The Diversity in National Security Network and New America have honored the contributions of 35 Black American experts in U.S. national security and foreign policy, including: Zaid Zaid (SFS’96), Anthony Johnson (SSP’18), Lesley Warner (SSP’09), Chanda Brown (SSP’07), and Brionne Dawson (SFS’02).
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.”
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.”
Dan Bucsa has been appointed to the senior position of Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Bucsa previously worked in the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight, prior to which he worked in the private sector.
Amanda Eilian (SFS ’99) was named one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2018” by Goldman Sachs at their annual Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Eilian was recognized for her work as the founder of Videolicous, the pioneer of video automation.
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.