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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Leads Program For International Scholars In Agriculture

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Gwen administers two programs at UC Davis: poverty alleviation around the world, and The Humphrey Fellowship, which brings international scholars here to study agriculture, rural development, and climate change.

Degree: Public Administration
Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: UC Davis

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Postsecondary

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Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the office of the registrar.

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m='11060'>an</span> <span m='11170'>assistant</span> <span m='11550'>director</span> <span m='11940'>for the</span> <span m='12315'>Humphrey</span> <span m='12690'>Fellowship</span> <span m='13290'>Program.</span> <span m='14090'>This</span> <span m='14270'>program</span> <span m='14610'>brings</span> <span m='15050'>mid-career</span> <span m='15590'>professionals</span> <span m='16410'>to the</span> <span m='16720'>US</span> <span m='16950'>for</span> <span m='17350'>training,</span> <span m='17840'>and</span> <span m='18770'>technical</span> <span m='18900'>training</span> <span m='19310'>as</span> <span m='19410'>well,</span> <span m='20646'>in</span> <span m='21122'>agriculture,</span> <span m='22040'>rural</span> <span m='22370'>development,</span> <span m='23000'>and</span> <span m='23210'>climate</span> <span m='23530'>change.</span> </p><p><span m='24430'>I</span> <span m='24880'>actually</span> <span m='25340'>followed</span> <span m='25660'>my</span> <span m='25840'>husband,</span> <span m='26970'>who</span> <span m='27400'>had</span> <span m='27720'>several</span> <span m='28100'>different</span> <span m='28510'>positions</span> <span m='29310'>over</span> <span m='29690'>the</span> <span m='29820'>course</span> <span m='30160'>of</span> <span m='30220'>the</span> <span m='30300'>last</span> <span m='30630'>10</span> <span m='30820'>years</span> <span m='31270'>on</span> <span m='31640'>campus,</span> <span m='32119'>as</span> <span m='32340'>he's</span> <span m='32630'>a</span> <span m='32710'>professor</span> <span m='33250'>here at</span> <span m='33710'>UC</span> <span m='33800'>Davis.</span> <span m='34670'>So</span> <span m='35260'>like</span> <span m='35490'>the many</span> <span m='35985'>of you,</span> <span m='36480'>I</span> <span m='36900'>had</span> <span m='37420'>to</span> <span m='37805'>figure</span> <span m='38350'>my</span> <span m='38570'>own</span> <span m='38810'>way</span> <span m='39060'>out,</span> <span m='40340'>and</span> <span m='40600'>I</span> <span m='40820'>landed</span> <span m='41230'>a</span> <span m='41330'>job</span> <span m='41670'>working</span> <span m='42040'>at</span> <span m='42120'>the</span> <span m='42210'>Energy</span> <span m='42590'>Efficiency</span> <span m='42910'>Center</span> <span m='43410'>here</span> <span m='43620'>on</span> <span m='43700'>campus.</span> <span m='44270'>And</span> <span m='44450'>then</span> <span m='44630'>that</span> <span m='44890'>led</span> <span m='45210'>to</span> <span m='45360'>working</span> <span m='45910'>with energy</span> <span m='47610'>internationally,</span> <span m='48760'>and</span> <span m='48910'>that</span> <span m='49310'>led</span> <span m='49600'>to</span> <span m='49740'>this</span> <span m='50080'>current</span> <span m='50440'>program</span> <span m='50830'>that</span> <span m='50960'>I'm</span> <span m='51290'>administering,</span> <span m='51950'>and</span> <span m='52050'>have</span> <span m='52300'>been</span> <span m='52400'>now</span> <span m='52540'>for</span> <span m='52710'>three</span> <span m='52950'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='54940'>I</span> <span m='54960'>love</span> <span m='55250'>my</span> <span m='55420'>job.