Trisha Bury '06
Trisha graduated magna cum laude from Univeristy of the Pacific with dual degrees in International Relations and Japanese, and was honored as SIS's Outstanding Graduating Senior in 2006.
She studied abroad in Hirakata, Japan and San Sebastian,Spain under a Department of Defense funded National Security Education Program critical language scholarship for Japanese. Her SIS mentor set her up with an internship at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey to fulfill the scholarship commitment, which led to a two-year position as a Research Assistant in the school's Center for Contemporary Conflict.
At the same time she attended graduate school at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and interned for NGOs in El Salvador and Ecuador, earning a Master's degree in 2007 in International Policy Studies with a specialization in International Development.
Post-graduation, she took on another job as a green energy policy advocate for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. From 2009-10, she worked in Tikrit, Iraq as a Social Scientist on a Human Terrain Team where she directly engaged the Iraqi populace, analyzed public perceptions on governance and security, and advised the US military. Her thirst for adventure still unquenched, she is currently serving as a Field Program Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, where she mentors local government officials, monitors health and education programs, and works with Coalition Forces on initiatives for stabilization and sustainable development.