hsac iNTERNS


Desmian Alexander

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Education

Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Master of Planning, University of Southern California; and Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish, Fisk University

Background

Seeing the environmental, social, and economic effects of Hurricane Katrina drove Desmian's interest in environmentalism, disaster management, and poverty alleviation. After graduating from Fisk University, Desmian volunteered for two years with the American Red Cross in San Antonio on their Disaster Action Team. Desmian seeks to treat climate change as the true threat to national security that it represents by designing communities and cities with that in mind. 

Career Goals

Desmian plans to be the Chief Resilience Officer of a major U.S. city.


Austin Anderson

Education

Master of Urban Planning and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, University of Southern California; Master of Public Administration, Hamline University 

Background

Austin’s interest in homeland security and emergency management stems from seeing the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007 and from observing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Austin sees both events as resulting from are city planning issues, which he wishes to confront and prevent in the future. 

Career Goals

Ten years from now, Austin intends to work in homeland security in the capacity of planning the recovery efforts of crisis management.


Adali Arroyo

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Education

Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC); Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Background

Born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles, Adali knows firsthand the need for increased disaster preparedness in South Central and across similar communities. He knows it is critical that these communities become more aware of their vulnerabilities and increase their preparedness for inevitable disasters.

Prior to joining HSAC, Adali worked for the City of Bell Gardens and Animo James B. Taylor Middle School in Watts. He holds a Master of Public Policy from USC and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. 

Career Goals

Ten years from now, Adali will be helping with the reformation and drafting of both existing and forthcoming crisis management policies, specifically concerning vulnerable populations.

Interests

Physical activity has become an important part of Adali’s life. Exercising and playing sports not only helps with his physical well-being, but also they serve as effective stress relievers. Additionally, Adali enjoys listening to podcasts.          


Leana Mason

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EDUCATION

Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California; Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Pennsylvania State University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University; Associate of Arts in Russian, Defense Language Institute.

BACKGROUND

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Leana served in the U.S. military for over five years. Her experience in the military includes being a linguist, analyst, and rifle range coach. Leana’s desire and passion to make a long lasting, positive impact is what drew her to emergency management.

CAREER GOALS

Ten years from now, Leana wants to serve as a Foreign Service Officer while launching her own Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

HOBBIES

Leana enjoys running, cycling, reading, dancing, and hiking. Her academic interests include human behavior, leadership, and history.


Marie-Anne Morris

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EDUCATION

Master of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; Master of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University; Bachelor of Arts in Applied Foreign Languages, Université François Rabelais.

BACKGROUND

Marie-Anne is a dual French-American citizen, born and raised in France, who moved to America in 2017 to continue her education. She is passionate about serving her community and politics, which led her to public policy the means to have an impact. Marie-Anne is interested in international relations, foreign policy, conflict resolution, and national security. 

CAREER GOALS

Ten years from now, Marie-Anne aspires to be working in conflict resolution in international relations or national security. 

HOBBIES

Marie-Anne enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


JENNIFER SANTOS DIJAMCO

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EDUCATION

Master of Public Health in Healthcare Administration, National University; Bachelor of Science in Public Health, National University

BACKGROUND

Through her academic, church, and professional endeavors, Jennifer has taken strides towards educating others in the realms of emergency preparedness. Her response and recovery efforts in the 2018 Woolsey Fire enthralled and moved her to make further contributions to community resilience.

CAREER GOALS

Jennifer hopes to become a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

HOBBIES

Jennifer enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and playing the violin.