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Face to Face – PPIA Alumni Connect in DC for a Networking Happy Hour

Posted on May 19th, 2013

From left: Eduardo Garcia, UC Berkeley '09, Juana Hernandez, UC Berkeley '08, Daysi Alonzo, Marc Bacani, UC Berkeley '09

From left: Eduardo Garcia, UC Berkeley ’09, Juana Hernandez, UC Berkeley ’08, Daysi Alonzo, Marc Bacani, UC Berkeley ’09

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, several PPIA alumni in Washington, DC got together for a happy hour at Front Page in Dupont Circle. The event was the second PPIA happy hour of the year. Like many of the alumni present at the event, Michael Fletcher (Michigan ’11) was eager to reconnect with his cohort. “I really enjoy attending PPIA happy hours because it’s a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. It is great to come together with like-minded, ambitious, caring, and intelligent people in a relaxed social setting. The drink specials were great too.”

In addition to meeting and making friends, PPIA alumni also found the event a valuable time to make professional connections. According to Ryan Price (Princeton ’12): “It’s always fun to compare experiences and share stories…and I’ve actually followed up with a few other fellows on networking and job opportunities since as well!”

James Goldgeier, Dean of American University’s School of International Service and Co-Chair of PPIA’s Board of Directors, also joined the alumni at Front Page. Dean Goldgeier remarked about the importance of PPIA alumni events, “It was so great to meet such successful PPIA alumni! It’s such an impressive and talented group, and the opportunity the happy hour provided for networking was invaluable.”

Make sure you don’t miss the next event in your area! Connect with us on social media and update your Alumni-Net account! To plan your own event, email ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org!