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.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has conferred distinguished National Honors on Stephen D. Cashin (SFS ’79 and member of the SFS Board of Advisors) and Professor Steven Radelet (Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, and Director of the Global Human Development Program).
Taro Kono (SFS’86) was named Foreign Minister of Japan as part of a reshuffle of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet.
Ann Yang (SFS’15) and Philip Wong (SFS’14) were highlighted as founders of Misfit Juicery on ABC News.
Ambassador Fitzgerald Haney (SFS’90, MSFS’91), former ambassador to Costa Rica, is one of 10 participants in the fourth season of the show.
What if publishers had passed on Anne Frank’s diary? This idea of forgotten history has motivated Timothy Boyce (SFS’76) to revive the story of Norwegian Holocaust survivor Odd Nansen in a new edition of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps.
Alexandra Ma (SFS’15) was named one of two U.K. Office of National Statistics award winners, earning a spot in a program focused on data journalism at BBC.
The White House announced its intent to nominate Wes Mitchell (MAGES’04) to be Assistant Secretary of State, European and Eurasian Affairs.
Jamie Fly (MAGES’02) will be part of a bipartisan effort under the German Marshall Fund to understand and work to counter Russian interference in U.S. politics.
Alumna Mina Pollman (SFS’15) analyzed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to Europe in an op-ed for The Diplomat
Elena Volkava (MAGES ’17) and Teresa Eder (MSFS’17) wrote about the need for a feminist perspective in Russian politics.
Career Foreign Service member Krishna R. Ursa (SFS’80) was nominated by President Trump to be U.S. ambassador to Peru
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.