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Outstanding Alumni

NominationWe are now accepting nominations for the Outstanding IR/PS Alumni Achievement Award for 2014.

Each year, IR/PS Alumni seek to recognize graduates for success in their careers and contributions to society. This honor is given to those who exemplify the positive contributions IR/PS graduates make through their careers, volunteer work and community involvement.

Awards are made for outstanding achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Professional achievement
  • Volunteer work
  • Humanitarianism
  • Single exceptional achievement
  • Service to IR/PS

Nominations are due no later than April 23. An IR/PS Alumni Selection Committee will review the nominations and determine the award recipient by May 1. Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 14 at the annual Family & Friends Commencement Reception at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

For further information about the nomination process, award or reception, contact Mary Jo Ball.


Emily Murase, MPIA '90

The 2013 Outstanding Award Winner is Emily Murase, MPIA '90.

Emily has served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women since 2004 and most recently elected as one of seven Board Commissioners for the San Francisco Public Schools.  Emily was a member of the Class of 1990, the second graduating class of what was at the time the newest professional school in the University of California system. There, she served as President of the Pacific International Affairs Student Organization and received the Wyman Award at graduation. 


Past Winners
(2012) David An, MPIA '07
(2011) Richard Boly, MPIA '92 and Mark Spalding, MPIA '92
(2010) Gary Bremermann, MPIA '91
(2009) Brooke Partridge, MPIA '91
(2008) Gigo Alampay, MPIA '96, Dr. Jodi Finkel, MPIA '92, and Kevin Trepa, MPIA '05
(2007) Kama Dean, MPIA '01 and Chris Pesenti, MPIA '01
(2006) Paul Lamb, MPIA '95, was also honored as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the UC San Diego Alumni Association


Featured Stories


Alumni Mark Spalding 

"Q&A with Mark Spalding"
UC San Diego Triton Magazine (Jan. 2014)

IR/PS alumnus Mark Spalding MPIA '92, President of The Ocean Foundation has lectured at IR/PS, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other campus departments and regularly hosts summer interns at The Ocean Foundation.

Richard Boly, MPIA '92

"We Are Tritons - Richard Boly MPIA, '92"
October 21, 2013, UC San Diego Alumni News

IR/PS alumnus Richard Boly is the director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the U.S. Department of State, and is featured in this Q&A.


Peace Corps Profiles

In celebration of UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary, IR/PS profiled 40 Peace Corps volunteers among its alumni and current student body in 2010. Contact Mary Jo Ball to update or add your profile today.