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Abraham Lowenthal MPA is doing a project jointly with Sergio Bitar MC/MPA 1971, interviewing former presidents and prime ministers who have played leading roles in transitions from autocratic toward democratic governance, intended to transmit “Lessons Learned from Leaders” to those in today’s circumstances who are trying to carry out or promote such transitions. “We have interviewed Presidents Aylwin and Lagos from Chile, Cardoso of Brazil, Gonzalez of Spain, deKlerk and Mbeki of South Africa, Rawlings and Kufour of Ghana, Habibie of Indonesia, Ramos of the Philippines, and are about to interview Zedillo of Mexico. Great learning experience!”
Gerald Wright MPA spent the 2012–2013 academic year as visiting professor of Canadian studies at Kwansei Gakuin University, in Nishinomiya, Japan, which is located between Kobe and Osaka.
Jonathan Howes MPA has just completed The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001–2011. He and coauthor David Godschalk chronicle the planning and development of millions of square feet of residential, classroom, office, laboratory, and hospital space on the campus of the nation’s oldest public university. The book is available from the unc Press.
Jack Wofford IOP, former IOP associate director, received an award (“Hero of the Revolution”) in December 2012 from the Boston Society of Architects on the 40th anniversary of the decision by Governor Francis Sargent not to build the Southwest Expressway in Boston. Jack directed the restudy of controversial expressways and transit lines that led to the governor’s decision. The award, also given to Governor Michael Dukakis and other officials, reads: “In appreciation of your visionary contributions to the decisions and actions that rejected highways, embraced urbanism, and transformed Boston and the Commonwealth forever.” Jack is a mediator and arbitrator in Cambridge.
Michael Arnow HKS wrote and produced Nuestra Esperanza (Our Hope), a Spanish-language DVD on farm worker safety, for the Utah Labor Commission (37 minutes long, with English subtitles). “It’s part of a series of Spanish-language DVDs on topics of interest to Latinos living in the United States. Issues include immigration law, rights and obligations when interacting with law enforcement, getting along with neighbors, workplace safety in construction and factories, and preventive health. I completed one year at the Kennedy School, and left with the intention to return, but changed my mind. It was a tumultuous time — assassinations, height of the Vietnam War, and so on.”
Charles Mann MPA writes, “Since 2001, filmmaker colleagues and I have been mentoring HKS students in development communications, especially the use of a video camera in the field to craft stories about international development issues. These sessions at HKS have been supplemented by our production of several teaching films — the Development Communications Workshop Collection, available at der.org.”
Brian Marson MPA is president of the Public Service Excellence Institute and advises Southeast Asian governments, the OECD, and the Asian Productivity Organization on public service reform and service transformation. He is also cofounder and senior fellow of the Institute for Citizen Centered Service in Toronto. Brian teaches public management to government executives at the Philippine Development Academy and is coauthor of The New Public Organization, From Research to Results, and a Guide to One Stop Service Delivery. His research linking employee engagement, service outcomes, and public trust has received international acclaim. In 2010 he received the National Quality Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.
Charlie Stevenson PhD just wrote America’s Foreign Policy Toolkit: Key Institutions and Processes, published by CQ Press. He continues to teach at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
William Myers MC/MPA retired from the United Nations. He is an associate in the University of California, Davis’s department of human ecology. Recent books include Child Protection in Development (Routledge 2012) and Right and Wrongs of Children’s Work (Rutgers 2010). He is currently initiating work on children as point of non-violence and peace.
Frank Popper MPA teaches land-use planning at Rutgers and, with wife Deborah Popper, Princeton. “We continue our research on the American West, the Great Plains, American regionalism, and shrinking cities. We are on the board of the National Center for Frontier Communities, and I chair the board of the Great Plains Restoration Council. Our children are fast-developing writers, Joanna as a journalist, Nicholas as a historian.”
Eddie Sporn MCP, after 10 years as administrative director of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and 15 years in a similar capacity at D.E. Shaw, a hedge fund, writes, “I am spending 2013 rebooting in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. I’ll be overseeing the renovation of our home, doing some traveling, and trying to get all the stuff that my family has accumulated over the years organized.”
Flash Wiley MPP/JD writes, “This is a short note to let you know that I am a recipient (along with my wife, Benaree, HBS 1972) of the Community Advocacy Award from Eastern Bank. The award “celebrates the professional and civic contributions of exceptional people who make eastern Massachusetts a better place to live and work through their efforts and inspiration to others to contribute positively to their communities.”
Kathy Frazer Winsted MPA is teaching business and marketing at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. “Married to Bill Winsted, three wonderful kids — Frazer, 23; Melanie, 22; and Abigail, 20.”
Stephen Salyer MC/MPA writes, “Been out of touch with HKS for a while. Remarried and left Public Radio International in late 2005 to head the Salzburg Global Seminar — a policy center in the middle of Europe. Founded by three Harvard students after World War II, Salzburg now has fellows in 160 countries across the world. The focus is on soft power wielded by rising young leaders. Emphases include governance, sustainable health, and media’s role in democratic change. Take a look at SalzburgGlobal.org.”
Philip L. Spector MPP/JD, after eight years as executive vice president, business development and general counsel of Intelsat, the world’s largest communications satellite company, has moved to a position on the Intelsat board of directors and will be considering other opportunities. He was formerly the managing partner of the Washington office of the global law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton Garrison.
Micho Spring MC/MPA continues to enjoy his work at Weber Shandwick, leading their global corporate practice at a time of constant change and transformation. “And am enormously proud that both my daughter and son are serving in government. My daughter, Silvia, is a Foreign Service officer in Beijing, and my son, William, is a legislative director for Congressman Ed Markey.”
David Bray HKSEE writes, “On March 20, the principal deputy director of national intelligence, Stephanie O’Sullivan, presented the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation Award, on behalf of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community, to the IC staff members supporting the bipartisan congressional commission. Members of the interagency staff received Meritorious Unit Citations, and I, as executive director for the commission, was awarded a National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Award in recognition of my ‘outstanding service.’”
Jim Bruce MC/MPA continues to work as a site selection consultant for BFPC, LLC, in Atlanta. Last year was the firm’s best ever, which suggests that businesses are about to make major capital investments again and that vital aspect of the economy is improving. In his corporate role, Jim reports to a stellar executive and economic consultant, Lynn Bruce; and does so at home as well — they will celebrate their 33rd anniversary this year.
Nancy Bearg MC/MPA remains engaged in conflict prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding and is looking for work opportunities on that in Washington, DC, or overseas. “Also, I coauthored Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break (Beaufort Books 2011), and we are now writing a book for baby boomers on retirement. I still live in Washington.”
Mabel Bendiksen MPA writes, “I retired! I loved teaching and my MPA really helped in formulating systems to teach skills while fostering creative thought. I worked in government after graduation but realized that I loved working with people. In government, I seemed laden with reading government reports! In grad school, my last name was Pina. Due to life changes, Mabel Pina became the original Bendiksen.”
Henry Frank Carey MPP writes, “Greetings to all of you from Chip. I am a professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, specializing in comparative democratization and human rights. My wife, Faye, and I have two kids, ages 17 and 14. Not sure if I will make it to HKS events, but would be delighted to see any of you.”
Russ Feldman MPP has relocated the offices of TBA Architects to Concord, Massachusetts, where they’ve rebuilt the third floor of a historic mill building. He’s completing his fourth year as chair of the board of trustees of the Boston Architectural College, and remains on the board of directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as a trustee of the Newton City Museum. Russ and his wife, Anne Kane, continue their happy marriage and their never ending work on their 170-year-old house.
Christopher Fisher MPP sends a quick recap of work-related life. “I spent over 20 happy years at Lazard in London. For the last 10 years I have enjoyed having more of a ‘plural’ life, the most important component of which is a small firm I helped to form and develop with some old Lazard colleagues — Penfida — which is in the business of providing corporate finance advice and support to pension fund trustees, essentially helping them deal with their position as major creditors of their sponsoring companies. I do this about half of my time at present, and in the other half I currently serve as chairman of the governing body of Reading University, chairman of the board of Bank of Ireland UK, and a non-executive director of Segro, a FTSE 200 property company — photos and a bio can be found on the various websites! I’m also involved with the Kennedy Memorial Trust, in whose debt I will always be for having funded me through Harvard, particularly with significant anniversaries ahead. More important on the personal front, my wife, Carole, and I have two grown-up daughters, both recently married, and we have just had our first grandchild. We tend to divide our time between London and Wiltshire. Happy to say I have managed to keep in reasonably regular contact with John Walsh MPP, John Lundeen MPP, and Joe Taylor MPP. The threshold of my 60th birthday looms later this year!”
Jim Gomes MPP writes, “I’m a man of little wealth but considerable taste. I’ve been around Boston town for many years. You don’t need to guess my name, but here’s a quick update: Still married to the wonderful Rose Udics MPA 1989 (37 years last June). Two kids: Jonathan, 23, who graduated from Clark with a degree in management in December 2012, is looking for a job, and is back populating our nest in Arlington; Elizabeth, 19, who is a sophomore at Clark and a varsity soccer player. Rose works for the town of Burlington in human services. I direct the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark, where we bring desperately needed, use-inspired research to starving masses of ignorant but well-intentioned policy practitioners. I’ve done a lot of politics over the years (Dukakis, Kerry, Patrick), but I think the new meds are working. Many thanks to Joe for his work as a community organizer. That’s a skill that can take you a long way.”
Brooke Holmes MPA remembers, “That year, 1977–78, was a great experience for me and my family. My kids (then ages five and six) still recall the blizzard of 1978 and their first experience with six feet of snow, while I remember trying to get back home in Belmont by the last bus from Harvard Square. I was a mid-career Foreign Service guy from the State Department who was coming from prior assignments in Athens and the Bahamas — plenty of sunshine but precious little winter weather. After HKS, I returned to Washington for a couple of desk jobs, then on to Canada, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, back to Washington, and finally retirement in 2000. Still suffering from wanderlust, my wife joined the Foreign Service in 2001 for assignments in Ecuador, Syria, and Washington before her retirement in 2010. Since retirement, I have worked as a consultant to the State Department on international science and technology matters and as an inspector with the inspector general’s office. Our daughter (Brown and Georgetown Law) lives in Kampala, Uganda, and works for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Our son (Rensselaer Polytechnic and Columbia/London Business School) manages a veterans services organization he created, called Warrior Gateway, and is based in San Francisco. My wife and I live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Thanks to Bill Wolfe for alerting me to the reunion. Shout-outs to Susan Gordon MC/MPA with whom I worked in the State Department at the time of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations in 1997–98, and retired Ambassador Frances Cook MC/MPA, a Foreign Service colleague. I wasn’t able to make the reunion but sure wish I could have. Hard to believe it was so long ago...but then again, I said the same thing a couple of years ago at my 50th college reunion! And to Joe Campbell MPP, thanks for being the ‘instigator.’”
Barbara Lukaszewicz MC/MPA is now a textile artist after retirement as an executive with the Canadian federal government. “I specialize in traditional rug hooking, which preserves the work of Canadian artists for future generations in textile form. Attended the last 1978 reunion and was the only one who attended. Would love to hear from old friends. I am also on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association and visit the university three times a year for meetings. Married 30 years with two grown children. Living in Ottawa, Ontario.”
John “Skip” McKoy MCRP was elected chairperson of the DC Public Charter School Board at its monthly meeting February 25. Skip, who has served on the board since 2008, most recently as the vice-chair, succeeds Brian Jones, who is completing his sixth year of board service. He has extensive experience working on issues affecting DC youth, in both the public and private sectors. He is director of programmatic initiatives at Fight for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of children who enter school ready to learn and the number of urban youth in Washington, DC, who are prepared for post-secondary education and careers. He managed community development projects along the Anacostia River as executive vice president of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation. He has also served in several executive capacities at Lockheed Martin ims and DC Agenda, and as director of the District’s City Planning Department.
Selamat Munap MPA reports that her novel, The Wild Men of the East, was published by Raider Publishing International in June 2009.
Tana Pesso MPA is living in Rockport, Massachusetts, and is the proud mother of the wonderful singer/songwriter Chris Edley, III. “I’m still an executive coach, consulting primarily with life sciences and law firms. Ten years ago, wanting to do more than help individual executives, I incorporated elements of my coaching methodology into a 28-day behavior change program called MetaMentor. Wrote a book on meditation and compassion practices with my Tibetan teacher, and the Dalai Lama wrote a short foreword. Working on turning MetaMentor and guided meditations from the book into phone apps. So, still spilling over with ideas and not acting my age quite yet!”
