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Foreign Service Officer USAID

Alumnus Victor Diaz de Leon - Pepperdine University


Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
Mexico City, Mexico

MPP, Pepperdine University, 2002
Specialization: International Relations

BA, International Business,
St. Edwards University, 1996

The diverse mix of people and ideas at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy allowed for meaningful discussions and interactions. Whether we were talking about politics, economics, or values, our conversations benefited from an assortment of opinions and beliefs. Addressing current events and reviewing fundamental foundations have been of an immense help in understanding how and why people formulate their perspectives and decisions; critical in my position as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

As I deal with a wide range of personalities and ideas, I have relied heavily on my education to rationalize and devise processes and policies specific to managing an overseas governmental office. I mostly utilize the concepts of managing for results and asking the right questions to address difficult situations, as being in an office comprised of American citizens and locally employed staff makes for interesting dilemmas and requires innovative resolutions.