LSJ Alumni Panel: Nonprofit & Government Careers

Join the annual LSJ Social Services and Government Panel on May 6th from 5:30-7pm PST via Zoom! Five terrific LSJ alumni (see bios below) will discuss how and why they decided to pursue nonprofit or government work as well as offer insight into how these impacted their future career trajectory. RSVP here to receive a Zoom link!

  • Stephen Yim: Stephen graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Societies, and Justice.  Following his undergraduate studies, he began working for the federal government in the Seattle office for US Senator Maria Cantwell.  He served as her staff member handling community outreach and constituent requests regarding both the immigration system and federal grant funding from 2007 to 2012.  During that time, Stephen obtained his Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University by taking night and weekend classes.

After spending a decade in Seattle, he began his career with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Washington, DC through the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program in September 2012.  As a Fellow, Stephen had the opportunity to not only work as a Policy Analyst, but also spent 1 year on temporary assignment with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Stephen transferred back to Seattle in 2015 where he worked as a Senior Investigator and was just recently promoted to the position of Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist for his office. 

  • Carol Xie: Carol is a 2017 LSJ and Sociology graduate. After graduating, she worked at a small, family-owned law firm as a legal receptionist, before moving on to a national environmental firm to work as a legal receptionist. From there, she worked at a corporate law firm as a junior paralegal. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, she transitioned to working at InterIm Community Development Association, where she is currently working as their Community Engagement Coordinator and Domestic Violence Housing Case Manager. 
  • Nathan Bean: Nathan earned his LSJ degree in 2016. Originally from New Hampshire, he grew up a Red Sox fan who barely graduated high school, then traveled around the world, waited tables at various restaurants, and endeavoured into the arts from time to time. Beginning as a non-traditional student at Seattle Central Community College, he proudly finished cum laude at the University of Washington. After he established himself in the UW Advancement world, he is now the Community Relations Manager at Sankofa Impact, a local nonprofit committed to creating everyday activists against racism and oppression through immersive learning experiences.
  • Meron Fikru: Meron is a 2016 LSJ graduate. After graduation, she participated in the LSJ Amsterdam course, then moved to Mississippi to work in civil rights education at the University of Mississippi. She returned to Seattle for a year to work in fraud, then moved to London and graduated with her MSc in Criminal Justice from the London School of Economics in 2019. She is now working remotely as an intern with the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Section at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. 
  • Kristina Nelson: Kristina graduated from the LSJ program in 2012 and holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Kristina spent 3 years working with International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization, in India and Cambodia contributing to counter-trafficking programming. She worked as the census coordinator for Bernalillo County for the 2020 Census and currently works for New Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General on their counter-trafficking unit. Kristina lives in Albuquerque, NM with her husband and son.
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