Mary Spillane MPA writes, “Thirty-five years in a few words . . . I’ve lived in London for 32 years, having married a classmate, a Brit (alas, now divorced). Upon leaving the Kennedy School, did a stint as a special assistant to Jimmy Carter in his final year, then with Ronald Reagan before moving to the unhcr in Geneva. Could translate none of my experience into a proper job in London during the early Thatcher years so became an accidental entrepreneur (fashion and image business). Did rather well — operations in 27 countries — wrote some books, and sold it in 1998. Off the back of the success of my books, became a personal branding and business development consultant, then studied psychology and became a leadership/executive coach. Was a partner in an executive search firm for four years; last five years on my own. Work in big global companies, financial and professional services; special interest in helping women become CEOs. Teach at business schools (Cambridge, Imperial, Cass, Hult), writing a few more books (one on swan-song careers), and have an anti-aging and vitality business on the side.”
John Walsh MPP went from KSG to a job at the Office of Management and Budget, where he met and married his wife, Kate, within two years of graduation. “We celebrated our 33rd anniversary in April, all but five years of it in Baltimore, Maryland (Go, Ravens!). We have two daughters and two sons, ranging in age from 23 to 31, who are scattered across the globe from San Francisco in the west to Durban, South Africa, in the east. One is in New Orleans trying to make it in the film industry, and one is temporarily at home between jobs (we hope!), so we are not finished just yet. But all are well and life is good. On the career front, I spent 20-plus years in government, and a dozen years running the Group of Thirty, a small think tank — all in DC before retiring from the government last year. I spent the last seven years at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, grappling with the financial crisis and its aftermath, and was honored to be asked by Secretary Geithner to serve as acting comptroller for nearly two years through last April. I am now working for McKinsey & Company, helping financial institutions try to understand what the hell happened during the financial crisis and the Dodd-Frank Act that followed. Kate runs the National Council on Teacher Quality, which works to improve the quality of instruction in public schools around the country. So we remain in the workforce and pretty busy for now, but there is a slower pace out there somewhere — and trips to South Africa and California to keep in contact with our scattered brood.”
Nancy Rutledge Connery MC/MPA served as committee member and contributor for the recent National Academies study “Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development.”
Alice Levine MCRP published Memories of McClatchy Library in 2012. It tells the stories of those who love the historic Ella K. McClatchy Library in Sacramento, California. In addition to her editorial role, Alice contributed two pieces to this anthology. The book is a model of how nonprofit groups can chronicle their history in an entertaining way.
M. Elizabeth (Betty) Swope MC/MPA writes, “After retiring from the Foreign Service, I continue to work part-time at the State Department. Husband Patrick Kennedy continues as undersecretary for management. When we can, we try to get away to our farm in Cumberland County, Virginia. The farm was part of a land grant from King George II in 1735. Some members of the 1979 MPA class meet regularly for lunch.”
Benjamin Tyree MC/MPA was named managing editor of the bimonthly magazine Defense AT&L at the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition University and also has become senior editor of the dau Press. His former dau editorial responsibilities included the university’s catalog and other publications. Prior to joining government service in 2011, Benjamin was a longtime Washington journalist and newspaper editor.
Michael Bromwich MPP was asked in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to become the country’s top offshore drilling regulator in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. “A great challenge, a great adventure, and in the end a great experience. I left of my own free will at the end of 2011 after reorganizing the agency and eliminating structural conflicts of interest. I re-entered the private sector last spring wearing two hats— I founded my own consulting firm (The Bromwich Group, bromwichgroup.com) and am a partner in the law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP.
Grace Flores-Hughes MC/MPA reports that her memoir, A Tale of Survival, was awarded an honorable mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival and 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival.
Edward Edelson MC/MPA helped produce the documentary Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis, in which he is featured. Twenty-five Nazi training camps were established throughout the United States in the 1930s but only Southbury, Connecticut, said no. The documentary explores what happened in 1937 in Southbury, where Ed is currently the first selectman (mayor). The documentary premiered on the 75th anniversary the town’s passage of a unanimous resolution against the Nazis. The documentary was accepted at the Boston International Film Festival last April, and a showing was held at the U.S. Capitol in May.
Jon Elam MC/MPA celebrated his 71st birthday by treating himself to attending a JFK Jr. Forum on clean cookstoves in Cambodia. “This is one of the critical issues of the time. Very interesting.”
Eduardo Feller HKSEE retired in 2008 after 36 years at the U.S. National Science Foundation. “In the years after I continued serving as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences and City University of New York on issues related to international environmental and applied systems analysis. I still reside in the Washington metropolitan area.”
Robert Frisbee MC/MPA writes, “Greetings, classmates. After 30 years as a serial entrepreneur, starting and running companies mostly in the electronics space, I have switched to the nonprofit space. I am the CEO (a stretch of a title for an organization with ten people) for the Green Electronics Council. It is a great cause, has global impact, and I am loving it. My wife, Denise, and I continue to ski and whitewater canoe. Our two kids have grown up but stay in touch. We love to hear from classmates.”
James McGuinness MC/MPA recently returned to the bench following a long recovery from a motorcycle accident. “Life is good.”
Gerald Stoughton MCRP, as the director of financial analysis at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been advancing two major projects (the Goethals Bridge and LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building) under public-private-partnership financing structures. It’s the first time his agency has used this approach. His wife, Robin Judson MCRP 1979, is an executive recruiter in Manhattan. Their two children are now out of the house. Their daughter, Kate, graduated from Harvard Business School in 2012. Their son, Andrew, is not (yet) Harvard affiliated. He is at Columbia.
Valerie Bell MPA writes, “During the last 18 years (in which we have lived in St. Louis), I have concentrated mostly on the ‘public administration’ side of my MPA/JD. I have devoted all of my professional time as a volunteer, chairing and serving on boards and initiatives focused on education, diversity, and not-for-profit administration and management. My current pursuit is as chair of the board and CEO of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, an intermediary between the slps (recently provisionally re-accredited) and the St. Louis donor community. We are greatly revising our model. Any wisdom from HKS colleagues would be much appreciated!” Joseph Buonaiuto MC/MPA is a poet (see Nostrovia Poetry Journal) living serenely in one of those gated, golf-coursed, over-55 lunatic asylums in southern California. He recently published an epic work, Mr. McLuhan & Me: An Internet Age Narrative and Baby Boom Memoir, an illuminated manuscript available in color on Kindle for the ridiculously modest price of $2.99. He is currently working on a screenplay based on the dsm-iv.
Elizabeth Cheteny MCRP was recently appointed commissioner of planning for the city of White Plains, New York.
Dan Constant MCRP writes, “Greetings to all my friends in the other (MCRP) category! My, how time flies! Quick update: Married, B21 G19 (both in college). Living in Manhattan Beach. Working at Wells Fargo Commercial Lending. Best to all!”
Lou DeBour MC/MPA writes, “It has been 32 years since I graduated from the Kennedy School. I continue to have fond memories of the school, together with the friends that were made — any of whom I continue to maintain contact with, and many with whom I have lost contact over the years. I do, however, visit the updated campus from time to time. Robert Reich, Michael Dukakis, and Walter Broadnax were just a few of the great teachers I was lucky to have at HKS and retain a relationship with over the years. Look forward to visiting soon.”
Karl Seidman MPP has a new book out this spring, Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina, which documents grassroots rebuilding efforts in six New Orleans neighborhoods and draws implications for post-disaster city recovery and federal policy. The book is an outgrowth of six years of work in New Orleans with his MIT planning classes, including collaborations with HKS’s team in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
Peter Woodrow MC/MPA is now executive director of CDA, a nonprofit organization that conducts collaborative learning processes for international actors in conflict zones, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ferdous Begum MC/MPA recently established an NGO called Active Ageing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “We will be working for the ageing population, especially older women and widows of all ages. We need International support. I am working as the CEO of this organization. I have been appointed as a member of the assessment committee of EDU, which is an intergovernmental organization.”
Barry Freedman MC/MPA began a new position in 2012 as grants manager for Ranken Jordan, a pediatric specialty hospital in St. Louis that treats children with medically complex conditions in a unique, state-of-the art-facility and with a unique model of care. “It’s a truly remarkable place that takes some of the sickest kids in our society, gets them up and out of bed, and allows them to be kids having fun. Eventually they’re able to go home with their families rather than be relegated to a long-term-care institution. For more information, visit rankenjordan.org.”
Kay Collett Goss HKSEE has written a new congressional biography, Mr. Chairman: The Life and Legacy of Wilbur D. Mills. Mills studied constitutional law at Harvard Law School and served longer than any other member of Congress on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
Tom Herman HKSEE served as transition director for Senator Angus King (Independent–Maine).
Jim Lahay MC/MPA celebrated his 24th anniversary at Stifel, an investment banking firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. “I am a senior vice president working in public finance. My focus is public incentives for private developments. I have fond memories of the Kennedy School of Government. It was a great experience.”
Nam Pham MPA, after two years in Vietnam trying to set up a banking operation for a U.S. bank, returned to Boston and became CEO in 2011 of the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (Viet-aid). Viet-aid is a nonprofit whose mission is to build a strong and contributing Vietnamese American community in the Boston area, and a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. “Viet-aid has built the only Vietnamese community center from the ground up and more than 120 housing units. If you are between 18 months and 80 years old there is something for you at the center, including bilingual preschool, teen leadership initiatives, adult day care programs, esl classes, Vietnamese culture and language study, home buyer workshops and small business technical assistance, ballroom dancing, Ping-Pong club, and even Boy Scouts. Viet-aid is only a subway ride from HKS on the Red Line, near Fields Corner station. Remember, Fields Corner is not just a stop but a destination!”
Ed Dietel HKSEE authored the completely revised 15th edition of Designing an Effective Records Retention Compliance Program (West/Thomson Reuters), 2012–2013.
Jody Feerst Litvak MPP writes, “Things have come full circle. I was a guest lecturer at HKS in November for Professor Alan Altshuler’s ‘Urban Politics, Planning & Development’ class. What a thrill! I continue to be a part of the transportation transformation of Los Angeles and loved sharing that story. Walking into Littauer 150, I recalled classes I actually had in that room (P110!!). Also had a great meeting with the school’s California Caucus. Was in and out of town so fast that I was unable to connect with Boston-area friends. My apologies. Do you all believe it’s nearly time for our 30th reunion?”
Effie Malley MC/MPA is excited to be the new executive director of Screening for Mental Health, a national nonprofit in Wellesley. She hopes to see her classmates at next year’s 30th reunion.
Charles Mercer Jr. MPA, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, received (for the second time) the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor granted by a North Carolina governor. The honor was bestowed on him in December 2012 by outgoing Governor Beverly Perdue. The Order is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the selection criteria. Active in community matters for more than 40 years, Charles has served on several boards and commissions and currently serves on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. He is a former member of the Duke University Divinity School Board of Visitors. He also has served on the NC State Banking Commission and the NC Local Government Commission, and he served as chairman of the NC Property Tax Commission. In 2002, former NC Governor Michael Easley appointed Charles to the Commission to Modernize State Finances. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil litigation matters, primarily handling cases for corporate clients. He represents corporations and individuals in state and local tax cases before administrative boards, commissions, and courts. He also advises clients in the areas of government relations and economic development. Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 470 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Arthur Namu MC/MPA has just been appointed by the President of Kenya as chairman of the State Corporations Advisory Committee for a term of three years. This is a key institution charged with an oversight role on the management of state corporations in Kenya.
Joseph Olchefske MPP and Judy Bunnell MPP recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary and became empty nesters when their daughter India left DC for the University of Chicago.
Lindsey Arison MC/MPA, founder and director of the Institute for Sea-Disposed Chemical Weapons (www.isdcw.org), published a breakthrough environmental-science treatise titled The Sea Disposal of Chemical Weapons, now available in print and Kindle on Amazon. Between 1946 and 1990, on the order of 754,975 tons (over 1.5 billion pounds) of chemical weapons were disposed of in European waters alone. At least 21 European nations are now potentially at risk because of the expected toxic effect on marine life and the food chain.
Maria Nuria De Cesaris MPA/ID is involved in politics, trying to change things in her country. “Meanwhile, cooking for my little company Cocina Urbana: Bologna and Napoli pasta sauces, antipasto, peperonatta, and many other delicious things.”
