GPS Student FellowsStudent Profiles

Our School is internationally recognized for its excellence, and a key reason for our growing distinction is our ability to attract the best graduate students from across the globe. Here is a sampling of our student scholars. 

Dean's Fellows

We are proud to introduce the students who have been selected as Dean's Fellows. This special distinction serves to signal the professional qualities of excellence that the School cultivates and honors, to reward outstanding performance by students and to create a prestigious group of high-quality students and alumni to showcase to the world.

Selection Criteria
  • Academic Excellence: selected students are at the top of their class based on first-year GPA performance
  • Leadership: demonstrated leadership at the School and campus, as well as in community affairs
  • Civic Engagement: involvement in activities with a public purpose such as active volunteerism
  • Regional involvement: meaningful engagement in the Pacific region encompassing Latin America and Asia such as study or work abroad, internships and activities focusing on the region and its people

Robertson Fellows

The Robertson Foundation for Government aspires to make a difference by offering annual financial support for graduate students pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson and named in their honor, the foundation pursues a mission that was central to the Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the U.S. government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service, with particular emphasis on international relations and foreign affairs.

Robertson Fellows at selected universities receive full scholarships and full internship stipends from the foundation. They also commit to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first seven years after graduation.

Note: We do not receive unsolicited applications for Robertson Fellowships. An internal committee makes recommendations based on applicants accepted to the School and meets the mission of the program.

Sylff Fellows

Created in 1987, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) program is designed to support graduate students studying in the humanities and social sciences fields at 69 universities in 44 countries. In 1991, a $1 million dollar endowment was received to create the Sylff program at UC San Diego to support the education of outstanding students pursuing their graduate studies with high potential for global leadership. Professor Ulrike Schaede is the chair of this program at the School.

We commemorated 20 years of supporting Sylff Fellows on May 26, 2011 in conjunction with events celebrating 50 years of UC San Diego historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts since the university’s founding in 1960. Read the story.

2019–20 Dean's Fellows

  • Arturo Albarrán Cortes, MIA '20

    Arturo Albarrán Cortes, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy, International Management
    Areas of Specialization: Latin America

    Arturo Albarrán Cortés is a 2020 Master of International Affairs candidate at GPS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science and also a master’s in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He has extensive experience in Mexico’s energy sector. Prior to joining GPS, Arturo worked at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission, where he was in charge of the design of utility ratemaking methodologies and benchmark analysis of the Mexican electricity sector. He also formed part of the advisory board for the Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, in which he conducted economic analysis for the design of public policies to facilitate the implementation of Mexico’s energy reform in the field of hydrocarbons. After concluding his graduate studies, he plans to pursue a career that focuses on the implementation of sound, well-defined policies to ensure energy security in the North America region.

  • Jenny Aldrich, MPP '20

    Jenny Aldrich, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Business, Government, and Regulation; Program Design and Evaluation

    Before attending GPS, Jenny worked in the Refugee and Immigration Services Department at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, coordinating federally-funded programs focused on immigrants’ self-sufficiency and integration. Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.

    At GPS, Jenny focuses on U.S.-Mexico relations and migration issues. She worked at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and is now a coordinator for the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at the Center for Comparative and Immigration Studies. Jenny also serves on the board of Net Impact and is passionate about the intersection of businesses innovation and social and environmental impact.

  • Brittany Ekejiuba, MPP '20

    Brittany Ekejiuba, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Security Policy, Program Design and Evaluation

    Brittany Ekejiuba is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy, with Policy Design & Evaluation as her primary specialization and Security Policy as her secondary specialization. She is currently interning with the San Diego-based nonprofit Burundi Friends International, an organization dedicated to the education and economic empowerment of women and youths in Burundi, East Africa. Her career interests lie in international development, and she plans to apply her skills gained at GPS towards a career in the nonprofit sector after she graduates.

    Prior to her time at GPS, Brittany earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then spent 4 years working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Cultural Ambassador in Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET Programme). It is in Japan that Brittany developed a passion for transnational issues and a love for the Japanese language. 