</span> <span m='55840'>I</span> <span m='55980'>feel</span> <span m='56260'>blessed</span> <span m='56710'>that</span> <span m='56890'>I'm</span> <span m='57080'>able</span> <span m='57380'>to</span> <span m='57460'>do</span> <span m='57820'>international</span> <span m='58530'>work,</span> <span m='60080'>and</span> <span m='60240'>working</span> <span m='60630'>with</span> <span m='60830'>the</span> <span m='60930'>cohort</span> <span m='61180'>of</span> <span m='61430'>the</span> <span m='61720'>Humphrey</span> <span m='62010'>Fellows--</span> <span m='62850'>who</span> <span m='63160'>are</span> <span m='63370'>coming</span> <span m='63700'>to</span> <span m='63830'>the</span> <span m='63910'>US</span> <span m='64410'>for</span> <span m='64510'>10</span> <span m='64790'>months</span> <span m='65190'>by</span> <span m='65340'>themselves,</span> <span m='65720'>typically</span> <span m='66230'>without</span> <span m='66700'>family,</span> <span m='68420'>and</span> <span m='68840'>guiding</span> <span m='69220'>them,</span> <span m='69460'>supporting</span> <span m='70010'>them,</span> <span m='70340'>providing</span> <span m='70800'>them</span> <span m='70940'>with</span> <span m='71070'>academic</span> <span m='71630'>advice--</span> <span m='72530'>is</span> <span m='72730'>just</span> <span m='73030'>really</span> <span m='73320'>rewarding.</span> <span m='74610'>And</span> <span m='74760'>the</span> <span m='74850'>work</span> <span m='75100'>that</span> <span m='75210'>I</span> <span m='75260'>do</span> <span m='75530'>with</span> <span m='75670'>the</span> <span m='75890'>UC</span> <span m='75970'>Davis</span> <span m='76390'>Blum</span> <span m='76780'>Center</span> <span m='77540'>also</span> <span m='78240'>is</span> <span m='78480'>amazing.</span> <span m='78980'>I</span> <span m='79060'>teach</span> <span m='79320'>two</span> <span m='79580'>courses</span> <span m='80190'>for</span> <span m='80330'>undergraduate</span> <span m='80930'>students</span> <span m='81590'>and</span> <span m='82540'>I</span> <span m='82690'>administer</span> <span m='83170'>a</span> <span m='83230'>small</span> <span m='83520'>grants</span> <span m='83850'>program</span> <span m='84990'>helping</span> <span m='85360'>get</span> <span m='85810'>them</span> <span m='86230'>to</span> <span m='86290'>go</span> <span m='86470'>abroad.</span> <span m='86960'>And</span> <span m='87130'>so,</span> <span m='87460'>supporting</span> <span m='88060'>them</span> <span m='88400'>and</span> <span m='88520'>getting</span> <span m='88820'>them</span> <span m='89010'>engaged</span> <span m='89880'>in</span> <span m='90090'>international</span> <span m='91180'>issues</span> <span m='91790'>around</span> <span m='92100'>poverty</span> <span m='92525'>alleviation</span> <span m='92950'>is</span> <span m='93280'>just</span> <span m='93860'>my</span> <span m='94000'>dream</span> <span m='94190'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='94370'>So</span> <span m='94540'>one</span> <span m='94750'>of</span> <span m='94820'>the</span> <span m='94920'>things</span> <span m='95320'>that</span> <span m='95730'>is</span> <span m='95920'>probably</span> <span m='96440'>different</span> <span m='97220'>for</span> <span m='97500'>your</span> <span m='97740'>generation</span> <span m='98110'>than</span> <span m='98480'>mine</span> <span m='99020'>is</span> <span m='99280'>that</span> <span m='99690'>you're</span> <span m='99890'>going</span> <span m='100030'>to</span> <span m='100090'>be</span> <span m='100220'>building</span> <span m='100610'>skills</span> <span m='101880'>and</span> <span m='102740'>capacities</span> <span m='104040'>and</span> <span m='104350'>looking</span> <span m='104680'>at</span> <span m='104790'>transportability.</span> <span m='106250'>When</span> <span m='106610'>I</span> <span m='106930'>was</span> <span m='107130'>looking</span> <span m='107420'>for</span> <span m='107600'>a</span> <span m='107650'>job,</span> <span m='108060'>and in</span> <span m='108330'>high</span> <span m='108580'>school,</span> <span m='109010'>and</span> <span m='109190'>going</span> <span m='109350'>to</span> <span m='109520'>my</span> <span m='109780'>early</span> <span m='110060'>days</span> <span m='110300'>of</span> <span m='110400'>college,</span> <span m='110660'>I</span> <span m='110920'>thought</span> <span m='111160'>I</span> <span m='111370'>was</span> <span m='111540'>going</span> <span m='111670'>to</span> <span m='111710'>get</span> <span m='112020'>a</span> <span m='112230'>job</span> <span m='112620'>for</span> <span m='112870'>life.