Vanessa Colón ’11 MPA/IR manages U.S.-India relations at the U.S. Department of State

alum-news-buttonVanessa_ColonVanessa Colón is an environment, science, technology, and health officer for the U.S. Department of State. Her duties include managing and drafting policy on space, IT, renewable energy, and climate change relations. She also advances the Secretary’s economic agenda by drafting policy guidance and briefing senior officials on U.S.-India economic relations.

Helen Beaudreau ’09 MPA/IR now director of scholarship fund

alum-news-buttonHelen BeaudreauHelen Beaudreau was made director of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The Gates Millennium Scholars program is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and the APIASF is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Previously Beaudreau was senior policy advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives where she spearheaded initiatives to end human trafficking. For more information about APIASF and their mission, click here.

Maxwell Welcomes Our Newest Students!

July and August are among the most exciting times of year at the Maxwell School. Having said farewell to the newest alumni of the School in May and June, Maxwell faculty and staff prepare during the summer to welcome the newest classes of students in the MPA, MA IR, and Executive MPA and MA IR programs.

Chris Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, welcomed this year’s MPA and MA IR classes on the PAIA Admissions blog. Read more about this year’s accomplished cohorts at the links below.

Putting the ROCK back in BuROCKracy as Maxwell Welcomes our new MPA students!

Our New MA IR Students Arrive in Time to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

We hope you enjoy reliving your time at Maxwell through these great posts. Join us in welcoming our newest students to Maxwell!

Jessica Murray, Director of Alumni Relations
Kelli Young, Director of Career Development
Laura McArdle, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lauren Meyer, Career Development Office and Recruiting Coordinator

Patrick Gaetjens ’12 MPA/IR is now a project manager at Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation

Patrick GaetjensPatrick Gaetjens is a project manager at Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, a public/private partnership charged with the mission of advancing economic prosperity through business and job growth. As a project manager, Gaetjens is responsible for implementing company goals and strategies in order to grow the region’s economy through business expansion and development. As well as, leading entrepreneurial services and programs by advising startup businesses and coordinating services with local government and non-governmental organizations.

New job sends Ryan Martin ’13 MPA/IR to the African Great Lakes region


Ryan Martin is an operations program associate for the One Acre Fund in Muramvya, Burundi. The One Acre Fund is a nonprofit that provides tools and financing to 180,000 rural, smallholder, farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Matthew Pietz ’05 MPA/IR is a technical advisor with FHI 360

alum-news-buttonPietz serves as an FHI 360 senior technical advisor on civil society, peace-building,
and ICT for development projects and new business development, design initiatives and programs, develop strategies, and design concept proposals. In this role, Pietz also maintains collaborative relationships with donor organizations, government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs while reviewing and improving the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

Selina Carter ’12 MPA/IR, ’13 MA (Econ) is a research analyst for Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Nampula, Mozambique.

The Jameel Poverty Action lab, or J-PAL, is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The research institution connects a global network of experts who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence, and research is translated into action.

To find out more about Carter’s work with J-Pal, visit her profile on the Alumni Relations website.