Leadership-Team

Nick Berger

Nick has been working in international education and youth empowerment for nearly a decade. He currently works at Oregon State University as a Campus Liaison for the Office of Global Opportunities, working primarily with STEM colleges on campus. Prior to joining OSU, Nick served as the Marketing and Development Director for a Portland based international Gap-year organization, Carpe Diem Education. Nick has also worked directly in the field facilitating travel and volunteer based programs to South America, Central America, India and East Africa, and has been involved in various aspects of programmatic support and staff training. Outside of international education, Nick has also worked with high-risk youth populations in both wilderness and urban settings at Eckerd Youth Alternatives (NC) and Janus Youth Programs (Portland, OR).

Nick’s wanderlust was ignited on the island of Bali, Indonesia, where he had the opportunity to teach English and work on a community development initiative for sustainable tourism after his undergraduate studies. Since then, he has found his way to 5 continents and continues to look for new adventures off-the-beaten path. He believes that the most profound learning opportunities happen when individuals are challenged to step outside of their comfort zone, and and is excited to cross-boundaries and explore new frontiers of professional growth within the PDX Abroad community.

EDUCATION:

  • Master in Business Administration (MBA), Organizational Leadership – Oregon State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science, International Studies & Fine Arts – Boston College

Samantha Cooper

Samantha has worked in international education since 2001 and currently works at the Academic Internship Council (AIC) as the London Director. Prior to moving abroad, Samantha worked in the Education Abroad offices at Portland Community College and Portland State University. Samantha helped found PDX Abroad in 2014 and continues to contribute in an advisory capacity.

It was after spending her junior year abroad in France, that Samantha got the “bug.” She went on to study abroad in Spain, and has volunteered in Ecuador, Nepal, and India, taught English in Argentina, travelled to over 32 countries, and speaks French and Spanish.

Samantha is inspired by the cultures and languages of her travels, as well as by the colleagues and friendships she has formed within the international education community. Samantha believes that improvements to education abroad can come from boundary-spanning collaboration and is passionate about connecting professionals and helping provide opportunities for innovation to grow.

EDUCATION:

  • Master in Public Administration, Specializing in Nonprofit Management – Portland State University
  • B.A., French and Psychology – University of California, Santa Barbara

Giustina Pelosi

Giustina has worked in international education for more than 11 years and currently works for CEA Study Abroad. Prior to joining the University Relations Team at CEA, Giustina worked as the Faculty-Led Programs and International Internships Advisor for Portland State University. Giustina has held several positions across the field of international education including work with IE3 Global Internships, the Academy for Global Exploration, and the Hillsboro School District’s Migrant Education Program. Furthermore, she has been very active in developing and leading re-entry programming including serving as Co-Chair for the NW Returnee Conference on Education Abroad as well as developing peer advisor programs to serve as ambassadors on several campus’ throughout the Northwest. Giustina has studied abroad both in Spain and Italy, worked as a volunteer English Teacher in Ecuador, led students through Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and enjoyed travel to many more countries.

Giustina decided on a career in international education after returning from a study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain during her undergraduate studies. Giustina has continued to explore different countries across the globe and enjoys how each experience continues to open her eyes to undiscovered truths about herself and the world around her. She believes studying abroad is a privilege to which all students should have access and encourages students to make an educated decision when choosing an overseas program. Additionally, she is passionate about providing opportunities for professional leaders to advocate for quality academic programs that are accessible to all students.

Currently, Giustina serves on the NAFSA’s Financial Aid Subcommittee for Education Abroad Rules & Policies (EARP) and enjoys research on topics such as underemployment in the field of Education Abroad.

EDUCATION:

  • MS, College Student Service Administration – Intercultural Relations (OR)
  • BA, International Studies – Spanish Language & Culture (WA)