Prominent SFS Alumni

U.S. President Bill Clinton earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown in 1968.
U.S. President Bill Clinton earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown in 1968.

SFS graduates take on leadership roles in many different areas. Some work in the private sector, with law and business providing a range of opportunities. The traditions of public service and scholarship both remain strong as well; alumni can be found in the areas of diplomacy, international organizations and humanitarian work, as well as in scholarly careers as members of university faculties or research organizations.

The list is continuously updated.  Although it is not meant to be all-inclusive, if you think an important name is missing, email us.  Thanks!

U.S. Government and Politics

  • William Jefferson Clinton (F'68), 42nd President of the United States
  • Denis McDonough (MSFS'96), Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama
  • U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (F'66), D-IL
  • U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (MSFS'93), R-AK
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (F'78), D-TX
  • Gov. Pat Quinn (F'71), D-IL
  • Gen. James Jones (Ret.) (F'66), former National Security Adviser
  • George Tenet (F'76),  former director of Central Intelligence Agency
  • Paul Clement (F'87),  former Solicitor General of the United States
  • Victoria Espinel (F'89), Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President
  • Wendy Silberman Cutler (MSFS'83), Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Dana Gresham (F'94), Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Bill Jackson (MSFS'84), Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
Senior Officials at U.S. Department of State
  • Patrick F. Kennedy (F'71), Under Secretary for Management
  • Philip L. Verveer (F'66), Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
  • Otto Reich (MALAS'73), former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Ambassadors/Diplomats
  • Amb. Alexander A. Arvizu (F'80), Ambassador to Albania
    Amb. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat (MSFS'80), Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, Ambassador to Senegal
  • Amb. John Blaney (MSFS'75), Ambassador to Liberia
  • Amb. Michele Thoren Bond (MSFS'77), Ambassador to Lesotho
  • Amb. Donald E. Booth (F'76), Ambassador to Ethiopia
  • Glyn T. Davies (F'79), Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Amb. Judith Gail Garber (F'83), Ambassador to Latvia
  • Amb. Janet E. Garvey (MSFS'79), Ambassador to Cameroon
  • Amb. Tatiana C. Gfoeller-Volkoff (F'83, MSFS'83), Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
  • Amb. Makila James (ISD Associate 2002-'03), Ambassador to Swaziland
  • Amb. Eric G. John (F'82), Ambassador to Thailand
  • Amb. Lisa Kubiske (MSFS'79), Ambassador to Nicaragua
  • Amb. Franklin L. Lavin (F'79), Ambassador to Singapore
  • Amb. Hugo Llorens (F'77), Ambassador to Honduras
  • Amb. Deborah-Ann McCarthy (MSFS'79, G'79), Ambassador to Lithuania
  • Amb. Stephen Mull (F'80), Ambassador to Poland
  • Amb. Richard Boyce Norland (F'77), Ambassador to Uzbekistan
  • Amb. Todd D. Robinson (F'85), Ambassador to Guatemala 
  • Amb. Richard Schmierer (ISD Associate 2005-'06), Ambassador to Oman
  • Amb. Mark C. Storella (ISD Associate 2002-'03), Ambassador to Zambia
  • Amb. James C. Swan (F'84), Ambassador to Djibouti
  • Amb. John Maisto (MALAS'61), former Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Nicaragua, Venezuela
U.S. Military/Civilian Service to Armed Forces & Defense Dept.
  • Gen. John R. Allen (SSP'83), Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan
  • Mike Brown (MSFS'91), Chief of Staff for Europe and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris (SSP'94), Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jamie Morin (F'96), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management/Comptroller, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Paul L. Oostburg Sanz (F'91), General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Vice Admiral William D. Sullivan (SSP'90), U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee
  • Maj. Gen H.D. Polumbo (ISD Associate 1999-'00), Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force- Afghanistan and Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan
  • Theresa M. Whelan (SSP'93), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Domains/Support of Civil Authorities
  • George W. Casey Jr. (F'70), former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • RADM Edward D Sheafer (MSFS'75), former Director of Naval Intelligence
  • Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick (ISD Associate 2005-'06), Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Andrew C. Weber (MSFS'86), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
  • Michael A. Sheehan (MSFS'88), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

Foreign Leaders and Diplomats

  • Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (F'68), former president of the Philippines, current member of the Philippines House of Representatives
  • Felipe VI of Spain, (MSFS'95), King of Spain
  • Wang Yi (ISD Associate 1997-'98), Foreign Minister, People's Republic of China
  • Ragnheiður E. Árnadóttir (MSFS'94), Member of Parliment, Iceland
  • Alex Graf Lambsdorff (MSFS'91), Member of E.U. Parliament
  • Giorgi Baramidze (ISD Associate 1998-'99), Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia
  • Juan Manuel Galan Pachon (MSFS'03), Senator of the Republic of Colombia
  • Prince Talal bin Muhammad (MSFS'89), Special Advisor to King Abdullah II, Jordan
  • Riaz Mohammed Khan (ISD Associate 1988-'89), Foreign Secretary, Pakistan
  • Gabor Csaba (MSFS'94), Director-General of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • David Y.L. Lin (MSFS'90), Foreign Minister of Taiwan
  • Roberto Dondisch (MSFS'01), Director General for Global Issues, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Non-Governmental Organizations/Non-Profits

  • Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (F'09), Chairman, Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee
  • Lawrence Biondi, S.J. (MSFS'67), President, St. Louis University
  • Joseph Cirincione (MSFS'83), President, The Ploughshares Fund
  • Lorne Craner (SSP'86), President, International Republican Institute
  • Jamie Fly (MAGES'02), Executive Director, Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Parag Khanna (F'99, SSP'05), Director of the Global Governance Initiative, The New America Foundation
  • Malte Humpert (MAGES'11), Founder and Executive Director, The Arctic Institute
  • Kevin Jack Riley (MSFS'88), Vice President, RAND National Security Research Division and Director, RAND National Defense Research Institute
  • Tessie San Martin (F'80), CEO, Plan USA
  • A. Wess Mitchell (MAGES'04), Co-Founder and President, Center for European Political Analysis
  • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca (MSFS'97), Chair of Board of Directors, Institute for Global Engagement and Director, Washington Office of Independent Diplomat
  • Amb. Nancy Soderberg (MSFS'84), President, The Connect US Fund; Senior Policy Advisor, International Crisis Group; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Debora Spar (F'84), President, Barnard College
  • Katie Taylor (MSFS'92), Executive Director, Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty
  • Alexandra Toma (MSFS'03), Executive Director, Peace and Security Funders Group
  • David A. Weiss (MSFS'78), President and CEO, CHF International
  • Dennis Wilder (MSFS'79), Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; former Chief Deputy of CIA Task Force, CIA; former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs, National Security Council
  • Casimir Yost (MSFS'72), Director, Long Range Analysis Unit, National Intelligence Council

Private Sector

  • Molly Ashby (MSFS'83) Co-founder and CEO, Solera Capital
  • Johannes Bohnen (MSFS'92) and Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen (MSFS'00), Partners, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner Public Affairs
  • Jay Collins (MSFS'89), Co-Global Head, Public Sector Group, Citibank Group
  • Herbert Cordt (MSFS'74), Chairman of the Board, RHI
  • Stephen L. Dwyre (F/MSFS'84), Managing Director, Corporate Banking North America, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Robert Dekker (MSFS'92), CEO/Owner, Dekker Hout
  • Maria Eitel (MSFS'88), President, Nike Foundation
  • David Fox (F'81), Vice Chairman, J.P. Morgan
  • Richard Gallivan (MSFS'92), Managing Director, Barclays Capital
  • Antonio Gracias (MSFS'93), CEO, Valor Equity Partners
  • Michael Horn (L/MSFS'90), Chief Counsel, Consumer Products, Disney
  • Raj Kumar (F'97), President, The Development Executive Group (DEVEX)
  • Lori Leveen (MSFS'83), Co-founder, Levenger
  • Zyad Limam (MSFS'88), Directeur General, Groupe Jeune Afrique; Editor, Afrique Magazine
  • Ann Nisensen Mathias (MSFS'91), Director of Research, Washington Guggenheim Partners
  • Julie Martin (MSFS'79), Managing Director, Marsh & McLennan
  • Elizabeth Mily (MSFS'93), COO, Global M&A, Investment Banking Division, Barclays Capital
  • Alex Orfinar (MSFS'86), Publisher, Washington Business Journal
  • David Oxensteirna (MSFS'89), Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Ben Powell (MSFS'00) and Ricardo Teran (MSFS'02), Co-founders, Agora partnerships
  • Peter Raymond (MSFS'90), U.S. Leader, Capital Projects and Infrastructure, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Stephen Raymund (MSFS'80), Chairman of the Board, Tech Data Corporation
  • Chris Sacca (F'97), Founder, Lowercase Capital
  • Santiago Sedaca (MSFS'97) President, CARANA Corporation
  • Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson (MSFS'90), Managing Partner, Development Institute International, Paris France
  • Andrew Shoyer (MSFS'86), Partner, Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood
  • Kate Snow (MSFS'93), Correspondent, Rock Center with Brian Williams

International Organizations

  • Fabrizio Opertti (MSFS'97), Chief of Trade and Investment, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Jordan Schwartz (MSFS'91), Manager, Infrastructure Policy, The World Bank
  • Alejandro Alvarez von Gustedt (MSFS'97), Representative, Europe, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Christopher Coleman (MSFS'83), Director, Civilian Capacity Project, United Nations
  • Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen (MSFS'88), Principal Investment Officer, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano (MSFS'08), Advisor to the Secretary, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Sabine Durier (MSFS '98), Principal Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation
  • Darrin Hartzler (MSFS '96), Manager, Corporate Governance Unit, International Finance Corporation
  • Rita Jupe (MSFS '98), Head of IFC Advisory Services Communications, International Finance Corporation
  • Izumi Nakamitsu (MSFS '89), Director, Asia and Middle East Division, DPKO
  • Edgar Restrepo (MSFS '98), Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
  • Manuel Rosini (MSFS '98), Resident Representative, Bolivia, International Finance Corporation
  • Zibu Sibanda (MSFS '02), Head, Internal Communications, International Finance Corporation
  • Tomasz Telma (MSFS '89), Director, Europe and Central Asia, International Finance Corporation