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 2021-2023
James LevinsohnDirector, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Merit E. JanowDean, School of International and Public Affairs
Michael S. BarrDean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Judith KelleyDean, Sanford School of Public Policy
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
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.
Melina PérezDiversity Fellow
Melina Pérez hails from Los Angeles, California and is currently a 2021 Master of Public Policy candidate at the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany. She is passionate about social equity and focuses on the field of A.I. implementation in the public sector. Melina has a diverse professional background in the legal, writing, education, and non-profit sectors. She has worked on various Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in the volunteer and educational opportunities she’s pursued. Melina holds B.A.s in English and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She enjoys trying new foods, travel, and making new friends.
Megan LeibenspergerDesign and Marketing Graduate Fellow
Megan Leibensperger, originally from the Akron Canton area of Ohio, is a graduate student at Syracuse University studying Public Diplomacy and Global Communications. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Mount Union in Spanish and International Business and Economics. After two years of working for a global financial technology corporation in a finance position, Megan made the switch with career aspirations of either working in Corporate Social Responsibility or within the Civil Society Sector. She hopes to focus on human rights initiatives, public health, or education. In her free time, she likes to explore the outdoors, be with friends and family, and play with her two dogs. Megan is excited to advance her career in the marketing/communications field with APSIA to further promote the field of International Affairs.
Emma Stevenson Data and Analysis Graduate Fellow
Emma Stevenson is originally from Rochester, NY. She is currently a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School at Tufts University with concentrations in international economic relations and international development/ environmental policy. Emma graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in International Relations/Economics and Global Studies with a French concentration. For the past two and a half years, Emma worked as an analyst in NYC for a market research company. She decided to return to school to pursue a career in economic policy research and build her quantitative skills. She is passionate about sustainable development, economic justice, and current international issues. In her free time, Emma likes to travel, bake, and write for her blog. Emma is excited to work with APSIA to help promote and transform the study of international affairs.
Linh NguyenAsia Pacific Fellow
Linh Nguyen is an APSIA’s Asia-Pacific Fellow. She was born in Vietnam and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business Economics at Foreign Trade University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in International Commerce at Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea. Her interest focuses on international relations, economics and business, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Before her Master’s, she has 3-year-experience working as an executive to connect international business between South Korea and ASEAN. As an out-going person who likes to listen and talk to people, she has also been serving as the Vice President of Vietnamese Student Association, Vice Representative of International Commerce Major at Seoul National University. She loves learning, reading and she can speak three languages: English, Vietnamese, and Korean. Working at APSIA is a great chance for her to improve herself and learn from people around the world.
Samuel FarbmanCommunications Intern
Samuel Farbman is a rising junior at Tufts University studying International Relations, Economics, and Russian. As an immigrant, he has always been deeply interested and involved with global affairs, reading about events in various countries, traveling to new places, and learning the breadth of knowledge and experience that exists in the world. During the year, Sam works with Russian language professors to create a positive learning environment for students and is a member of the Sigma Iota Rho International Relations Honors Society. He also enjoys creating graphics and cartoons for The Tufts Daily and running the photography department of The Palmier Food Magazine. Sam is incredibly excited to work as a part of APSIA and expand its reach to a wider audience.
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