Tom Gardner MC/MPA took a group of students to Vietnam and Cambodia in June 2012, examining the effects of Agent Orange. He was promoted to full professor at Westfield State University, where Evan Dobelle MC/MPA 1984 is president. Son, a high school junior, is looking at colleges and playing soccer. Daughter is at the State Department.
Alison Hughes MC/MPA writes, “The University of Arizona is the first of our state universities at which a woman was appointed president. As chair of the local Women’s Commission, I have organized 36 women’s organizations for an epic reception to celebrate this turning point. Over 300 women are attending. It is a crucial statement about women’s attitudes toward the appointment of a woman to head a major academic institution in our state.”
Michael Pocalyko MC/MPA writes that his novel The Navigator, a literary financial thriller, was published in June by Forge Books, Macmillan Publishers. “It’s a big-ideas book where Wall Street comes to Washington. The plot strokes themes like PTSD and its next-generation effects. Financial regulation. Clandestine intelligence operations. Fathers and sons. Banks too big to fail. Insider tech deals. Political ambition. How the past is never really the past, even if it’s not your own past. And for all of us from HKS, there is a key passage — a valediction — about Richard Neustadt.”
David Brown MPP has coauthored a new book, I Am Your Neighbor – Voices from a Chicago Food Pantry. As a board member of Common Pantry, Chicago’s longest continually operating food pantry, David worked with Roger Wright to allow pantry clients to share their own stories in a book that the Chicago Sun-Times says “would make Studs Terkel proud.” All net sales proceeds go to benefit Common Pantry (commonpantry.org), and the book is available for sale at amazon.com, where it was a best seller in Urban Sociology new releases.
Marie Chevier MPP, PhD 1991 is a professor of public policy at Rutgers University–Camden and chair of the department of public policy and administration. Husband Paul Jargowsky MPP, PhD 1991 is founding director of the Center for Urban Research & Education at RU Camden and also a professor. Marie’s book, Arms Control Policy, came out last August. Marie and Paul live in Philadelphia and are always up for visitors!
James Doane MC/MPA is now consulting with Imagine It CDMA Trade Show in Atlanta. Jim packed away his passport and is now fully retired from foreign-affairs consulting. He is enjoying retirement in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and plays golf frequently.
James Faier MPP writes, “You ask if I have written a book, sailed an ocean, had a baby, or been elected. I continue to be a husband to my wife and a father to my three children and I continue to practice patent and trademark law to put bread on the table. I am grateful to God that I am able to do those things.”
Meg Bowman-Hicks MPP writes, “Frank and I are still happily living in Costa Rica. Glad to have our old friend Mary Barton MPP and family visiting. Also saw Kim Flores MPP and her lovely daughter this year. Someday we’ll get up to a reunion. Meanwhile, there’s Facebook.”
Nadine Hack MC/MPA opened the stock market at six Swiss Exchange with a group of Corporate Women Directors International.
Steve Sleigh MC/MPA became fund director for IAM National Pension and Benefit Trust Funds, returning to his roots in the Machinist Union. The pension is the fifth-largest multi-employer fund in the United States.
Rosario Calderon MC/MPA is in Hanoi with USAID/Vietnam managing climate change programs on clean energy, sustainable landscape, and adaptation. “I have the privilege of working with Minister Cao Duc Phat MPA 1995 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Minister Phat, a visionary leader, cares not only about economic growth and food security and safety, but also about building the resiliency of people living around the Mekong and Red River Deltas, who are very vulnerable to climate change. Vietnam is a beautiful country, with wonderful people and great food! Come and visit me.”
Taher Farahat MC/MPA writes, “Dear all, it has been a long time, full of action, challenges, and postings. I am now the assistant foreign minister of Egypt for the Americas, married with two kids. Since graduation, I have served in our embassies in Vienna, Brasilia, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Kuwait, the last two postings as a consul general in Shanghai and ambassador to Kuwait. It has been very hectic, but exciting. I would love to hear from you!”
Edward Goldstein MPP and Melanie Flamenbaum are the new parents of Russell Elliott, born October 3, 2012. Edward is the senior writer and editor at the Aerospace Industries Association and is an adjunct faculty member at American University and Georgetown University.
Bob Levy MC/MPA was elected to a third four-year term as a Plantation City (Florida) councilman in March. “I received 70 percent of the vote and was selected by my colleagues to be city council president. On March 18, I was especially honored to be selected for the Broward County Senior Hall of Fame. I was one of eight inductees in a ceremony held in May.”
Ole Gunnar Austvik MC/MPA was appointed a professor of energy economics and management at BI Norwegian Business School starting in August 2013. This includes the role of associate dean for the Executive Master of Energy Management Program held together with Institut Français du Petrole, Paris, and UC Berkeley, San Francisco. “I will be on leave from Lillehammer University College. I was also appointed senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in January. My research will concentrate on political economy, European integration, and energy.”
Susan Froetschel MC/MPA writes that her mystery novel, Fear of Beauty, was published by Seventh Street Books/Prometheus in January. Set in rural Afghanistan, the book is about a woman desperate to learn how to read after the death of her son. Fear of Beauty is a story of friends who do the unthinkable and bitter opponents who find common interests. Visit at froetschel.com.
Jody Heymann MPP, PhD 1992, dean of the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, has a new book, Children’s Chances: How Countries Can Move from Surviving to Thriving, written with Kristen McNeill. It urges a shift from focusing on survival to targeting children’s full and healthy development. Drawing on comparative data on policies in 190 countries designed to combat poverty, discrimination, child labor, illiteracy, and child marriage, the authors tell what works to ensure equal opportunities for all children.
Gerald Regier MC/MPA writes, “International travel (18 trips) and consulting has been my life the past three years — along with working on my PhD in public policy and public administration. One quarter to go and then a dissertation! Just completed my fifth trip to Kenya in the past nine months, and last week spoke on transformative leadership at a government conference for 150 candidates for governor. I have been consulting with the Transition Authority of Kenya as it implements the new constitution that calls for a devolved system of government to 47 counties. Elections for the new governors were in March.”
Rodney Ferguson MPP became Winrock International’s president and CEO in April. Rodney succeeded Frank Tugwell, who is retiring after leading Winrock for more than 14 years. Rodney, previously a principal with Lipman Hearne, will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations of Winrock, which has implemented projects in more than 70 countries and throughout the United States in its mission to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Rodney will lead a global staff of over 1,100 with a continued commitment to sustainable development and innovation.
Chris Granda MPP was reelected to the select board of the town of Richmond, Vermont. “I ran unopposed, so the odds were probably in my favor. For my day job, I continue to work designing energy efficiency programs, and to help make the ‘Energiewende’ happen in the United States. Our eldest is 17, and starting to look at colleges. Yikes!”
Merritt Helfferich MC/MPA continues consulting with education institutions for project evaluation. “We spend part of each year in southwestern New Mexico and the remainder in Fairbanks, Alaska. Last fall we made an eastern European capitals 550-mile bicycle trip from Prague to Vienna to Bratislava and finished the trip in Budapest. My daughter, Tryntje Helfferich, had a book published in the spring by Harvard University Press. I’m on the boards of the Interior Alaska Land Trust and the Gila Valley Library, New Mexico. I also work with the Wellness Coalition, Silver City, New Mexico, for support of nonprofits.”
Debra Phillips MC/MPA, founder of Women on Fire®, published the second volume of her award-winning book series. Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!) is available wherever books are sold. Women on Fire, one of the fastest-growing communities of powerful women, inspires and supports women’s dreams and goals to create a better world.
Michael Santoro MPA, PhD 1997 is a coauthor of Wall Street Values: Business Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2013). “What are the economic and moral connections between Wall Street and the overall economy? The book chronicles the transformation of Wall Street’s business model from serving clients to proprietary trading and how this shift undermined the ethical foundations of the financial industry. We advocate vigorous enforcement of the Dodd-Frank Act in the face of Wall Street’s opposition. Effective government regulation isn’t enough, however. Economic prosperity is sustainable only if Wall Street professionals themselves begin an urgently needed conversation about their values and business ethics.”
Pierre Spaninks HKSEE was one of the first independent journalists to participate in DNP Krant, the Dutch-language news app that got press coverage all over the world for adopting the idea of “the journalist as the brand” and letting readers subscribe to the work of individual journalists. Pierre writes on a regular basis about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.
Scott Stucky HKSEE was elected to the executive committees of the Appellate Judges Conference and the Appellate Judges Education Institute of the American Bar Association. He is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.
Deanna Bennett MC/MPA writes, “My new book, Anna: Going to America, is now available on amazon.com. It’s the story of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl who emigrates with her mother in 1914 to join her brothers and sisters in America. Help a starving writer and buy one!”
Michael Jacoby Brown MC/MPA has a new website, MichaelJacobyBrown.com, and an e-news site, The Organizers Edge, doing a variety of training and coaching, mostly for community development corporations. “Just celebrated my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.”
Ray Campbell MC/MPA stepped down as the executive director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium at the end of 2012 to start a consultancy focused on helping organizations use the power of data and analytics to improve performance. “I am fascinated by the data revolution and the implications it has for society, governance, and public policy.”
Arnie Fertig MC/MPA has been contributing each Tuesday to the U.S. News & World Report “On Careers” blog. “I’ve also been named a ‘career expert’ by Careerealism.com in recognition of my work coaching people in the process of hunting for their next job. My site is jobhuntercoach.com.”
Arlene Kirsch MC/MPA is proud to report that she has been appointed as a member of the Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women, a regional body of the Massachusetts Commission, whose mission is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts. The commission stands for fundamental freedoms, basic human rights, and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives.
Deborah Prindle MC/MPA writes, “Greetings, everyone! Since January 2012, I have traveled to 15 different USAID missions in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eurasia, Southeast Asia, and Africa to teach their staff international development project design, serving as USAID’s primary worldwide trainer in this subject, and advising on two project designs as case studies in each of those countries. It’s been fun returning to places I have not seen in decades in some cases, and getting to know some new countries, and very rewarding, though I feel like I have permanent jet lag!”
Gabriela Alurralde Smith MPA is president of Amanter Social Ventures (amanter.org) and cofounder of the Amanter Fund. She designed and launched scholarship and educational programs on topics ranging from health to empowering youth and leadership training. She is a founding investor and board member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and a member of the HKS Dean’s Council and Georgetown’s Board of Regents. Gabriela’s professional background includes supervising education projects for the World Bank. She also received an MA and a BA in economics from UCLA. She is a photographer at heart (gabrielasmithgallery.com). She married Douglas Smith MBA 1979 and is the proud mother of a son and two daughters.
Jacquelyne Weatherspoon MC/MPA reports that her organization, Decisions In Democracy International, presented a workshop at the UN 57th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women, “Winning Strategies for Preventing Violence Against Women Global and National Models,” in March in New York City.
Khaleda Akhter MC/MPA writes, “My golden days at Harvard Kennedy School remind me of beautiful memories and wonderful friends all over the world. I worked for my government in the area of planning and development as a joint chief of the planning commission and am now working as a freelance consultant. My only son — M.S. Raunak, who received a PhD from UMass Amherst — is now working at Loyola University in Maryland. I visit the Kennedy School, Harvard Square, or the Harvard Coop whenever I am in the United States. I do not see many of my classmates’ names in the directory. I do not know about many of my teachers.”
Ship Bright MC/MPA is presently in Prague on a Fulbright, teaching social entrepreneurism at Charles University and, University of Economics, Prague. “I’m thinking that teaching is a rather ‘fine gig’ and figuring out how to keep doing it!”
Mark Brimhall-Vargas MPP reports that lots has happened in the past year. “I have a new job as the deputy chief diversity officer at the University of Maryland and have coedited a book on diversity in higher education, Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity in Higher Education? Drop me a line if you’re in town.”
Angela Duran MPP and her husband, Lill Lewis, announce the birth of Noah James Lewis on December 23, 2012.
Sid Holmes MC/MPA premiered his play, the weight: a vietnam experience, in Philadelphia in January. It is based on 60 hours of interviews with 11 Vietnam veterans. Sid developed the weight with the aim of its becoming incorporated nationwide into narrative therapy programs for veterans.
Francisco Marmolejo HKSEE joined the World Bank as its new lead higher education specialist and higher education coordinator, after 18 years as founding executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).
