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Young Alumni Mentors

Below you will find a list of CIS alumni who can be contacted for advice and mentoring. This list includes their current position, contact information and areas of expertise/interest so that students can contact someone who is most similar to their career path or study after graduation.



Interests & Expertise


Anna Przebinda

Legislative Correspondent
covering Women, LGBT,
Education and Labor policy
Senator Tim Kaine

  • Political campaigns
  • U.S. Government

Alexis Taitel

Resource Management
U.S. Department of State

  • Weapons security
  • Human trafficking
  • Export controls
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
  • Landmine removal

Cara McGrath

Wake Forest University,
MA Candidate - Management,
Finance, Marketing,
and sub-Saharan Africa

  • Peace Corps
  • Graduate school
  • International development

Matthew Bebb

OU BA, DU Korbel MA
Currently: Business
Development and
Strategy at Sierra
Nevada Corporation
(aerospace and defense,
not the beer company)

  • Defense industry
  • Commercial and military aerospace
  • Forecasting
  • Marketing
  • Geopolitical risk
  • Former Soviet Union countries
    and Middle East
  • Connecting others to opportunities
  • Resume and cover letter help
  • General guidance on career path
    (including deciding on grad school or not)

John Zubialde

Contracts Manager/Negotiator,
Collins Aerospace
(Boston Metro Area)
  • International Defense Industry
  • International Law
  • International Contract Negotiations
  • Countertrade Agreements
  • Law School

Stephanie Eyocko

Johns Hopkins University
Center in Nanjing,
Energy Resources
and the Environment

  • Mandarin
  • Energy & environment

Nick Aguilera

Recent MA,
City & Regional Planning,
UC Berkeley

Rivers, Trails,
Conservation Assistance
US National Park Service

  • Environmental justice
  • Health & equity
  • Tranportation & infrastructure
  • Urban design
  • Latin America
  • Public participation &
    community engagement
  • Community development
  • Mapping & geospatial analysis

Lester Asamoah

Foreign Service,
US Department of State

  • Graduate schools
  • Fellowship opportunities
  • U.S. State Department

Rachele Clegg

Recent ISS Graduate

  • Practical help for DC Area
    (housing, internships)
  • Spanish
  • Latin America

Robin Rainey Kiehl

MD Candidate,
OU-TU College of
Community Medicine

  • Social Determinates of Health
  • IAS and Medicine
  • MCAT & Medical School

Tyler Nunley

Associate Director of
National Scholars Program,
University of Oklahoma

  • Latin America
  • Teach For America
  • Higher Education
  • Foreign Service Process

Andrew Crain

Program Coordinator
for Congressional Affairs,
German Marshall Fund

  • Russian Studies
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Governmental &
    research institutions

Blessing Ikpa

MA Candidate,
American University
School of International

  • Graduate school
    (application process, etc.)
  • State Department
  • United Nations
  • Life in DC
  • Internships

Daniel Moses

Small Business
Program Manager,
Innovation Hub,
University of Oklahoma

  • Israel/Palestine
  • Advising start-ups
  • Funding opportunties for
    new businesses

Priscilla Gomes

Associate Education
United Nations
High Commissioner
for Refugees

  • Humanitarian and
    development affairs
  • African affairs
  • Refugees’ issues
  • International education
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Life in Africa
  • Working at the United Nations

Brad Crofford

US Government
Accountability Office

  • Government relations
  • Religion
  • Higher education
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Economic development