    Brittany has made tremendous efforts to be involved with her GPS community. She serves as the VP of Events for Women Going Global, a group that focuses on female leadership and women’s issues around the world. She is President of Public Policy Series, a group dedicated to increasing awareness and comprehension of issues that require policy intervention. Brittany is also the VP of Marketing and Communications for GO GPS, the GPS student body government.

  • Rachel Finerman, BA/MIA '20

    Rachel Finerman, BA/MIA '20

    Career Track: International Economics
    Areas of Specialization: China

    Rachel is a part of the BA/MIA program at GPS, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business in June 2019. In March 2019, she completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled "Surveillance in Smart Cities," where she researched barriers to the development of smart cities in the United States, England, and China. Rachel is the current Vice President of Events for the GPS student organization China Focus and is a Teaching Assistant for UCSD’s Revelle Humanities Undergraduate Writing Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. After graduating from GPS, she plans to return to China to gain valuable language, research, and work experience before pursuing a career in national security.

  • Joaquín Gana Aravena, MPP '20

    Joaquín Gana Aravena, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Business, Government and Regulation; Energy and Environmental Policy

    Born in Santiago de Chile, Joaquin obtained his undergraduate Economics degree with distinction from the University of Chile. He began his career as a research assistant in the Corporation for Latin American Studies (CIEPLAN), where he studied innovation in Latin America with a focus in the mining sector and supplier development. After two years, he moved into the public sector to join the newly created National Productivity Commission, an independent government agency that reports directly to the President of Chile. There, he was part of the core team that developed the first presidential inquiry on Copper Mining Productivity. His most recent task in Chile was developing recommendations for digital platform regulation like Uber and Airbnb.

  • Malena Hernandez, MIA '20

    Malena Hernandez, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Economics, International Management
    Areas of Specialization: Latin America

    Malena Hernandez earned her undergraduate degree at Central University of Las Villas in Cuba where she majored in English and French Linguistics and specialized in Translation and Interpreting. Over the next two years, she worked as a Specialist in International Collaboration at the university’s International Relations Office. Her responsibilities included managing, coordinating and monitoring institutional agreements, exchange programs, scholarships, joint academic degree programs, and other forms of collaboration with universities from all over the world. Prior to coming to GPS, Hernandez worked in several important consulting projects as part of the travel curator and consultant companies Cuba Educational Travel and Havana Strategies. She helped US companies understand the Cuban market, and in some cases enter into business deals. She assisted with market research, organized events for corporate clients, and collaborated closely with Cuban partners in the hospitality, private, academic and cultural sectors. At GPS, Hernandez holds leadership positions with the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and Women Going Global. After graduation, she hopes to work in data analytics and consulting to generate innovative business solutions.

  • Hsinyao “Amy” Huang, MIA '20

    Hsinyao “Amy” Huang, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Economics
    Areas of Specialization: Korea

    Originally from Taiwan, Huang received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at National Taiwan University. During her undergraduate career, she spent a year interning in the Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department at Microsoft Taiwan, assisting with the company’s computer science educational programs. She also worked as a research assistant in the Political Science Department of NTU, where she analyzed the bilateral trade and investment activities between China and Southeast Asian countries. Prior to GPS, she studied the Korean language with merit-based scholarship at Yonsei University, South Korea. After completing her first year at GPS, she interned with the Global Taiwan Institute for the summer of 2019, where she conducted research on the potential US-Taiwan free trade agreement. At GPS, she is board members of Mannam (a student organization dedicated to promoting understanding of Korean culture) and InterAction (a community service club). She also works with the 21st Century China Center as the Digital Media Manager of the China Focus Blog. After graduation, she hopes to work at the intersection of data analytics and corporate sustainability.

  • Nicole “Niki” Kalmus, MPP '20

    Nicole “Niki” Kalmus, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: American Policy in Global Context, Program Design and Evaluation

    Kalmus earned her bachelor's degree with honors in international studies and French languages & cultures from the University of Hartford. She conducted her undergraduate honors research on the feasibility of the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Prior to attending GPS, she worked at Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS) in San Diego, advocating for immigrant rights and serving refugees and asylum-seekers with specialized mental health and social services. At SURVIVORS, Kalmus was involved in the development of an international database for torture treatment centers as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the local program. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in policy analysis and apply her passion for economic modeling and statistics to improve federal, state, and/or local government.

