Meet the Staff

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Anne Steen, M. Ed., PCC

Anne leads the general management and strategic direction of the office, ensuring the Graduate Career Center produces quality programs and services to the many different constituents supported by the office: students, employers, alumni, faculty and the greater GSFS and MA Government communities. Anne also oversees new and existing employer relationships, as well as leads professional skills workshops. Anne individually coaches students and alumni as they grow and develop into industry leaders. Anne is a professionally certified Executive and Leadership Coach (PCC) as well as a certified Career Management Coach.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, Anne taught career management courses at George Mason University.  She also served as the Associate Dean of Students at American University, overseeing eight departments, including residential life and housing, student activities, the counseling center and the student health center. Anne holds a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mary Washington.

Rebecca Bonco
Associate Director,

Rebecca works with students and alumni to help them discover, create, and move toward achieving their goals. She loves to strategize, brainstorm, wordsmith, and explore in individual and group sessions. She brings a unique combination of counseling and corporate experiences to her coaching practice. Prior to joining Georgetown’s GSFS Career Center, Rebecca worked on Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Career Development Team where she created innovative programming that encouraged personal and professional development related to global marketplace competencies. Her corporate experience includes working as a Recruiting Associate at the Boston Consulting Group where she selected candidates for interviews, provided interview prep, and managed consultant recruiting events at Universities in the region.

She also brings international recruiting experience, as well as non-profit sector experience as she worked for the American Red Cross Headquarters, Ashoka, and interned at FINCA. Rebecca holds a B.S. in Social Work from George Mason University and a Masters in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.

Jason Ross
Career Adviser,

Jason Ross is a Career Adviser who enables SFS graduate students to prepare for all facets of achieving their career aspirations. Jason enjoys helping students through mock interviews and providing feedback that will effectively prepare them to successfully communicate their story to perspective employers. In addition to advising students and alumni, Jason serves as the Center’s employer liaison; in this role he identifies, builds, and maintains relationships with employers from the public and private sectors, and not-for-profit organizations.

Jason previously worked as a Management Consultant for Kaiser Associates and Booz Allen Hamilton where he advised several public sector clients on large-scale human capital transformations. Prior to consulting Jason was an officer in the United States Air Force where he specialized in Human Resource Management and rapid force deployments. He has a M.A. in Diplomacy and a B.A. in Political Science both from Norwich University.   

Erin Creasy Ferree
Career Adviser,

As a Career Adviser, Erin Ferree supports GSFS and MA Government students and alumni in pursuing internships, post-graduate employment and long-term strategic career growth. She is passionate about helping Hoyas with thoughtful career discernment, well-prepared job search materials, knowledge of various US government hiring practices and enhanced negotiation skills.

Erin most recently worked at Georgetown University’s Cawley Career Education Center as the public sector career adviser, planner for high profile networking events and lead for Alumni Relations. Prior to Georgetown, Erin worked at the Partnership for Public Service on federal hiring reform and designed and delivered trainings for federal government recruiters and career services offices around the country. She also managed recruiting efforts for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Erin is pursuing an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University. Additionally, Erin is Myers-Briggs Type Indication (MBTI) Step I Certified and loves the great outdoors, studio art and travel.

Matt Pearson
Data Analytics Manager,

As Data Analytics Manager, Matt Pearson ensures that students and Graduate Career Center staff have the information and resources necessary to discover career opportunities. He enjoys finding valuable insights hidden behind the data and is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the WalshWorks jobs and internships database.

Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service, Matt worked for the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University as the Director of Operations for professional certificate programs. He managed central service business processes and provided data analytics insights for academics teams designing continuing education opportunities for life long learners nationwide. Matt earned his B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and will be completing his MPS in Technology Management from Georgetown University in August 2017.

Sara Cone
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Professional Development,

Sara Cone is the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Professional Development in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.  In this new role, she collaborates with key constituents such as staff, faculty, and students to help meet the career development needs of undergraduate SFS students.  Sara engages with SFS students primarily in group settings by coordinating skills workshops, employer events, and alumni programs. She believes in empowering students to take ownership of their career journey and supporting them through the process of mapping out and articulating their career narratives.

Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service, Sara worked as a career advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Elon University in North Carolina, where she served as the primary contact for the career development needs of students and faculty across 20 academic departments in the College. Sara earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Binghamton University. Outside of work Sara enjoys hiking, cooking, and  exploring the DC area with family and friends.

Mary Ellen Koontz
Center Administrator,

Mary Ellen has a passion for connecting people and resources. As Center Administrator, she ensures that students and alumni have up-to-date information, coordinates events and student staff, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service, Mary Ellen worked on the recruitment team for the English Language Programs and was a fellow for the Immigration and Refugee Policy team at Church World Service. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in central Pennsylvania where she developed and led community outreach projects.

Mary Ellen holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Loyola University Maryland and is currently pursuing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown. She spends her free time outside and is always seeking new music.

Specialized Career Coaches

Michael Cassidy is an Intelligence Industry Coach for the SFS GCC, helping to connect graduate students and alumni with fulfilling career opportunities in the intelligence industry. In addition to working at Georgetown, Michael is also an Adjunct Researcher with the RAND Corporation specializing in Asia-Pacific military and security issues. Michael previously served as a defense intelligence professional and strategic planner specializing in China and East Asian Affairs for the Department of Defense (DoD). Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and Master of Arts in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He studied at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University in 1996. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, film producer and serial entrepreneur.