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Allison Domicone(Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)Little did I know at the time, but enrolling in Professor Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg's African Politics course in Fall 2007 would end up shaping the course of the next five years of my life. In Spring of 2008, I interned for Professor Kamau-Rutenberg's (then) start-up non-profit organization based in Kenya, called Akili Dada. I could not have known at the time that five years later I would find myself in Nairobi, Kenya, working for that same organization. After graduation, thanks to the skills I had acquired in my internship with Akili Dada, I got an internship with Creative Commons, a San Francisco-based international nonprofit that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. The internship turned into a full-time salaried position in the organization's fundraising and development department, where I worked for three and a half years.
In July of 2011, I took a leap of faith and moved to Nairobi, Kenya to live and work for three months with Akili Dada. After returning, I continued working part-time remotely for Akili Dada, as Director of Development. I also began to volunteer with another start-up nonprofit called Common Crawl, an initiative building an open copy of web crawl data to enable innovation in education, business, and research. Currently, I'm straddling dual roles as Akili Dada's Director of Development and Common Crawl's Program and Policy Manager, while spending July and August of 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. Working for two very different organizations allows me to tap into different passions - women's rights, sustainable development, education, information technology, and policy - making for a dynamic and exciting workday. (7/16/12)
Jackson Tavo Hall(World Religions and Spiritualities, European Studies)After graduating, I lived in Germany for six months and played professional baseball in the German Bundesliga for a team in Munich. When I came back to the United States, I immediately started law school. Currently I am in my second year at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Upon graduation, I hope to get a job practicing international law. I am also working in the Capital Habeas Unit at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Phoenix. We represent prisoners on death row in their attempt to secure habeas corpus relief in federal court. (10/06/10)
Josie Luu(International Economics, African Studies)Just before graduating in 2008 with an International Studies degree, I secured a job as an Executive Assistant at a San Francisco private equity firm; a challenging position that gave me great leadership opportunities and valuable skill sets. After three plus years, I transitioned into my current role as a Coordinator at the Seattle non-profit Initiative for Global Development (IGD), doing research analysis and corporate recruitment. IGD’s mission is to reduce poverty in the developing world and we do this by helping hand-selected business leaders overcome barriers to large-scale investment and business growth with social impact. We provide valuable connections, quality information, and highly specialized services to member companies, which in turn enables strategic, catalytic investment. We also advocate for more effective development processes in U.S. government development initiatives. Eventually I plan on getting my MBA, given I am passionate about advancing IGD's business case for development. I have yet to live abroad; however, I have traveled throughout East Africa, South Africa and Europe. (07/31/12)