Alfredo Lagos graduated from Saint Louis University in 1999, with two B.A. degrees, one in Political Science and Philosophy, and the other in International Studies and Spanish. Immediately after graduation, he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, responding to natural disasters throughout the United States. He worked with the U.S. Forest Service and state public land managers to respond to wildfires, and he trained AmeriCorps members in emergency preparedness. In 2004, he earned a Master of Science of Engineering Management, with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management, at George Washington University. Since then, Alfredo has worked in a number of positions in the field of emergency management.
Presently, Alfredo is an emergency management response specialist at the Computer Sciences Corporation in Alexandria, Virginia, working in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Water Security Division. Alfredo's work supports efforts by drinking water and wastewater utilities throughout the country to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters. Alfredo also contributes his expertise to emergency planning for the Department of the Army, and he is an instructor for the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
Alfredo considers that what he learned at SLU has helped him in his professional life. He says, "First, I use the general background in U.S. government structure and political theory learned as a poli sci major to develop practical solutions that have to work across and in support of local, state, and federal governments. Second, I use the comparative analysis approaches learned as a poli sci major to evaluate alternatives and propose recommendations to private sector and government clients. Third, I rely on investigative research and communication skills that I developed while at SLU." Alfredo notes that what he learned in his Political Science methods class has proven much more useful than he thought it would at the time.
While at Saint Louis University, Alfredo was a Saint Ignatius Service Scholar. In that capacity, he served the St. Louis community through a variety of volunteer assignments over a four year period. Alfredo was also an active member of the SLU Outdoor Club and the Classical Fencing Society at SLU. Alfredo studied abroad at the SLU Madrid campus and at the Boston University London campus.
Alfredo has always sought to embody the concept of a Renaissance man, and he found that the broad base of knowledge integral to a Jesuit education helped him toward that goal. He says that SLU "fosters a dynamic learning environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and the value of learning from one's mistakes." He adds that a SLU education "encourages the use of all our skills and talents, grit, compassion, and love, to confront and solve tough problems facing our community, our country, and our world."