Sadaf Jaffer (SFS’05) Elected First Pakistani-American Female Mayor

On Thursday, January 3, Sadaf Jaffer (SFS’05) was sworn into office as mayor of Morristown, New Jersey. She is New Jersey’s first South Asian woman to be elected mayor. While serving as mayor, she will continue to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

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John Laytham (SFS’66), CEO of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Passes Away

While studying at the School of Foreign Service, John Laytham (SFS’66) accepted a job as dishwasher at Clyde’s. Five years later, he was promoted to partner and co-owner of the iconic Georgetown restaurant. Laytham passed away January 3, leaving a legacy of service to the D.C. community and vision for the D.C. restaurant scene. 

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Wookjae Jung (SFS’15) Awarded Scholarship to Study in Beijing

Wookjae Jung (SFS’15), a former Korean Air Force officer, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, winning one of the most selective postgraduate scholarships in the world. The scholarship pays for a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.

Ambassador Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91) discusses her goals as newly-appointed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka

SFS alumna Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91) is the newly-appointed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. In an interview with the Sri Lanka Mirror, Teplitz outlined her hopes and goals for her time as ambassador: “Among those is strengthening our business ties, looking for opportunities for US investments here, and greater trade. Whilst the US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market, I’d also like to see more import of US products, investments, and businesses in Sri Lanka, and contributing to the growth of the country. I’d like to see progress in our mutual security challenges, including maritime.”

Catherine Reppert Publishes Op-Ed Refuting Claims of Erosions of Trust in Surface Navy

In this op-ed published by the U.S. Naval Institute, Lieutenant Commander Catherine Reppert (SSP’06) refuted claims made by CAPT Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired), regarding “an erosion of trust in commanding officers in the Surface Navy.” Reppert said that she “could not disagree more with his characterization,” that she has “remarkable latitude to do [her] job,” and that she feels “intrinsically empowered.”

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.