Gail Murray MC/MPA writes, “Before starting my year at the Kennedy School, I attended a summer refresher math class with Ami Ayalon MC/MPA, who was a commander in the Israeli Navy. He is now one of six ex-Shin Bet leaders seen in the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers. After leaving HKS, Ami was ultimately promoted to head this supersecret domestic counterterrorism agency in Israel. Naturally I was interested in this film featuring my former classmate. Ami gave very frank and thoughtful comments about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, in which he played a key role. I recommend the film, although it is also quite unsettling.”
Jamie Sadler HKSEE retired from federal service seven years ago in Honolulu and then consulted for two years. “Lots of landscaping, painting, and concrete work at the house, some sailing, some auto hobby work, three small sailboat restoration projects completed. We plan to relocate to Portland, Oregon, next year and settle on a few acres with a distant Mount Hood view and an old barn. Found a really big, really old snatch block last year — for the barn. Best wishes to sef 1992 classmates!”
Joel Starr MC/MPA has been named counsel for foreign and military affairs to Senator James Inhofe, the new ranking member on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
Faith Breen MC/MPA is still an online management professor teaching strategic and organizational management. “Recently became a member of The Sulgrave Club in Washington, DC, and am a former copresident of The Kenwood Garden Club. Am now working on establishing The Blue Star Memorial Program that honors servicemen and women for our Garden Club District.”
Mark Haas HKSEE was recently appointed vice president for finance and treasurer by President Lou Anna Simon at Michigan State University. Previously, he held the position of chief deputy treasurer for the state of Michigan.
Bob Norton HKSEE completed 16 years as an advocate for the Military Officers Association of America in March. Bob helped organize support for the new post-9/11 GI Bill that affords veterans free education and a housing allowance at any public college.
Arun Shirole HKSEE writes, “It has been 20 years since we were together at HKS, and, will be a good idea to reconnect, at least via email.”
Peter Boynton MC/MPA has returned to Massachusetts for a position as codirector of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University. The institute is furthering the concept of resilience as the framework for security, and includes lab space for cyber security, civil engineering, sensor, and other security-related research in the academic, industry, and government sectors. He was previously commissioner of emergency management and homeland security for the state of Connecticut, appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, twice confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly, and managed statewide responses to three presidential disaster declarations.
Nina Bruder MPP, after almost 10 years running Bikkurim, an incubator for new Jewish ideas, took a job working for the New Teacher Center as director of the Jewish New Teacher Project, which mentors beginning teachers in schools so that they perform better and stay in the teaching profession longer, thereby improving the quality of education their students receive. Nina lives in Riverdale, New York (in the Bronx), and is married. She and her husband have two elementary-school-age children.
Shaunti Feldhahn MPP writes, “After nine years, just published updated editions of my books For Women Only and For Men Only (which have hit two million sold, in 22 different languages — amazing.) These books help men and women understand the most important surprises about each other, and I hear continually that people buy them because they are analytical and research-based, not just my opinion. All those analysis classes at HKS paid off. Next book is studying the key habits of happily married couples. Fun project! Jeff and I, and our two kids, wish everyone well!”
Panos Konstantopoulos MC/MPA was appointed head of the secretariat of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament in January 2012. The committee is responsible for legislation in the areas of public procurement, professional qualifications, market access for goods and services, technical standards, and consumer protection. He has been living in Brussels, Belgium, since 1995, and has been active in European public affairs since 1980.
Saul Levin MC/MPA was appointed as the interim director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, where he manages $260 million and 740 employees. His responsibilities include ensuring the safety and health of residents and visitors in Washington, DC, through his six administrations of addiction, prevention, and recovery; community health; center for policy and planning evaluation; HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STD, and TB; health emergency preparedness and recovery; health regulations and licensing; and the office of the director.
Sergio Loya HKSEE recently became the first Hispanic elected to his homeowner’s association in northern Virginia. A small feat but a giant step in community diversity.
Michael Moynihan MPA/ID, after getting a PhD at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, recently joined New York City’s Economic Development Corporation as chief economist. “Getting a PhD at Princeton was rewarding, though I missed the evenings at Grendel’s, studying in the Forum, and all the great times at HKS. Other than that, Jane and I are raising our three children, now reaching the teen years, and I am writing when I can and staying involved in the New York tech scene. Hope to catch up with other HKS or KSGers at the next reunion if not sooner.”
Joseph Cerami HKSEE has a new book: Leadership and Policy Innovation — From Clinton to Bush, Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Joe is a senior lecturer and director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He retired from the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, as chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy in 2001.
Andrea (Anglada) Day MPP is happily spending her days as a stay-at-home mom to her two young daughters, and leading a school parent committee. She is married to Jesse Day and they reside in south metro Denver. Prior to having children, Andrea worked as a policy and budget analyst for the governor’s office in Colorado.
Elias Freig MC/MPA, a former federal congressman, integrated and coordinated a special task force at Mexico’s Finance Ministry that made climate change, green growth, and sustainable development a regular core business at the ministry. His team developed a powerful quantifying tool (MEXCAF+M) to assess regional economic impacts of climate change mechanisms and policy. They contributed to the United Nations Climate Change Finance Report. His team (Dr. Theodore Panayotou and Dr. Federico Gallo) crafted a climate change financial architecture based on a portfolio of interacting instruments (CO2 price or tax, CDM, NAMAS, REDD+) that could generate approximately $700 billion for the Green Climate Fund.
John Heidenrich MC/MPA, between consulting gigs in Washington, DC, has written two books whose themes stand at opposite extremes: How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen (2001), and Tongue-Tied With Stomach Knots (An Enlightened Comedy), by (supposedly) Reginald Dipwipple, Secret Agent Extraordinaire (both available on amazon.com). For the latter, John loves living among politicians (he needs the material). His wife, Natasha, is less enamored of political jokes (they keep getting elected). Reggie Dipwipple has a blog at SecretComedy.com. John invites connections on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Meinolf Meyer MPA announces a job change. “I will leave management consulting after six years and go back to the Internet/online industries. As manager of Media Buying Solutions dach for Google, I will look after sales and marketing for newly structured doubleclick products. Very exciting change!”
Jack Needleman PhD was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Jack is a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, director of the HPM, PhD, and research masters programs, and associate director of the UCLA Patient Safety Institute. He previously was made an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of his research on nurse staffing and hospital quality.
Rahul Sur MC/MPA is working as the chief of the Peacekeeping Evaluation Section, in the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services. “It’s an interesting and challenging job, and I’d like to connect with alums who are interested in international affairs, especially in New York City. My personal interests include writing, reading, painting, music, and walking in Central Park.”
Charles Darku MC/MPA has, since September 2009, been the CEO of the Ghana Grid Company. In this capacity, Charles is spearheading the development of Ghana’s wholesale electricity market to allow for increased private sector participation in the electricity market. This will undoubtedly be among sub-Saharan Africa’s leading efforts to introduce private capital in developing electricity infrastructure.
Eddie Duque MPP married his meant-to-be Elsa, from Mexico D.F., at historic Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wilmington, California. “The joyful reception was held in Long Beach, with flamenco guitarist Daveed, and Son Mayor playing hard salsa into the beautiful candlelit evening. The sangria and paella were fabulously delicious. A night of dreams!”
Vince Juaristi MPP was appointed by President Obama to the nine-member board of directors of Digital Promise, a new organization created by Congress to encourage the use of technology in classrooms to help teachers teach and children learn. After returning from a one-year appointment in Afghanistan, Vince launched his new company, Arbola, which provides technology and cybersecurity services to government agencies. After a highly successful first year in 2012, Arbola is one of the fastest-growing companies in America. The name Arbola comes from Gernikako Arbola, the tree of the Basque people, a nod to Vince’s ancestry. Vince also completed a series of signing events for his highly successful book, Back to Bizkaia, the story of a trip that he and his father made to the Basque country of Spain, the birthplace of Vince’s father, to visit family and explore the roots of their heritage after the reign of Franco. All proceeds from the book will go to the Juaristi Scholarship Fund, a foundation set up by Vince in 2005 to help kids go to college.
Takehiko Kusaba MC/MPA is living in Tokyo and working for NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation as director of international cooperation. “Having business trips often and hoping our classmates somewhere on this planet.”
Patrick Mendis HKSEE has been appointed to the advisory board of the Harvard International Review. He was also selected for the Alumnus of Notable Achievement Award by the University of Minnesota. He serves on the HKS Alumni Board of Washington, DC. He was a visiting scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Beijing in spring 2013.
James Nicholson MPP is an expert witness in the assessment of financial damages and related issues in the context of legal disputes (international arbitration). Based in Paris with FTI Consulting since 2007, he is now leading their 10-strong disputes team here and was recently promoted to senior managing director. “The firm is hiring and would be pleased to hear from HKS-ers interested in joining the team. Enjoying life in Paris with wife, Jennifer, and sons, Luke and Oscar, both born here. Always pleased to see old classmates. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
Mark Dion HKSEE is serving a second term in the Maine House of Representatives. “I have been appointed House Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Prior to my election as a state representative, I served three terms as the sheriff of Cumberland County and I am now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney.”
Yasukauzu Fuse MC/MPA wrote his tenth book last December, and is now working on the eleventh. “Cheers!”
Amy Gray MPA is taking a break from DC in 2013, pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher certification and seeking more nature out west. Continuing to cultivate skills as an active citizen in a democracy, including speaking out against corporate consolidation of the state and taking action.
Sergei Konoplyov MC/MPA received the National Order of Faithful Service from Romanian President Basescu for his contribution to the security and stability in the Black Sea region.
Nessa Richman MPP returned from Washington, DC, to her home state of Rhode Island with her family in June 2012. The boutique consulting firm she founded in 2002, Brightseed Strategies, continues to assist clients in government and non-profit sectors to create economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable food systems. Her current clients include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wallace Center at Winrock International, Wholesome Wave, and the Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership.
Carrie Smith MPP writes, “After a three-year battle, my husband and I won a court appeal and were able to adopt our three foster children this past December. Our appeal win also puts into case law a big fix for Ohio policy that had been making foster-care adoption unnecessarily difficult. Since then, our three kids (Wisdom, 13, Josh, 12, and Haley, 8) have been keeping us hopping!”
Sarah Boyce Borzilleri MC/MPA recently returned from a month-long journey with her family through Crimea and southern Russia, where she scouted wine regions and viewed platforms for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. “I am enjoying work in NYC and the Hamptons consulting in areas of Russian exchange, fundraising, and leadership recruitment and would enjoy hearing from classmates interested in the region or Russian ventures largely. I can be reached via email at email@example.com.”
David Gray MPA is head pastor of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and director of the Workforce and Family Program at the New American Foundation. His book, Practicing Balance: How Congregations Can Promote Harmony in Work and Life, tells Americans why they should take work-life imbalance seriously.
Jenny Korn MPP was invited as a panel presenter to speak on racism and YouTube at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin last March. “Feel free to contact me at www.facebook.com/JenKorn or on Twitter @JennyKorn.”
Peregrine Russell-Hunter HKSEE serves as the deputy director of the Defense Office of Hearings & Appeals and served as the acting director from 2008 to 2009. He served on the Joint Security and Suitability Process Reform Team from June of 2007. There he worked with SMG classmate Vincent Dennis HKSEE. The team earned the DNI’s Meritorious Unit Citation. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches trial advocacy and civil litigation practice. He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Hannah, 15, Sarah, 12, and Malcolm, 9.
Marie-Christine Ryckaert MC/MPA is working in South Africa, in KwaZulu Natal’s rural Umkhanyakude District. She costarted an NGO called Mpilonhle (mpilonhle.org), which deals with adolescent health.
Amr Abdallah MC/MPA writes, “The year 2012 was very exciting and busy for me and my wife, Noura. I moved to DC and accepted a job with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems as part of the Middle East team. Also, I was blessed with having my second child, Farah. I am the proud father of two lovely girls, Farida and Farah. Living in DC is a rewarding experience. It is good to meet and catch up with a lot of old friends and make new ones in the DC area in 2013.”
Hazel Edney MC/MPA writes, “I still love speaking! I spoke at MLK Day breakfast this year. I own a newswire (TriceEdneyWire.com), just credentialed by the Congressional Press Gallery. Received numerous journalist awards, including the Truth Award from the National Congress of Black Women in 2012, a Living Legend citation from Black America Web, and the Career Achievement Award from New America Media, where I was also the dinner keynote speaker. I am president of the Capital Press Club and I’m studying to become a licensed minister at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church here in DC. Still working on my book and not married!”
