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.

    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 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 Osborne

    Grace Osborne

    Assistant Director

    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.

  • Rebecca Whitham

    Rebecca Whitham

    Certificate/Non-Degree Program Coordinator

    Rebecca serves as the lead coordinator for all GLI networking and social events, plus its ESL program. In addition, she conducts GLI’s professional tours and seminars to local, state and national industries and agencies; provides administrative support to GLI instructors; coordinates the quarterly course and event schedules; and provides academic advising to professionals in the nondegree certificate program. Rebecca has worked for UC San Diego since 2015, most recently as a member of the graduate admissions team at the Rady School of Management. She is an alumna of UC San Diego and received her B.A. in political science-international relations. Rebecca also earned her M.A. in leadership studies at the University of San Diego, with a focus in international higher education.

  • Nickolaus Erickson

    Nickolaus Erickson

    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.

  • Janaye Barker

    Janaye Barker

    MAS-IA Program Coordinator

    Janaye 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. Janaye is also responsible for academic advising and coordinating special events. She has worked with international students at EF International Language School and Kaplan International and was an academic personnel coordinator at UC Santa Barbara with the Classics and East Asian Departments. Janaye received her B.A. in sociology and Spanish from UC Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing her M.A. in postsecondary educational leadership and student affairs at San Diego State University. She also holds a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification from UC Santa Barbara Extension.

Student Interns

In addition to the full-time staff members, student interns complete the team. You may contact an intern via email.

  • Anita Chuen

    Anita Chuen

    Anita Chuen is a third-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, majoring in Economics, with plans to minor in either Math or Business. She is an active member of the Undergraduate Economics Society as well as Women In Business. With passions in economics, social justice, and international relations, she hopes to combine her interests to reform policy and promote better economic and social welfare domestically and hopefully, internationally. In the future, Anita plans to attend graduate school and continue exploring as many different cultures as possible.
  • Lauren Matsumoto

    Lauren Matsumoto

    Lauren Matsumoto is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, majoring in International Studies with an emphasis on International Business, while pursuing a double minor in Accounting and Japanese studies. Since she was young she has been interested in learning more about her Japanese heritage while exploring other cultures. During the fall of her junior year she studied abroad in Japan at International Christian University. At UC San Diego, she continues to pursue her passion for women empowerment and social justice as an active member of Women in Business and currently is co-president of Nikkei Student Union. She hopes to pursue a career where she can connect her passions with her interest in international business and management.