Alums Address International Development – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alums Address International Development

Jessy Teicher ’04 and Tara Van De Mark ’03 will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 18 to speak about their experiences working as part of USAID, the United States Agency of International Development. The women will lead a joint talk, and hope to educate many William Smith and Hobart students about the work they have been doing since their time at HWS.

The joint talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Van De Mark works in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship, a two-year program that allows advanced degree graduates to gain experience in multiple agencies. Through the program she has worked as the Interim Democracy and Governance Officer and led inter-agency efforts to harmonize U.S. foreign assistance monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to her current position with the State Department, Van De Mark interned for the National Academy of Social Insurance, implemented a U.N. Development Project in rural China, worked as a capital markets paralegal for McKee Nelson, LLP and as a senior research associate for Public International Law & Policy Group, where she advised the San Bushmen of Botswana and the Burmese Government in Exile.

At William Smith, Van De Mark majored in environmental studies and anthropology and minored in English. She received the Professor Kenneth R. Carle Prize in Environmental Studies and the Stephanie J. Volan ’91 Memorial Award.  She later studied international law and policy at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, and went on to earn a law degree from American University.

Before joining USAID as a contract specialist, Teicher worked for the Public Interest Law Institute in New York City. At William Smith, she majored in political science and was a member of College Democrats, Hillel and William Smith Congress.

The Professionals in Residence Series is sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.