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.
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.
SFS alum Lori Trahan (SFS’95) is running to represent Massachusetts’ 3rd district in Congress. She recently sat down with WBUR Radio Boston to discusses her qualifications and motivations for running.
Michael Hammer (SFS’85) has been appointed the U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thomas Ogden (SSP’10) has been appointed to the 2018-2019 class of White House Fellows. He will be placed at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
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.