</span> <span m='113590'>And</span> <span m='113850'>that</span> <span m='113970'>I would be</span> <span m='114220'>just</span> <span m='114580'>staying</span> <span m='115130'>there</span> <span m='115360'>in</span> <span m='115440'>that</span> <span m='115630'>job</span> <span m='115860'>for</span> <span m='115980'>20</span> <span m='116290'>some</span> <span m='116500'>years</span> <span m='116790'>and</span> <span m='116890'>retiring</span> <span m='117430'>with a</span> <span m='117720'>great</span> <span m='117985'>retirement</span> <span m='118655'>benefit.</span> <span m='119060'>And</span> <span m='119550'>that's</span> <span m='119740'>just</span> <span m='119930'>not</span> <span m='120130'>going</span> <span m='120230'>to</span> <span m='120270'>be</span> <span m='120390'>the</span> <span m='120510'>case</span> <span m='120840'>anymore.</span> </p><p><span m='122470'>So</span> <span m='122770'>I</span> <span m='122830'>guess</span> <span m='123090'>what</span> <span m='123220'>I</span> <span m='123340'>would</span> <span m='123540'>say</span> <span m='124060'>is</span> <span m='125110'>figure</span> <span m='125470'>out</span> <span m='125710'>what</span> <span m='125920'>you're</span> <span m='126090'>good</span> <span m='126490'>at.</span> <span m='127090'>Figure</span> <span m='127530'>out</span> <span m='127720'>what</span> <span m='127900'>you</span> <span m='128090'>love</span> <span m='128460'>to</span> <span m='128570'>do.</span> <span m='129539'>And</span> <span m='129660'>then</span> <span m='129789'>figure</span> <span m='130150'>out</span> <span m='130289'>what</span> <span m='130470'>skills</span> <span m='131420'>you</span> <span m='131530'>bring</span> <span m='131810'>to</span> <span m='131930'>the</span> <span m='132080'>table,</span> <span m='132450'>and</span> <span m='132590'>then</span> <span m='132780'>what</span> <span m='132980'>you</span> <span m='133260'>don't, and that</span> <span m='133730'>you</span> <span m='134040'>need</span> <span m='134220'>to</span> <span m='134330'>then</span> <span m='135250'>figure</span> <span m='135460'>out</span> <span m='135620'>where</span> <span m='135800'>to</span> <span m='135860'>go</span> <span m='136090'>get.</span> <span m='136930'>And</span> <span m='137130'>those</span> <span m='137350'>skills,</span> <span m='137675'>think</span> <span m='138000'>of</span> <span m='138310'>them as</span> <span m='138480'>portable</span> <span m='139100'>skills.</span> <span m='139820'>And</span> <span m='140040'>the</span> <span m='140220'>other</span> <span m='140440'>thing</span> <span m='140670'>I</span> <span m='140710'>would</span> <span m='140920'>say</span> <span m='141160'>is--</span> <span m='141520'>I didn't</span> <span m='141820'>realize</span> <span m='142240'>this for</span> <span m='142460'>awhile--</span> <span m='143440'>but</span> <span m='143540'>the</span> <span m='143630'>networking,</span> <span m='144670'>and</span> <span m='145130'>knowing</span> <span m='145420'>that</span> <span m='145610'>network,</span> <span m='146080'>and</span> <span m='146300'>not burning</span> <span m='146710'>bridges,</span> <span m='147310'>and</span> <span m='147470'>making</span> <span m='147780'>sure</span> <span m='147970'>that</span> <span m='148180'>you've</span> <span m='148330'>got</span> <span m='148550'>this</span> <span m='149120'>continuity</span> <span m='150130'>of</span> <span m='150260'>connections</span> <span m='151490'>is</span> <span m='151640'>probably</span> <span m='152130'>more</span> <span m='152430'>important</span> <span m='153030'>almost</span> <span m='153930'>then</span> <span m='154230'>your</span> <span m='154530'>skill set.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195505,"video_id":"2707634681001","name":"60279732","duration":155903,"thumbnail_url":null}});