Your career services staff serves as a resource to students and alumni, assisting them with overall job search strategy and applications, and linking them to top employers locally and internationally.
Coaching Focus: CSR, energy, sustainability
David has been with the School since 2005. He oversees the day-to-day functions of the career services department and manages the department's long-term strategic planning and program development. His focus is marketing the expertise of students and developing relationships with targeted employers. He especially enjoys the wide diversity of backgrounds, interests and dreams of the students. David holds a master's degree in counselor education from San Diego State University.
Coaching Focus: U.S. public sector, think tanks
Stephanie joined the career services team in June 2014. Since 1997, she has worked with graduate students on career development and how to navigate through the internship and career-search process, from developing a search plan to negotiating salaries. Her collaborative coaching style focuses on helping students develop a career plan by working to focus on what they want to achieve in their career and developing the skills required to seek out employment opportunities. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in college student personnel and a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also has a certificate in human resource management through UC San Diego Extension. Stephanie spent the majority of her childhood living in Asia and various cities throughout the United States.
Kristen RyanAssistant Director
Coaching Focus: Nonprofit sector, multilateral organizations, international development
Kristen joined the GPS Career Services team in March 2016. With four years of career coaching experience in the fields of international affairs, public policy, and business, she is dedicated to helping GPS students and alumni clarify and achieve their professional goals.
Kristen earned her master’s degree in postsecondary educational leadership from San Diego State University and bachelor’s degree in international studies from the Ohio State University. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Beijing and interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
Yekta joined the GPS Career Services team in September 2017. Since 2010, she has worked with student organizations and private clients throughout San Diego to plan events of various sizes. Yekta is committed to ensuring that the events planned by Career Services at GPS are well-managed and engaging for our students.
Yekta studied at UC San Diego as an undergraduate, pursuing a degree in communication. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Prague in a global leadership program and interned for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce while in the UCDC program.
Coaching Focus: Private Sector
Meagan joined the GPS Career Services team in July 2018. Meagan is a passionate student-focused professional with five years of experience in the education sector. She is a career coach dedicated to educating students on career development in preparation for successful transitions into their desired fields. Her coaching style is goal-oriented and strengths-based to ensure that students are pursuing fulfilling careers.
Meagan received a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego and studied global perspectives on education in the United Arab Emirates. She earned dual bachelor’s degree in educational sciences and psychology with a minor in leadership studies from the University of Rhode Island.
In addition to the career services staff, student interns complete the team. They are an integral part, keeping the electronic job board up-to-date, assisting in event coordination, and aiding visitor and student reception. You may contact an intern via email or at (858) 534-7589.