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. Also an alumna of UC San Diego, Rebecca received her B.A. in political science-international relations. She is currently pursuing an 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.

  • Julie Choi

    Julie Choi

    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.

Student Interns

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

  • Ricardo Cerda-Manzo

    Ricardo Cerda-Manzo

    Ricardo Cerda-Manzo is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, majoring in international studies, with an emphasis on international business. During his time at UC San Diego, Ricardo has been involved in Delta Sigma Pi, the preprofessional business fraternity on campus; as a volunteer for TEDxUCSD; and as a UC San Diego Regents Scholar. With interests in international management, economics and international trade, Ricardo plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master of International Affairs degree and pursue a career at the United Nations.
  • Serena Ding

    Serena Ding

    Serena Ding is a third-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, majoring in management science, with plans to double minor in business and design. She is an active member of Women in Business and UC San Diego’s Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (MEMO) organization. As an avid volunteer whose passion lies in working with underserved communities, Serena is currently working with the MEMO Health Fair committee to plan an event to raise awareness for physical and mental health within the San Diego community. She hopes to pursue a career bridging her joint interest in business and public welfare and her passion for humanitarianism.