Midterms 2018: SFS Alumni Run for Congress and Governor

On Election Day 2018, 12 SFS alumni ran for either federal or gubernatorial office representing a diverse mix of political players. Five incumbents sought to maintain their position, while seven new candidates entered the political fray.

SFS Alumnae Dowd and Ngare Showcase Upcoming Documentary

Reilly Dowd (SFS’13) and Wanjiku Ngare (SFS’13) showcased their documentary Dreams of Daraa, which focuses on Hanadi, a Syrian refugee, whose husband was forcibly disappeared by Assad’s regime. The film shows the unusual journey of Hanadi and her daughters back to Syria from a refugee camp back to Jordan before an eventual escape to Europe.

Michael Tyler (SFS ’11) Discusses His Journey to Chief of Staff of the DNC

The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service welcomed Georgetown alumnus Michael Tyler (SFS ‘11) back to campus on October 3, 2018 for a discussion with SFS Professor Marilyn McMorrow about his experiences working for the Democratic National Committee. Within the DNC, Tyler has served as the Spokesperson and the National Press Secretary, and was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.

Tabor Community Services, Inc. names Michael McKenna (MSFS’10) as new president

Michael McKenna (MSFS’10) has been named the new president of Tabor Community Services, Inc. Prior to this, he was the chief impact/operations officer of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, and before that, the Director of the Women, Infants, and Children Program. He was also the assistant director of poverty concerns and faith connections at the Center for Community Service and Justice of Loyola University Maryland.

Brad Stapleton (SFS’01, SSP’03) writes about President Trump reimposing sanctions on Iran

Dr. Brad Stapleton (SFS’01, SSP’03) examines the potential impacts of Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran, following his decision to withdraw from the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. These sanctions, during the Obama administration, got Iran to the negotiating table, but Stapleton believes it won’t be as effective the second time around because the Trump administration’s high demands, and Iran’s hesitation to work on any deals with the US.

Rick Hulefeld (SFS ’68) Recognized for His Contributions to Home State of Kentucky

In this article in the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Rick Hulefeld (SFS ’68) is recognized for his extensive work in building Children Inc., which he founded in 1979. Children Inc. has helped launch a number of initiatives focusing on the development of young children, from employer-sponsored child care to after-school programs across the country.

Interview with First Sikh State Attorney general Gurbir Grewal (SFS’95)

Gurbir Grewal (SFS’95) hopes to use his position as state attorney general to hold the Trump administration accountable throughout the term, and be a positive representation of the Sikh American community. He also highlights the difficulties he’s faced since starting his position, including receiving threats and hate mail, and comments on the current political climate.

Pfotzer begins journey to make a global impact

Alison Pfotzer (SFS ’18) and her fiancé recently traveled to Cote d’Ivoire to study french and begin international development work. Pfotzer is taking a full courseload of French language classes and is planning to stay on the African continent for “at least a few more years.”

Sheehan passes away after fight with cancer

Michael Sheehan (MSFS ’88) passed away after a fight with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer. Sheehan, a former top counterterrorism official across federal, state, and local authorities, was one of the first experts to warn of Osama bin Laden’s threats.

Lab Think Tank Member Named Director of HowlRound

Think Tank Member of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Jamie Gahlon (SFS’07), was named Director of HowlRound, a free and open platform for theatre makers around the world. Gahlon works to bring forward the voices of historically underrepresented and unheard artists.

Harris Appointed US Ambassador to South Korea

Former admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. (SSP’94) was appointed US Ambassador to South Korea filling the vacant position that had been open since the resignation of Ambassador Mark Lippert at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January 2017.

SFS Alumna Publishes Book on Maine During World War II

Peggy Shiels Konitzky (SFS’79) recently published a book titled “Midcoast Maine in World War II” which highlights the challenges that Mainers faced with extraordinary strength during the war. Her process included interviewing residents and searching through archives to compile these stories.

Fellow Classmate of Kirstjen Nielsen at Georgetown Calls for Her Resignation

Arick Wierson (SFS’94) urges Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS’94) to reconsider her defense of the current administration’s practices of child separation at the border. He evokes memories of their time together at Georgetown and emphasizes how the practices she is supporting are in direct contrast to the pillars of humanitarian service and compassion taught at the SFS.