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IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories. Many are open to discussing their experiences. To connect with an alum, email iasalum@uw.edu.


David Doyle publishes book “Ask What You Can Do” on need for public technologists

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Alum David Doyle (’15) has published the book “Ask What You Can Do: Why local government needs more technologists and how you too can serve.” Inspired by his own shift from the tech sector to public service - and lack of guidance - Doyle provides an inside account of his experience while urging readers to help build the next generation of local government. ...

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Aina Braxton (’12) is now a support specialist at Stripe in Seattle. Francine Jordan (’19) was a marketing student assistant at UW Bothell and last summer became a full-time coordinator for marketing and events. Joseph Lubin (’99) is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He also was the Department of Defense's liaison officer at the National Interagency Fire Center during the 2019 fire season. Marny Lowe (’19) is a legal assistant at a worker’s compensation firm in Seattle. Alicia Messner (’15) is event producer at Seattle-based Corks and Canvas Events. Tyler Oostra (’11) is now owner of Looking Glass Stables for horse boarding and riding lessons, located in Cathcart, Washington. Heidi Schauble (’13, ’15) is the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Manager at Workforce Snohomish.

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Fajardo, Qadri, and Shibayama share career paths with students

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IAS alumni Jaime Fajardo (’12), Aisha Qadri (’15), and Gracelynn Shibayama (’15) visited campus to share their career journeys with students as part of the Mentor Chats program. Structured as informal discussions, students can ask whatever’s on their minds – from questions around career discernment and navigating job searches to industry specific advice and the value of IAS degrees in the workforce. Fajardo, Qadri, and Shibayama ...

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Alum Missy Nielsen on the importance of community engagement

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UW Bothell is home to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds. As a full-time employee and parent, Missy Nielsen was one of many non-traditional students to find support within the UW Bothell community. Nielsen recalls the collaborative environment fostered by IAS faculty and staff while pursuing ...

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David Ryder covers coronavirus and produces documentary film

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IAS alum David Ryder (’11) has been an independent Seattle photographer and filmmaker for more than 15 years. His portfolio includes extensive experience with wildfires, disaster zones, and hurricane coverage. Ryder’s most recent work concerns travel restrictions to China due to coronavirus. Later this week he will photograph a U.S. government quarantine facility near North Bend ...

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