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Do you have the passion to make a difference in the lives of others? Consider taking the first step toward a rewarding career in public service by applying to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA). Founded in 1958, GSPIA is one of the most recognized and comprehensive schools of its type in the world. GSPIA's 8,000 globally connected alumni hold prestigious positions in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia worldwide. 

At the intersection of disaster management and leadership studies, the Leadership During Crisis Podcast explores stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis. It considers the behaviors that are necessary to guide a team under stress, ambiguity, or even danger to achieve the best possible outcomes. Between December 2017 and April 2018, the podcast series will feature leaders across local, national, and global events, and conclude with lessons drawn from across episodes. 

Jessica Smith (MPIA, SIS ‘17) works in the Disaster Cycle Services Department at the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which focuses on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programming for all of Allegheny County. The department provides significant resources for communities on disaster preparedness and response, including preparedness presentations for children, seniors, and more general audiences. The Red Cross also responds to house fires and other disasters every day in Allegheny County, ensuring those affected receive help to repair their home, find a new home, or replace other essential items. 

In a matter of weeks, three major hurricanes levied profound impacts on communities across the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Thousands of people are engaged in ongoing response and recovery operations, including GSPIA alumni: 

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