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 development and implementation of educational programming for professionals and students. She has worked more than 15 years in higher education. In addition to her position at GPS, Grace is a board member of the Latin American Arts Council at The San Diego Museum of Art. 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.

  • 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.

  • Essma Eweida

    Essma Eweida

    Certificate/Non-degree Program Coordinator

    Essma collaborates on the day-to-day operations of GLI; advises professionals and students in our quarterly certificate programs; and organizes GLI professional tours, seminars, and social/networking events. Prior to joining GLI, Essma worked on campus in a student affairs role providing support for graduate students and students with families to get acclimated to campus. Before joining UC San Diego, she worked as a researcher with Southern California Immigration Project helping international clients with their immigration cases. Essma obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Essma is fluent in Arabic and English and brings along her extensive international experience from living abroad to conducting international humanitarian work.

  • Gabriel Gonzalez

    Gabriel Gonzalez

    Certificate/Non-degree Program Coordinator

    Gabriel collaborates on the day-to-day operations of GLI; processes GLI admissions applications and visa documentation; oversees GLI orientations; advises professionals and students in our quarterly certificate programs; and provides financial tracking and database management. He has extensive experience advising international students and previously worked as an international admissions counselor at Westminster College. He has studied in Australia, Mexico and Spain and has traveled for work appointments throughout Latin America and Europe. Gabriel completed a B.A. in international business and Spanish at Westminster College and a Master of International Business degree at the University of Sydney.

Student Interns

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

  • Layseang (Sean) Ting

    Layseang (Sean) Ting

    Layseang (Sean) Ting is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in international studies with a focus on international business while pursuing a minor in psychology. Ting enjoys traveling and learning about cultures from different countries. Born and raised in Cambodia, Ting has traveled to over 10 countries including China, France, Japan, Norway and other countries across Europe and Asia. He is a strong advocate for diversity, world peace and sustainability. He was a delegate of the 2017 Youth Assembly at the United Nations which focused on equity and inclusion for a sustainable future and the 7th World Youth Congress in Hawaii which focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the future, he hopes to start multiple non-profit organizations that would raise awareness about education and mental health.
  • Clarisse Vazquez

    Clarisse Vazquez

    Clarisse Vazquez is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in political science with an emphasis on international relations, while pursuing a double minor in business finance and french literature. As a dual citizen of the United States and Argentina, and a trilingual speaker of French, Spanish and English, Vazquez has a passion and appreciation for other cultures. During the winter and spring of her junior year, Vazquez studied abroad in Paris, France at Sciences Po where she took classes centered towards international relations. At UC San Diego she continues to pursue her passions for business as manager of the General Store co-op on campus, as well as writing for the UCSD Guardian about relevant topics on campus and in the San Diego community. In the future, Vazquez plans on attending graduate school while also living and working abroad in a career centered towards international business.