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.
Toni CrossDiversity Fellow
Toni Cross is a graduate student in Georgetown University’s Security Studies program. An Orlando native, she graduated from Middlebury College in 2018 with a major in International and Global Studies focused on Russia and Eastern Europe and a minor in Arabic. She speaks the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) to varying degrees of fluency. Her areas of focus include issues facing ethnic and religious minorities, US and international politics and security. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion work and is fascinated by music, politics, world religions, and pop culture.
Elizabeth NguyenData Fellow
Elizabeth Nguyen is the Education Data and Analysis Fellow for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Born and raised in Orange County, Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in political science & social policy and public service at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) at UC San Diego. She has experience working in the non-profit, private, and public sectors through student consulting projects and has experience doing research in international and multicultural settings. Elizabeth previously worked with the Economic Development department at the City of San Diego helping with data visualization and assisting research needs by gathering demographic and spatial data regarding business retention and community engagement. Elizabeth will graduate in June 2019 with a specialization in Program, Design and Evaluation.
Ani HakobyanInternational Communication and Marketing Intern
Ani Hakobyan was born in Russia, spent part of her childhood in Armenia, and moved to the United States at the age of seven. She has years of experience with UNICEF USA, including her time as a National Council Member and currently interns at the International Rescue Committee.
Ani graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in December of 2018 with a degree Global Studies (focusing on Global Development). During her time at Berkeley, she studied Spanish Language and Culture as a Gilman Scholar in Spain, analyzed socio-political development in Chile, researched European political affairs for the Institute of European Studies, and examined the trend of child marriages around the world for the School of Public Health.
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