Meet the Team
James S. Wylde
Director of Graduate Student Career Development (GSCD)
Appointments are available on request.
Jim has 25+ years of experience in global career and leadership development. His background includes 16 years with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and subsequent service as a consultant to international organizations such as the World Bank Group, along with public, private, and non-profit organizations and universities. For nine years he managed his own leadership coaching and facilitation practice, WyldeFire Creatives LLC, during which time he was also a Principal Consultant with Contacts Count, a networking training and consulting firm. He holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oberlin College. As a coach certified through the International Coach Foundation (ICF), he has focused on dynamic communication and global public service. Earlier in his career, Jim served as Director of Cooperative Education at the American University Career Center. With a passion for all things international, Jim speaks Spanish, studied in Tours, France and lived in San José, Costa Rica. His personal mission is to inspire and equip the global leaders of the future. Jim is a co-author of the book Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World (AMACOM 2015).
At GSCD, Jim
- Provides strategic oversight to create an optimal student career development experience.
- Manages and integrates all office functions, from outreach to programming and coaching.
Tina S. Gaddy
Tina joined the GSCD team in September 2015 bringing with her a strong business background, and over a decade of experience in Higher Education Administration. Her expertise includes Strategic Career Services, Employer Relations, and Business Development. She is a Philadelphia native, who most recently moved to Washington D.C. by way of Chicago, strengthening her professional experience as well as her dedication to volunteering and civic engagement along the way. She holds a B.A. from Lincoln University and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College. In addition to being active with her alumni associations, Tina enjoys memberships with the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Urban League Young Professionals.
At GSCD, Tina
- Coordinates employer programming including site visits, networking panels and information sessions.
- Develops employer-facilitated professional development seminars and workshops.
- Conducts employer outreach to expand career opportunities for Elliott School graduate students.
- Assists the Director with the development of international internships and employment opportunities.
Senior Career Coach
Tara Sonenshine served as U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs until 2013. Tara has a distinguished career in government, non-profits and the media. She has demonstrated expertise in foreign policy, programming, communications strategy and public policy and has had extensive dealings with business, community and governmental leaders worldwide. Her high level experience in the media includes producing news programs for network television and authoring articles for national print and online media. Sonenshine is the winner of 10 News Emmy Awards and other awards in journalism for programs on domestic and international issues. Having served on the Board of Trustees at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and other organizations, Ms. Sonenshine has actively consulted to the private sector, NGO sector, and multiple clients on media outreach, board development, and strategic communications including facilitation and moderating programs for The Wilson Center, The United States Institute of Peace, Voice of America and others. Sonenshine has worked at The White House as Deputy Director of Communications. She is a contributor to The Hill.com and other media outlets.
At GSCD, Tara
- Provides individual career coaching to students and alumni on career exploration, internship/job search, and interview techniques.
- Assists the Director with leading the Career Cafe, covering a variety of topics, for Elliott School graduate students and alumni.
- Manages the Freeman Foundation Grant.
Prior to arriving at GW, Sharon McCoy served as an Associate Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office, where she contributed to the recruitment, placement, and retention of political appointees at national security agencies. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. McCoy was a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before her work in the Federal Government, she was a Research Fellow at GovLoop and served as a Program Assistant for the Washington, D.C. semester programs of the University of Georgia (UGA) and New York University (NYU). From 2013 to 2015, she volunteered as a staff member for the group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). A speaker of Spanish, she has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including the countries of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Uruguay. Ms. McCoy received a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.
At GSCD, Sharon
Lyndia received a B.A. in International Affairs and French from Grand Valley State University before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in International Affairs, concentrating in International Affairs and Development and Global Gender Policy.
At GSCD, Lyndia
- Manages the office and student staff, ensuring that Elliott School graduate students and alumni receive exceptional service.
- Supports all GSCD events, workshops and employer programs.
- Serves as office webmaster, supporting the Elliott School Public Affairs department.