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Roberto Fierro '04

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After staying on board for a year at the County of San Diego's Auditor & Controller Department, I went to Denver and earned a MA in International Studies at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Affairs. I was then selected as a Graduate/Young Professional Fellow at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and was placed at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Mexican Senate in Mexico City. After the fellowship, I taught 9th grade World History in D.C. for a year then returned to San Diego for a brief 18 months, during which I completed LEAD San Diego's IMPACT program and co-founded the Institute for Student Health with my wife Natalie. In early 2012, I moved back to Washington D.C. and worked with labor, environmental, women's and veterans’ groups to help elect the most diverse Congress in U.S. history. A year later, I got an opportunity to join D&P Creative Strategies, a boutique government relations and advocacy firm.
 
While working with elected officials and corporate executives is no doubt  a blessing given my humble beginnings in Tijuana, Mexico, the most rewarding work I do has to be with the nonprofit. After running out-of-pocket and through in-kind donations for two and a half years, we received almost $30,000 over three grants in the second half of 2013.
 
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Unwritten Law randomly playing outside the Hahn Center during lunch for free.
 
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
The courtyard in Maher Hall was a favorite place of mine while I lived on campus and became a place where I would play with my dogs when I moved back to San Diego. That being said, I got married at USD in 2010 and the garden outside the Peace & Justice Center reminds me of sharing that special moment with family, loved ones and my wife.
 
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Dr. Dennis Rohatyn and Dr. Karma Tsomo. They both were instrumental in my personal and professional development, not to mention my desire to help others.
 
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Other than getting married on campus, it wasn't actually until after I left San Diego that I sought to get involved with the Alumni Association. As such I have started attending USD in D.C. alumni gatherings and hope to take a leadership role with our network in D.C. soon.
 
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Make a plan for your life but be flexible as you experience the journey. As long as you are making decisions that are good for you in both the short and long term, trust life to lead you in the right direction. Finally, don't forget to be happy. A positive attitude goes a long way in the game of life.

Interested in contacting Roberto? Email him at robertoadrian@gmail.com.

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