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.

Extracurriculars: -Margarita Cleaning, Co-Founder, -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.

Awards: 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

Bio: New Business Development Specialist at the Treasury Department Recreation Association and a U.S. Department of State Gilman Alumni Ambassador.

Prior to these positions, I worked in the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House from 2011 to 2012.

Before my time at the White House, I worked in the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2010 to 2011. I am also a Member of The National Press Club.

Motivation for Career Path: I am very passionate about international diplomacy and 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 Dario Bravo, a great mentor of mine at UCLA, I decided that I wanted to intern in Washington DC during the summer of 2009. After my time as a summer intern, I went back to UCLA, but 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 knew I wanted to work somewhere in our Federal Government that was going to help our economy to create jobs, empower all entrepreneurs from different walks of life, as well as focus on developing leaders in the STEM fields.

Goals: First, I aspire to continue helping my mom build her company, Margarita Cleaning. I also plan to continue helping small and disadvantaged business owners make the next leap, in order to create more jobs. Second, I plan to help the US in cultivating new bilateral relationships via baseball. Finally, I plan on attending graduate school for my MBA and a degree in International Affairs. Then, after grad school I aspire to be a great husband and my children's little league coach, and perhaps with the help of some good fortune, I would love to continue in Mr. Arturo Moreno's shoes by making the Angels into the MLB's best franchise.

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, if you want to spark change and shape history you must rise hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourself. So go abroad, do something you love, 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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