The John Carroll award is conferred upon Georgetown alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. This year, esteemed SFS professor and alumnus Anthony Clark Arend (SFS’80), was one of the recipients of the John Carroll award, given out at John Carroll Weekend in Austin, Texas.
MSFS graduate Tish King (MSFS’93) reflects on her experiences in the MSFS program and how the connections she made at SFS led her to her career as a communications professional in the policy world.
Rui Matsukawa (MSFS’97) was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 2016. A Liberal Democrat Party member, she represents the Osaka prefecture in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan.
Anna Scott Bell (MASIA’16) discusses the ways the Asian Studies Program has prepared her for her current job as a Program Associate at the Global Taiwan Institute, a new think tank in Washington, D.C focused on Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and cross-Strait relations.
Kendra Goffredo (MSFS’10) won a Moth StorySlam spoken word competition for a poem about her father and her experiences with the Peace Corps in Nepal.
Nursultan Eldosov (SFS’14) began his pathway to becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with his own personal experience in international relations. “I am a direct beneficiary of diplomacy,” Eldosov says. “My family and I immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan to seek a better life.”
A total of 28 Georgetown graduates will be sworn in as part of the 115th U.S. Congress on Jan. 3, continuing the university’s long history of alumni serving the country.
The Alumni Spotlight series covered Verinda Fike (MSFS’09), who currently manages the China portfolio at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. USTDA focuses on connecting U.S. companies to infrastructure development opportunities in emerging markets. Fike remarked on her experience at USTDA as “incredibly rewarding.”
Thorodd Ommundsen (MSFS’10) works for the UN Mission in South Sudan, a fast-paced and dynamic environment filled with complicated political and operational problems. He discusses how he uses the analytical tools and approaches he learned in the SFS to address the challenges he faces on a daily basis.