Linda Freeman MC/MPA is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at East Carolina University in North Carolina. “Would love to hear from any of my classmates!”
David Hochschild MPP was appointed by Governor Brown to be a commissioner on the California Energy Commission, where he is focused on advancing renewable energy in the state. California is now installing some of the largest solar power projects in the world and is on its way to getting a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Erik Jorgensen MC/MPA has been elected in Maine House District 115 as a state representative from Portland.
Marge Medd MPA was honored to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from Tufts University in May. The award was for a lifetime of service to the fields of education, health, economic development, the arts, and children’s issues. Marge has served through a variety of appointed, elected, and volunteer positions, and her impact and influence have ranged from local to national in scope. “To be so recognized by one’s alma mater is most rewarding,” she writes.
Raghu Narain MPA and Isis (AB 1998) welcomed their first baby daughter, Aria Lily Narain, on January 25, 2012. Raghu, Isis, and Aria currently reside in Hong Kong and are happy to hear from classmates.
Philo Alto MPA/mba writes, “I would like to update the class in regards to a recent impact investing forum that my nonprofit organization Asia Community Ventures and The Rockefeller Foundation organized in Hong Kong last March. Over 400 participants from 15 countries shared their thoughts and experiences regarding the impact investing economy in East and Southeast Asia. An Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) grant challenge was simultaneously launched with details at asiacommunityventures.org/ieif. Please let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.”
John Beatty MC/MPA still lives in Manhattan with his wife, Whitney. John is a senior trial associate at the firm of Kramer Dilloff Livingston & Moore, where he specializes in representing people injured in serious accidents and other negligence and medical malpractice cases. He aspires to own his own sustainable free-range farm someday, and spends every weekend looking for the right property. He would love to hear from HKS friends who are involved in farming. John and Whitney would enjoy hosting dinners and catching up with any HKS folks passing through New York City for business or pleasure.
Emil Krsteski HKSEE recently published the book America Up-Close, with chapters on American domestic and foreign policy during President Obama’s first term. This is his fifth book on international politics and international relations. Emil is a journalist and PhD candidate in the field of international politics at the State University in Skopje, Macedonia. For the past two years he has lived and worked in New York City. You can also visit emilkrsteski.blogspot.com.
Marcel Lettre MPP has been working for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Rosemary Powers MC/MPA was promoted in January to deputy chief of staff for government affairs in the office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, after serving for two years as senior director of government affairs. In her role, Rosemary is responsible for devising and supporting the governor’s legislative agenda. She is the point of contact in the governor’s office for elected officials at the state and local levels while also overseeing the governor’s DC office and federal interactions. Before joining the governor’s office, she served as chief of staff at the MassDEP and as chief of staff to Senator Jack Hart.
Frank Aum MPP has been working as a political appointee in the Pentagon since January 2010. “In October 2012, I began as the senior country director for Korea, focusing on North Korea issues. In my job, I work closely with two other classmates, Capt. Craig Blakely MC/MPA and Col. Tony Cho MC/MPA, who work in Joint Staff Northeast Asia Division.”
Patricia DeGennaro MC/MPA was selected for a Franklin Fellowship at the State Department and joined USAID’s Office of Civil Military Cooperation as a policy advisor.
Marcela Escobari MPP just marked her fifth anniversary as executive director at Harvard’s Center for International Development. “The center continues to incubate great ideas on how to get countries out of poverty, and it has been fun to see it grow in the past few years. I was recently selected as a Young Global Leader for 2013 by WEF (see page 8), which is definitely stretching the definition of young, but I’m looking forward to traveling to Myanmar with this group in June. We’re still in Boston with two young boys (Nico and Lucas) who keep us happily busy.”
Mark Fedor MC/MPA is finishing his two-year tour as commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Mohawk in Key West, Florida. On a recent patrol, Mohawk interdicted five smuggling vessels and seized 1,032 kilograms of cocaine and 600 pounds of marijuana. The crew also detained 13 drug smugglers who will face legal prosecution in either the United States or their home country. This summer, Mark will be promoted to captain (o-6) and assume duties as the chief of enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami. He’ll be responsible for law enforcement activities throughout the Caribbean.
Cynthia Hogle MC/MPA is currently based at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, as a social scientist research analyst supporting military operations in Afghanistan. Having returned from a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan in March 2012, she writes and speaks on politics, public diplomacy, and civil-military relations. As a volunteer, Cynthia manages several projects to further Afghan women’s rights and to benefit veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Melodie Jackson MC/MPA was recently appointed senior associate dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs at HKS (see page 4).
Lynne Lyman MPA was hired in 2012 as the California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a national advocacy organization trying to end the war on drugs. “I am just thrilled, as in addition to doing amazing work, DPA is the first organization where I have truly been able to exercise the policy and advocacy skills I honed at HKS.”
Kathleen MacKenzie HKSEE is trying to increase wind-produced kilowatts in Ontario, Canada, by managing public affairs for a Toronto-based renewable energy developer.
Carlos Osorio MPP writes, “2012 was expedition year! Himalayas and Antarctica were training grounds for my 2014 Everest Expedition. 2013 will be the year of Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. Became faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the start-up grew to become a teenager.”
David Rice MC/MPA is a professor at New York University teaching international development and African geopolitics, and is writing about Africa for Fortune Magazine. He has also started a consulting firm called Development Equity Partners, which specializes in advising investors and businesses on investing in emerging markets. David spent the summer of 2013 teaching development economics at the University of Nairobi.
Margaret Stock MPA is an attorney based in Anchorage, Alaska, and a lieutenant colonel (retired) in the U.S. Army. Her book, Immigration Law & the Military, is a one-stop resource on military-related immigration issues.
Swarnim Wagle MPA/ID was awarded a PhD degree in 2012 by the Australian National University for the thesis “Essays in Policy Reforms in Trade, Investment and Taxation.” “I moved back to the United States to take up a new job at the UNDP Human Development Report Office in New York. And I became a first-time father to a baby boy.”
Wayne Bell HKSEE was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown as real estate commissioner for the state of California. As commissioner, Wayne is the chief officer of the California Department of Real Estate. He will oversee the licensing and regulation of approximately 415,000 real estate licensees and certain mortgage loan originators, and is responsible for a statewide staff. Wayne previously served as chief counsel and assistant commissioner for legal policy and recovery at the department, and has been actively engaged in collaborative and intergovernmental efforts to combat real estate and mortgage fraud.
A. Stephanie Brancaforte MPP is building up the Assistance Coordination Unit, which is the proto-governmental aid and recovery body for Syria. Previously, she was in New Zealand writing a novel, and before that a campaign director at the global campaigning organization Avaaz, where she largely focused on supporting the Arab Spring movements.
Charles Cox HKSEE has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation. The foundation is responsible for the oversight, administration, and finances of both the Financial Accounting Standards Board and its counterpart for state and local government, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
James Harvey HKSEE is lead author of The Superintendent’s Fieldbook (Corwin Press, 2013), a blend of leadership theory and hands-on advice for school superintendents incorporating lessons from the Kennedy School and a study mission to Finland, France, and England that James led in 2012. James is a doctoral student at Seattle University, with a dissertation focused on linking fourth-grade reading benchmarks in the National Assessment of Educational Progress with comparable benchmarks on the Progress on International Reading Literacy survey, which involves several dozen nations.
Matthew Hennessy HKSEE writes, “Business continues to grow at Tremont Public Advisors, where I am managing director. We received some great news from Campaign & Elections Magazine, which named me as one of the top political consultants in the country for 2012. In January, the magazine included me in their “Influencers 500” list, which includes the most influential political strategists from across the country. Always fun to be recognized by your peers!”
Jeffrey Jones HKSEE published his first novel, Heat, in November 2011, based on the true story of a doctor who goes to the Low Country of South Carolina in the 1960s to cure indigents of diseases caused by malnutrition and parasites. His complex character is the focus of the novel.
Tunji Kalapo HKSEE attended the LID program while serving as secretary/policy advisor of Independent Policy Group, a non-governmental policy think tank of President Obasanjo, in partnership with development partners UNDP, Ford Foundation, Soros Foundation, and Africare. “Before then, I had pursued a successful career in corporate management for about 20 years, exiting in 1999 as divisional chief and head of human resources of Nigeria Coca-Cola Bottling Company. In 2003, I was appointed as an ambassador and served from 2004 to 2007 as high commissioner of Nigeria to Ghana. While serving in Ghana, I also attended HKSEE program NIS (in 2006), and these programs with my diplomatic assignment and subsequent training/development at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (GMAP) have since redefined and redirected my post-ambassadorial career trajectory. I have been engaged in university teaching at different Nigerian institutions since then as a practitioner/scholar, and I am presently an associate professor in international affairs at Afe Babalola University in AdoEkiti, Nigeria, a fast-growing and prestigious private university. My small book (120 pages) on Nigeria-Ghana relations and challenges and prospects, a product of my reflections and perspectives (with a foreword by former President Obasanjo), has just been published by Kraftbooks Nigeria. I feel proud of having attended Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education; it has greatly transformed my career, and I feel intellectually and professionally fulfilled.”
Keith Koenemann MC/MPA has written First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley. The book chronicles the life of Daley, from his beginnings as an average kid in an Irish American neighborhood to his iron-fisted rule of Chicago for 22 years. The more than 100 exclusive interviews Keith conducted result in a gripping, up-close account of an American political legend.
Dal LaMagna MC/MPA, after selling Tweezerman, spent the past eight years as a peace activist and then a responsible capitalist activist. “I wrote Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right. Check it out at RaisingEyebrows.com. I took over IceStone in Brooklyn, New York, which makes countertops out of recycled glass and cement. The company had lost $22 million in eight years. I empowered the employees — giving them 10 percent of the company and embedding them in all levels of decision making. We got to breakeven last October, when Hurricane Sandy delivered five feet of water into the factory.”
Shawn Malone MPP has accepted a position as deputy regional director for southern Africa with FHI360, a development nonprofit advancing integrated, locally driven solutions in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, and technology.
Oscar Schiappa-Pietra MC/MPA advises The World Bank on social development and conflicts related to extractive industries in Peru. Oscar is CEO of AgroAndino SRL, a leading global producer of goldenberry (Physalis) under organic and fair trade standards, and representative of The Vine Trust, a Scottish charity operating two medical ships that provide free medical services to tens of thousands of indigenous peoples in Peru’s Amazon basin.
Donna Tesiero MC/MPA has released the paperback edition of The Choosing Time. It is available at amazon.com and other major book retailers. Kirkus Reviews calls it “a smart, entertaining YA historical novel.” For more information, visit the-choosing-time.com.
John Bridges HKSEE was appointed president and CEO of the National Graduate School of Quality Management, an accredited institution governed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. John served as interim president and chief operating officer during 2012 and was appointed president during January 2013.
Carolyn Dresler MC/MPA recently started at the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA as the associate director for medical and health sciences. “I came to HKS to redirect my career into the tobacco control policy area. Since then I’ve worked in the international and U.S. state level tobacco control positions. Now, I get to take part in the groundbreaking work at the federal level of regulating a legal product that kills 50 percent of the people who use it as designed. Also, following on my independent study project with Steve Marks, we have started the growing International Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network.”
Hasan Fitaihi MPP completed a fantasy novel. “I call it Death of Satan. It is being sold at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Foyel, Waterstone, and many other retailers. For a full list, Google my name ‘Hasan Fitaihi’ and ‘Death of Satan.’ It is being published by Raider International. I hope you have a good read and that you grace me with your comments.”
Maria Guerra-Mesa MC/MPA, after being minister of ICT for almost four years, has her own consulting firm, working in public policy, higher education, and communications issues. “Recently I have been working with former President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe as national coordinator of the programmatic agenda and workshops for the new political party. My husband, Jens, is the president of FEDEPALMA. My sons: Juan completed an MBA, Pedro finished veterinary medicine, and Carlos is studying economics and political science.
Justus Ituli HKSEE is a hydro engineer (groundwater, geotechnical/foundation treatment). Justus retired from formal public service and is currently a consultant in his areas of expertise. He was recently appointed to a panel of experts in dam construction projects and is widely involved in public service, “in our newly devolved system of government seeking for ways to assist local communities to acquire clean and potable water: a means of addressing some areas of MDGS.”
Shyam Kannan MPP/up is managing director of planning for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He is working on the authority’s strategic plan, which sets priorities for the next ten years of the system as well as impacts the region’s growth and competitiveness for the next half century.
