Career Advising

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.

  • David Robertson

    David Robertson


    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.

  • Stephanie Boomhower

    Stephanie Boomhower

    Assistant Director

    Coaching Focus: U.S. public sector, think tanks, multi-lateral

    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 Ryan

    Kristen Ryan

    Career Consultant
    Coaching Focus: Private sector, nonprofit organizations
    After interning with GPS Career Services during her time in graduate school, Kristen is returning to join the team full time. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international development studies from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in postsecondary educational leadership from San Diego State University. As an undergraduate, Kristen studied abroad in Beijing and interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. She is looking forward to using her advising experience to help GPS students achieve their short-term and long-term career goals.
  • Tamara Golden

    Tamara Golden

    Career Consultant

    Coaching Focus: Private and U.S. public sectors; nonprofit and multilateral organizations

    Since 1997, Tamara’s coaching experience has spanned three schools: the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and GPS. Currently, she works part-time at the School and is available two days per week for coaching appointments. Particularly, Tamara’s interests lie in crafting well-versed resumes and cover letters and in helping students figure out short- and long-term career goals, as well as a good employer fits based on values, skills, interests and lifestyle. She is a certified life coach and also is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. She holds a master’s in Italian language and literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Student Interns

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.

Career Services