Meet the GLI Team
Your GLI staff serves as a resource to students and can address concerns ranging from academic policy to personal support services.
Jesse Driscoll, Ph.D.
Professor Jesse Driscoll has been with School since 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His research focus is in the areas of comparative politics, international relations, civil war, voting and central Asia. As chair, his primary roles are to act as a liaison with faculty and to advocate for GLI’s constituents and programs.
Darla Wilson, Ph.D.
Darla is responsible for GLI’s strategic planning, management and marketing and has been the director since 2005. During this time, a great deal of expansion has occurred in GLI’s educational offerings. In addition to the quarterly certificate program for professionals, there has been the addition of the executive Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) degree along with a vast variety of multidisciplinary, customized group programs for professional development and student educational enrichment. Darla has provided leadership for programs in higher education for more than 30 years, with over half of this time dedicated to international education. Her work in international education has taken her to major cities on six continents. She has served in higher education as a director of admissions, director of marketing communications, director of student affairs, professor and coach. Darla holds a Ph.D. in leadership and organizational behavior.
Grace oversees day-to-day operations and fiscal planning and analysis, and is responsible for short-term program development and implementation. She has worked for UC San Diego since 2003. She previously worked in Lisbon, Portugal in public relations for a Portuguese television network as liaison to foreign governments and businesses. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and cultural anthropology from the University of San Diego.
Marie Thiveos Stewart
Certificate/Non-Degree Program Coordinator
Marie coordinates GLI professional tours and seminars, oversees quarterly course schedules and social events, provides course support to instructors and professors, and participates in a variety of marketing initiatives. She also provides academic advising and assists with registration for GLI professionals in the non-degree certificate program. Marie has worked for UC San Diego since 2012, previously for the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation as well as the Office of Research Affairs. Also an alumna of UC San Diego, Marie holds a B.A. in international studies.
Certificate/Non-degree Program Coordinator
Nick processes GLI admissions applications and visa documentation, oversees GLI orientations, provides financial tracking and database management and participates in a variety of marketing initiatives. He also provides academic advising and registration of GLI professionals in the non-degree certificate program. Nick has extensive foreign work experience, including as a native English instructor at ECC Foreign Language Institute in Tokyo, a research intern at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and as an international department intern at IBJ Leasing Co. He holds a B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara and also is an alumnus of GPS, where he earned a Master of International Affairs focusing on international management.
MAS-IA Program Coordinator
Julie is the program coordinator for the Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) degree program at GPS, where she provides administrative support to prospective and current students and is responsible for program marketing efforts. Julie also is responsible for academic advising and coordinating special events. She has worked for the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco and for UC San Diego as a resident adviser and teaching assistant. An alumna of UC San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in international studies, Julie also holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from GPS, with a focus in international development and nonprofit management and international environmental policy.
In addition to the full-time staff members, student interns complete the team. You may contact an intern via email.
Zayrha ArambulaZayrha Arambula is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, majoring in international studies with an emphasis in political science and a double minor in Chinese studies and ethnic studies. During her time at the university, Zayrha has been involved in her professional pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, serving in positions such as recruitment chair and marketing committee head. She also studied abroad for a summer at Beijing Normal University in Beijing. After graduation, Zayrha hopes to attend either graduate school or law school and specialize in immigration law and policy to help protect undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Agnes SongAgnes Song is a second-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, with plans to double major in political science and international studies—international business. She is an active member of Eleanor Roosevelt College’s student government and UC San Diego’s student newspaper, UCSD Guardian. In addition, Agnes is part of the recruitment committee and serves as webmaster for Delta Sigma Pi, the pre-professional business fraternity on campus. With an interest in law and consumer technology, Agnes plans to attend graduate school or law school and pursue a career in either government or corporate law.