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Alumni Profiles

Craig Anthony Rychel graduated from CLAS in May 2009 with a concentration in International Business Diplomacy. While a student in CLAS, he held internships at the OAS, U.S. International Trade Representative, International Trade Commission, and the Department of State working on projects of varying aspects relating to international trade and business. Since graduating, he entered into the Foreign Service as an Economic Officer and is currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.

 


Megan Morrissey is currently a strategic communications adviser at the Embassy of Venezuela to the United States. She previously served as an adviser to the Mission of Bolivia to the United Nations, where she worked on climate change policy and organized public events for President Evo Morales in New York, Bolivia, Mexico, and Senegal. 

At CLAS, Megan chose a concentration in anthropology and received two summer research grants from the Venezuela Program to do fieldwork on the social history of the steel industry in Venezuela. She earned "distinction" on her resulting master's thesis. While at Georgetown, she also worked as a research assistant at the Political Database of the Americas and the Venezuela Program.



Nath
an Doyel received his MA in Latin American Studies with a focus on politics in 2008.  He joined  he Foreign Service in May 2009 and serves as a Political Officer and Vice Consul in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  During his time in Guatemala he has worked on a range of issues, including: trafficking, human rights, food security, climate change and guest worker visas.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Nathan served as a Program Officer for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, implementing large-scale infrastructure projects in Georgia and Namibia.  Nathan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in 2003.

Andrea Suarez Falken is an intelligence community analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. She has completed details at Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters, the New Mexico state intelligence center, and the U.S. State Department’s inter-agency Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, serving as the face of her home agency. After her CLAS degree, while Program Officer for a State Department international education contract, she managed the grants of more than 80 Latin American foreign exchange students at 30 U.S. host universities. Prior to her CLAS program, she was Events Coordinator and Assistant to Director Valenzuela.  Before that post, she worked as an immigration law paralegal, crafting briefs that documented exceptionally trained immigrants and their unique contributions to scholarship, medicine, and the arts in the U.S.  Between her degree programs, Andrea spent four years in Spain and France as an independent language consultant.  Andrea graduated from CLAS in 2008.



Chris Hale graduated from CLAS in 2008 with a concentration in Government. During his time at CLAS he participated in the Central American Working Group as well as the Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO). Prior to his time at Georgetown, Chris worked for the World Bank's Latin American and Caribbean Civil Society Team and the Carter Center's Access to Information Project in the Americas. Since leaving CLAS, Chris has worked for the World Bank Institute's Access to Information, Media, and Governance Group, done a consultancy for the political risk analysis firm, Eurasia Group, and most recently directed the OAS's Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia's Medellin field office. He is also co-founder and board member of Manos de Madres,  a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through income generation initiatives founded on principles of cooperation, creativity and sustainability in Honduras and Rwanda. Chris received his undergraduate degree in Latin American Literature and Anthropology from Colby College in his native Maine.

Marisol Reyes earned her 
M.A in Latin American Studies at Georgetown in 2001. As a Mexican Ministry of Education Scholar, Reyes earned a Doctorate in political behavior at Essex University in Essex, United Kingdom. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. The United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded Marisol, Professor in International Relations and Humanities at the ITESM, Mexico, a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship to teach at the University of Minnesota, Morris during 2010 fall semester.

David M. Pérez is Director of Development for the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Latino membership and civil rights organization in the U.S. In this capacity, David leads the fundraising efforts for LULAC’s community-based programs in
 civic engagement, civil rights, economic empowerment, education, health, housing, immigration, public service and technology operating through LULAC's network of 135,000 volunteer members, 890 local councils and 54 community technology centers nationwide. During his time in this role, David has doubled LULAC's Programs Department staff and increased the budget by $1 million annually. He also provides policy support leading LULAC advocates in visits with Members of Congress, participating in meetings with the White House Office of Public Engagement and building strategic partnerships between LULAC and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Locally, with the Washington, DC community David organizes around important causes such as the immigrant rights and LGBT equality marches. He currently serves on the board of the Latino GLBT History Project and as Co-Chair of the 5th Annual DC Latino Pride. Since 2006, David has advanced St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish’s vision of radical hospitality in various leadership roles, including chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and a leader in the 20s and 30s Group. In August 2008, David was featured in the “Out in the Workplace” article of California’s premier Gay Latino Magazine, Adelante. David has been an active member of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and was involved with M.E.Ch.A. while earning his M.A. in Latin American Studies fat Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. David earned his B.A. in Spanish and Social Science with a Minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. He is a native Californian. 

Keetah Salazar-Thompson is currently the Senior Desk Officer for West Bank and Gaza in USAID’s Middle East Bureau.  Prior to joining the Middle East Bureau, Keetah worked for nearly four years in Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) as a Program Analyst for the Afghanistan Desk. Keetah also completed a detail to the U.S. Department of State’s Afghanistan Desk as the acting Afghanistan Civilian Assistance Coordinator and member of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan’s (SRAP) team.  Prior to this, Keetah served as a Program Analyst in the USAID’s Office of Development Partners with the Millennium Challenge Coordination Division.  In that capacity, she helped oversee and administer the joint USAID-Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Programs, overseeing a portfolio of over 18 countries for a total of over $400 million in assistance. Before joining USAID, Keetah worked with the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, part of the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), focusing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. Keetah holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) and a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.



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