Shawn Harris

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Conflict, security and development

Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz (Global Economics)

Fast Fact:  Shawn made a documentary in Libya following the collapse of the Qaddafi Regime

“I believe that in order to raise the global standard of living we have to address both conflict and economic development simultaneously.”

Cristina Lopez

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Human Security & Environment

Undergrad: Florida International University (International Relations)

Fast Fact: Cristina participated in a rescue and recovery disaster relief course in the south of France. 

“My summer project consisted of filming a documentary about water insecurity in Nicaragua.”

Fareed Bailey

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management

Undergrad: Arizona State University (Political Science)

Fast Fact: As a staffer at the Arizona State Senate, Fareed directly worked on nearly 60 pieces of legislation. 

“I set out to acquire the skills integral to being a successful policymaker.” 

Karla Micheli

Program: Joint MPA/International Education Management

Specialization: Education and cross-cultural communications

Undergrad: Columbia College Chicago (Marketing)

Fast Fact: Karla has traveled, volunteered and worked in 20 different countries.

“I truly believe the biggest way I can make a difference in this world is through educating communities.”

Derek Polka

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Food Security and Global Governance

Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara (Sociology)

Fast Fact: Derek grew up on a dairy and agricultural farm in Moss Landing, a town in north Monterey County with a population of 204 people. 

“The ability to provide food and an adequate wage for living is crucial if we wish to bring countries out of the trap of poverty.”

Team El Salvador Returns, Poised to Become Stronger than Ever

When the Peace Corps announced last December that they would be interrupting their program in El Salvador because on escalated concerns about security, the Monterey Institute also suspended its popular development practicum in the country. “It was heartbreaking,” says Adele Negro (MACI '99), director of Team El Salvador, of the decision to cancel the departure of Team El Salvador 6 just days before they were scheduled to leave, “but we could not take any chances with the safety of our students.”

Frontier Market Scouts Return from Summer Adventures in Four Continents

The Frontier Market Scouts program at the Monterey Institute selects and trains aspiring professionals who are seeking a career in social venture and impact investing. This year, the program has placed over 20 people in 13 countries, working with social enterprises, impact investment funds and social accelerator programs for a period of two to six months.

MPA Alumnus Richard Crothers Maintains His “Court Vision” in Burundi

“Growing up in rural southern Idaho, I wasn’t imbued with any sort of desire to work internationally,” says Richard Crothers (MPA ’97), who would be lured abroad to play basketball in South America and Switzerland. “I gradually began to see the world differently,” and the Monterey Institute was a great springboard for an internationally-focused career. With his new degree, he went back to Europe to participate in the establishment of the European Voluntary Service for the European Union.

Kathleen Gordon

Kathleen Gordon MPA '12

Undergrad: Indiana University

Major: Political Science and French

Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey

Relaunched Alumni Achievement Awards Honor Four

The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders.   These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.  

The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows: