About Carmen Iezzi Mezzera

Carmen Mezzera became executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) on January 1, 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Programs and Operations at the Bretton Woods Committee; Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation; Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Atlantic Council of the United States; and Director of Alumni Relations for the School of International Service (SIS) at American University. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SIS, Ms. Mezzera stayed on to complete her master’s degree with a focus on international organizations and sustainable development. In the course of her studies, Ms. Mezzera provided analyses for NATO’s Partnership for Peace in Mons, Belgium and at the United Nations Development Program Washington Office. Among her volunteer work, Ms. Mezzera has served as Vice Chair of the Board for St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade, and Director-At-Large of the Abyssinian Fund in Harlem, NY. She has written and/or provided interviews for CNN, CBS, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and Cooperative Grocer Magazine - among other outlets - and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She received the 2008 Rising Star Alumni Award from American University.

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Passion Need Not Apply

Passion Need Not Apply

When providing an informational interview for a young professional recently I repeatedly heard her describe her “passion” to do this and her “passion” for that. What I did not hear, though, were any specific ways in which she could be useful to an organization. Any...
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