Matthew Kohut MC/MPA coauthored Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential with former Belfer Center communications director John Neffinger. He and Neffinger are partners with Seth Pendleton MC/MPA 2005 in KNP Communications, which is based in Washington, DC. (Read Matt’s profile of Cody Keenan on page 20.)
Michael Passante MPP and Sarak Ardestani were married on November 10, 2012, at Morais Vineyards in Bealeton, Virginia. Sarak is from northern Virginia and works for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an internet technology consultant for the government. Michael is from New Jersey and works as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, helping run the Housing Subcommittee, writings laws, and giving policy advice on banking, housing, and insurance issues. “Please get in touch in the New Jersey or DC areas.”
Nathanael Smith MPA/ID published a book called Principles of a Free Society in 2010. It’s a rather sweeping political philosophy, but its main purpose is to make the case for open borders, grounded in human rights. “I think I really wanted to start a movement, without considering the odds of that very high. Since then I’ve become a contributor to the blog Open Borders, which tries to make the case to the world. Open borders is almost certainly the best way to alleviate world poverty.”
Frances Sun MC/MPA moved to Shanghai to be managing director of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-headquartered consulting firm focused on GR and new market entrance. “Please let me know if you come to Shanghai!”
Michelle Thornhill MC/MPA was recently named Wells Fargo’s senior vice president for strategy and integration management. In her new role, Michelle is responsible for providing strategic leadership consultation in support of Wells Fargo’s diversity and inclusion business goals and objectives. She brings more than 15 years of experience developing consumer initiatives for diverse audiences in the financial services and nonprofit sectors. A mother of two young boys, Michelle also serves as a cochair of the advisory board for New Leaders of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dawn Marie Williams HKSEE and her husband, Greg, who recently retired from the Army have launched their new business venture — DVDQuik — providing DVD rental kiosks in Virginia. Also Dawn Marie started a new position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a program analyst with the Food and Nutrition Service.
Kevin Winge MC/MPA was named executive director of Project Open Hand in San Francisco in 2012. Project Open Hand is a pioneering nonprofit organization providing nutritious meals to people living with critical illness and seniors in the Bay Area. Kevin also cofounded Acacia Global, an international nongovernmental organization that meets basic human needs and addresses social justice issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
MD Bodiozzaman HKSEE has written two books. “One is on learning spoken and written English and the other is on computer skills. Another book is in the final stages before publishing. I have been working on internal controls systems for government offices to monitor and control their budgets.”
Gerald Culliton HKSEE, director of the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System in New York, received the Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious) at a ceremony in Washington, DC, recently. Gerald was recognized by the president and the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a sustained career of accomplishments in the Senior Executive Service. This award is presented to a small percent of senior executives. Gerald is among a cadre of elite leaders in the federal sector, noted for his efforts to improve care and services to veterans in New York/New Jersey and nationally.
Regis DeSilva MC/MPA became executive chair of Global Medical Knowledge, Inc., which is an all-volunteer group providing health care and medical education to under-resourced countries. “In our first year of operations we obtained a grant from the GE Foundation to provide maternal and child health in Honduras. GMK also participated in a conference organized by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health held in Botswana in November 2012. The intention is to help develop medical education for five new medical schools in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho, and Mozambique.”
David Eagles MPP completed his leave with the Romney Presidential Transition Team in Washington earlier in the year. He is the vice president for change management at Waste Management, the world’s largest waste and recycling services company. Prior to that, he was WM’s VP and business partner for finance, recycling, and energy services, and the VP of strategy and program management for Oakleaf Global Holdings. David has also served in leadership roles at the U.S. Treasury and as an advisor to the secretary of housing and urban development. David and Gabriela also recently became proud parents of a new baby boy!
Diana Hoover Samarasan MC/MPA is proud to share her organization’s first major publication: “One on Seven.”
Ryan Lambert MPP and Holly Bagzis were married on October 20, 2012, at Harvard’s Memorial Church in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Jack Sara of Bethlehem Bible Church. In a year full of travel, in February they were engaged in Paris, immediately traveled to the Holy Land for a Christian ceremony, and after their Boston wedding honeymooned in Bora Bora. Their work as executives at Astanza Laser took them to 15 countries in business development activities for their tattoo removal laser manufacturing business.
Trudy Lewis HKSEE, since her participation in the Practice of Trade Policy, Economics Negotiations and Rules in 2005, gained MSC in international trade policy in 2008 and was promoted to senior trade specialist in 2009 in the Ministry of Trade in Trinidad and Tobago. “The course was helpful in confirming my interest in this career and served as a key introduction to a U.S. perspective on international trade. I would love to know if many of my classmates are still in the trade profession.”
Sam Marks MPP is vice president at Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, where he manages the group’s $5 million community development grants budget and works with its Community Development Finance Group to manage its $500 million portfolio of loans and investments in affordable housing and economic development throughout New York City and, at times, the United States and internationally as well.
Eloise Pasachoff MPA received the 2012 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law from the Education Law Association. She is currently an associate professor of law at Georgetown University. She lives in DC with her husband, four-year-old son, and one-year-old daughter.
Matthew Stephenson MPP, after seven years working at the State Department on economic policy and programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Turkey, and the Middle East, decided to get a PhD in political economy. “I am now studying at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, nestled between the WTO, UN, banks, and Alps. It’s also where I was born, so I get to visit my father more often. I’m working on FDI and economic reforms in China and India, and will be spending time in both countries; I am also trying to improve my Mandarin. Please say hello if you come through Geneva!”
Gregory Touhill HKSEE is retiring from the Air Force after a 30-year career. Now serving as the chief information officer for the United States Transportation Command, he has commanded at the wing, group, and squadron levels; served as a defense attaché; and been on three combat tours. Greg intends to transition to a career in the commercial sector where he can leverage his expertise in cybersecurity to defend America’s business and critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Gagik Yeghiazarian MC/MPA has, in the past two years, started Cosmopolitan in Armenia (now the best magazine in Armenia) and Forbes Georgia (most-read magazine in Georgia) and is about to launch Forbes Armenia. “These magazines, I believe, are changing Armenia and Georgia, helping people get new vision and live a better life. I have also joined a very talented team of developers to rival Skype, Viber, ooVoo, Tango, and Fring altogether with revolutionary proprietary technology — Zangi — Livecom operator that changes the way we communicate! Will be the first on FB and non-smartphones soon, with HD quality video and live voice! Excited!!”
Leonardo Beltran MPA/ID was appointed by the President of Mexico in December 2012 as deputy secretary for energy planning and transition at the Mexican Secretariat of Energy.
Beto Bolaños HKSEE is starting a new project: SwissShop.mx.
Brendan Boyle MPP was just sworn in to his third term as a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania. This term he will serve on the House Appropriations Committee as well as the labor and insurance committees.
Sylvia Clute MPA presented a workshop in April at the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution annual conference in Chicago, with J. Kim Wright and Pauline Tesler, on the major legal revolution that is under way. “The workshop, ‘Reading the Tea Leaves: This Legal Revolution Has Begun,’ updated lawyers and judges on the developing shift from a punitive system of law to one that is more restorative and healing, what I call ‘unitive justice.’ This legal revolution is the subject of my book, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution.”
Bernie Henderson HKSEE, since retiring as senior deputy secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010, has been serving as director for family and community relations at Woody Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Richmond. “I authored the section ‘The Governor and His Cabinet’ in Governing Virginia, a college-level textbook published in 2012. I am currently teaching a course, ‘Final Farewell to Our Presidents,’ about the deaths and funerals of presidents of the United States, at the Osher Institute of the University of Richmond. I am also serving as vice president of the board of directors of Jewish Family Services of Richmond.”
Richard Moore MC/MPA writes, “My experience at HKS continues to fuel my personal and professional life. I and another fellow created a company, ParaTech Global, that has patents around the world to stabilize and recycle red mud, a dangerously high pH alumina refinery waste responsible for the deaths of 10 people three years ago in Hungary. We are now in negotiations for contracts in three countries, to begin with, to process millions of tons of red mud into an out performance ingredient in ceramic/cement building products. Using our process eliminates this dangerous waste and transforms an alumina refinery into a fully sustainable enterprise.”
Christopher Mora MPA was recently promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and was named by New Orleans City Business Magazine to its annual list of the top 50 lawyers across the greater New Orleans region. In April 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the NATO command’s chief international and operational law advisor.
Varad Pande MPA/ID is advising Professor Abhijit Banerjee of MIT on the UN secretary general’s panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), on which he sits. “This is a remarkable experience, not only because Prof. Banerjee himself is an iconic thought leader on development, but also because the panel brings together the most creative minds from around the world for charting the post-2015 agenda, while listening to the various stakeholders involved. Its a treat to hear the panelists, and motivating to be able to contribute, in a small way, to the shaping of the panel’s agenda.”
Patricia Paul HKSEE, an attorney, was a panel speaker on a panel, Women in Leadership, organized by the 2013 Skagit Human Rights Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington, in March.
Michele Weslander-Quaid HKSEE joined Google in April 2011, where she serves as the chief technology officer for their federal sector and as an innovation evangelist. Prior to Google, she spent nearly 20 years in the national security community, including nine years as a senior executive in the U.S. government. In addition to her duties at Google, Michele serves on various boards and does stem and leadership outreach for K–12 and universities.
Giles Whiting MPP has recently taken the position of chief of staff at TeleTech Holdings Inc., a global technology company focused on the customer experience. From consulting to operations and managed services, TeleTech employs 45,000 individuals across 90 countries to deliver superior customer experiences for the world’s largest and most respected companies. Giles reports to TeleTech’s chairman and CEO and works from the company’s global headquarters in Denver.
Ruben de Lara HKSEE writes, “I launched SHED as a campaign movement to help end poverty, underpinned by microfinance. SHED, the acronym for Serving Humanity through Empowerment and Development, was founded on three fundamental beliefs: Ending poverty is possible only in an environment where responsibility is shared across all sectors of society; knowing fully that microfinance alone is not enough, a holistic or an integrated approach is a must to end poverty; there must be a continuing transformation of the minds, hearts, and soul, of all according to gospel-driven universal values.
Ersin Esen MPP joined the United Nations Environment Program as the project manager of the Project for Ecosystem Services. The project is being implemented in Chile, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam. He was previously a development planning expert at Turkey’s State Planning Organization.
Emily Felt MPA/ID is busy raising her daughters Hana, 5, and Louisa, 1, with husband Greg Corrin. Still located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and working now at Duke Energy as a leader in their renewable energy strategy group.
Robin Hamilton MC/MPA is the DC-based correspondent for the Tribune Television group. She recently won a Gracie Award with her news team for a locally produced documentary she hosted.
Chris Lyttle HKSEE, a Frank Knox Fellow, was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast East in May 2011. You can follow his progress at chrislyttle.com and @Chris_Lyttle.
Christopher Maloney MPA/ID, after five years with McKinsey & Company working primarily on agriculture economic development projects across Africa, left the firm to become the new director for development policy at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). “In this role I manage the country selection and termination process and work with MCC leadership on a range of broader strategic questions.”
Derek Mercer MPP recently moved with his family to Amman, Jordan, where he works as a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Embassy. Derek is married to Heather, and they have two boys: Eliot, three years, and Finlay, eight months.
Rodolfo Neirotti MC/MPA is the honorary director of and cofounder of the Heart Institute of Aracajú in the state of Sergipe in Brazil. He is also advising several centers of pediatric cardiovascular surgery in the developing world. Recently, as a guest speaker at the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Cape Town, South Africa, gave a lecture in the plenary session: “Global Humanitarian Cardiac Care: Social, Economic and Political Considerations.”
Shannon O’Neil PhD, senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. “While thugs have been grabbing the headlines, Mexico has undergone an unprecedented and under-publicized political, economic, and social transformation,” Shannon argues. “The United States is making a grave mistake by focusing on the politics of antagonism toward Mexico. Rather, we should wake up to the revolution of prosperity now unfolding there.”
Kanwar Singh MPA/ID and Maneet joyfully welcomed their son Arjan on February 10.
Andrew Stober MPP received an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2012. The fellowship allowed him to take a month off from his work as chief of staff in Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Utilities to meet with transportation and waste management leaders in Australia and Taiwan. During his travels he met up with Lisa George MPP in Sydney. 2013 got off to a good start, taking in the inaugural parade with PAE partner Yiaway Yeh MPP.
