Alan Yu

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Alan Yu's research interests are in creative leadership processes, arts-based and action learning education methodologies, and international policy. While at USD, Alan had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to learn about nonprofit work in that country and also to Spain to learn about democratically organized enterprises operating under a participatory leadership model. He wants to return to Guatemala next year to do a small project on multi-cultural mental health counseling. Alan is currently working as an innovation intern at the Center for Creative Leadership while also acting as Operations Director for the SOLES Community College Leadership Academy and is part of the production team responsible for the SOLES Action Research Conference. He hopes to eventually conduct research and teach in either an organizational consulting or an academic research setting.

Prior to his studies at USD, Alan spent nine years living in Seattle and working in the hi-tech industries as a graphic designer and information architect for major corporations such as T-Mobile and AT&T. While living in Seattle, Alan enrolled in an outdoor leadership training course and became hooked on the subject matter of leadership. In addition to his degrees, Alan also holds certificates in Web Design and Flash Application Development from The University of Washington in Seattle.

In his spare time, Alan plays piano, spends time at the beach with his three dogs (a large Golden Retriever, a medium American Eskimo, and a small Pomeranian), and practices foreign languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese).