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Yiru Zhou embraces the past and shapes the future of GPS
Meet Yiru Zhou '93, GPS's 2016 Outstanding Alumna. As a member of GPS's International Advisory Board and co-chair of the advisory board for the School's 21st Century China Program, the vice president of China operations for Qualcomm Technology Licensing is closer to her alma mater than ever. She notes these commitments as a mere and natural progression of going from a student to an alumna of GPS. Discover what being named GPS's 2016 Outstanding Alumna means to Zhou and the ways in which her dedication to the School is widely valued. Read more >>   
Leaving a mark of goodwill around the globe
Alumni from GPS and UC San Diego's International Studies Program make their professional marks around the globe every day. But in April, surrounding Earth Day, they made a mark of goodwill on their communities--from the U.S. to Japan and even Ethiopia. See how GPS rallied around giving back as part of "Around the World in a Day." Read more >>
Reconnecting with the class of 2015
As students gear up for graduation, we tracked down a few of our 2015 graduates who have the trials and triumphs of entering the "real world" not far in their rearview. Find out what their lives have been like one year after receiving their diplomas, including how they navigated their job searches and the ways in which their degree is incredibly useful today. Read more >>
"Open for Business"
Richard Feinberg is a professor of international political economy at the School. He has enjoyed a distinguished career as diplomat, policy adviser, corporate consultant and is the author of more than 200 books and articles on international relations--his most recent being "Open for Business." Due out by fall, the book acts as an expert guide to Cuba's economic opening to the outside world and speaks to Cuba's legacy and new horizons. Feinberg details the role foreign investors will play, how Cubans will forge a path to entrepreneurship and the roadmaps suggested by other emerging economies. Learn more about the book >>
Call to Action
Celebrate Alumni Weekend with GPS on June 4
UC San Diego's Alumni Weekend returns June 1-5, and with it GPS is hosting Salsa Saturday on June 4. Amid reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones over Mexican cuisine, also hear from and dine with faculty members such as Tai Ming Cheung, Gordon McCord, Craig McIntosh and Ulrike Schaede. There will be an award presentation for GPS's 2016 Outstanding Alumna, as well. Register by May 27. 
Alumni Board nominations accepted through July 1
The GPS Alumni Board is calling for nominations of new board members by July 1. Nominees must be graduates of the School and able to participate in quarterly meetings. Submit your nominations online. For more information, email Nurit Mandel.
Stay connected with GPS's LinkedIn alumni group
There's no need to tap your foot until your next class reunion to stay connected to fellow alumni. Join the GPS Alumni Group on LinkedIn to keep updated on one another's whereabouts and ongoings at the School, plus get free career tips from our Career Services advisors.
Seoul Alumni Club...
enjoyed a family picnic in the Yongsan District on April 30, hosted by Stephen Hwang '12, in collaboration with the Seoul UC San Diego Alumni Club. The GPS alumni also gathered on March 11 with the UC San Diego Alumni Association at a dinner and networking event in Seoul for late-stage career professionals, held at Fa Bello Ristorante Italiano in Banpo. 
Washington, D.C. Alumni Club...
connected with Associate Professor John Ahlquist over happy hour before his presentation in the district on Feb. 29 as part of UC San Diego Alumni's UC San Diego & You series.
New York Alumni club...
started April off right with a happy hour at Docks Oyster Bar on April 4, catching up and dining on oysters, sushi and cocktails.
Tokyo Alumni Club...
hosted a special guest at its Spring Enkai, as Professor Ulrike Schaede grabbed dinner with the group on April 15. Visit the club's blog to see what else it has in store for the spring.
"The Whack-a-mole Problem"
Speaker: Leon Fuerth, The Project on Forward Engagement
May 12, 2016 | Register here

"Thinking Locally"
Speaker: Edna Jaime, México Evalúa 
May 17, 2016 | Register here

"Will the Latino Vote Choose the Next President?"
Speakers: Dan Restrepo, Center for American Progress; Ruben Barrales, Grow Elect; Sandra Pérez, NALEO Educational Fund 
May 18, 2016 | Register here

