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

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…

Duke Alumna Advances Human Rights In Colombia

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“My ultimate goal is to wake up one morning and not be afraid for myself or for others.”

Alumni lend lessons learned 20 years after GPS

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Joel Rabasco and Rich Abrom impart to GPS’s incoming students their wisdom gained in 20 years since attending the School

Being A Visible Sign

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Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is a senior US diplomat and expert on the Middle East.

Sanford Alumna Combats Human Trafficking Around the World

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Combating human trafficking around the world was not what Susan Coppedge PPS’88 expected to be doing after leaving Duke.

Alumnas sustain a friendship for the books

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The common interest in sustainability that brought together Lauren DeMates and Rosaly Byrd at GPS now is turning profits for the duo in that of a burgeoning blog and book deal

Alumni, then and now (the times have changed)

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In the 1950s, a half-dozen African nations had won their independence. In 1960, more than a dozen others followed. It wasn’t long before these new nation-states would send their top diplomats to Washi

SFS On Topic: Brexit

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The SFS community, including faculty and alumni, weighed in on the political and economic implications of the historic “Brexit” Decision, which called for the UK to leave the EU.

Georgetown Medical Student Develops Global Medical Aid Group

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Aaron Epstein (SOM’12) founded Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG) during his second year at Georgetown Medical School in hopes of making an impact in remote corners of the world.

SARAH WANG (MASIA ’14)

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Alumna Sarah Wang (MASIA’14) discusses her passion for Asian Studies and her experience at Georgetown SFS.

Making a Career of Solving Problems: MSFS Alumna Bailey Hand in the Public and Private Sectors

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MSFS alumna Bailey Hand, (MSFS’03), draws on her public sector experience in the Department of Defense in her strategy consulting work with Boston Consulting Group.

MSFS Graduate Andrea Conde Ghigliazza Lauds Tight-Knit Community of Classmates, Faculty and Alumni

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Andrea Conde Ghigliazza came from Mexico City to attend the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, and leaves most struck by its “tight-knit community interested in international affairs.”

MAERES Graduate Bryan Furman Learned Multidisciplinary Approach to World Problems at SFS

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Bryan Furman is graduating from the MA in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. He leaves Georgetown with a broadened perspective and hard skills, but also with lifelong friends.

Going to Ukraine via Seattle

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Christi Anne Hofland’s tells us how her master’s degree at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington led to a job with the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine upon graduation.

Randall Kempner on International Development, Income Inequality and the Importance of Education

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Alumnus Randall Kempner reflects on international development, income inequality, and the importance of education in narrowing the rich-poor gap.

LBJ Grad’s ‘Aunt Bertha’ – Building a Business With Social Impact

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After going through a series of transformative life experiences that re-directed his path, Erine Gray, a 2004 MPAff graduate, reflected on his start-up company Aunt Bertha.