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.
The middle of the twentieth century was a watershed period in history for many reasons, with one of the most significant being the rise of mass education systems across the world.
SFS alum Brian Haile was named the new CEO of the Nashville-based nonprofit network of community health centers, Neighborhood Health. The organization is the largest provider of primary care to Nashville’s homeless residents and uninsured adults.
SFS alum Roger Cochetti, who served on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy during the Bush and Obama administrations, discusses potential changes to federal legislation regarding the liability of major internet companies.
SFS alum and the Attorney General of Michigan, Bill Schuette, announced his run for governor in Michigan. The election will take place in November 2018.
Former Ambassador to Costa Rica Fitz Haney (SFS’90, MSFS’91) made his “Dancing With the Stars” debut in Costa Rica. After the end of his term as ambassador, Haney and his family decided to stay on in Costa Rica, and he chose “Dancing With the Stars” as his next venture.
President Trump’s Chief of Staff, alum John Kelly, brought in SFS alumna Kirstjen Nielsen from the Department of Homeland Security to serve as his deputy in the White House. Her new leadership style is discussed in POLITICO.
Alum John Desrocher, who joined the foreign service in 1988 after graduating from the SFS, was sworn in as the newest ambassador to Algeria. He was featured in his hometown newspaper, the Lake Placid Sun.
SFS alum Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, was featured as number six in POLITICO Magazine’s annual POLITICO 50 List. He discusses the best book he read this year, his feelings about Twitter, and a few policy goals.
SFS alum John Cook was recently named a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
A book by SFS alum Michael Auslin, “The End of the Asian Century,” was named to the POLITICO 50 Reading List by another SFS alum, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney (SFS’89).
MAGES alum Andrea Richter was recently named a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for International Engagement at the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
David Firestein (SFS’90) will direct the China Public Policy Center, within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, as it opens this fall, writes China Daily.
Alumnus Ben Rowswell (SFS’93) is working on the civic participation app Udara, inspired by a international affairs career with the Canadian Foreign Service. He was profiled in the Canadian newspaper National Post.
Jessica von Tesckow (MAGES’17) discussed the significance of upcoming German federal elections and life in Washington, D.C. with DW.
Devika Ranjan (SFS’17) commented on the challenge the Trump administration poses to recent graduates interested in U.S. Foreign Service careers in an interview with Politico.
Joseph Santoiana, born in 1911, graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 1931. Santoiana joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1940, where he would work for 33 years, establishing a reputation as one of the finest administrators of the FBI.
Rukmani Bhatia (MAGES’14) argued that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been intentionally diluting praise of democratic values from his remarks in research for Freedom House.