  • Madeline “Maddie” Kasik, MIA '20

    Madeline “Maddie” Kasik, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Areas of Specialization: Latin America

    Madeline Kasik is a second year MIA student focusing on International Politics and Latin America. She received her BA in International Relations with minors in History and Spanish from the University of San Diego. Madeline is a Fulbright Scholar, who served as an English Teaching Assistant in South Korea for two years. Her research interests include human rights, democratization movements, and security policies. Madeline enjoys serving the GPS community as a member of student government and the Korean-focused club and works to build her skillsets in order to understand how the world works. 

  • Mari Kojima, MIA '20

    Mari Kojima, MIA '20

    Career Tracks: International Management
    Areas of Specialization: Japan

    Kojima was born in Japan and has moved around throughout her life. With the BA/MIA program she received her bachelor’s in International Business with a focus on Latin America, and is now pursuing her master’s in a total of 4 years. Being trilingual in English, Japanese and Spanish, she has volunteered her translation for refugees and immigrants. Her skills and passion advanced her to be an Intern at the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Headquarters in Switzerland during the summer of 2019. She hopes to continue to pursue a career that works for social good, while utilizing and advancing her hard skills and cultural intellect. She continues to be involved on campus as one of the Captains of the UCSD Dance Team, and the VP of Events for the Graduate Organization of GPS. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, painting, dancing, and going to museums.

  • Jingwen Liu, MCEPA '20

    Jingwen Liu, MCEPA '20

    Areas of Specialization: Chinese Politics and Public Policy

    Originally from Beijing, Liu holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Renmin University of China. She became interested in public opinion and political psychology during her exchange at Sciences Po Paris. Prior to GPS, Liu has interned with the political news team at Reuters Beijing Newsroom, the former Ministry of Culture of China, and the government affairs team at Hill and Knowlton Strategies, where her work largely involved public opinion analysis and media monitoring. At GPS, she is on the board of China Focus and works closely with the 21st Century China Center as a student assistant. She has participated in the China From the Ground Up survey project and the Congressional Tweets sentiment analysis project.

  • Gustavo López, MPP '20

    Gustavo López, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation

    Gustavo earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Before attending GPS, he was a researcher at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C., where he worked on global migration trends, public opinion, and demographic research. He is now a graduate student researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at UCSD and focuses on migration policy at GPS. Gustavo recently completed an internship with the UN's Migration Agency in Berlin, Germany. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Policy Solutions at GPS. Gustavo is originally from Jalisco, Mexico.

  • Jude Muhtaseb, BA/MIA '20

    Jude Muhtaseb, BA/MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Areas of Specialization: Latin America

    Through the BA/MIA program, Muhtaseb earned an undergraduate degree in International Business. In addition, she served as the President of Triton Consulting Group (TCG), an undergraduate organization that provides consulting services to small and local entities. During the summer of 2019, Jude was able to utilize the skills she developed through her coursework and involvement in TCG when she interned at Deloitte Consulting. When she returns to Deloitte Consulting in the fall of 2020, she hopes to advance her Spanish speaking skills and Latin American focus by working on projects that revolve around sustainability and workforce development in Latin America.

  • Nicholas “Nick” Rhodes, MIA '20

    Nicholas “Nick” Rhodes, MIA '20

    Career Tracks: International Economics
    Areas of Specialization: Latin America

    Nicholas Rhodes is a second-year MIA student focusing on International Economics and Latin America. He received a BA in economics from Columbia University, and has worked with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Trade Representative, and local government organizations. He is a member of the GPS student government and a board member for the Journal of International Policy Solutions (JIPS). His interests include the political and economic effects of international trade and the best practices for sustainable development.

  • Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Prior to entering GPS, Rogers was based in Indonesia, where he worked in various positions as a journalist and editor, most recently serving as a Communications Officer for UNICEF Indonesia. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Cory holds a history degree from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied jazz percussion. Upon graduation, Rogers was awarded the Shansi Fellowship to Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he taught undergraduate English language courses and tutored graduate students at the Center for Religion and Cross Cultural Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, traveling and plucking out songs on his guitar.

  • Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: American Policy in a Global Context

    Scott was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She began her career as a research assistant in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board, where she analyzed developments in exchange rate and sovereign bond markets for both policy and long-term research projects. She was then promoted to research assistant to the director of the division, where she contributed to presentations on the foreign outlook to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and oversaw the production of briefing materials for the chair and other board members traveling to international meetings, including the G20, OECD and BIS. Scott’s exposure to the economic issues at the forefront of the international policy arena has motivated her to continue her career serving the U.S. government, with the hope of promoting sustainable and inclusive global development.

  • Tong “Adam” Wu, MCEPA '20

    Tong “Adam” Wu, MCEPA '20

    Areas of Specialization: Chinese Politics and Public Policy

    Born and raised in Beijing, Adam Wu used to be a researcher and journalist for news organizations including The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph for five years. Back in his days of working in the news industry, Wu specialized in investigative reporting and was primarily interested in China’s elite politics and social issues. His bylined articles, for instance, covered topics from China’s political reshuffle after the 18th Party Congress to the eviction of migrant workers from the heartland of the country’s capital. Here at GPS, Wu has been assisting the school’s China faculty members in various research projects. He also attempts to apply the quantitative skills learned at GPS to his own research on China’s ever-changing propaganda mechanism and authoritarian politics. Wu holds a bachelor’s degree in international journalism from Communication University of China, and he is also an aficionado of Chinese hip-hop music.

  • Mingpu Xiao, MIA '20

    Mingpu Xiao, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Economics, International Politics
    Areas of Specialization: China

    Mingpu hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Beijing Institute of Technology and a mater degree in Political Science from Nanjing University. Prior to GPS, he participated in research projects of China National Social Science Fund and the Asian Barometer Survey with a focus on public opinions and political behaviors in China, i.e., trust towards government, cognitive and value system, political participation and mass protest. He was awarded the 2016 Huang Chengfeng Research Fellow from Johns Hopkins - Nanjing Center and 2017 China National Scholarship. At GPS, he studied on international political economy of Asia-Pacific and quantitative methodology. This summer, he worked as a Robinson Summer Research Fellow with Professor Lauren Prather on the project – “From Monitoring to Meddling: How Foreign Actors Shape Local Trust in Elections.” After GPS, he plans to apply for a PhD in Political Science and pursue a career in academia.

  • Zilu “Luna” Zeng, MIA '20

    Zilu “Luna” Zeng, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management, International Politics
    Areas of Specialization: China

    Zeng holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian and International Studies from City University of Hong Kong. She has focused on compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility issues of supply chains in China over the past two years. Prior to GPS, she has interned for CSR consulting bodies in Shenzhen and Shanghai, where she closely worked with multiple stakeholders including migrant workers, factory owners, third-party auditors, and local government officials. In the summer of 2019, Zeng interned at HDMI Licensing Administrator where she conducted research on intellectual property compliance of electronic manufacturers. After graduation, she is aiming pursue a career in compliance analysis, with the ultimate goal to solve problems related to trade, IP and ESG standards in the global value chain.

  • Nikolay Zudin, MIA '20

    Nikolay Zudin, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Areas of Specialization: China

    Nikolay comes from Russia where he received bachelor and master degrees in economics from Moscow State University. Previously, Nikolay was deeply involved in strategic advising of Russian public sector in different roles. He started doing microeconomic research of Russian industrial policy and continued in policy design as a manager covering several streams, including Transportation and Regional Development, in a National Strategy for the Russian President. He also worked as an external consultant for several business entities, developing specific business solutions. In his desire to explore various perspectives of decision-making and management – economic, political and business – he came to GPS and chose to focus on international management and China’s socio-economic development. Based on his prior policy-related experience he is eager to leverage his problem solving and business judgment skills to make a transition to the private sector, building a career in Business Development, Transformation or Investments.

2019–20 Robertson Fellows

  • Lincoln Berget, MIA '21

    Lincoln Berget, MIA '21

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus: China

    Berget graduated with honors from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his time in undergrad he interned with the U.S. State Department at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, Italy. While studying abroad he also completed an internship with the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to enrolling at GPS, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gansu, China. At his site in Lanzhou, he worked with first-generation college students to develop their English and critical thinking skills. Berget hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service and continue his passion of working with people from around the world.

  • Lily Folkerts, MPP '21

    Lily Folkerts, MPP '21

    Area of Specialization: American Politics and Policy  

    Prior to enrolling at GPS, Folkerts was a program associate at the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C. In this role, she engaged with activists, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations and U.S. and foreign government agencies and officials to advocate for human rights considerations in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Specifically, her work focused on Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America. She earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in international relations and global studies and Latin American studies as well as a Global Business Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. While a student, she interned at the Latin America Working Group, the Gerson Lehrman Group, the office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett and the World Affairs Council of Houston.

  • Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Regional Focus: China

    Growing up as a military brat, service has always been one of the guiding pillars of Inumerable's life. While a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, he served his community as a volunteer tour guide and camp counselor for underserved youth in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. At UCLA, he majored in political science and Chinese, in order to position himself for a career in the U.S. government or advanced education. In the summer of 2017, Inumerable interned for the U.S. Department of State in Guangzhou, China. During his internship, he practiced his Chinese language skills and learned the intricacies of U.S. consular policy. Following his education at GPS, Inumerable hopes to pursue a career in the U.S. government.

  • Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Nguyen graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, government, as well as Asian studies. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she moved to the U.S. at age 11. Her experiences as an immigrant sparked a strong interest in international politics and led to several internships during her undergraduate degree, such as the Houston City Council, Texas State Capitol, Project Vote Smart and the Asia Society Policy Institute. In addition, Nguyen was selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship program in Washington, D.C. As part of her internship, she joined the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, where she helped to create a foreign aid budget for our allies in Asia. In the future, Nguyen hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy, working to advance U.S. foreign policy interests.

  • Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus:  Southeast Asia

    Prior to entering GPS, Rogers was based in Indonesia, where he worked in various positions as a journalist and editor, most recently serving as a Communications Officer for UNICEF Indonesia. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Cory holds a history degree from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied jazz percussion. Upon graduation, Rogers was awarded the Shansi Fellowship to Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he taught undergraduate English language courses and tutored graduate students at the Center for Religion and Cross Cultural Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, traveling and plucking out songs on his guitar.

  • Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in a Global Context

    Scott was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She began her career as a research assistant in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board, where she analyzed developments in exchange rate and sovereign bond markets for both policy and long-term research projects. She was then promoted to research assistant to the director of the division, where she contributed to presentations on the foreign outlook to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and oversaw the production of briefing materials for the chair and other board members traveling to international meetings, including the G20, OECD and BIS. Scott’s exposure to the economic issues at the forefront of the international policy arena has motivated her to continue her career serving the U.S. government, with the hope of promoting sustainable and inclusive global development.

  • Christopher Taylor, MIA '21

    Christopher Taylor, MIA '21

    Career Tracks: International Development and Nonprofit Management
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in Asian studies, international development and international strategy and diplomacy. He has spent the last year working as a researcher on the Global Truth Commission Index research project, specifically analyzing the effectiveness of commission final reports in Morocco, East Timor, South Africa, Mauritius and Nigeria. He gained valuable experience as President of the Geography Student Association and as an intern with Catholic Community Services’ refugee foster care program in Salt Lake City. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Thai interpreter building upon the language skills he gained from spending two years as a missionary in Thailand after his freshman year of college. In his senior year, he was a FLAS scholarship recipient due to his Thai fluency. He hopes to remain involved in Southeast Asia and aspires to work there in the future.

2019–20 Sylff Fellows

  • Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Area of Specialization: Environmental Policy

    Ellis is a 2021 Master of Public Policy candidate at the school specializing in energy and environmental policy. Before beginning graduate studies at GPS, Ellis worked for six years in Washington, D.C. on environmental policy issues at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, serving as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he was engaged in studying policy developments related to mining regulation and land and water restoration, as well as representing the perspectives of state-level natural resources management and environmental protection agencies.

  • Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Development & Nonprofit Management
    Regional Focus: Latin America

    Gruenwald is a 2020 Master of International Affairs candidate at the school focusing on energy policy and Latin America. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from State University of New York, College at Geneseo. Prior to coming to GPS, he lived and worked in Colombia for four years, most recently on a USAID-funded project in peace-building and reconciliation in the wake of Colombia's fifty-year civil war.