Alumni of the Jackson Institute include graduates of the M.A. and B.A. in Global Affairs, the International Relations M.A. and the International Studies B.A. programs.
Class of 2002
Rob Berschinski is Senior Vice President for Policy at Human Rights First, where he works to advance a U.S. foreign policy rooted in a strong commitment to human rights, universal values, and American ideals.
Before joining Human Rights First, he served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In that role, he was responsible for establishing and implementing U.S. government policies with respect to fundamental freedoms and democratic governance in 65 countries across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and South Asia. He also served under Ambassador Samantha Power as Deputy Director of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations’ office in Washington, D.C.; worked as special assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; and spent three years as Director for Security and Human Rights Policy at the White House National Security Council. Berschinski earned his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.
He recently talked to us about his career path, including his new role at Human Rights First.Read Full Bio
Particularly given what we know about the Drumpf administration’s approach to human rights, it’s going to be a fairly tough advocacy environment. This means that groups like mine need to partner with a broader range of partners, such as members of Congress who are proponents of human rights, foreign governments that speak to and hold our government accountable, and members of the business community that have increasingly taken a lead in human rights advocacy.
At the same time, there are different career models. There are people who are true experts in one field, and spend their entire careers in one place working on the same issue. I’ve found that these people are extremely valuable in terms of bringing a depth of expertise to the table. I’ve taken the career path of being a generalist, but I think you want both generalists and specialists to craft policy.
Class of 2016
Allison Cordell is a consultant with Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics in the firm’s anti-money laundering practice. While at Yale, she focused her MA studies on anti-money laundering, countering organized crime and corruption, violence prevention and governance issues. She also served as the managing editor for articles for the Yale Journal of International Affairs. During the summer of 2015, she interned for the Ukrainian chapter of Transparency International, where she conducted anti-corruption research in support of the organization’s advocacy of reforms in Ukraine. Before Yale, Allison was a program assistant at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In that role, she supported the Mexico Institute’s research agenda and conference coordination. Allison served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where she advised municipal authorities on improving efficiency and encouraged citizen participation in local development. Prior to that, she was an intern for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She received a BA in public policy studies (Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude) from Duke University.Read Full Bio