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

Promoting Green Growth in Asia

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Jin Young is in charge of  a growing portfolio of programs and in -country operations  in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan for the Global Green Growth Institute.

Advancing Peace and Economic Development in Northeast Asia

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Jongbeom Choi is program officer for The Asia Foundation’s Korea office, where he is mainly responsible for North Korea and Northeast Asia regional programs.

Rejuvenating Communities in Zimbabwe

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Shingi Mavima was disheartened by the educational inequality in Zimbabwe, but his time at the Penn State School of International Affairs helped him become an author and non-profit founder.

Giving a Voice to Afghan Women

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Inspired by her time at PSIA, Samina Ansari decided to head back to the country of her birth to work in the areas of conflict resolution and women’s rights. 

Alumni nominated spotlight: Renewable energy expert Peter Moritzburke

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As part of our ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature MEC Development Principal Peter Moritzburke ’96 who shares his favorite GPS memories and his key to success in renewables and the environment

Alumnus negotiates EU-Mercosul agreement

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Rodrigo Serran ’14 forges opportunities for Brazilian economic growth in the EU as part of the largest trade agreement in Brazil’s history

Walking the path to global sustainability

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Alumnus Andrés Prieto, MPP ’19, unearths pathways to sustainable land and food systems in Mexico City as part of the United Nations network

Reuniting Families Across Borders

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Immigration officer Jack Bisase, MA ’15, reunites siblings, children and spouses from the Dominican Republic on US soil.

Defending our Right to Clean Water

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John Noël, an SIS alum, turned his passion for environmental issues into a career. He protects drinking water through research, policy, and advocacy.

Sowing Opportunity

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Dilanthi Ranaweera has forged a path of public service from Washington, DC to the rural farms of Myanmar and Kenya. The SIS alumna helps smallholder farmers develop a better quality of life.

Interview with Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

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Conversation with Nicole Bibbins Sedaca after 20+ years promoting democracy and respect for human rights

Interview with Jessica Deharo

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Conversation with Jessica Deharo, Bush School Alumna and Refugee Officer at the US Department of Homeland Security

The Many Benefits of A SAIS Europe Education

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Lisa Satolli
Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) ’17
Recipient of the Dennis Amato Fellowship and Christine Giangreco Memo

Environmental heroes work towards a healthier California at CSE

Alumni

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

Alumni Mentor Program brings GPS toolkit to the East Coast

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UC San Diego and GPS alumni are paired with current students who are exploring policy and public service during their summer internship in Washington, D.C.

Writing novels for the 21st century tech economy

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Eliot Peper ‘11 talks about his newest book “Bandwidth” and his inspirations from GPS and the startup community

Family History Inspires Humphrey School Graduate to Work on Human Rights

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Marina Kelly is one of the first cohort of students to earn a Master of Human Rights degree from the University of Minnesota this spring. She will soon begin a career in the Foreign Service.

Jamal Russell Black on Veridian Analytics’ entrepreneurial spirit

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Longtime friends and GPS classmates innovate data driven solutions for a sustainable future as they launch a global consulting service

Love is in the air

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In time for Valentine’s Day, meet a few GPS alumni who found their partner before, during or after attending the School

Amazing experience

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Daniel Trusilo, MIA & MALD 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Washington, D.C., about his MIA experience.

Solar energy and pursuing the policy dream

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Cecilia Aguillon ’98 talks about consulting for solar in Latin America and the GPS curriculum that inspired her energy efficient projects in the U.S.

Social entrepreneur and first time author Ken Davenport ’90 of “The Two Gates”

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In a Q&A, Mission Edge’s CEO discusses his new book and building a stronger infrastructure for San Diego nonprofits and GPS alumni

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.