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Alumnus Jay Gress joins State, heads to Helsinki

Jay Gress (MA 2007) with Finnish flagJay Gress (IWP 2007) has recently joined the US Department of State as a foreign service officer.  He reports that his MA in Statecraft and National Security Affairs, combined with his several years as a government technology contractor, has prepared him well for this exciting new opportunity.

Mr. Gress was well-known among the student body during his years at IWP thanks to his service as the school's Registrar.

Mr. Gress's first assignment at the Department of State will be at the US Embassy in Helsinki.  He recently told the Institute that he and his young family are looking forward to Finland's famous saunas and skiing, in addition to the challenges of his new professional role.