Career Foreign Service member Krishna R. Ursa (SFS’80) was nominated by President Trump to be U.S. ambassador to Peru
Major Christopher Mercado (SSP’16) was recognized as a 2017 Army Times Service Member of the Year for his app and foundation Objective Zero, which aims to reduce service member suicides.
Omar Noureldin (SFS’10), Vice President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, discussed implications of the Supreme Court’s travel ban decision on CNN.
Abba P. Schwartz, a prominent State Department official and lifetime champion for refugees, dedicated his life’s work to his belief that all refugees and immigrants should be welcome in the United States – regardless of their political or personal beliefs.
The New York Times named Kathleen Kingsbury (SFS’01) an incoming Deputy Editorial Page Editor. Kingsbury previously worked as Managing Digital Editor at the Boston Globe.
The Georgetown alumnus died in his home at the age of 92. The Carroll County Times details the rich life experience of Mr. Fitzgerald, who will be missed.
Chad Griffin (SFS’97), the current head of the Human Rights Campaign who spent time in the Clinton White House and led national campaigns for marriage equality, was profiled in Arkansas Online.
Vera A. Rechsteiner (SFS’79) was recognized by Latinvex as both a “Top 100 Female Lawyer in Latin America in Energy and Infrastructure” and “Top 100 Lawyer in Latin America in Banking & Finance and Project Finance.”
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (MSFS’04) detailed her motivations for running for public office, and her goals now that she is there, in a Vogue feature.
Dr. Scott Brabrand (SFS’90) will begin as superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools this July.
Hijab Shah (SFS’11, SSP’16) applied lessons from Afghanistan to present problems in Syria in commentary for the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation named Daniel F Wilhelm (SFS’86) as its new president. The Foundation is devoted to addressing violent conflict.
Carmen Ambar (SFS’90) will be the 15th president of Oberlin, and the university’s first African-American president.
Nadine Watt (SFS’90), president of Watt Companies, was named Century City News’ ‘Individual Citizen of the Year’ for 2017.
Emma Iannini (SFS’16) has followed her time at Georgetown with a year teaching American and French culture classes to middle school students in Shanghai.
Connell’s project to develop the first microbial collection device of its kind won first prize in the competition, earning $5000 in seed capital for the BioMap Explorer I, a company he co-founded.
The John Carroll award is conferred upon Georgetown alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. This year, esteemed SFS professor and alumnus Anthony Clark Arend (SFS’80), was one of the recipients of the John Carroll award, given out at John Carroll Weekend in Austin, Texas.
Harry Sandager (SFS’21) graduated in the inaugural class of the School of Foreign Service while working in Washington, D.C., as secretary to Rhode Island Congressman Walter Stiness. In addition to a career in soccer and cars, Sandager served as the Rhode Island Representative in Congress.
Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani’s (SFS’13) Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (IAIA) will seek to challenge stereotypes and expand exposure, explains Doha News.
Georgetown University hosted a book event in honor and memory of Carol Lancaster, Ph.D. (SFS’64), the late author of A Song to My City: Washington, D.C. Lancaster was the Dean of the School of Foreign Service from 2010 until her passing in 2014, the first woman and the first SFS graduate to serve in this position.
Michelle Jaconi (SFS’96) has been hired by Washington Post to produce video journalism projects, the latest step in a career that has included multiple Emmy awards and work with a variety of major media outlets.
For one SFS alumnus, the late Ambassador Harold B. Minor (SFS’1927), an impending crisis during the Hajj in 1952 presented the opportunity to help mend relations with the Arab world.
Last December, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan named Jonathan Burks (SFS’99) his new Chief of Staff. Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service invited Burks back to campus as part of their “HIPPSter” (Hoyas In Politics and Public Service) series to discuss his journey from Georgetown to Capitol Hill.
Rui Matsukawa (MSFS’97) was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 2016. A Liberal Democrat Party member, she represents the Osaka prefecture in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan.
MAAS Alum Will Todman explains how the Assad Regime has benefited from bringing back siege warfare. This article was originally published in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Newsmagazine, Fall/Winter 2017.
Ned Price (SFS’05) explained his decision to leave the CIA after 10 years as a reaction against the Trump administration’s treatment of the intelligence community in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
Sultan Mahmoud Amerie, of modern-day Iran, was the first international student to receive a scholarship from the School of Foreign Service.
The Georgetown University Lecture Fund welcomed alumnus Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04) back to campus on February 13 to speak about the evolving world of journalism and his personal experience in Syria as a foreign correspondent for ABC News.
The film, which tells the story of the first conscientious objector to earn the Medal of Honor, is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), and Best Director (Mel Gibson).
Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted a screening of “Thank You For Your Service,” a documentary produced by Ilan Arboleda (SFS’97) and directed by Tom Donahue, that calls attention to the failed mental health policies in the U.S. military and the consequences of those failures.