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Calli Obern '16

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Palo Alto, CA

Oxy Major/Minor:  

DWA/Chinese Studies

Current Company:

Masters Candidate

Current Position:

Masters in International Policy

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

UN Program, Alpha, DWAMA, rec soccer

Secondary Schooling:

Masters in International Policy Candidate at Stanford University

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Best Oxy Class:

CSP Reacting to the Past with Prof. Thad Russell and everything with Prof. Laura Hebert.

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Calli Obern is a Senior Program Manager with International Partners at the Aspen Institute and Fellow at New America. In this role, Calli manages the Institute’s 11 international partners to improve collaboration and strengthen the network, with seven partners in Europe, and in India, Mexico, Japan, and New Zealand. She coordinates the NextGen Network with 130+ young leaders in 13 countries to take up critical questions and inform policy discussions on technology and ethics. As a Fellow with the Resource Security Program at New America, Calli conducts research on climate governance and foreign policy.

Calli began her career at the Aspen Institute as a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow with the Aspen Strategy Group. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Calli joined the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program, where she led Track II Dialogues with India and China, initiatives on climate and national security, and facilitated energy, environmental, and climate forums, roundtables, and dialogues around the US and world. During her studies, she practiced Chinese in Shanghai, China, and participated in the Occidental United Nations Program, where she served as an attaché at the United Kingdom Mission to the UN reporting on human rights and humanitarian affairs. Calli received a BA from Occidental College in 2016, where she studied Diplomacy and World Affairs and Chinese. In her free time, Calli enjoys running, learning to make bread, practicing foreign languages, and beating her friends at the board game Settlers of Catan.

Career Advice:

Ask your friends and family to read your resume and do practice interviews with you, even if they don't have a background in the subject. Approach networking to learn about people and their lives/work, not to just get a new job.

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