Those working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international relations have significant impact on politics, policy, and social change, both domestically and abroad. Finding opportunities to network with World Bank employees, Foreign Service officers, and individuals working in the non-governmental sector can be a challenge for students, as these professionals have many demanding obligations. The panel and roundtables will bring professionals in these sectors directly to you so that you can learn about the public service realm from alumni - individuals who were once in your shoes. From the Foreign Service to the World Bank, you will learn about a broad range of career opportunities, as well as how to use your talents to make the world a better place on a national and international level.
Thomas Alva, AB'12
Operations Manager, Ronald McDonald House
Mr. Alva graduated from the College in 2012 with a degree in public policy. While attending the College, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the Men's Rugby Team. After graduating from the College, he worked for 2 years for the Academy of Urban School Leadership as a Chicago Public School elementary math instructor. While working for CPS, he began volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House near Comer Children's Hospital, eventually becoming a part-time staff member and is now full-time as an Operations Manager for the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's Hospital. His work focuses on managing the daily operations of the House and assisting the families staying at the House. He currently lives in Chicago and is an active volunteer for Ronald McDonald House, PAWS Chicago, and the Center for Economic Progress.
Alison Baulos, AB'03, AM'08, MBA'11
Executive Director, UC Center for the Economics of Human Development
Ms. Baulos graduated from the College in 2003 with a degree in psychology. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined an intervention for underweight infants at LaRabida Hospital. Additionally, she played the string bass in the University Orchestra. After working as a Project Coordinator in the UChicago Hospitals's residency for two years, she returned to school through the University's Graduate-Student-at-Large program and began A.M. coursework in the Social Service Administration, later pursuing a joint degree with an M.B.A. from the Booth School of Business. As Executive Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development she works with Nobel laureate Professor James Heckman (of the UChicago's Department of Economics) on large-scale research projects related to evidence-based investments in human capital. She currently lives in the west suburbs with her husband and dog Nani Pua Olena, and enjoys the commute back to Hyde Park everyday.
Colleen Duke, AB'91, MBA, Northwestern'02
Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
Ms. Duke graduated from the College in 1991 with a degree in art history and economics. She also has an MBA from Northwestern University. She currently serves as Public Affairs Officer in the Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Services section at the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago. Her sectors include environment and climate change, academic relations, education marketing, social/new media, and special projects. She joined Global Affairs Canada in 2003, having previously worked in museums including the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Academy of Sciences (now known as the Peggy Notebart Museum), the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the Smithsonian Institution.
Veronica Portillo Heap, AB'15
Pro Bono Coordinator, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Veronica Portillo Heap graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies. While in the College, she was involved with Phoenix Survivors Alliace, UChicago Clothesline Project, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, an Organization of Latin American Students Cultural Show and the Independent Review Committee of the UCPD. After graduation, Ms. Heap worked as a paralegal on the Immigrant Legal Defense Project at Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, supporting the representation of undocumented victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She continues to work at NIJC, now as the Pro Bono Coordinator of its LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative, supporting the representation of asylum seekers. She lived in Chicago and volunteers as a crisis counselor and medical advocate with Rape Victim Advocates.
Maria Krasinski, AB'01, AM'09, AM'09
Vice President, WorldChicago
Ms. Krasinski is Vice President at WorldChicago, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State. Her work focuses on the development and execution of the State Department's short-term professional exchange and training programs for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world. She graduated from the College 2001 with a degree in psychology & human development and a visual arts minor. In 2009, she earned dual Master's degrees from the Harris School of Public Policy and Committee on International Relations with a focus on cultural policy and public diplomacy. She has worked and traveled in almost 40 countries on all continents. An avid creative, her photography has recently been featured by the Muhammad Ali Center, U.S. Department of State, and the New York Times.
Gordon Mayer, AB'90, AM'03
Non profit Consultant, Writer
Mr. Mayer is a writer and storyteller who has been ensuring all stakeholders have voice in shaping effective and fair policy for more than 20 years. For the past decade, he's been leading nonprofit organizations such as National People's Action and Gamaliel Foundation that support community- and faith-based national advocacy and leadership development. As a consultant and presenter, he focuses on storytelling that helps influential organizations such as Progressive Technology Project, Foundation Center, and Chicago's Institute for Cultural Affairs engage audiences and build support for their work. His work includes writing for nonprofit and other clients, development writing, and communications coaching and strategy.
Harry Moroz, AB'06, MPP'12
Economist, World Bank
Mr. Moroz is an Economist in the Social Protection & Labor Global Practice of the World Bank. He works on issues related to migration and labor markets in East Asia, with a particular focus on migration systems and labor market policy. He was a member of the 2014 World Development Report, which explored the role of risk management in development. Before working at the World Bank, Harry was a Mayoral Fellow with the City of Chicago and a Research Associate with the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy in New York City. Harry graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in Law, Letters, and Society, and from the Harris School of Public Policy in 2012 with a master of public policy. While at the College, he sang in the Motet and University Choirs. He currently lives in Washington D.C.
Christopher Sandrolini, AB'82, MA'84, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Director, Office of Canadian Affairs, US Department of State
Mr. Sandrolini is Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He served as charge d'affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; INL director at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem; DCM at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, Italy; and Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Calcutta, India. He has also served in New Delhi, Bratislava, and Santo Domingo. He received his AB in 1982 in humanities from the College and his AM in international economics and Latin American studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is a native of Chicago and is married with three children.
Masami Tanaka, AB'90, MBA and MS, Accounting and Finance'95 (NYU Stern), MBA, Finance
Diplomat; Economic Officer - Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Ms. Tanaka graduated from the College in 1990 with a degree in economics and political science. After graduation, she worked as a senior consultant at KPMG while working on her MBA and MS degrees at New York University. In 1996-2000, she was a program manager at Cambridge Management Consulting in New York, in 2000-2002 she was a VP of Product Management and Marketing at an internet start-up in Los Angeles. In 2003, she returned to Chicago as a Director at Protiviti Consulting and then in 2005 joined Satori Consulting in New York as a Principal. In 2008, Ms. Tanaka joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. She is an Economic officer and has served as a U.S. diplomat in China, Pakistan, Japan, and Afghanistan. She is currently living in Washington D.C. learning Vietnamese in preparation for her next assignment in Vietnam.