2015 SEP Careers in International Affairs Bios

William R. Gill is a career member of the Foreign Service and joined the Department of State in 1995.  He is currently a Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Human Resources.  Immediately prior to that, he was Deputy Director of Western European Affairs.  Earlier, he served as U.S. Consul in Milan, Italy from 2007 to 2011.  He also served as U.S. Consul in Beirut, Lebanon from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated the evacuation of 15,000 Americans during the July-August 2006 war.  Mr. Gill's assignments in Washington include tours as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and as Desk Officer for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.  His other overseas postings include Mumbai, India and Casablanca, Morocco.  He will assume his next assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baku, Azerbaijan in July 2016.  Mr. Gill holds an A.B. in History from The College of William and Mary.  He is a native of Virginia, and his foreign languages are French, Italian and Arabic.

Sarah Glass is currently Senior Partnerships Advisor at USAID, U.S. Global Development Lab. Other positions include Consultant (2008-2010); Manager (2011-2013); Senior Manager (2013) at Accenture; and Director for Development and House Operations Mgr at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.

Joan Dudik-Gayoso is currently Senior Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where she teaches graduate classes in development policy and administration and project management, microfinance,  as well as advising students on their Master’s capstone projects, careers, internships and the job search process. Ms. Dudik-Gayoso held career Senior Executive Service positions at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  She directed Africa Operations at Peace Corps headquarters, and was an organizer of the World Bank’s 1997 Global Knowledge Conference. As Director of the State Department’s Office of International Development Assistance, she managed U.S. relations with the development agencies of the United Nations System, (U. N. Development Program, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, etc.), leading U.S. delegations, negotiating programs, policies and funding.  She represented the U.S. on the U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Her responsibilities at USAID, included coordination with other aid donors, the development aspects of World Bank and regional development bank programs as well as U.S. bilateral programs in Africa, and South Asia and food assistance worldwide. For close to 20 years she has taught multilateral diplomacy at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. She also is a trainer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science on integrating science into the foreign policy process, and orienting  science and technology post-doctoral fellows to the  executive branch of the federal government..  She has organized a number of symposia on science and development issues, most recently on the food vs. biofuels issue for the United Nations Foundation at the World Food Prize and American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meetings.  She has also taught project management and microfinance in the MBA program at Thunderbird, School of Global Management, in Arizona, and development issues at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as a diplomat in residence. She has served on the Board of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development since 1999. Since early in her career in USAID, Ms. Dudik-Gayoso has been a mentor and career counselor for young people in the international affairs and development field, hosting internships, speaking on career programs, and reviewing resumes.  She holds a B.A. in international relations University of Maryland, College Park, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Karsten Thot leads proposal teams and identifies new partnerships that create opportunities for Dexis, its implementing team members, and our clients. Previously he worked at a leading international development firm, and as a press assistant on the Hill. Karsten enjoys working across disciplines with technical experts in various fields and building creative teams to find innovative solutions for clients.

Tamara Wilson is currently serving as the Public Affairs Officer and Deputy Spokesperson for the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State.  She is also the Social Media Manager for the Bureau. Tamara joined the U.S. Department of State in 2008, serving as: a Program Analyst in the Bureau of Consular Affairs; a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines; and the Bureau Strategic and Budget Planner for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Tamara graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a double-major in International Relations and Government, and a minor in Chinese.  She attended graduate school at American University in Washington D.C., earning her Masters’ degree in Government/Political Science, with a focus in Comparative Politics.  In addition to living in the Philippines while working at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, she has also worked and lived in Beijing and Qingdao, China.  Tamara is married to James Wilson, a fellow William and Mary alumnus, who also works in the Washington D.C. area.