Q&A: Elizabeth Phu ‘00
Elizabeth Phu is the current director for Oceania and East Asian Security Affairs, National Security Council Staff at the White House. In this interview, she speaks of her experiences at IR/PS and gives valuable advice to current students.
Q&A: Sungjun Oh ’14
A new graduate discusses his own return to IR/PS — he was 8 years old when his father was studying in San Diego — his time at the School and the importance of diversity for students.
Q&A: Paul Lamb ’95
Paul Lamb was gracious enough to be the first in a new Q&A series highlighting IR/PS alumni.
Q&A with Mark Spalding, MPIA '92
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.
We Are Tritons - Richard Boly, MPIA '92
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.
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
- Single exceptional achievement
- Service to IR/PS
The 2014 Outstanding Award Winners are Jorge Blandón ’01 and Kahori Matsui ’99.
|Jorge Blandón, MPIA ’01
Blandón currently works for the Family Independence Initiative (FII) where he leads the data collection and analysis efforts. With data he is challenging stereotypes and showcasing the initiatives and progress working – poor families make on behalf of themselves and their communities. He takes those real insights and transforms them into resources that are tailored to the unique demands of families that are part of FII. Prior to joining FII, Blandón worked for seven years in the financial securitization sector, focusing on essential infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad as well as underwriting U.S. municipal bonds.
|Kahori Matsui, MPIA ’99
Matsui joined SoftBank in 2010 after 10+ years of management consulting and new business development experiences at Accenture and Recruit. She has managed its strategic transactions including its acquisition of Sprint in 2012-2013, the largest overseas acquisition by a Japanese firm. She recently moved to San Francisco and is the vice president of strategy and business development of SoftBank Product Group to lead various projects involving SoftBank major assets in the U.S. market.
(2013) Emily Murase, MPIA '90
(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
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.