Hilda Zacarias MC/MPA was recently elected to serve as a college trustee for the Allan Hancock College District serving northern Santa Barbara County in California. Hilda, an alumnia of Allan Hancock College, unseated a 12-year incumbent and will serve a four-year term.
Brian Connors MPP has been working, since 2012, for the state of Michigan as China business development manager, creating jobs by attracting Chinese companies to the state and coordinating inter-governmental exchanges.
Jill Gentry Leandro MPP and her husband, Robb Leandro, welcomed their second child and daughter, Giselle, on October 12, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the family resides. Jill continues to work at SAS Inc. in the field of education policy.
Sharaz Khan MC/MPA 2007 writes, “Two-rrific twins and teaching — Ali and Azra are their names, and what blessings from above! Instructor at the University of Calgary and conditioning, persuading the students with Heifetz view of the world. Some are drinking the Kool-Aid!”
Kai-yan Lee MPP, after serving as the head of real estate industry at the World Economic Forum for almost three years, has bid farewell and assumed the role of chief U.S. representative for China Vanke, the world’s biggest residential developer, to head its entry, operation, and expansion in the United States.
Samuel Lee MPP, Sechin, and their two-year-old son Lex welcomed the latest addition to the family in October 2012 — a baby boy named Logan. Sam is currently a part of the Open Data Initiative at the World Bank, specifically on a program that seeks to make financial data about the bank’s activities more transparent, engaging, and reusable for development stakeholders (finances.worldbank.org).
Brian Selander HKSEE writes, “Kids and families need a place to watch sports without the beer ads, steroids, and scandals that make up most coverage. So I left my job as chief strategy officer for Governor Jack Markell to help launch The Whistle — a sports and entertainment network for the next generation of fans that includes Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Mia Hamm, and the NFL as investors.”
Anupam Shome MPP has taken a position as the head of strategy and business development for Spark Networks — the parent to J-Date, Christian Mingle, and the Gospel Media Group. He is currently building a platform that will bring the best in technology to churches and temples to aid them as they serve the Lord. He is interested in acquisitions in the faith-based space and happy to talk at any time via LinkedIn.
Alen Taletovic HKSEE has served, since 2011, as minister for justice and administration in the government of Tuzla Canton, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Three weeks ago, I got a new baby.”
Jaime Trejo MPP 2007 has worked in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors since graduation. Outside of work, he was recently elected treasurer of the board of directors for Mission Graduates, a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K–12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education.
Lawrence Walmsley MPA and Sophie Thomashausen were married in a beautiful ceremony in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal, on September 1, 2012. Sophie has recently moved to New York from London, where she worked as an infrastructure and energy lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP. She is currently a law fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group, an organization providing free legal advice to states emerging from conflict. Lawrence is CEO and cofounder of Culture Fuels, Inc., an algae-to-fuel start-up with headquarters in New York and operations in Florida.
Javier Arguello MC/MPA opened a Brain Excel center in Boston in April, which stemmed from the organization’s experience and growth in the greater DC area. “Our centers identify exactly how each person learns by assessing the relative strength of their cognitive skills, which allows us to develop an individualized program to strengthen their skills through one-on-one training. We improve visual and auditory processing, memory, attention, critical reasoning, and other core skills for learning effectively. I look forward to expanding operations to other markets. Please drop me a line if you are interested in learning more or collaborating.”
Barrett Berry MC/MPA launched a social entrepreneurial venture with a focus on economic and community development in Indiana named Empowered Living Development Corporation and a television program titled Empowered Living with Barrett Berry.
David Bibo MPP was promoted to senior director for preparedness policy on the staff of the White House National Security Council, where he has served since November 2011. He was also appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service.
Ryan Buckley MPP writes, “My company now employs 11 and we raised another multimillion, dollar round of financing. Scripted.com keeps growing every quarter and I learn new things every day about selling, managing, and building products. Still have my eye on the prize — public office in California about 15 years from now. On the side, I also built Grouplez.com — a simple group emailing app. It might help you organize your lists, campaigns, committees . . . anything involving email. I’d love your feedback on both projects.”
Keith Curry HKSEE 2008, 2011, a graduate of the HKS executive programs in Driving Government Performance (2008) and Mastering Negotiation (2011), has been reelected to a one-year term as mayor of Newport Beach, California. Keith previously served as mayor in 2010.
Antonia De Meo MC/MPA was appointed deputy representative of UNICEF in Sri Lanka, based in Colombo, in October 2012. Shifting from a humanitarian to a development focus, UNICEF in Sri Lanka seeks to reduce disparities, promote children’s rights, and advocate for equitable services. “This is my seventh duty station in international development, and my first in South Asia.”
Charles de Segundo MPA writes, “Hi, all! The quick version: Moved to New York City after graduation. Married 2009 (to Courtney, whom I met at HBS). Honeymoon: Ecuador. Daughter, Adele, born 2012, in New York, just before the Olympics ended. Still have fond memories of the HKS trip to Lebanon in 2008. Working at PIMCO (an investment management firm), and have been there since leaving HKS.”
Alex Gallo MPP just came up on his first anniversary working on the Hill. “I have been serving on the House Armed Services Committee, and my portfolio includes Middle East and Africa policy for the full committee. Also, Ann and I are expecting our second child in May — a girl!”
Cody Keenan MPP, following President Obama’s reelection, was promoted in January to assistant to the president and director of speechwriting at the White House. (Read a more in-depth profile of Cody.)
Omar Khan MPA went back to join the government of Pakistan after graduation, and after serving the government for a couple of years, he is presently working as an advisor to the UK government’s Department for International Development and is based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He enjoys traveling and trekking and lives with spouse Fariha and two young kids, Asad and Saad.
Jessica Lin Kimble MPP is still working in the energy sector of the World Bank group. She recently got married and gave birth to the couple’s son, Tristan.
Matt McCourt MPA, joint degree with Kellogg MBA, and his wife, Alison, welcomed their first child. Charles Shafer McCourt is a happy and healthy boy living with Mom and Dad in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston.
Margaux McDonald MPA is getting back in touch with her Canadian roots by working as the communications director of a political campaign north of the border. Despite the lure of those Canadian winters, Margaux still calls Boston home, and is also tackling the wondrous world of online education in her role at the Broad Institute/MIT in Cambridge.
Max Milz MPP moved to Beijing for three years to work as a manager for strategic projects at Siemens Ltd. China, the Chinese subsidiary of a major multinational active in power generation and transmission, medical equipment, and various infrastructure businesses.
Yasmin Padamsee Forbes MC/MPA writes, “Having worked in Myanmar since January 2009, I am fortunate to have witnessed momentous changes. The democratization of the political system has been stupendous! In 2009, the media was stifled and today — four years later — the media is one of the freest in Asia. Political exiles are now working alongside their former adversaries. People are flocking to Nay Pyi Taw (once the “jungle capital” but today the Marvelous Land of Oz!). As the director on the HKS alumni board, I can connect you to the 18 HKS alumni. Let me know if you need information.”
Joseph Pfeifer MC/MPA saw his article, “Crisis Leadership: The Art of Adapting to Extreme Events,” published by HKS’s Program on Crisis Leadership as a discussion paper. Joe combines academic research with first-hand experiential knowledge of managing major disasters (including 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy) and defines crisis leadership as the art of getting others to adapt to novelty.
Leonardo Radomile MC/MPA is currently giving lectures to Chinese hedge funds on the qualities of high-performance organizations and how to implement them. He is also exploring the intriguing possibility of a summer faculty appointment at Beijing University.
Tai Sunnanon MPP has been named president of the board for the United States Peace Corps Association.
Shehzad Tarique HKSEE has just relocated from the United States to Nepal as an IMF advisor to Rastra Bank (Central Bank). “Otherwise continue to play golf and enjoy working travel.”
Martin Alintuck MC/MPA recently had a two-part series in the Metro West News (Massachusetts) on the challenges of helping his elderly and ill parents negotiate the healthcare system and find appropriate care when facing chronic disease. Martin put his career on hold and moved back from China in 2011 to care for his parents.
Abdulrazzaq Al-Saiedi MC/MPA is joining the United Nations mission in Libya as a human rights/transitional justice officer. He will devise and implement strategies to help Libya deal with the legacy of human rights abuses. In addition, Razzaq has recently coauthored an International Center for Transitional Justice report titled “A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq.” The report details and analyzes the processes and political impact of the dissolution of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
John Armstead HKSEE was named the director of the land and chemicals division in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, in Philadelphia.
Anthony Bostwick HKSEE has been assigned to the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas, as the area manager responsible for water infrastructure development and management. “I was in Uruguay, where I addressed UNESCO on groundwater conservation in April 2012. Anyone traveling to the Bahamas please feel free to contact me for any assistance.”
Gonzalo Fanjul MC/MPA reports that a number of alumni have just created the Spanish Alumni Association, which is led by our classmate Antonio Núñez MC/MPA. “We had a fantastic launch event on March 21, and we are eager to establish a solid link between the school and the Spanish society. I don’t think we were ever in more desperate need for a credible, compassionate, visionary leadership for our public affairs.”
Rade Glomazic HKSEE recently accepted a position at Finnish Consulting Group International (FCG) as managing director of their Serbia and Montenegro office. The new office is the company’s fifth overseas and was established to service a growing demand for innovative consulting solutions in the Balkans.
Kimberlyn Leary MPA is continuing in her work as chief psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance and also teaching seminars on leadership and negotiation at Harvard College and through the Program on Negotiation.
Cristian Lucas-Mas MPA is glad to report that his Spanish law and consultancy firm LCH (lchlegal.com) just opened its second office in Ibiza; the headquarters are located in Barcelona. “We manage foreign investments into Spain. If anyone visits, please contact me at email@example.com. See you soon in Spain!!!”
Amoretta Morris MPP recently joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation as the senior associate for family-centered community change. She is the former director of student attendance for DC Public Schools, where she led the district’s truancy reduction efforts and oversaw supports for homeless students. She is excited to join many fellow HKS alumni who are also a part of the Casey community. She remains active in DC serving as a member of the DC Commission for Women and Black Benefactors, a local giving circle.
Joe Negron MC/MPA was recently reelected to the Florida Senate and serves as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Antonio Nuñez MC/MPA has written a new book: The New Public Manager: Leadership Keys for Public Management. You can find information about the book — the public presentation on October 30, some media appearances, and, very important, how to buy — on the homepage: derazgogestionpublica.es.
Hassan Tetteh MC/MPA returned safely from a successful Afghanistan deployment tour with the U.S. Marines and is a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office. “I work with an extremely talented team in the Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division. Looking forward to our upcoming Kennedy mid-career class reunion in Iceland!”
Kraynal Alfred MPP is the new project director for the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) at George Washington University. She is planning and coordinating the launch of NAPLP’s Inspire Initiative, which is a multimedia campaign aimed at motivating indigenous high school students to finish their education and become more politically involved by bridging the intergenerational and informational gaps between naplp alumni, indigenous public professionals and advocates, and indigenous high school students.
Sohaib Athar MPP writes, “Since moving back to my native Pakistan after finishing the MPP degree, I have worked with the World Bank on urban development and disaster risk reduction projects. On the side, I am also doing policy analysis and research work for a political party in preparation for national elections in summer 2013. Terribly missing my Kennedy School friends and classmates!”
Barbara Best MC/MPA writes to inform her classmates of the tragic passing of Marie-Ange Bunga MC/MPA. Marie-Ange passed away in mid-June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, apparently from cerebral malaria. “She started an NGO two years ago to promote the use of bamboo and eco-friendly materials in economic development. While a student, she started the Congo Initiative at Harvard to focus attention on the scramble for minerals in fueling conflict in the Congo. Her radiant smile and deep commitment to improving the well-being of people in her home country will never be forgotten. Her light shines on in the many lives that she touched.”
James Breiding MC/MPA has written Swiss Made — The Untold Story Behind Switzerland’s Success. “What is ‘Swiss Made’? How did Switzerland become the most competitive country in the world? Why are Swiss politicians trusted, and does the government live within its means? Are these results sustainable? Should and could some of the elements of the Swiss model be replicated? The book has been acclaimed as a ‘valuable read’ by opinion leaders such as Martin Feldstein, Lee Kuan Yew, Larry Summers, Martin Taylor, Peter Voser, and Paul Volcker.”
