The APSIA Executive Committee and Staff are a team of professionals who come together to improve and promote the field of international affairs.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2017-2019
Reşat KasabaDirector, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Merit JanowDean, School of International and Public Affairs
Vanessa ScherrerVice Dean, Paris School of International Affairs
Dirk LehmkuhlDirector, International Affairs and Governance Program
University of St. Gallen
James LevinsohnDirector, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Cheol Hee ParkDean, Graduate School of International Studies
Seoul National University
James GoldgeierProfessor, School of International Service
Carmen Iezzi MezzeraExecutive Director
Carmen Mezzera has been executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs since January 2014.
Previously, she served as Director of Programs and Operations at the Bretton Woods Committee; Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation; Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Atlantic Council of the United States; and Director of Alumni Relations for the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.
Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SIS, Ms. Mezzera stayed on to complete her master’s degree with a focus on international organizations and sustainable development. In the course of her studies, she provided analyses for NATO’s Partnership for Peace in Mons, Belgium and at the United Nations Development Program Washington Office.
Among her volunteer work, Ms. Mezzera has served with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade, and the Abyssinian Fund. She has written and/or provided interviews for CNN, CBS, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and Cooperative Grocer Magazine – among other outlets – and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She received the 2008 Rising Star Alumni Award from American University.
Briana Suarez is APSIA’s International Admissions and Operations Manager. Originally from New York City, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and French at the State University of New York, New Paltz. She graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Security Policy Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in 2018. She specialized in Conflict/Conflict Resolution and Intelligence during her time there.
Briana has previously worked at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières as the Marketing Intern and has several years of professional experience of administrative work. She served as APSIA’s Summer 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. She speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and French.
Temeka RoysterOffice Manager
Temeka Royster comes from a large family and a beautiful island known as Spanish Town, Jamaica. Previously, she worked for the District of Columbia public schools as Resource Specialist, providing resources for children and families in need. She also worked for Service Employee International Union (SEIU) as an Organizer with their non-profit organization OurDC. There, she assisted with organizing events for community leaders and activists to peacefully protest for things such as job creation and union affairs and rights, as well as the vital social programs many people in our communities utilize and need every day.
Temeka is a loving mother and a devoted wife who enjoys family time. She has a passion for cooking, music, books, and creative art. She loves learning, as well as creating new ideas. She also enjoys working with people and helping others.
Erica KimDiversity Fellow
Erica Kim is the Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Born in South Korea, raised in Texas, Erica completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is interested in the intersection of government, business and society—looking forward to becoming a bridge for the three sectors to encourage business and workforce development. Erica previously served at the International Rescue Committee as an Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator, advocating for career advancement trajectories for refugee and asylee populations in the United States. Her most recent work was serving as a Business Development Intern at a local tech social enterprise in Myanmar, to bring access to healthcare and legal services in a country undergoing a democratic transition. Erica will contribute to APSIA’s efforts in diversifying the gradate ranks of international affairs programs.
Greg Dongwoo LeeData Fellow
Greg Dongwoo Lee comes from South Korea. He holds M.A degree at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He concentrated in International Economics and Korea Studies at SAIS. Also, he holds B.A degree in Economics and International Studies at Korea University. Interestingly, he graduated from schools which are the members of APSIA. Over the years, he has equipped himself with quantitative methods for data analysis and evaluation as well as theories of international politics.
At SAIS, he focused on Power Cycle Theory for the evolution of North Korea nuclear crisis. He was dealing with times series data, micro-econometric methods, risk analysis & modelling in quantitative method classes at SAIS. Before his master program, He interned at Deloitte Consulting Korea as a research assistant, assigned to the project of re-constructing Enterprise Resource Planning strategy for Korean Asset Management Corporation. During undergraduate, he led Association of Korea University Students Studying Abroad as the president. He honorably finished his compulsory military service at the Republic of Korea Army as a sergeant from 2010 to 2011.
Jeremiah AzurinInternational Communication and Marketing Intern
Jeremiah comes to APSIA from technology, design, and decision sciences. He backpacked, blogged, and cycled for three gap years prior to college on a mission to conduct research in international development and human rights overseas. Originally from Washington, DC, Jeremiah has been to 17 countries since, most recently as an intern in Saudi Arabia, at the Vatican to compete in the first “VHacks” hackathon, and in South Korea as a Gilman Scholar.
He recently started his undergraduate studies in Computer Science, Art, and Psychology at Harvard University and will earn two graduate certificates in Economics and Data Science. As a distance student, Jeremiah studies remotely to continue working and traveling abroad, and has served as a Kaya Collaborative Fellow to the Philippines, Student Analyst at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Inclusion Institute of Information Science (i3) Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, and IT Lab Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. As a US Department of State Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellow, he will join the Foreign Service after graduating in 2020.
Niusha Maleki International Communication and Marketing Intern
Niusha is a fourth-year political science student at University of California, Los Angeles, with a concentration in international relations. She is currently a student at the University of California Washington Program, and is conducting a research project which explores the disparity in the United Nations’ level of success in its peacebuilding missions.
Human rights, specifically the rights of women and children, have become Niusha’s main academic and career related interests as a direct consequence of her experience living in two Middle Eastern countries before moving to the United States. Having encountered various cultures and environments, as well as the obstacles women face in limited societies, Niusha has come to develop a significant fondness for protecting and defending the rights of women, as well as enhancing the ways women can make their voices be heard. She plans to pursue her interests through attending law school after graduation and specialize in international human rights law.
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