Tulsi Byrne (MA International Affairs ’15) came to The New School looking for a career change. With an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics and a background working in compliance for a financial service firm, Byrne was looking for a masters program where she could apply her international development interest in a business context.
“The most important things I learned during my time at The New School were the skills that I acquired through my statistics and economics courses and the refinement to my writing skills in the intensive research seminars,” says Byrne.
During her time with the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, Bryne took a data visualization class and used the skills she learned in the program to lead a data project with the United Nations Global Compact, the UN's corporate sustainability initiative. This role, which started as an internship, turned into a full time job. During her time with the UN Global Compact, Byrne served first as Manager of Social Sustainability and Gender Equality, then as Manager of Integrity, a position which required drafting and developing thought leadership pieces.
“From a content perspective,” Byrne says, “the classes I took on human rights, natural resources, gender, and corporate sustainability provided strong theoretical frameworks that I could apply to my job at the UN Global Compact and beyond.”
Recently, Byrne made the transition from the UN Global Compact to work on the Responsible Investing team at Nuveen, an asset management company. In this role, which combines her previous experience in financial services and sustainability, Byrne helps integrate environmental, social, and governance issues into investment decisions.