Alexia Huffman D’Arco ’05

Alexia has been finding exciting new opportunities wherever she goes. After a Fulbright in Munich in 2005-6, followed by several further years working at the Atlantik-Brücke in Berlin, she became the special assistant to the president of the Atlantic Council in Washington, completed an M.A. in International Security Studies at Georgetown, and joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow with the South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau. When her husband, a naval officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was stationed to Japan, she first moved to the political-military affairs unit at the Embassy in Tokyo and then later became an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Temple University’s Tokyo campus. She also started consulting for the TOMODACHI Initiative, which is a public-private partnership between US Embassy Tokyo and the US Japan Council in DC. This summer, after almost three years in Japan, they moved to Memphis for two years while Neil provides legal advice to the Admiral who runs Navy Recruiting Command.

“In the meantime, I'll stay very busy teaching political science and international affairs courses at both Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. That's pretty much it on the news front, aside from the fact that it was fun to briefly cross paths with my old boss Chuck Hagel on his last big Asia trip as Secretary of Defense.”