Ilyssa Padrid-Dykman (she/her/hers) is a Project Manager at the Pacific Council on International Policy, where her primary roles are to execute Special Initiatives projects while cultivating educational and community partnerships. As part of her portfolio, Ilyssa oversees the Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) Observer Program, volunteer opportunities, and helps create innovative programming around the Mexico Initiative. Beyond this capacity, Ilyssa is the Co-Lead on our Junior Fellowship Program. All of Ilyssa’s work is done through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens and in support of the Pacific Council’s Inclusivity statement.
Ilyssa obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Queer Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked for the Multicultural Services and Programs office.