Deanna Gergich: A Change Agent Interns at UNHCR
September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Community Development, Gender Equality & Children Section
Deanna is originally from Seattle, Washington where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Prior to arriving at the Monterey Institute, she worked extensively in the public and non-profit sector on issues of literacy, psychosocial services, family planning and public health.
Through these early professional experiences, Deanna recognized her innate desire to become a participatory agent of social change and, ultimately, contribute to effective and sustainable organizational impact.
Building on existing skills, she chose our MPA program because of its commitment to developing innovative and well-rounded global leaders. With this specialized training, she looks forward to growing a career in the humanitarian and development sector.
Deanna served the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the International Professional Service Semester. She has also completed the Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) training. Her UNHCR work has involved a range of events from inter-agency collaboration, high-level meetings, strategic planning, accountability analysis, curriculum design and drafting of global guidelines. Her work focused on the protection of child refugees.
She was largely involved in the revision of the global training, ARC. ARC serves as a “training for trainers” guide in the field of international development and humanitarian assistance.