Meet the Staff

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Anne Steen, M. Ed., PCC
Executive Director,

Anne leads the vision and strategic initiatives for career, leadership and employer development in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. For over 12 years, she has leveraged the SFS and Georgetown networks to connect SFS students and alumni to Hoyas around the world. She firmly believes that networking can be fun, and rewarding! Anne coaches and mentors students, industry leaders and executives as they look to move into the next phase of their career. She has developed a personal leadership approach to career exploration and the job search that encourages growth, persistence and learning opportunities. Anne is an ICF certified Executive and Leadership Coach (PCC) and Career Management Coach. Anne is an empty nester who lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and a very spoiled dog named Ellie.

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, PCC
Career Coach,

Jason is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who has been coaching and mentoring individuals and groups in the federal government, the consulting field, and academia for over 10 years. He is a reliable leader who is passionate about professional development and helping students realize their potential. Jason's approach to coaching is firmly based in a collaborative process that empowers students to develop and achieve their goals. 

Previously, Jason worked as a Management Consultant for Washington D.C. based firms 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 holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University in addition to a M.A. in Diplomacy and a B.A. in Political Science both from Norwich University.

Jason lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, young daughter, senior cat and rescue dog.

Erin Creasy Ferree
Career Coach,

As a Career Coach, 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.

Photo of Matt PearsonMatt Pearson
Data Analytics Manager,

Matt tracks, directs, and reports on all things data for the Graduate Career Center at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service to ensure students and staff have the insights necessary to discover career opportunities. He enjoys finding the story in the numbers and building out WalshWorks with even more jobs, internships, and resources. Using innovative data analysis methods and processes, Matt has enhanced career prospects for students at Georgetown University for over 5 years, beginning with the professional certificate programs at the School of Continuing Studies. He earned his BA in Political Science from the George Washington University and his MPS in Technology Management from Georgetown University. Matt is a long-time resident of Washington, DC and enjoys exploring the best international restaurants and coffee shops of his adopted hometown, preferably by bike. 

Photo of Sara ConeSara Cone
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Professional Development,

Sara Cone is the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Professional Development in the 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 BSFS students.  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 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 her husband and friends.




Photo of Julia GaiserJulia Gaiser
Assistant Director of Employer Relations,

As Assistant Director for Employer Outreach at the Graduate Career Center, Julia Gaiser is responsible for targeting employer partnerships and cultivating relationship management for both domestic and international job and internship opportunities. She uses industry data and client feedback to develop engagement strategies for new employers in key industries, and manages all on-campus recruiting efforts for SFS graduate students and alumni.

Julia most recently worked in the Office of Admissions at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she evaluated applications, launched international outreach initiatives, and directed special events to recruit and retain a diverse class of medical students. Julia earned a Master’s degree in International Business & Policy from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Sport & Event Management from Elon University. Julia loves traveling, running, and spending time with her family and 2 chocolate Labradors.


Mary Ellen Koontz
Center Administrator,

Mary Ellen manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, including our communications, budget, events, and student staff. She also oversees the 18 student-led clubs within the Graduate School of Foreign Service, which fills her passion for connecting people and resources. She has spent the last 3 years working at Georgetown after time as an AmeriCorps volunteer and Policy Fellow in Capitol Hill. Mary Ellen is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland (Go Hounds!) and is currently pursuing her Masters' degree in Urban and Regional Planning. When not pouring over plans, you can find Mary Ellen seeking out live music or off on a hiking trail.