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
Manuel MuñizDean, 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.
Kai LockhartDiversity Fellow
Kai Lockhart is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She received her undergraduate degree in international relations and global studies, focusing on the international political economy. During her undergraduate time, she performed ethnographic research in Accra, Ghana, and completed a thesis discussing the use of social media in politics and state-sanctioned censorship of citizens and the press. Her current areas of interest include social justice, the political involvement of youth populations, and economic progress in developing countries. A true Dallas native, Kai enjoys art and design, exceptional foods, and travel.
Priyadarshini RakhData Fellow
Priyadarshini Rakh graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs with a Masters degree focusing on International Development and Global Gender Policy. The focus of her undergraduate degree is Political Science, Public Policy, Economics and Law.
Priya was born and brought up in India and has experience working with rural-development focused NGOs in India before coming to the U.S. for her masters. In 2018 she spent her summer working with a social enterprise in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as the Freeman Foundation Fellow, where she drafted a financial and life skills workshop for adolescent girls. Currently, in addition to being the Data Fellow with APSIA, she is also the Research & Program intern with the 3D Program for Girls & Women at the United Nations Foundation. Priya is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi and speaks basic Spanish. Her academic interests include gender policy, health, economic empowerment and social inclusion.
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.
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.
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