Manisha Dookhony MC/MPA writes, “Straddling across the Albertine rift. Most amazing moment was to participate in the Hirwa Gorilla family life in Volcanoes National Park. Privileged to meet our cousin chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. Still advising Rwandan government on investment and competitiveness policies. Organized two Harvard alum events. Lucky to have many HKSers here in Kigali! Tried my luck at waterskiing on holidays in Mauritius . . . failed miserably. Discovered a great passion for gardening — amazing what all can grow in a very small portion of fertile soil. My articles got published on a couple of papers including huffpost. Missing HKS.”
Kenneth Fredette MPA was elected by his fellow Republican representatives to the Maine House as the Republican leader of the House. Ken was also selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maine, Machias in May of 2013.
Kaneisha Grayson MPA rediscovered her love of writing in her HKS course Arts of Communication with Marie Danziger. She went on to be the dating and relationships columnist for The HARBUS newspaper at Harvard Business School, and recently published her first book, Be Your Own Boyfriend. She used the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise over $11,000 in just a month to self-publish the book and sent free copies to 100 college women’s and multicultural student centers. You can learn more about the book at beyourownbf.com.
Jasmin Johnson MPP and Micha Glaeser (FAS PhD candidate) were married on August 10 in Jasmin’s native Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jasmin started a new job as a corporate social responsibility manager at an Asian conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur in March a year ago. “We look forward to celebrating with friends from HKS and Harvard at large!”
Steven King HKSEE and his wife, Carolyn, welcomed their first child, Emma, into the world. Steve is now assistant professor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security chair at the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington, DC.
Alejandro Lozano HKSEE, since he took oath as a legislator a few months ago, has promoted 16 initiatives of law on transparency, education, economy, professionalism in the public service, and health, among other issues. Despite his interesting legislative work, it seems that Alejandro’s main objective is to accomplish the reduction of Mexican public servants’ elevated salaries. “How can it be possible that a Mexican legislator receives a higher salary than a European legislator?”
Phillip Patitsas MC/MPA, as of July 1, 2012, has been assigned as the presiding priest (Proistamenos) of the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Naples, Florida. Since then, Phillip and his wife, Presbytera Maria, have been expanding and building up the ministries of the parish to share the love of Christ both locally and abroad. Philip also serves as a board member of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), which exists to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Allison Shapira MC/MPA recently moved to Washington, DC, to expand her business, Global Public Speaking, which helps people find their voice through public speaking and presentation training. She’s teaching at Georgetown University and working with government agencies, international organizations, and private companies around the world. Personally, she also released her first original album, Coming Home, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. She’d love to re-connect with HKS alumni and welcomes opportunities for collaboration!
Esther Hsu Wang MPA writes, “Cofounded IDinsight (idinsight.org) with three HKS friends, and we’ve been enjoying the adventures of entrepreneurship in international development. Paul Wang MPA/ID 2011, Andrew Fraker MPA/ID 2011, Buddy Shah MPA/ID 2012, and I are covering the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations for NGOs, governments, and foundations in Cambodia, India, Uganda, and Zambia (where Paul and I live). Let me know if you stop through southern Africa!”
Rob Werner HKSEE writes, “I’ve been busy traveling to Albany, New York, and Washington, DC, working on campaign finance reform — there is hope in the wake of Citizens United! Work on the Concord, New Hampshire, City Council is going well, and I serve as chair of the Energy and Environment Committee. We are engaged in a major downtown redevelopment project, much needed to keep our Main Street healthy and vital. The New Hampshire Harvard Kennedy School Network is now officially part of the Harvard Club of New Hampshire, and we are looking forward to many events as the 2016 New Hampshire primary gets under way.”
Nadir Ahmad MPA was recently promoted to managing director at Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA). CLA is the home of adaptive leadership, founded by HKS faculty members Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky.
Shahab Ahmed HKSEE is announcing the arrival of baby daughter Daniya Aqiqa Ahmed, born January 18, 2013 in, Kirkland, Washington. “Mom and Dad are really sleep deprived but extremely overjoyed.”
Jordan Brehove MPA was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army Reserve last October. His reserve duty is service as an assistant professor of military science at Fordham University in New York. Jordan also continues to work in his full-time civilian job as a management consultant at Accenture.
Joseph Cari IOP was named to the board of directors and chairman of the advisory board of the World Policy Institute, an international think tank which publishes the World Policy Journal.
Nathaniel Davis MPA 2011 writes, “This year I was academically promoted to assistant professor of defense and strategic studies and served as the deputy director of the Defense and Strategic Studies Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This coming year I have been selected to attend the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I am also continuing my PhD studies through King’s College London.”
Luis Elizondo-Thomson MC/MPA took over as executive director at Teach For America Houston in January 2013, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions in the country.
Jennifer Haugh MC/MPA was recently awarded a 2013 Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston fellowship.
Tomoko Hishinuma MC/MPA writes, “My husband, Yuzuru Tsuyama MPA 2011, and I got married last spring and we were blessed with a baby girl in Tokyo on January 3, 2013. We named her Hikari, which means utopia where the sun is shining and flowers are blooming.”
Leilani Johnson MC/MPA is currently senior advisor for strategic partnerships at the United States Pacific Command (PACOM), where, on behalf of the U.S. government, she develops dynamic partnerships with the private and civil sectors that promote mutual understanding of security in Asia-Pacific, and builds partnership capacity between nations. Based in Honolulu, Leilani travels extensively to inspire leaders to strategically solve problems of regional security through cross-sector collaboration on the local, national, and international levels.
Jesse Lava MPP is director of Beyond Bars, a campaign to curb mass incarceration. “We produce videos and engage social media in advocating for a better approach to public safety that’s more about rehabilitation and prevention.”
Alexander McCoy MPA writes, “Since I graduated in 2011 with a dual degree from Wharton (MBA), I have been working with Citi in a global management program that has taken me from New York to South Africa and now Brazil. While based in Johannesburg, I spent 12 months working on transactions for multinational corporations and sovereign governments throughout the continent. Now in São Paulo, I am focused on capital markets origination across Latin America. The past two years have been a tremendous learning experience (language, culture, and local perspective) and have given me the opportunity to travel throughout developing Africa and Latin America.”
Kent Mitchell MPP writes, “On February 9, 2013, my wife, Anastassia Zinke, and I welcomed into the world a beautiful baby girl, Sadie Sargent Zinke. We are both fortunate to have paid leave from work to focus on Sadie and have a renewed commitment to working toward a day when all new parents have the same opportunity. In the meantime, I continue to organize policy campaigns at the Pew Charitable Trusts and hope to work on a political campaign or two in the next several years. Really wish I’d taken Jarding’s class!”
Obadias Ndaba HKSEE, a native of DR Congo and Rwanda, became president of World Youth Alliance. He was previously the head of the same organization in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining World Youth Alliance in 2010, Obadias worked for KCB Bank and Inkingi Microfinance in Kigali, Rwanda. His interests include economics, development, and population issues. His articles on these issues have appeared in Africa News, The Standard Kenya, AllAfrica, and Africa Review, among many other publications. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, and English.
Scott Shapiro MC/MPA has relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, where he serves as senior advisor to Mayor Jim Gray (GSD Loeb Fellow 1996). “I just led the pension-reform initiative here, which puts the police and fire retirement system on sound footing and saves the city $140 million over 30 years.”
Tyler Thigpen MC/MPA and Joy Thigpen welcomed Irving Stone Thigpen into the world on February 19, 2013. Irving has two brothers, Linus, one, and Oswin, six, and one sister, River, eight.
Mark Tracy MC/MPA and Molly Tracy welcomed the birth of their second child, Jonah Fred Tracy, on January 25. Jonah is happy and healthy and being looked after by his big sister, Kate, who turns three in March.
Talaya Waller HKSEE recently received a promotion with the usda Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit & Vegetable Programs. “I’m looking forward to running with the bulls this July in Pamplona, Spain.”
Jeffrey Baron HKSEE, from Bermuda, was recently appointed senator and junior minister for two critical portfolios — public safety and legal affairs — by Bermuda’s governor, His Excellency George Fergusson. Jeffrey attended the Leadership In Crises program as well as the Senior Executives in National Security at the Kennedy School and has already called upon many influential classmates — and lecturers — of both executive programs to discuss and debate policies, programs, and strategies for public safety, crime reduction, and crisis management.
Armando Barrera Barrios HKSEE is currently the dean of arts at The University of the Americas at Mexico City. The program he directs has been ranked the second best in the country and the best in private schools in Mexico.
Daniel Beaulieu MC/MPA was appointed head of the knowledge lab and associate director (Global Agenda Councils) at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Visitors for fondue parties welcome.
Jay Bhatt MPA was appointed by Secretary Sebelius to the National Advisory Committee of the National Health Service Corps at the Department of Health and Human Services. In February 2013, he was honored with the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award presented in a ceremony in Washington, DC. Jay recently saw Mariana and Sebastian in the great city of Bogotá, Colombia.
Leland Cheung MPA writes, “I recently started my fourth year on the Cambridge City Council and have been spearheading initiatives including the creation of new co-working space for entrepreneurs in new buildings in Kendall Square and a historic joint meeting between the Boston and Cambridge City Councils on the issue of talent retention. I’m also gearing up for an exciting election later this year.”
Thomas Conley MC/MPA has a new position as senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State. He is continuing his military service as an executive airlift pilot in the DC Air National Guard.
Eduardo Jany HKSEE was published in the prestigious Brazilian academic journal FGV. Ed’s work on the employment of irregular warfare strategies for public safety in combating crime was well received and resulted in his lecturing on the topic at the Global Economic Symposium in Rio de Janeiro. Ed, a colonel, is now on reserve status commanding the anti-terrorism battalion, is director of law enforcement advisory services for Mutualink, Inc. consulting, and is assisting on public safety projects related to the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. He attended the HKSEE Senior Executive Fellows program in April.
Pablo Fernandez Lamela MPA writes, “Hi, all, this is just to let you know that in June 2012 I published a book in Mexico, titled Introduction to International Administrative Law. More recently, in March 2013 I started a new job at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, I am also working on my doctoral thesis at the University of Buenos Aires.”
Carl Manlan MC/MPA became a father a week after graduation, on May 31, 2012. He started a new job as a fund portfolio manager for Benin and a multi-country HIV/AIDS program at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Christopher Olver MPP has accepted a position as the director of development at roads Charter High Schools in New York City.
Elisa Peter MC/MPA writes, “We had the pleasure to welcome Isabel to this world in August 2012. She was born in Boston. Shortly after her birth, we moved to London, where I was offered the position of senior policy advisor to The Elders (theelders.org), a group of 10 independent leaders who were brought together by Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights in the world. This is an exciting and challenging new role.”
Nathalie Potvin HKSEE was appointed executive director of the GCC Board Directors Institute in Dubai.
R.S. Praveen MC/MPA writes, “After graduation, I wanted to step out of cozy cop zone for a while. Faced with many choices, I opted for education, thanks to the inspiring Professor Fernando Reimers (HGSE) and many at HKS who dipped their feet in education at some point in time. I am currently educating the damned in India — the untouchables — who are around 200 million. I am heading an institution that provides residential education to 160,000 children (grades 5–12) from the marginalized sections. Our organization has its presence in all the districts of the South Indian state Andhra Pradesh, with 291 schools. Please visit us at swrs.ap.gov.in.”
Yinglan Tan HKSEE joined Sequoia Capital as a venture partner and started their Singapore office.
Maxeme Tuchman MPP/MBA has been named executive director of Teach For America Miami-Dade. A native Miamian, Maxeme will be responsible for overseeing daily regional operations, building community partnerships, and cultivating private, public, and foundation support. She comes to Teach For America after graduating with an MPP/mba from Harvard. “I’m humbled and excited to have the opportunity to return to my hometown to work in partnership with students, families, educators, and business, faith, and civic leaders to help expand educational opportunities in our high-need schools.”
Alberto Villalpando MPA switched jobs recently. “I am now at McKinsey & Company in Mexico City, serving clients in the public and social sectors with a focus on financial inclusion. I am training to kite surf across the English Channel this summer in preparation for a longer Cuba–Mexico journey.”
Zhuoyan “Claire” Zhang MPP writes, “First week in South Africa! I just moved from Boston to Johannesburg for work. It’s great that I could realize my passion about Africa with the support from my family, friends, and mentors. I’m now working with Frontier Advisory, a South African company, focusing on African economic development and China-Africa relationships. Let me know if you are coming to Joburg and looking forward to any size of get-together!”
Marie-Ange Bunga MC/MPA 2010
Betsy Martin MC/MPA 1994