Loandria “Andi” Dahmer is the international Exchange Program Manager at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky. She has previously worked with Emerge Kentucky, a nonprofit training program for Democratic women candidates, and as an intern in the D.C. office of Congressman Yarmuth. Andi is a 2018 Truman Scholar and 2019 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist.
Her research focuses on East Asia, covering topics such as LGBT rights, gender representation, diplomatic relations, and COVID-19 policies. Andi has co-authored five peer-reviewed publications, twenty-seven news and policy publications, and two book chapters, including one chapter for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
Andi graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2019, quadruple majoring in Economics, International Affairs, Spanish, and Asian Religions and Cultures. While at WKU, Andi served as both student body president and student regent. She studied abroad in nine countries across six continents, honing her language skills in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Some of her most notable international programs include a Critical Language Scholarship to China, participation in the Taiwan-United States Ambassador Alliance Summer Program, English teaching in Alicante, Spain, and presenting her award-winning undergraduate thesis, in Spanish, in Quito, Ecuador.
Since graduation, Andi was named a 2019 Fellow with the Truman-Democracy Fellowship, an electoral politics and candidacy training program, and a 2020 Fellow with the Truman-Albright Fellowship, a year-long public service mentorship program based in Washington, DC funded by former-Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Andi is a 2020 graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville and currently serves as the First Vice-President of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Jefferson County. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, exploring new hiking trails, and volunteering on political campaigns, especially for women candidates of color. She aspires to a career in Kentucky politics, working to mitigate inequality and promote economic opportunity in the Commonwealth.