of the Month
Christopher Lilyblad - Luxembourg
Christopher Lilyblad with former President, Bill Clinton.
was born in Luxembourg and attended
Green River Community College from 2006-2007.
He transferred to the University of
Washington where he graduated with a
Bachelor’s degree in International Studies,
Magna Cum Laude, in December 2009. As
an undergraduate, Chris studied abroad
in Vietnam and in Egypt. In addition,
he worked as a Program Ambassador for
a US Department of State program at
GRCC and for Unicef in Luxembourg.
“I first came to Green River in hopes
of attaining a basketball scholarship.
However, as I began exploring the diverse
academic offerings at Green River, my
professors and the Green River staff
inspired me to shift my focus towards
academia and public service. I became
increasingly interested in global affairs
and collective issues that transcend
After graduating from UW, Chris worked
as an intern in the Executive Office
of President Clinton at the William
J. Clinton Foundation in New York, an
organization that aims to improve sustainable
human development, environmental problems,
and a variety of other global issues.
Chris describes his internship as “a
truly an amazing experience that I will
cherish and benefit from for the rest
of my life.”
Chris will attend the University
of Oxford for a Master of Science in
Global Governance and Diplomacy this
coming fall. In the meantime, he is
doing recruiting for Green River in
Europe. “Green River provided me with
the necessary tools and turning point
to commence this journey in the field
of international affairs."