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

Alumni, then and now (the times have changed)


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


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


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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

The dawn of public policy


The protests started in earnest in the spring of 1965. Operation “Rolling Thunder,” spearheaded by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, commenced on March 2, with massive and near-continuous air strikes

Yiru Zhou ’93 embraces the past and shapes the future of GPS


GPS’s 2016 Outstanding Alumna details what it means to be honored by and why she is dedicated to giving back to her School

Jessica Meckler (F16): From Fletcher to New Delhi, Training Actors on the Ground


“You can move to basically any part of the world, and even if there’s no Fletcher person there, they can connect you to people,”

Life After Fletcher in the Foreign Service


“Public service starts individually. Make the best of what you have and prepare yourself with education and experiences because that is public service within itself, having educated citizens.”

On The Frontlines of the Ebola Battle And Inspired By The Women Healthcare Workers: Nahid Bhadelia Fletcher MALD ’05


Now she is adding further to her life’s work: advocating for and supporting the local health care workers who were so instrumental in helping to contain the outbreak last year.

Commitment to Service


Lukas Berg stumbled into his calling–serving his country in the U.S. Army. Now an American politics instructor at West Point, Berg credits his Yale degree with helping him prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

Bringing Peace Through Economic Empowerment


When Eddy Gicheru Oketch was growing up in rural Kenya, he witnessed the tribal violence that erupted in his country following disputed elections. That’s when he came up with his big idea.

Dawn of a New Era – Addressing Cybersecurity Threats


Jan Neutze works to counter the cyber threats of today and tomorrow.

Feeding Connections Between Business and Government


Olivia Yuan uses her linguistic and policy skills to connect the US and China.

Exploring US Relationships with Pakistan


Shamila N. Chaudhary explores the US relationship with Pakistan.