Mentor Chats

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Mentor Chats are designed to assist students and recent graduates with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories.  Hosted within and outside of classes, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors. 

Learn what's possible with an IAS degree by reading about our past mentors

Upcoming Mentor Chats

Mentor Chat with Maximilian Dixon

'11, IAS - Environmental Studies
Monday, February 13 | 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Bothell, UW1-361

Maximilian Dixon is the Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs and is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal, and local partners with a goal of increasing community resilience. He staffs the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is on the Board of Directors for Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), and is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee.

In addition to his emergency management expertise, Maximilian has an extensive background in starting and running local non-profit organizations. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Shoreline Farmers’ Market Association and was on the Board of Directors for Friends of North Creek Forest.

Maximilian received his Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s Degrees from the University of Washington.

Past Mentors

Our mentors want to share their career stories and advice for the journey. Many are open to connecting and may be contacted by emailing: iasalum@uw.eduPlease list the mentor's name in the subject line.

lineup of some past mentors



Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager
Read about Emily

Andrea Blanken, '02
Director of New Business Development
Read about Andrea

Richard Buzard, '15
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Master's Candidate in Geology
Read about Richard

Ray Corona, '09
Recruiter & HR Generalist
Read about Ray

Zaheeda Edwards, '95
CDK Global
Project Manager
Read about Zaheeda

Lauren Fay, '07
Downtown Emergency Service Center
Coordinated Entry & Housing Placement Manager
Read about Lauren

Jason Hampton, '14
Bellevue Downtown Association
Transportation Program Manager
Read about Jason

Mina Hooshangi, '11
The Boeing Company
Project Manager
Read about Mina

Kristie Johnson, '07
King Co. Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Public Records Officer and Legal Services Supervisor
Read about Kristie

Matt Libby, '14
The Boeing Company
787 Flightline Operations Chief of Staff
Read about Matt

Deborah Oaks, '08
Sound Salmon Solutions
Habitat Program Coordinator
Read about Deborah

Jamie Strusz, '11
Read about Jamie

Stephanie Thomas, '12
United Way Snohomish County
Learning and Analytics Manager
Read about Stephanie

Alice Tsoodle, '13
Friends of North Creek Forest
Education Manager
Read about Alice

Hillary U, '10
Alaska Airlines
Communications Specialist
Read about Hillary

T. Andrew Wahl, '96
Everett Community College
Journalism Faculty
Read about Andrew

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Sales Representative
Read about Siobhan