Public service has always been a part of Andy Weathers' (MPP '00) life, so it is no surprise that he now travels all over the globe to implement disease control measures for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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After spending ten years as a public safety officer at Pepperdine's Malibu campus, Weathers turned in his badge when he graduated from the School of Public Policy.
He then landed an internship in the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program and competed with 400 other interns for top government agency jobs. He earned a position as a program analyst with the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served in the Emergency Operations Center during the anthrax attacks of 2001.
Weathers is now a public health advisor managing programs in Brazil and Nairobi, Kenya, and, most recently, South Sudan, where he is teaching doctors, laboratory workers, and public health officials how to detect disease, respond to outbreaks, and implement control measures.
Weathers went to Juba, the new capitol of South Sudan for the first time in February, 2007. "It was an eye-opening experience from not only a public health standpoint, but also as a student of government. It is a monumentally difficult place to work, but the rewards are equally as great," says Weathers.