On Tuesday, April 25, 2018, SFS and the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service hosted an advance screening and panel discussion about the HBO documentary The Final Year, a unique insiders’ account of President Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office.
SFS welcomed back several of its distinguished graduates, alumae who were among the first women on the Hilltop. They shared their experiences as students at SFS, the obstacles they faced, and what they went on to do in their careers.
After graduating from Georgetown, Ben Rowswell (SFS’93) began a distinguished career in the Canadian foreign service, serving most recently as the Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela. Now he’s improving the world in another way: through tech.
SFS Dean Joel Hellman and Professor Scott Taylor, Director of the African Studies Program, recently visited Nigeria and South Africa to meet with SFS alumni and friends in the region. They explored partnerships with a range of stakeholders in each country, as SFS looks to deepen academic, business, and philanthropic relationships on the continent.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Georgetown honored Senator Dick Durbin (SFS‘66, L‘69) with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award. Named for the 46th President of Georgetown University, the award is conferred upon alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to humanitarian causes and advancements for the benefit of mankind.
Maj. Chris Mercado (SSP’16) is one of the co-founders of Objective Zero, an app that aims to help prevent veteran suicide. While at Georgetown, he teamed up with some of his classmates to find a way to address the issue.
“Being an attorney is an honor and a privilege. People depend upon attorneys to help them with serious legal issues,” Remigio said in an interview with Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. “Diligence, hard work, developing skills, and experience are all necessary.”
Friends, peers from the military academy, royal advisers, ambassadors and politicians contribute to creating a complex portrait of the MSFS alum and King of Spain.
In a discussion hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.
When Kyle Rinaudo (SFS ’17) threw his cap in the air last May to signify the end of his undergraduate education, he had no idea he would soon be running to represent Georgia’s 35th District in the state House of Representatives. If elected, the 21-year-old Acworth, GA native would become the state’s youngest representative and first Democrat in nearly two decades to represent his community.
Grewal is currently prosecutor for Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey. If confirmed, Grewal will be the first Indian-American of Sikh ancestry, to hold the position of Attorney General in American history, and the second Indian-American after former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Laurence Stallings, who graduated with a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1922, turned his experience as a wounded veteran in the First World War into inspiration for a career as a renowned journalist, author, and playwright.
On November 28, 2017, a group of women in the national security field published a letter titled #MeTooNatSec concerning sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in their field. Signatories included 17 members of the SFS community, including alumnae, faculty, and fellows.
SFS welcomed alumnus Denis McDonough (MSFS’96) back for a Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) alumni reception on November 13, 2017.
Alumna and Rhodes Scholar Finalist Rachel Azafrani (SFS ’17) hopes to earn a scholarship to pursue her research interests at the University of Oxford.
On November 15th, 2017, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) hosted Ambassador James Dobbins (SFS’63) for an installment of the Distinguished Practitioners Series following the publication of his memoir, “Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy.”
Heifetz founded Lost & Forged, which offers lustrous metal creations, handmade from reclaimed vintage materials. “I’ve always loved rescuing old things—old materials, old ideas,” Heifetz says. “I love finding things that could be of value that are undervalued or forgotten.”
In 1978, a Puerto Rican woman made headlines for filing a lawsuit for racial discrimination in the Washington, D.C. District Court against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she had worked since 1971. That woman was Aida Berio, who graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1952.
Georgetown alum A. Wess Mitchell (MAGES ’04) was sworn into the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs last month. He previously served as president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Pilar Guzman Zavala (MSFS’05) discusses the challenges of juggling being an entrepreneur and a mother, and urges women to ask for help when they need it, in the Miami Herald.
Baer Pettit (MSFS’87) has been announced as the new President of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors.
Alumna Margaret Novicki (SFS’77) is running against the six-term incumbent Town Selectman of Orange, Connecticut. Novicki is a retired United Nations official, and this would be her first time serving the town council.
In a ceremony held in the Golden Room of Peru’s Palace of Government, alum Krishna Raj Urs (SFS ’80) presented his credentials as U.S. Ambassador to Peru to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment on August 3.
Devika Ranjan (SFS’17) is a Fellow at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. She collaborated on the production of “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE: An Immigrant Anthology.” In July, she and other Lab Fellows took their original piece to the ITI World Congress in Segovia, Spain. She writes about how the production came about and her personal creative process.
The New York Times reports that President Trump intends to appoint Nielsen, a current White House aide and “no-nonsense player and policy wonk,” to be the next DHS Secretary.
Marlene Nang Kham Young (SFS-Q ’13), Deputy CEO of KBZ Bank, highlighted the practices that have made KBZ Myanmar’s financial powerhouse in a special report for Forbes Asia.
Former D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson (SFS ’92) will work with Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and Provost Robert Groves to conduct research and advise on a variety of issues that include affordable higher education models, racial justice, college access and success.
MSFS alum Jeremy Konyndyk, former foreign disaster assistant chief under President Barack Obama, criticized the White House’s delayed response to Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico over Twitter.
On Friday, September 22, 2017, Senator Juan Manuel Galán (MSFS ‘03) joined students and community members to talk about his presidential campaign, hopes for Colombia’s future, and thoughts on Colombian domestic and international politics. He was joined by Professor Marc Chernick, Professor in the Practice of Political Science at the School of Foreign Service.
MAAS alum Robert Keller shares his experiences as AMIDEAST Palestine Country Director.