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.


Nate Green
Assistant Director of Employer Relations,

As Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Nate is committed to providing GSFS students with exposure to a wide range of employers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He works closely with recruiters to plan employer sessions, on-campus office hours, and site visits. 

Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service, Nate worked for Georgetown's English Language Fellowship Program. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he served as a teacher trainer and literacy instructor in Independent Samoa. Nate earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Maine at Farmington. 


Mary Ellen Koontz
Center Administrator,

As Center Administrator, Mary Ellen oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center including coordinating student staff, managing the budget, and assisting with events.

She has previously worked in a variety of roles in the nonprofit sector and is a former AmeriCorps member. She hold a B.A. from Loyola University Maryland in Political Science and History.


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. Michael's appointments are now closed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please check back in fall 2017 for updated hours and appointments.

Hira Fernando is a Finance Industry Coach for SFS students interested in finance careers. This includes international project finance at institutions like the Word Bank and the IFC, sell-side careers in investment banking on Wall Street, buy-side careers in private equity and investment management, and internal corporate finance and corp dev roles. Hira has 15+ years of industry experience and has worked for Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, AMR Research, and Gartner. Hira is also the Founder and Principal at Careerly, a career coaching company that works with young professionals and MBAs globally, helping secure internships and jobs in the most competitive fields. She is a popular speaker and workshop trainer on graduate campuses, and her career advice has been featured on the Wharton Blog NetworkBusiness Insider, and Fast Company. Hira holds a B.Sc in Government and Politics and an LL.M in Public International Law from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Hira's appointments are now closed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please check back in fall 2017 for updated hours and appointments.