Jen Hambleton-Holguin

Jen Holguin

Career & Academic Advisor, Director of Advising Technology

Advising Focus

Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program; fellowship programs including Fulbright, NSEP/Boren, Rosenthal and others; study abroad and university partnerships including the Naval Postgraduate School, advising technology and information management. 

Education and Background

MA in International Policy Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Specialization in Human Security and Development

BA, Lewis & Clark College, Sociology/Anthropology


Jen has been an advisor at the Institute since October of 2006. Prior to her graduate studies at the Institute, she worked in risk management and IT consulting for the public sector. During her program in International Policy Studies, she held internships and consultancies with Geneva-based organizations, conducted field research in Sierra Leone, attended an author's conference in South Africa and took part in the Institute's Cuba program, all while staying extremely active on campus. After graduate school and before beginning her current position, she was involved with starting up an international nonprofit organization based in Monterey. When she's not engaging students in her office, Jen spends her free time exploring the Monterey Peninsula with her husband, daughter and yellow Labrador Retriever. 

Advising Philosophy

As an advisor, I seek to empower students with the skills and knowledge to manage their own career development throughout their lives. Whether helping a student to flesh out a fellowship project idea, or assisting an alumna with making a major career transition, my role is to provide a fresh set of eyes, a different perspective, or a new resource to check out. It is my great privilege to be part of this community of passionate and innovative change-makers, and to perhaps play some small part in helping them achieve their professional goals.