Thomas Tasche '13 MPA '17, originally from Elk Grove Village, IL, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. His senior thesis examined Chinese aid and investment in the Caribbean and was awarded the Lt. John A. Larkin Memorial Prize, recognizing the best thesis in the field of political economy. As an undergraduate, foreign language played a key role in Tasche's studies, and he expanded his repertoire of French, Japanese and Chinese as he worked toward an MPA in economics and public policy.
Tasche's summer internship, as the James D. Zirin ’61 and Marlene Hess Scholar, was with the Office of East Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He spent the summer after his senior year as the assistant director of a non-profit Japanese exchange program. For the first year of his fellowship, Tasche returned to the Treasury Department to work as the desk economist for Japan. On his final rotation he served as an advisor to the U.S. executive director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Tasche received his MPA from Princeton in June 2017.