The APSIA Executive Committee and Staff are a team of professionals who come together to improve and promote the field of international affairs.


Acting President

 Merit E. Janow
Merit E. JanowDean, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University


Laura Bloomberg
Laura BloombergDean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota


James Levinsohn
James LevinsohnDirector, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Yale University


Susana Malcorra
Susana MalcorraDean, School of Global and Public Affairs
IE University


Danny Quah 柯成兴
Danny Quah 柯成兴Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore


Reşat Kasaba
Reşat KasabaDirector, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington


Carmen Iezzi Mezzera
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
Briana SuarezInternational Admissions & Operations Manager
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 Royster
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 Perez
Melina PerezDiversity Fellow
Melina Perez 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 Leibensperger
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.
Richa Lalwani
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.
Sejung Kim
Sejung KimAsia Pacific Fellow
Sejung Kim is APSIA’s Asia-Pacific Fellow. She was born in South Korea but lived in different countries. She finished her bachelor’s degree in International studies, focusing on international relations at Waseda University. She is currently a Master student in Seoul National University, majoring in international cooperation. She is deeply interested in international migration issues especially in the Asia-Pacific region. She works as a student researcher in Center for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion studying migration and refugees. Also, she works as a Campus Asia Program supporter that helps double degree students from Seoul National University, Tokyo University, and Beijing University graduate schools.
Julian Woods
Julian WoodsCommunications Intern
Julian Woods, a native of Atlanta, GA, is a sophomore English student at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Julian’s academic accomplishments as an Honors student complement his community and leadership involvement in a meaningful way. He serves as the Political Action Committee Chair for the NC A&T NAACP, Treasurer for the NC A&T National Black Law Student Association and is a Senator in the Student Government Association. This year he has served as a Political Organizing Intern for a congressional campaign in North Carolina and a Government Affairs Intern for Comcast. His passion for international affairs and multiculturalism started during high school when he had the opportunity to go on a series of international educational tours with his school. He continued this engagement with the global community in college through his work with the Multicultural Student Center and the Office of Student Development. Julian is excited for the opportunity to promote APSIA to a broader community while learning more about the organization as he prepares for graduate school. In his free time, Julian enjoys writing, watching baseball, and spending time with family and friends.