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Josue Lopez Calderon


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 2010
  • IDP Major(s): International Development Studies Major
  • Additional Minor(s): Public Policy
While At UCLA

Study Abroad:
UCEAP Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand Winter/Spring 2010.

-The UCLA North American Integration Development Center, Analyst,
-The United States Department of the Treasury, Intern,
-The United States Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Intern,
-The Washington D.C. Superior Court, Intern,
-The Latino Business Student Association, Vice President.

U.S. Department of State Gilman International Scholarship

Undergraduate Research:
Urban Planning 199, sponsor Dr. Raul Hinojosa "The End of the American Dream for Blacks and Latinos: How the Home Mortgage Crisis is Destroying Black and Latino Wealth, Jeopardizing America's Future Prosperity and How to Fix It." A William C. Velazquez Institute White Paper. Dr. Raul Hinojosa Ojeda, Dr. Paule Cruz Takash, Albert Jacquez, Josué López, Sergio Orzynski [2009].

View research paper, thesis, or dissertation: rf1_39845cf5.pdf

After UCLA

Co-Founder of The Baseball Foundation, International Civil Servant at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Previously served in the Obama Administration's Presidential Personnel Office at the White House and the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In addition, have served as a U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alumni Ambassador.

Motivation for Career Path:
Passionate about international diplomacy, development, as well as all things technology, entrepreneurship and finance. Therefore when the financial crisis began in September 2008, like everyone I was completely stunned. The worst part was that in 2009, I saw friends and family members lose their jobs and homes. As a result, I wanted to do something to help, but I didn't know where to start. So after speaking with the career counseling office, I decided to intern in Washington DC during the summer of 2009. After that experience I still saw a great need to do something; consequently, with the help of my UCLA study abroad advisor and the UCEAP I applied for a U.S. Department of State Gilman International Scholarship and studied in one of the world's most innovative regions, South East Asia. As a result of my time abroad, I got inspired to help our economy.

Be a great husband to my spouse Pimnuch, and be a legendary first-time dad by teaching our children everything that I wish I had known when I was their age via writing my first book. And with the help of some good fortune, I would love to continue in Mr. Arturo Moreno's shoes by making the Angels into one of the MLB's best franchises.

Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

We are living in some unprecedented years that the history books will remember for a very long time; therefore in order to shape history you must rise hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourself. So go abroad, open a Roth IRA account, and don't be afraid to work in a field that isn't necessarily tied to your major, because every opportunity will prepare you for the next. When all else fails then remember the words of the legendary coach John Wooden, “Things turn out the best, for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

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