The International Studies Public Forum (ISPF)
"Careers in International Relations"
with Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President/ Pacific Council on International Policy
Elizabeth Burrell, Program Director/ American Academy of Diplomacy
Laura Tarre - Development Associate/ Grameen Foundation
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100
Reception (Organized by the International Studies National Honor Society):
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1208
In cooperation with the Center for International Education (CIE) the International Studies Program is presenting a special ISPF for the International Education Week, focusing on careers in international relations.
About the speakers:
Laura Tarre joined Grameen Foundation in 2009, where she focuses on foundation grant writing, reporting, and research. She previously served as a program analyst at the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), where she worked with ethnic community-based organizations and managed the ORR technical assistance program. As a research intern at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), she co-authored the report "Bridging Divides: The Role of Ethnic Community-Based Organizations in Refugee Integration" with Kathleen Newland and Hiroyuki Tanaka, and also wrote for MPI’s Migration Information Source. Laura earned her M.A. with a focus on international migration from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University where she also received her B.A. in international affairs and French (Phi Beta Kappa). She is fluent in French and has lived in both Paris and Alsace, France.
Dawn is the executive vice president of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a global leadership network dedicated to enhancing awareness of and developing solutions to the global challenges. In her position, she oversees all aspects of the organization and drives several special initiatives including the Energy, Environment and Security Committee and the Equitable Globalization Committee. Dawn is also the co-director of the California Climate Change Adaptation taskforce, which is working with the state to build adaptive capacity to deal with the challenges presented by rising sea levels and reduced water supply. Prior to joining the Pacific Council, Dawn worked for McKinsey & Company where she developed growth strategy for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including high tech, medical device, biotech, consumer products and retail industries. She holds an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the McGill University in Canada. Dawn is a contributing member for the Hope Street Group think tank, an evaluator for the Yale Goldman Partnership for Non Profit Ventures, and an active member of the California Peace Action Network and California League of Conservation Voters.
Liz Burrell is the program director at the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), where she works collaboratively with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (ret.), president of AAD, to manage internal operations and expand targeted public programming and outreach activities. Liz previously served as the deputy director of policy at the Coalition for Government Procurement. In that position, she was the primary staff liaison for assigned committees and was responsible for researching, drafting and developing association positions and policy statements and representing the association in meetings before Congress and regulatory agencies. Prior to her time at the coalition, she worked at the New Zealand Embassy's Trade and Enterprise Office in Washington, D.C. and for a public affairs and political consulting firm in Sacramento, CA. She has been on volunteer staff with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders, for two years and is currently serving as the vice president for programming. Liz received her B.A from the University of California, Davis with majors in international relations and political science and a minor in communications.
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