Katherine Bussiere graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in English, with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies, from Mount Holyoke College in 2013 as a first-generation college graduate. While in college, Ms. Bussiere started a university writing center in Santiago, Chile and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain.
After two years working as a Project Manager at an education company in Washington, D.C., she subsequently was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to Curitiba, Brazil, where she taught English at a university and laid the groundwork for another writing center.
Ms. Bussiere earned her Master of Philosophy degree in Language Education from the University of Cambridge in 2017 on a full-tuition scholarship from the Rotary Foundation. Her graduate dissertation examined Syrian refugees’ English language learning and social integration experiences in the U.K.
She joined Yale University in 2018 to work for the School of Management’s former Dean, Edward A. Snyder, where she helped advance the work of the school on two core objectives: to become yet more integrated with other academic units at Yale and to leverage the Global Network for Advanced Management.
Ms. Bussiere then moved to the Jackson School of Global Affairs (formerly the Jackson Institute), where she is now the inaugural Director of Alumni Affairs and develops programs to sustain an active international network of alumni in the global policy fields. She speaks Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and has reading proficiency in French. Outside of work, she is a practicing member of the East Rock Sangha, Cottage Street Zendo meditation group and student at the New Haven Ballet.