Career Resources Staff Members

Director: Denise Riebman

Denise Riebman HeadshotDenise has spent over 20 years working in nonprofit and higher education sectors, specializing in career advancement, professional leadership and community development. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 2011 to work for Share our Strength as the Cooking Matters National Training Development Manager, Denise was the Assistant Dean of the Career Development Center at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. In this capacity, she built the career center to support the needs of more than 450 Masters and Doctoral students from more than 50 countries. Previously, Denise served as the Director of Programs at Boston Cares where she partnered with nonprofit agencies to connect thousands of volunteers to service opportunities.  An active volunteer, Denise brings her career expertise to support disadvantage populations including refugees and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Denise received her Bachelor degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and her Masters in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. She is a graduate of LeadBoston, The Coaches Institute, Interactive Associates Facilitative Leadership Course and National Service Executive Leadership Program.  Denise has certifications in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology Coaching, Global Career Development Facilitation, Certified Advanced Resume Writer, Federal Career Coaching,                                        Federal Resume Coaching, MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory.

[email protected]; 202-994-8475

Senior Executive in Residence: Joan Dudik-Gayoso

Joan Dudik-Gayoso has long been a mentor and speaker on careers in international development, advising students and young professionals. Joan currently supports Career Development Services in the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, advising students on career alternatives and helping them to assess their skills and experience in relation to the job market and their career objectives.

As a career member of the U.S. Government Senior Executive Service, Joan held management positions in the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She represented the U.S. before the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the agencies of the United Nations (UN) Development System, the UN Development Program, and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. She negotiated program, policy, finance, management and reform issues and coordinated U.S. preparations for the World Summit for Children and the World Conference on Education for All. Joan served as an expert at the U.N. Conference Trade and Development Workshop on Gender and Globalization and as Participation and Sponsorship Manager at the World Bank for the Global Knowledge '97 Conference. She directed Africa operations for the Peace Corps and gained experience with U.S. bilateral aid programs in Africa and South Asia, program and policy planning, analysis and budgeting, food aid programs, aid coordination and evaluation.

Joan teaches multilateral negotiations at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, and has trained U.S. diplomats and host country national staff in international science, technology, environment and international health issues. She is an advisor and trainer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on integrating scientific expertise into the foreign affairs agencies. Besides the Trachtenberg School, Joan teaches several classes at the Elliot School of International Affairs, at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and in the MBA program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a Board Member of the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter. She earned a BA with High Honors in International Relations from the University of Maryland and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Career Services Associate: Gwenn Hodge


Gwenn Hodge HeadshotGwenn Hodge is a Certified Mediator, with a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). Hodge has a 15-year work history that spans all sectors of the market – from local and state government, corporate and private enterprises -to higher education.   She currently serves as a Career Advisor at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and offers consulting services as an independent contractor in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

Her expert knowledge and solutions driven results satisfy the needs of both employers and job seekers.  Having worked as a Recruiter and HR Director, her expertise is in employment laws and trends, workforce development, community relations, human resource management. She has the ability to create viable programs, services and opportunities for others.  A skilled negotiator who builds and develops effective collaborative partnerships, she enjoys working with individuals; assisting them in finding viable employment. 

Gwenn received her Masters of Public Administration from Atlanta University and BS in Political Science and Government from Tuskegee University.

Ms. Hodge is a member of several community and national organizations, serves on four boards, mentors several young adults and is active in her community and church and came to Washington, DC and served a two year appointment, with the City of Washington, DC as a Mayor’s Urban Fellow (the program was later renamed Capitol City Fellows).  She is married with two children.

Career Development Services Directions and Contact Information

The Trachtenberg School Career Development Center is located immediately to the left of the Trachtenberg School reception desk when exiting the elevators on the 6th floor of the Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street NW).

The Director of Career Development's office (601Q) is located on the 6th floor of the Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street NW).  Make a left when exiting the elevators and then take a right to follow the hallway until the end.  Make another right and office 601Q is the third office on your left.

Phone:  202-994-8475