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International Career Panel

International Career Panel

Learn about international career paths and opportunities!

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Duration: 00:29:58


Interested in a global career in public service? Come and learn about international career paths and opportunities, hear expert advice about how to best apply for jobs, hear how professionals in international careers were able to succeed, and network with our diverse panel members.


Vilma Martinez served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina from 2009 until July 2013. Following her term, she was appointed to the Board of Harbor Commissioners and has served on it since. She has been a Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson since 1982, specializing in federal and state court commercial litigation and advising companies on equal employment opportunity policies. She has also served as President and General Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Chairman of The Board of Regents of The University of California from 1984-1986, and was a Regent from 1976-1990. She previously served as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Martinez chaired the Pacific Council's Study Group on Mexico and served on the advisory boards of Columbia Law School and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. She was appointed to President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy & Negotiations from 1994-1996. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and University of Texas, Austin.

Melissa Martinez is the Diplomat in Residence for the Southern California region. A media and communications professional with thirteen years of international and domestic experience in the U.S. diplomatic service, she previously served as Deputy Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world. Before that, Melissa served as the Director of the Media Hub of the Americas for Latin American and Caribbean media based in South Florida, Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy San Jose, Policy Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America with the Bureau of International Information Programs in Washington D.C., Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Mexico City and Deputy Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Montevideo.

Ms. Martinez is a graduate of Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs where she was a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellow and National Security Exchange Program International Graduate Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from New Mexico State University.

Maya H. is a current recruiter for the CIA. She will discuss the qualifications of applying to the CIA and what a career in service looks like. 

Moderated by Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations