Middle East, Economics, and the US Intelligence Community.  He hopes to spend his career better understanding the US/Iranian relationship and working towards its eventual improvement.

At school, Jay served on the executive board of the Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations as well as the Mock Trial team.  He also pioneered two debate programs in Philadelphia: City Center Academy High School and Spruce Hill Middle School.  Jay served as the Head Debate Coach of CCA for all four years, and oversaw the start and development of the SHMS team for two years–all told, managing 400% growth of the program.

Jay has extensive international travel experience.  He has been to India many times.  He has also visited Mexico, England, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Italy, Berlin, Greece, and Istanbul.

After interning with the American Public Power Association in 2009, Jay went on to work as a Research Intern with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he wrote on the relationship between Presidential rhetoric and policies against Iran, comparing the Bush and Obama Administrations (the article went on to be selected for publication in a research journal).