Jeanette Pelizzon ’07

Jeanette Pelizzon '07

San Diego, CA


B.A., Franklin University Switzerland
M.P.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies

Jeanette has just returned to the USA after traveling for the past four years while working remotely. She is a UX Designer and her current contract is with TIP Global Health, an NGO focused on last-mile health care in rural Rwanda. Prior to that Jeanette helped start-ups such as WeWork and Remote Year during their early stage, rapid growth.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the board?

I love becoming more involved in the Walker’s community.

What is your fondest memory or tradition from your time at Walker’s?

I loved so much about my time at Walker’s but fall afternoon riding lessons or trail rides were always my favorite!

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Oh, this is hard! I have to say Mr. Poppe was one of my favorites as he always found a way to make things fun and supported me in my adventures long after I graduated.

What was your favorite class you took while studying at Walker’s?

I liked all my literature classes but a stand-out to me was taking Psychology. I still talk about a lot of the experiments we learned about.

What was your favorite spot on campus?

The barn.

How did attending Walker’s impact your path and where you are now?

Walker’s definitely taught me to be independent and to follow paths that I wouldn’t have otherwise known existed. I went abroad straight from graduation and have been bouncing around the world ever since.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a graduating Walker’s student?

Definitely take the path less traveled. There are so many amazing opportunities off the beaten track – take this time to explore and see everything that’s out in this wild world of ours.

Please list 3-5 fun facts about you:

I lived out of a suitcase for four years while traveling the world as a digital nomad; I speak a little bit of a lot of languages but none fluently; and I love to scuba dive and my favorite animal is a shark.