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

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

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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

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.

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