Sarah Ralston — President
Sarah Ralston is concentrating in Latin America Studies and Economics with specializations in International Finance and Emerging Markets. She has spent the past four years working at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in both the Financial Management Service and International Affairs Department. Originally from Charlotte NC, she lived in Baltimore, Italy and Mexico before moving to DC.
Alexander Bardack — Executive Vice President
Alex is focusing in International Economics with specializations in International Finance and Quantitative Methods/Economic Theory. He has professional experience in the international development, financial and consulting sectors, and prior to SAIS, worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and native of San Francisco, CA.
Jim Pearse – Chief Financial Officer
Jim is a dual-degree student, having graduated in 2011 with a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. He is currently completing his M.A. at the DC campus with concentrations in China Studies and International Finance. Previously, he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in DC and the US-China Business Council in Shanghai, China conducting research in international business and finance. Jim, a native of Boston, graduated in 2010 from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Public Health and Economics.
Samuel Lee — VP of Alumni and Company Outreach/Chief Information Officer
Samuel is a concentrating in International Law & Organization while pursuing a specialization in International Finance. Prior to SAIS, he worked as a research analyst at Taiwan Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Council (MAPECT) – a think tank, based in Taiwan that focused on Cross-Strait M&A and PE. Samuel graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Biology and International Relations from Tufts University.
Erik Hansen — VP of Programming
Erik Hansen is concentrating in International Finance and International Law. He studied English and political science at the University of Virginia, and served two internships at the Department of State before leaving the country in 2008 to teach in Okayama, Japan. He returned to the United States in 2010 and worked on contracts for the Department of Justice before entering SAIS in 2011. Erik is a creative baker and occasional eating contest champion.
Napat Jatusripitak — VP of Professional Development
Napat is concentrating in China Studies with an emerging market focus and pursuing specializations in International Finance and Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory. He was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand but he has been in the U.S. since 2004 for high-school and college. Prior to SAIS, he attended Cornell University and received his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics in 2011. While at Cornell, he served as treasurer, event-coordinator, and co-president of Cornell Thai Association. Napat has interned at several public organizations in Thailand, including the Bank of Thailand, the National Economic and Social Development Board, and the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He enjoys playing electric guitar and doing card tricks.
Valerie Gadala-Maria — VP of Networking and Social Events
Chris Hume — VP General
Chris is concentrating in ERE (Energy, Resources and Environment). He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2003 and spent the past eight years as an officer in the United States Army. Chris is interested in facilitating private sector infrastructure investment within Southern Hemisphere frontier markets. He is also an advocate for Team RWB, a wounded veteran support network.
Bailey Zhang — VP General
Bailey is concentrating in ERE and pursuing a specialization in International Finance. Born in China and raised in Canada, Bailey attended the University of Toronto and received a B.A. in International Relations. Prior to SAIS, Bailey worked in Beijing as an account manager at Renren Inc., a website similar to Facebook and the largest social network company in China. He became interested in the finance sector through working with clients from the industry and would like to pursue a career in investment banking after SAIS.
Annie O’Neill — VP General
Nadiath is concentrating in ERE and specializing in International Finance at SAIS. Prior to SAIS, Nadiath worked as an accountant with the Calvert social investment in Bethesda, MD. Nadiath is from Benin but grew up in Senegal, Togo and South Africa. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lauren Goodwin is concentrating in International Law and specializing in International Finance. Prior to SAIS, Lauren worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in marketing and youth engagement strategies. She has also provided business skill assistance in rural Nicaragua. Following graduation, she would like to pursue opportunities in market entry strategy and business intelligence. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Lauren is an active triathlete and cycling coach.
Second-Year Advisory Team
Catherine Chen is concentrating in China Studies and International Finance. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2007 with a B.A. in political science. After graduation, she campaigned for Hillary Clinton for President across eight states. A year later, she joined a media non-profit in DC to continue contributing to the political discourse through the 2008 election cycle. After the election, she worked for Congressman Barney Frank, former Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, during the healthcare and financial reform legislation period.
Jerome spent his first year at the SAIS Bologna Center and concentrates in International Finance and ERE. A dual citizen of Germany and Switzerland, he obtained his B.Sc. in International Economics and European Studies from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Jerome has interned in several private sector firms in banking, advisory and public relations. His favorite pastimes include playing percussion, trying foreign food and learning languages. After graduating from SAIS, Jerome aims to pursue a career in financial services.
Chen-chen Anita Tung
Anita is concentrating in International Law and International Finance. She was born and raised in Taiwan. Prior to SAIS, she attended National Chengchi University, Taipei and received her dual B.A. degrees in Diplomacy and English in 2009. At college, she served in treasury, public relations and business development leadership roles in different programs and projects. Anita embraces cultural differences and enjoys interacting with people. She has been interested in finance and investment and would like to pursue a career in financial services upon graduating from SAIS.
Marcus is an M.A. student from the UK concentrating in International Development and International Finance. Prior to SAIS, he practised as a corporate lawyer in London. He has also spent time working in impact investing and microfinance in Kenya and Tanzania respectively. He is also Vice President of the Student Government Association.
Adam is concentrating in ERE and specializing in International Finance at SAIS. Previously, he worked as a research analyst at Realty Income in San Diego and as an assurance associate (auditor) in the financial services department at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles. He also taught English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a B.A. in business economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant.