Alumni Making a Difference

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APSIA Schools’ Dedicated Graduates

Graduates of APSIA schools dedicate their professional lives to changing the world.

They bring an international, interdisciplinary understanding to their work for public, private, and non-profit organizations. They leverage the training they received in graduate school to connect different issues and solve problems.

Learn about some of our alumni and their work to transform the world:

Alumni Stories

West Coast-Trained for a Washington, D.C. Think Tank

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A Q&A with Kent Boydston, MPIA ’15 as seen in the September/October 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs

Facilitating a ‘family affair’

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How Jeff Rector ’97 is making a point to involve GPS in a new venture erecting energy microgrids in off-grid communities of Sub-Saharan Africa

2016 alumni remember their first year in the real world

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As the class of 2017 hits the home stretch to graduation, we caught up with a few 2016 alumni to see where they wound up one year after earning their GPS degrees

All in on international development at PCI

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As part of an ongoing series to spotlight GPS’s top employers, we profile why PCI hires our graduates, plus why current alumni enjoy working there

Ernst Publishes Guide to Pursuing A Career in International Development

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Jessica Ernst, SU/Maxwell MPA/MA IR 2010 graduate, recently published So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development.

Time to act

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For her enduring support of GPS and perseverance to address wrongs on the international stage — foremost in Syria — Tamar Koosed is GPS’s 2017 Outstanding Alumna

Clean-tech Czar

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As point person for San Diego’s Cleantech Initiative, UC San Diego alumnus Jacques Chirazi has steered city’s strides in sustainability

Featured Alumnus: Pascal Rapillard, GICHD

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Featured Alumnus: Pascal Rapillard, GICHD
Developing and reinforcing Geneva’s role as a global hub for demining.

Public Diplomacy Dual Degree – A Potent Combination of International Relations & Public Relations

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Alumni of our public diplomacy program are working around the globe, finding diplomatic solutions and strategically positioning their organizations.

Relief and Development Work – A True Calling for Chance Briggs. Maxwell 1997 alum

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Chance Briggs often returns to Maxwell to meet with students and share his experiences in crafting a career in international development and relief work.

From Ukraine to Maxwell to the World Bank. Iryna’s story, MA IR ’09

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Iryna attributes the professional internships she was able to complete in the Maxwell MA IR as a strong foundation for her current career as an Operation’s Analyst in the World Bank.

Maxwell MA IR ’01 Career bridges EU and US Policy

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Christopher Skaluba was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow upon graduation of the MA International Relations program in 2001. He has taken this fellowship forward, crafting a career bridging

Keeping the doors open for a “durable, coordinated, and humane” refugee response

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In 2016, the UN Refugee Agency reported 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world, including 21.3 million refugees.

Boosting the power of activism: New research shows we are stronger together

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Robin Phinney (PhD ’10) and LaGina Gause (PhD ’16), recent Ford School doctoral alumnae, have focused their research on ways to improve the effectiveness of activism and protest.

Working toward a purpose together at GAO

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As part of an ongoing series to spotlight GPS’s top employers, we profile why GAO hires our graduates, plus why current alumni enjoy working there

Elliott School Alumna Reveals the Narrative of American Muslims

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An unexpected turn led Hena Khan (M.A.’97) from her career as international development consultant to successful children’s author.

Rose Gottemoeller, MA ’81, is passionate about science and government

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Rose is the Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a position she took up in October 2016. She is the first woman and second American to hold this title.

Alumnus Ted Schmitt Uses Big Data to Help Endangered Species

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A technology wizard living in Seattle and working for Vulcan Inc., Ted Schmitt wields big data as a weapon in the fight to protect the Earth’s threatened species.

Alumnus Receives Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

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Josh Pickar, who received his B.A. from GW’s Elliott School in 2014, will study global governance and diplomacy as well as comparative social policy at the University of Oxford.

A pivot from physics

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Steven Buchsbaum ’97 attended GPS to discover what could be the next step in his science-centric career. What he received was so much more.

Emboldened to make the future brighter

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In time for International Women’s Day on March 8, we spotlight five GPS alumnae and their professional achievements stemming from moments of being bold in their careers

Hacking for global health: Tackling wicked problems, like avian influenza, with creativity

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“It was a big, late-night conversation. We walked into the room with one view of the world, and we came out completely different, and totally for the better.”

GPS graduates find culture is key at Booz Allen

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As part of an ongoing series to spotlight GPS’s top employers, we profile why Booz Allen Hamilton hires our graduates, plus why current alumni enjoy working there

General George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.)

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General Casey is just one example of our distinguished alumni who have stayed engaged with our school, benefitting our students and the larger community.

Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State

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A star pupil of Josef Korbel’s went on to become the 66th U.S. Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice considered Korbel her mentor and the reason she decided to pursue a career in public service.

Undraping a hidden gem

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How Jason Kim, MAS-IA ’12, helped to set the stage for foreign area officers to fulfill their graduate school requirements at GPS

Drilled into entrepreneurship

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George Eiskamp ’03 didn’t always conceive of a career in oil and gas but, as CEO and founder of GroundMetrics, the alumnus is an industry standout due in part to lesson learned at GPS

Alumna Brings Health Education to Underprivileged Girls

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Once a young girl who battled with her weight and low self-esteem, Sarah Hillware, ESIA BA ’13, used her passions and personal experiences to create Girls Health Ed.

Champion of Democracy Aims for D.C. Return

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From South Sudan to Afghanistan, Christina Hartman, ESIA BA ’99, has worked for 15 years to strengthen democracy and build community in some of the world’s most troubled nations.

A Man in Full: Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm

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When Edward “Skip” Gnehm Jr., ESIA BA ’66, MA ’68, arrived at GW in the fall of 1962, he already had his goal in sight. He spent the next six years studying international affairs…