Leslie Abitz '08
Leslie Abitz is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is currently serving overseas in the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela.
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."