Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
Undergraduate degree: Washington University in St. Louis
Current position: Special Assistant to the Administrator for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for briefing and preparing the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Chief of Staffat USAID on all matters related to National Security, and representing them in those matters to the White House, intelligence community, and interagency.
What Fernando says: “The Clinton School is unique in that it allows you to learn not just in the classroom, but, perhaps more importantly, in the field. I engaged on projects that pushed me beyond my comfort zone, that took me to remote, but fascinating corners of the globe, and that allowed me to learn and grow in remarkable ways. Other graduate schools teach you theory; at the Clinton School you not only learn the theory, you actually get a chance to apply it.”
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Undergraduate Degree: Central Michigan University
Current Position: Hillary Rodham Clinton Communications Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, D.C., where she manages the full communications portfolio of the institute, including their website, blog, social media, newsletter, media relations, and communications strategy.
What Mara says: “My time at the Clinton School of Public Service helped me to refine my theory and practice of public service. I learned a great deal in the classroom, and was able to apply the knowledge and skills that I acquired through my field service experiences. I learned from my professors, from the subject matter experts in the speaker series, from my classmates, and from the organizations and communities in which I worked. This holistic experience prepared me for the work I do now, and opened doors of opportunity for me that I previously didn’t even know existed.”
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Undergraduate degree: University of California – Berkeley
Current position: Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department, in the Office of Economic Policy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In her current role, she facilitates U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and works to advance U.S. economic policy across the Asia- Pacific region.
What Emily says: “The Clinton School has developed one of the most premier speaker series in the country and leverages it to be an extension of the classroom. Even before I entered international affairs as a profession, I had access to some of the greatest leaders in the field and was taught by diplomats, politicians, nonprofit leaders, and innovators. This unparalleled access was one of the most rewarding, inspiring, and unexpected parts of my tenure as a student.”
Hometown: Prince George’s County, Md.
Undergraduate degree: Florida A&M University
Current position: Director of the Delta Veterans Program at ARVets, a statewide nonprofit in Arkansas that provides programs and services to military personnel, veterans, and their families.
What Malcolm says: “The Clinton School experience taught me the importance of knowing thyself in order to effectively serve others, since personal motivations often define public actions. As I completed coursework and interacted with classmates, I learned that authentic public servants are compassionate at all times and courageous in the face of conflict. Through constant collaboration in the classroom and reliable counsel from faculty and staff, I gained the support and training necessary to make a difference and be an effective leader for humanitarian projects in South Sudan, Kenya, Israel, and Belize.”
Hometown: Pearcy, Ark.
Undergraduate degree: University of Arkansas (Juris Doctorate through the Clinton School’s concurrent JD program from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law)
Current position: Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions, Investor Relations Officer & Corporate Secretary at Simmons First National Corporation. In this role, he leads the company’s mergers and acquisitions and investor relations functions, and serves as a strategic advisor to the corporate and bank chairmen and CEOs.
What Burt says: “My time at the Clinton School taught me that one can be a public servant in any setting. I also learned the importance of hearing all sides of an issue before beginning to develop a resolution. My International Project and Capstone were especially important in shaping my career path. Both projects allowed me the opportunity to assist in the development of policies and reforms that would facilitate a better business environment.”
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Undergraduate degree: Wheaton College (Master of Public Health throughthe Clinton School’s concurrent MPH program from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Boozman College of Public Health and Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School)
Current position: Legal Fellow with the Office of General Counsel at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this position, she supports their efforts in a wide range of legal issues dealing with local, national, and international partners.
What Lindsey says: “As a student at the Clinton School, I interacted and engaged with many incredible and inspiring people from around the world, both in and out of the classroom. Having the opportunity to work with and learn from others with such diverse backgrounds and passions really shaped how I see and approach the issues that I deal with every day. My peers, professors, and partners pushed me to look beyond the simple explanations and the easy answers. They challenged me to recognize both the uniqueness of every individual and the importance of the social, political, and cultural factors that shape each of us.”
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Undergraduate degree: Loyola University (Master of Business Administration through the Clinton School’s concurrent MBA program with the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business)
Current position: Workforce Programs Senior Manager with Sam’s Club in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she oversees strategy development, initiative prioritization, associate experience, diversity and inclusion program, and data analytics for all Sam’s Club associates.
What Gina says: “The education I received at the Clinton School developed my ability to connect once siloed sectors of governments, NGO’s, and corporations. The curriculum and experiences provided an opportunity to leverage public-private partnerships and collaboration across all three sectors to foster greater solutions to systemic and deeply rooted social problems.”
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Undergraduate degree: Hofstra University
Current position: Evaluation Manager for City Year Chicago, where she is responsible for Chicago’s strategic evaluation process, as well as in-depth data analysis to help City Year more efficiently and effectively achieve its short and long term goals.
What Allison says: “Prior to attending the Clinton School, I did not fully understand the importance of, and need for, program evaluation in nonprofits. After completing field service work with education and youth development focused organizations in Little Rock and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it became clear to me that helping organizations better understand their impact would be my niche in public service.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Undergraduate degree: Western Washington University (Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law)
Current position: Associate Corporate Counsel at International Medical Corps in Washington, D.C., where he assists with managing the legal affairs of the organization and its humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries including compliance with counter-terrorism laws, international donor agreements, and management of corporate legal matters.
What Andrew says: “I came to the Clinton School with an eye toward working in the field with an international development organization, but had little background or experience in the sector. Through my fieldwork with large NGOs in East Timor and in the U.S., I saw firsthand the impact that well-managed programming can have on the ground. But more than anything, it was the conversations with classmates, professors, colleagues, and mentors throughout my time at the Clinton School that helped me assess my strengths, weaknesses, passions, and goals and started me on the path that I continue on today.”