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 2019-2021
Enrico LettaDean, Paris School of International Affairs
Merit JanowDean, School of International and Public Affairs
Laura BloombergDean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
James LevinsohnDirector, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Susana MalcorraDean, School of Global and Public Affairs
Danny Quah 柯成兴Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
Reşat KasabaDirector, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
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.
Fatima BambaDiversity Fellow
Fatima Bamba was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and is a first-generation Ivorian-American. She received her undergraduate degree in Politics and Law from Bryant University and is currently a graduate student at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests revolve around human rights and social justice work at the domestic and international levels with a special focus on the black female Muslim identity. She has a vested interest in black, Muslim, and female-specific activism and hopes to amplify their work and advocacy. Over the span of her academic career, she has coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives, participated in international relations conferences, and worked abroad in London as a corporate social responsibility intern. In her free time, she loves to cook, eat, and cultivate communal spaces for others.
Rebekah JohnsonDesign and Marketing Graduate Fellow
Rebekah Johnson grew up in Southern California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from California State University, Long Beach with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies. She is a second year Master of International Affairs student at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, focusing on American Diplomacy and Intelligence. Rebekah has worked as a communications trainee at the U.S. Department of Transportation; as a public affairs intern at U.S. Embassy Luxembourg; and as a legislative intern for her congressman at the U.S. House of Representatives, among other professional experiences. She is also serving as an executive on the Bush School Ambassadors Council and as Vice President of the Bush School Student Government Association. Rebekah is excited to apply her experience with marketing and international affairs to promote the APSIA network and professional education in international affairs.
Eunju OhAsia Pacific Fellow
Eunju Oh is APSIA’s Asia-Pacific Fellow. Born and raised in South Korea, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Journalism/Mass Communication at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently pursuing her Master of International Studies at the Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies, majoring in International Area Studies. Her major research area includes alliance politics, Asia-Pacific regional studies, specifically centered on Northeast Asia security dynamics. Eunju previously worked at Institute for Global Economics as Research Assistant, Seoul National University College English Program as Teaching Assistant and now works at East Asia Foundation as Global Asia Fellow.
Aaron PaisleyCommunications Intern
Aaron Paisley grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Government and Politics, concentrating in International Relations. Aaron’s passion for international affairs started with his high school’s annual exchange program to Madrid, and since then he has taken his Spanish-speaking skills to Spain, Havana, Panama City, and beyond. In his college career he focused on Western Europe and Latin America relations with projects on U.S. foreign policy relations with Spain and Cuba, and is currently a research assistant on a coding project surrounding the National Defense Authorization Act. Aaron is excited to promote APSIA and learn about the organization as he considers grad programs on the horizon, and in his free time he loves to run, watch soccer, and meet new people.
Richa LalwaniData and Analysis Graduate Fellow
Richa Lalwani graduated from Yale University with a master’s degree. At Yale, she focused on written analysis and research on economic and development policies; quantitative research and descriptive statistics to ensure efficient data-driven decision-making for public and private actors; quantitative modeling methods (to enable policymaking in areas such as public health, housing, drug policy, and urban services); and policy analysis. She is keen on contributing to APSIA and improving her skills while doing so.
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