Careers + Alumni

Featured Alumni

Amanda Dzida

Amanda H. Dzida

Assistant Director, Center for Asia Pacific Studies

“The MAPS program provided a strong foundation in understanding the histories, peoples, and cultures of the Asia Pacific region. The engaging curriculum and attentive faculty helped sharpen my research and writing skills, fluency in an Asian language, and critical thinking, which have proved valuable throughout my nonprofit career. I am fortunate that my profession allows me to share Asian culture through public events and build on the knowledge acquired in the MAPS program.”


Amethy Zihui Lu

Chinese Editorial Project Manager and Editor, Encyclopedia Britannica

"MAPS taught me valuable knowledge and an efficient way of doing research, and also provided a rigorous and inspiring curriculum with a broad, diverse array of choices. From my experience in the program I realized both personal growth and professional development. In my current position I manage the updating and publication of Chinese products."

Brad W.

Brad D. Washington

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education Department, Online MA TESOL Program Coordinator, University of San Francisco

“MAPS encouraged me to connect class assignments to real life contexts. Thanks to the program’s rigorous academic emphasis, I was able to go on for additional graduate study in a field that utilized my cross-cultural understanding of global education in the U.S. and beyond. I continue to have the privilege of engaging with local communities through conducting meaningful advocacy work with Asian Pacific Americans of Cambodian, Chinese, and Filipino descent.”

Cary Jackson Broder

Cary Jackson Broder

International Scout, Minnesota Twins Professional Baseball

“The program provided me with a solid base of language skills and an integrated overview of Asian history, politics, and economics that could be applied to my working experience in Asia. It also helped me build a valuable network of professional connections as well as lifelong friends.”


Charlie Costello

Communications Director, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3

“The MAPS program gave me the book smarts to go along with the streets smarts that I gained while living, working, and traveling in Asia. I wanted a program at a school with a long history of its own and USF is second to none in a city that itself is the gateway to the Asia Pacific.”

M. Scott Brooks

M. Scott Brooks

Lecturer/Overseas Program Manager, Global Human Resources Development Office, Tottori University

“The MAPS program truly allowed me to deepen my understanding of the United States’ current and future development of its unique role in the Asia Pacific. This program also challenged me to develop both my analytical and cross-cultural communication skills for practical application in a ‘trans-Pacific’ work environment.”

Sophaline Mao

Sophaline Mao

Global Sales Operations Communication & Training Analyst at Salesforce

“As companies grow globally, it is imperative that we prepare ourselves to occupy multiple roles. The MAPS/MBA dual degree afforded me the best of both worlds. The MAPS program allowed me to focus on the Asia Pacific by studying the history, culture, politics, religion and interrelationships that exist in the region while the MBA program provided me with solid business fundamentals that are required today for successful business leadership. The knowledge and skills I gained as a MAPS/MBA student are instrumental in my current job at Salesforce. Here, as a global communicator and trainer, I create and develop Sales Operations-related policies as well as assist the global sales team with processes that support our sales success.”

Alumni Careers

Market Manager for Japan and South Asia - George Alessandria
Leading the push by Lucent Technologies into the lucrative communication technology markets of East, Southeast, and South Asia and pursuing an Executive MBA.

Vice President and Corporate Marketing Director - Steven Borg
Engineering the sale of a Japanese-owned bank to a regional U.S. bank group, and assisting in the merger with another resulted in the establishment of the California Bank & Trust, and now building the company's community banking business.

Senior Research Assistant - Eric Croddy
Studying the implications of the complex and challenging 'new world order' in relation to the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

Language Teacher - Ginger Daughtry
Providing English language instruction to child and adult students at Aeon, one of the oldest and largest language schools in Japan, with over 450 foreign teachers in 200 schools teaching over 65,000 students.

Senior Financial Writer - Sarah Douglass
Analyzing financial issues for Montgomery Asset Management ranging from the effects of the Asian crisis to prospects for further growth in internet stocks.

Assistant Director of Research - Heather Easley
Expanding the knowledge base of the Japan External Trade Organization, providing critical information for American and Japanese business leaders.

Regional Policy and Information Officer - Mona Laczo
Based in Bangkok and traveling to trouble spots throughout Southeast Asia, fulfilling the humanitarian mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Strategic Business Consultant - Joseph Liba
Offering freelance joint venture, information technology and business process re-engineering services to multinational companies in Bangkok, Thailand.

North Asia Manager - Jim McAdam
Overseeing the huge shipping and transportation network of the American President Lines from the APL offices in Tokyo.

Arts Entrepreneur - William O'Dea
Exporting musical and artistic talent from the U.S. to China and importing arts and crafts from China to the U.S. at the head of his own company, Tang 1000.

Manager of Contract Services - Lee Okumoto
Helping to move the San Francisco International Airport into the 21st Century.

Director of Development and Public Relations - Beth Porter
Building the future of American education at the non-profit, international AmeriCorps program Summerbridge National, dedicated to providing support, encouragement and educational challenge to exceptional urban youth.

Public Programs Officer - Lorraine Snyder
Planning and producing major outreach events involving key policy makers, noted educators, and the general public at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C.

Online Marketing Specialist - Mayumi Story
Promoting computer gaming and software magazines online for Imagine Media, the publishers of Mac Addict, PC Gamer and Business 2.0.

Consultant and Investment Promotion Officer - Robin Won
Supplying expertise and experience at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to companies seeking to invest in the former colony as it adjusts to being part of China in an increasingly competitive trade environment.