Transitions: Steps between Graduation and Employment Event

“Transitions: Steps between Graduation and Employment” 

Ever hear about someone with your dream job? Wonder how they got there? Not sure what to do after graduation?

The Jackson School’s student organizations and GlobeMed invite you to a panel to discuss just that.

 “Transitions: Steps between Graduation and Employment” will feature successful young professionals who have recently graduated or are working on degrees at the UW in the field of international studies. This group includes a social scientist, an environmental engineer, a graduate student fellow, a community organizer, an administrative coordinator for a consulting firm and a Microsoft employee. (For a complete list of panelist bios, see below.)

Panelists will be asked questions about their career paths, their current jobs and what steps they took to start achieving their career goals. There will also be an open Q & A session at the end for you to ask your burning questions about life after graduation! Light refreshments will be served.


Date: Thursday, February 27th

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Savery Room 264

Check out the Facebook page here!

Hosted By:

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.

The Jackson School Journal of International Studies is an online and print publication dedicated to profiling the outstanding research and policy writing generated by students.

The Jackson School Student Association works to build community in the Jackson School through social and academic events that create connections between students, faculty, and staff.  JSSA is the student voice in the Jackson School!

The Jewish Studies Student Committee is a non-religious, non-political, and new organization at UW, which seeks to bring students from all major together to learn more about Jewish culture.


Natalie Block

Natalie Block is currently a graduate student and Shelton Fellow at the University of Washington, pursuing dual Masters in Public Administration and International Studies. Her research focuses on the International Criminal Court and the Kenya Cases. She is currently a teaching assistant for a graduate statistics course and has also taught JSIS 200: States and Capitalism as head TA in the past. In 2013, Natalie taught abroad as a program assistant for the “Challenges of International Justice” study abroad program in Ireland and the Netherlands. Last year during graduate study, she was the Executive Assistant to the CEO of MBA Women International and the Coordinating Editor for the MBA Women’s Guide to Success E-book Series. Natalie has previously worked for the World Affairs Council in Seattle for their Global Youth Leadership Initiative program and as a research assistant for Microsoft in conjunction with the university.

Dean Chahim

Dean Chahim graduated from the UW with degrees in International Development and Civil & Environmental Engineering. After graduating, he received the Bonderman Fellowship to travel and learn with people working for social change around the globe. He now works as an environmental engineer with GeoEngineers, Inc. helping to assess and clean up sites contaminated with hazardous waste, ranging from the Duwamish River shoreline to Gasworks Park. He is also a volunteer community organizer with a grassroots community organization that struggles to protect the rights of workers and tenants locally. He also writes, speaks, and teaches about social justice from a global perspective. He is currently co-teaching a course on Engineering for Social Justice at the UW. More of Dean’s work is available online

Ailey Kaiser Hughes

Ailey Kaiser Hughes is a Social Scientist and Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa, an international NGO focused on securing land rights for the world’s poorest people. She has worked in Ghana, India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Rwanda, and Tajikistan. In 2011-2012, Ailey was a Fulbright Fellow in Kyrgyzstan, where she studied women’s land rights. She graduated from the Evans School of Public Affairs in 2009 with an MPA and Certificate in International Development Management.

Lauren Spokane

Lauren Spokane hails from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Seattle from Boston in the summer of 2011.  As a community organizer with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Union for Reform Judaism, Lauren worked to inspire and train congregational leaders to make the change they want to see in their communities.  Lauren now works as the Assistant Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, helping faculty bring their knowledge to students and the community and creating new opportunities for the interdisciplinary study of Jews and Judaism.  In this role, Lauren serves as the adviser for the Jewish Studies Student Committee.  In addition to her work at the Stroum Center, Lauren studies as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate at UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

Matt Sackman

Matt combines his talent for logistics and passion for philanthropy in his work at Collins, where he keeps the office, his clients, and his coworkers running smoothly and meeting deadlines. Matt assists fundraising consultants with a variety of projects including, Campaign Feasibility Studies, Multi-Million Dollar Fundraising Campaigns, Development Assessment Studies, Organizational Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching/Training, and Major Gifts. Matt shares his extensive knowledge of trends regarding youth and young adult fundraising from his time working in Advancement at the University of Washington where he served as a manager of the Student Calling Program, and Vice-Chair of the Student Philanthropy Education Program helping coin the phrase “real dawgs give back.” Matt also served as the 2011-2012 Advancement Chair for ASUW.

Larissa Wright

Growing up in a multi-cultural family, Larissa knew that her future would always expose her to the international domain. And sure enough, graduating from the Jackson School of International studies with a major in European Studies and minor in French that allowed her to study abroad in France for a year, she now finds herself on a global team at Microsoft that has her interacting with colleagues and stakeholders everywhere from Singapore to Prague on a daily basis. In her free time, Larissa enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and painting amongst other things.

Have a question? Feel free to email JSSA at

or the JSIS Career Center at

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