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

Korbel School alumna on study abroad and graduating in the age of COVID-19

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For alumna Dana Parke, study abroad has opened doors since her time as an undergraduate student in Dakar, Senegal.

Coordinating Doctors Without Borders’ COVID-19 Response in NYC

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Over the past 12 years, Michelle Mays (SIS/MA ’08) has worked around the world with Doctors Without Borders. But her latest placement was much closer to home.

Fighting Child Labor at GoodWeave International

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SIS alumna Micaela Vivero puts to good use her master’s degree from SIS and her extensive experience in global marketing and communications as the vice president of communications at GoodWeave.

Advocating for People Displaced by Climate Change

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Kayly Ober (SIS/BA ‘08) researches and reports on climate change, migration & displacement issues as the senior advocate and program manager of Refugees International’s Climate Displacement program.

Directing Programs on Human Rights in North Korea

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Rosa Park is the Director of Programs and Editor at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

Supporting Blended Finance and Investment

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Justice Johnson is a content manager for Convergence, the global network for blended finance. We generate blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries.

Leading policy initiatives that affect the global black community

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Menna Demessie leads the CBCF’s research and policy initiatives that affect African Americans and the global black community.

Improving U.S. defense and security

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Claudia Muñoz improves U.S. defense and security

Scaling Local Solutions for Local Problems

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Likumbi Kapihya serves as the Hub Manager for the Social Enterprise Academy in Zambia.

Welcoming America

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David Lubell inspires people to build a different kind of world — one that embraces immigrants and refugees, and fosters opportunity for all.

Connecting Atlanta with the World

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Paulina Guzman advises, assists, and supports officials in the city of Atlanta on matters of diplomatic procedure.

Advocating for Human Rights and Racial Justice

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Margaret Huang is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Commenting on Global Issues

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Karen Attiah is the Global Opinions editor at The Washington Post.

Supporting People-Power Movements

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Maria Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Facilitating Canada’s Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

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Fred Ninh contributes to the development and implementation of policies to stimulate clean growth, create jobs, and drive innovation across all sectors, facilitating Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Directing Foreign and Defense Policy Studies

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Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Creating Livable Resilient Communities

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Julia Kim helps to create livable, resilient communities by partnering with public agencies, community leaders, and key stakeholders throughout California.

Public Diplomacy for the UN’s largest humanitarian agency

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Anoush Rima Tatevossian leads Strategic Communications and Engagement for the World Food Programme.

Advancing Financial Inclusion

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Barbara Scola conducts research and develops tools to support development agencies in their financial inclusion efforts.

Providing Intelligence for New York Cyber Command

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Sherman Chu is a threat intelligence analyst for New York City Cyber Command.

Deploying mangroves to fight climate change

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An estimated one third of the world’s mangrove forests have been destroyed. Two UCSD GPS alumni are taking on the challenge with the Global Mangrove Trust.

Alumni-nominated spotlight: Alisha Tomita-Yu ’16 of Oracle

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As part of an ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature Alisha Tomita-Yu ’16, who has kept busy since graduation looking at the future of technology at Oracle, championing diversity and inclusion

Against all Odds: Jackson Alum Aims to Reform Politics in Brazil

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Daniel José Oliveira MA ’15 came to Yale with the lofty aspiration to reform Brazilian politics. Four years later, Daniel is making his dream a reality.

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