2016 Strategic Studies Group Annual Summit
May 21, 2016 | Register here

"Running a Bank in China"
Speaker: Ken Wilcox, Silicon Valley Bank 
May 26, 2016 | Register here

UC San Diego Alumni Weekend
June 1-5, 2016 | Learn more

GPS Alumni Weekend: Salsa Saturday
June 4, 2016 | Register here

GPS Commencement
June 12, 2016 | Save the date
Submit a class note today
GPS alumni are stretched all over the globe. This sometimes can make it hard to stay in touch with your classmates, which is why we seek to keep you in the know with class notes. Tell us where you've been and what you're doing now with a one- to two-sentence update. These can be purely professional, celebrate personal milestones or both!
Gary Bremermann, MPIA '91, as representative director of PowerUp Solutions K.K., coaches bilingual professionals on recruiting, marketing and advertising in Tokyo.

Michael Buesa, BA/MIA '13, relocated from Oakland, Calif., to San Francisco, where he now is a pricing analyst at Credo Mobile. Prior to this position, Buesa served as a projects analyst at Opinion Dynamics Corp. and worked briefly with a startup.

Andrew Curry, MPIA '06 and senior analyst and project manager with the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Seattle, and Melissa Nitsch, MPIA '06 and program analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle, welcomed their son Emmett in December 2015.

Chihiro Fujimoto, MAS-IA '11, is a financial officer in the capital markets division of the Word Bank in Washington, D.C.

Molly Gavin, MPIA '03, is vice president of government affairs and sustainability at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego.

Natasha Hanshaw, MPIA '10, was named chief commercial officer at Strategyzer in Zurich and became engaged in January 2016.

Mark Higgins, MPIA '04, has had a busy start to 2016, acting as chief operating officer at Strategen Consulting in Lafayette, Calif., and launching a clean-tech venture capital fund.

Takashi Kobanawa, MPIA '95, after working 20 years as an investment banker, now is managing director of Polaris Capital Group, a private equity firm in Tokyo.

Renate (Muenich) Kwon, MPIA '07, as part of her role as program manager of the Southeast Asia Research Group and communications coordinator for the Asian Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University in Durham, N.C., works closely with Asia-focused scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and North and Southeast Asia.

Justin Lee, MPIA '14, is the director of community engagement at Los Angeles Conservation Corps.

Nancy Li, MPIA '12, works on electric grid reliability and continues honing her interest in renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest as a senior management systems analyst at Seattle City Light.

Kahori Matsui, MPIA '99, is the vice president of strategy and business development at SoftBank U.S. in San Francisco.

Keisuke Nakatsuka, MPIA '10, is a senior business analyst of digital ventures at Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo.

Jeff Rector, MPIA '97, is a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in San Diego, serving as a renewable energy project finance attorney at the firm.

Heather (Berkman) Rock, MPIA '06, relocates to the Bay Area in May 2016 to work on climate policy for Chevron, where she also has worked at as an analyst in Houston.

Betsy (Wiedenmayer) Rogers, MPIA '99, assistant program manager for Japan Market Expansion Competition, is happily raising her four children in Tokyo, with the youngest two in a local Japanese school.

Elena Salazar, MPIA '13, an integrated marketing manager at Union + Webster, is giving back to San Francisco as a junior board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.

Lys Severtson, MPIA '06, is finding fulfillment working as an entrepreneur, building a couple of business concepts in San Diego.

Jonathan Shalfi, MPIA '14, returned to his alma mater to pursue a Ph.D. in political science at UC San Diego.

Yuko Takagi, MPIA '06, is deputy director for the Ministry of Finance Japan in Tokyo.

Kenichi Takase, MPIA '01, is a senior manager at TEPCO Fuel & Power Inc. in Tokyo.

Hidekatsu Take, MPIA '02, is an executive officer, joint head of the Americas at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in New York.

Blake Tye, MPIA '10, is a senior manager for technology advocacy at Intel Corp. in San Diego. She previously worked for Qualcomm Inc.

Yimin Wang, MPIA '00, as CEO of Sense Consulting in Shanghai, represents Lumina Learning, a U.K.-based innovative psychometric developer.
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