Leslie Abitz '08
Leslie Abitz is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
Leslie graduated magna cum laude from the School for International Studies in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. During her time at Pacific, Leslie studied abroad in West Africa, where she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. After graduation, Leslie worked for a nonprofit microfinance organization in New Mexico for two years before joining the State Department.
"As a diplomat, I use my SIS education on a daily basis," Leslie writes. "Professionally, SIS helped me understand the complex international political system, and personally, my SIS education taught me how to function effectively in cross-cultural situations. SIS also introduced me to a group of talented, hardworking classmates that were equally interested in the world around them."