A Snapshot into the Work of Democracy and Governance Students, Faculty, and Alumni

Spotlight: Democracy and governance Career panel

          Each autumn, the D&G Program invites back many of our distinguished alumni and faculty to speak with current students in the program. Their advice from various careers in the public and private sectors is invaluable, providing tips and best practices for current students who plan to pursue careers in the Democracy

This year, we had two alumni and a special guest joining our panel at the Mortara Center on Georgetown's campus: 

Marin Ping (DG'17)  has always been interested in how to analyze how people organize around, initiate and measure social change. Prior to starting the DG Program, Marin worked as a social entrepreneur in Beijing, and at an immigration law nonprofit in DC.  While studying, she worked on a global fund to protect freedom of association and assembly, and now focuses on closed society human rights programs and international advocacy at Freedom House.

Marcelo Buitron (DG '11) is a public sector specialist working in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. His current work focuses in East Asia Pacific but he has also worked extensively in the Latin America and the Caribbean region on a wide range of public sector issues such as shared corporate services, change management, human resource management and public financial management. 

Virginia L. Bennett, a retired American diplomat and Senior Foreign Service Officer, who capped her career as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. From 2011 to 2014, she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. She held a variety of senior staff positions to State Department leadership, including as Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary John Negroponte from 2007 to 2009, and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department for Secretary Hillary Clinton. Bennett served in her early career at the U.S. embassies in Bogotá, Colombia; Tokyo, Japan; and Manila, Philippines. She also worked in New York City at the United States Mission to the United Nations from 2002-2005, and in Washington, DC, in the United States Department of State Operations Center and in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She retired from the Foreign Service as a two-star equivalent on November 30, 2017.

After the panel spoke and fielded questions from the student audience, we adjourned for refreshments and conversation. All of our students came away with excellent professional advice, and a better sense of how to take advantage of their future degrees.