MDP Alumni

Alumni of the Emory MDP program work on a wide variety of development issues in a diverse range of settings around the world.  Get to know our graduates in some of the featured profiles below.

Esther Joe - MDP 13

Esther Joe, MDP ‘13

Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat),
US Department of State

Esther serves as Foreign Service Officer at US Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. In this position she manages several professional exchange programs, including the International Visitor Leadership Program, which aim to strengthen relationships between the US and Indonesia and advance US foreign policy goals. She also monitors and evaluates US grants to local NGOs and civil society groups in Indonesia, designs a speaker series, and manages cultural programming.

“The MDP program equipped me with many useful skills — such as monitoring and evaluation, organizational management, project design, and gender analysis. The program’s hands-on field experience was instrumental in preparing me for my new role, and the MDP's unique integrated approach to international development has allowed me to think critically and globally about development and diplomacy in a variety of contexts.”

Aliya Firozvi - MDP 13

Aliya Firozvi, MDP ‘13

Program Officer,
CARE Sri Lanka

Following her graduation from the Emory MDP program, Aliya Firozvi has continued working with CARE Sri Lanka, where she had spent two consecutive summers as an MDP field practicum intern. Aliya works as consultant to CARE Sri Lanka’s men-engagement project, EMERGE, assisting with knowledge management efforts. Among other assignments, her work includes developing a communications strategy, evaluating EMERGE partnerships, and mapping EMERGE networks.

Sarah Brooks - MDP 13

Sarah Brooks, MDP ‘13

Program Management Associate
Chemonics International

Sarah Brooks lives in Washington, DC, where she works with Chemonics International. Following graduation from the Emory MDP program, she joined the organization's Asia regional office, bringing background experience and interest in the region, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Currently, Sarah supports a USAID-funded project in Pakistan that focuses on enabling economic environment in the Punjab region, with a focus on livestock, dairy and horticulture sectors. When she's not working she enjoys playing on the Chemonics bocce ball league!

“My training from MDP has equipped me well for my current work. In particular, I credit the degree with giving me the leadership skills and creativity to address complex technical and administrative issues head on.”

Mia Gallegos - MDP 12

Mia Gallegos, MDP ‘12

Senior Public Health Program Associate,
Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University

Mia Gallegos is a Public Health Program Associate with the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. She is currently working on a project funded by the General Electric Foundation (GEF) which aims to promote, monitor, and evaluate the performance, use and sustainability of donated water treatment systems that provide safe water in health facilities in Honduras, Ghana, Uganda, Cambodia, and Rwanda. While in the MDP program, Mia discovered her passion for the suitability and sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in schools, healthcare settings and emergency programming.

“I use the program design skills, theoretical approaches to program design, and monitoring and evaluation techniques that I learned in the MDP program to plan and coordinate projects on a daily basis.”

Myriam Dormer - MDP 13

Myriam Dormer, MDP ‘13

Urban Conservation Director (GA),
The Nature Conservancy

As the Urban Conservation Director, Myriam is coordinating the development of a knowledge base to inform an urban conservation plan to reduce polluted stormwater runoff through forest conservation in Atlanta. Previously, as the Community Engagement Coordinator, Myriam worked with conservation scientists to involve people in hands-on conservation opportunities across the state of Georgia, aligning TNC’s work in Georgia with global priorities to broaden the base of support for conservation. Prior to her work at TNC, Myriam worked as the Food Security Manager at the Clarkston Community Center (CCC), coordinating a network of people and organizations dedicated to bringing healthy food and active living opportunities to local families. While at the Clarkston Community Center, she led a team of students from the Rollins School of Public Health in conducting a research project that mapped protective factors in Clarkston based on focus groups, stakeholder interviews and GIS mapping of food access points, public transportation routes and recreational areas.

"The MDP program reinforced my belief in the power of good planning and community participation while providing me with state of the art tools to coordinate these collective efforts.”

Claudia Langford - MDP 14

Claudia Langford, MDP ‘14

Public Health Analyst,
Karna LLC for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Claudia began working as an intern with CDC Climate and Health Program in her first semester with the Master’s in Development Practice program and moved into a full-time position after graduation. Claudia contributes to research and project coordination around the effects of climate change on public health in the United States. Claudia has assisted with development of the National Climate Assessment, review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, coordination of a federal science agenda on Predicting Infectious Disease to enhance National Security, served on the International Task Force for the Ebola Emergency Response, and contributes to research on climate-sensitive health outcomes in vulnerable populations.

"The interdisciplinary nature of MDP gave the the experience and skills to work across different fields and contexts to better address complex issues."

Our graduates are employed by government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and local and international NGO's as well as international research centers, philanthropic organizations and in the private sector. This list is just a sample of the many organizations where our graduates are working.

Non-Governmental Organizations 




Chemonics International


Environmental Investigation Agency

Global Growers

Habitat for Humanity International

International Justice Mission

International Lifeline Fund

International Rescue Committee


Institute for Defense Analyses


Mercy Corps

100 Miles

The Nature Conservancy

Population Services International

Save the Children

Search for Common Ground

Task Force for Global Health


Tibetan Village Project 


United Way

Winrock International

World Learning

World Resources Institute

Research Programs

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS)

Consulting Agencies

Campfire Creative

Dexis Consulting


ICF International

JBS International

LEAD Institute

Multilateral Organizations

US Fund for UNICEF

US Government

US Agency for International Development

US Centers for Disease Control, Climate and Health Program

US Centers for Disease Control, Division of Global HIV/AIDS

US Centers for Disease Control, Division of Population Health

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

US Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service

US Department of State

US Peace Corps

Emory University

Center for Global Safe Water

Department of Environmental Health

Global Health Institute

Institute for Developing Nations

Office of Global Strategies and Initiatives

Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Emory University Alumni Resources

As an Emory MDP graduate, you have continued access to the resources of the Emory University Alumni Association, including online resources, webinars, personalized career coaching, and the online Emory Alumni Directory

Emory University Alumni Association Career Services

Emory Alumni Directory

Emory Alumni Chapters & Affinity Groups

Emory Alumni Chapters — International

Laney Graduate School Alumni Resources

Emory University Library Access for Alumni

Medical and Life Insurance

Transcript Requests


Professional Networking Resources

We value the role that Emory MDP Alumni can play as resources for current students and participants in our professional development program. You can stay involved in the Emory MDP network by participating in events and career panels on campus; connecting us with your organization to build relationships for practicum placements, internships and employment opportunities; and sharing relevant internship and job openings with us. 

Connect to the Emory MDP and Laney Graduate School LinkedIn Groups to keep us updated about your work and professional accomplishments, and follow Emory MDP on Facebook to keep up with what's happening on campus. In addition to these networking platforms, recent graduates have access to a complementary DevEx account. Please contact the Emory MDP office for additional information.

Emory MDP Alumni LinkedIn Group

Laney Graduate School Alumni LinkedIn Group

Global MDP Alumni Network LinkedIn Group

Emory University LinkedIn Page  

Emory MDP on Facebook Page

Emory MDP Alumni Facebook Group

Laney Graduate School on Facebook



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