With 28 different countries on her passport, Anne Kaufman — business manager and international student counselor in the Office of International Services (OIS) — is as much of a world traveler as the students she advises.
Kaufman, a Los Angeles native, spent a semester in Bonn, Germany, during her junior year at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned a B.A. in psychology. She then won a two-year Fulbright teaching assistantship in Austria before spending two years living and working Germany.
Kaufman returned to the U.S. to earn an M.A. in German and European studies at Georgetown University. In 2008, she returned to her native California and joined OIS, initially working as a faculty-staff visa specialist.
Now, as an international student counselor, Kaufman helps international students navigate issues of paperwork, integration and anxiety. As business manager, the self-described “organization freak” is responsible for office finances and planning as well as staff support and assessment.
“International students are such a huge population on campus, and they’re going to continue to grow,” Kaufman said. “There’s a demand for more knowledge about how to support and work with them.” Ultimately, it’s Kaufman’s passion for these students that drives her work. “The most rewarding thing I do is helping individual students — the one-on-one interpersonal connection.”