Prominent Alumni

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Denis McDonough (MSFS’96), Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama

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

  • David Addington (SFS’78), Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney
  • Governor (Former) Toney Anaya (SFS’63), D-New Mexico
  • Courtney Beale (SFS’02), Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council
  • Paul Clement (SFS’88), former Solicitor General of the United States, Distinguished Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School
  • William Jefferson Clinton (SFS’68), 42nd President of the United States
  • U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (SFS’78), D-Texas
  • U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (SFS’75) D-Michigan
  • U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (SFS’66), D-Illinois
  • Victoria Espinel (SFS’89), former Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President; Chief Executive of the Software Industry Trade Group BSA
  • Governor (Former)  Luis G. Fortuño (SFS’82), PNP-Puerto Rico
  • Dana Gresham (SFS’94), Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Bill Jackson (MSFS’84), Representative for Textiles, Office of US Trade Representatives; former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
  • General James Jones (Ret.) (SFS’66), former National Security Adviser
  • Denis McDonough (MSFS’96), Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama
  • U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (SFS’89) R-South Carolina
  • U.S. Representative (Former) Glenn C. Nye (SFS’96) D-Virginia
  • Governor (Former) Pat Quinn (SFS’71), D-Illinois
  • U.S. Representative (Former) Phillip R. Sharp (SFS’64) D-Indiana
  • Wendy Silberman Cutler (MSFS’83), Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (MSFS’93), R-Alaska
  • George Tenet (SFS’76),  former director of Central Intelligence; Managing Director at Allen & Company
  • Dennis Wilder (MSFS’79), former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs, National Security Council
Senior Officials at U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador Michele Thoren Bond (MSFS’77), Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, former Ambassador to Lesotho
  • Paula Dobriansky (SFS’77), former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and special envoy to Northern Ireland
  • Patrick F. Kennedy (SFS’71), Under Secretary for Management
  • Matthew Reynolds (SFS’82), former Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
  • Anne C. Richard (SFS’82), Assistant Secretary of Population, Refugees and Migration, State Department
U.S. Ambassadors/Diplomats
  • Ambassador Craig Allen (MSFS’85), Ambassador to Brunei
  • Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu (SFS’80), Ambassador to Albania
  • Ambassador Diego Asencio (SFS’52), former Ambassador to Colombia, Brazil
  • Ambassador Christopher Ashby (SFS’68), former Ambassador to Uruguay
  • Ambassador Vincent Battle (SFS’62), former Ambassador to Lebanon
  • Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat (MSFS’80), Ambassador to Bangladesh; former Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau and Senegal
  • Ambassador John Blaney (MSFS’75), former Ambassador to Liberia; Senior Advisor at Deloitte Consulting
  • Ambassador Richard Bloomfield (SFS’50), former Ambassador to Ecuador, Portugal
  • Ambassador Donald E. Booth (SFS’76), former Ambassador to Ethiopia; US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
  • Ambassador Piper Campbell (SFS’88), Ambassador to Mongolia
  • Ambassador Robert Cekuta (SFS’80), Ambassador to Azerbaijan
  • Ambassador Maura Connelly (SFS’81), former Ambassador to Lebanon
  • Ambassador Ivo Daalder (MSFS’82), former US Permanent Representative on the Council of NATO
  • Ambassador Glyn T. Davies (SFS’79), Ambassador to Thailand
  • Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76), Charge D’Affaires to Cuba
  • Ambassador Edward Djerejian (SFS’60), former Ambassador to Syria, Israel
  • Ambassador James F. Dobbins Jr. (SFS’63), former Ambassador to the EU; former US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Ambassador Thomas J. Dodd (SFS’57), former Ambassador to Costa Rica and Uruguay
  • Ambassador Cynthia Efird (SFS’71), former Ambassador to Angola
  • Ambassador Judith Gail Garber (SFS’83), former Ambassador to Latvia
  • Ambassador Janet E. Garvey (MSFS’79), former Ambassador to Cameroon
  • Ambassador Tatiana C. Gfoeller-Volkoff (SFS’83, MSFS’83), former Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
  • Ambassador J. Scott Gration (SSP’88), former Ambassador to Kenya
  • Ambassador David Hale (SFS’83), Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Ambassador Michael Hammer (SFS’85), Ambassador to Chile
  • Ambassador Dennis Hankins (SFS’81), Ambassador to Guinea
  • Ambassador Parker T. Hart (SFS’40), former Ambassador to Yemen, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
  • Ambassador Maura Harty (SFS’81), former Ambassador to Paraguay, former Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
  • Ambassador John Herbst (SFS’74), former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Ukraine
  • Ambassador Stuart Holliday (SFS’88), former Ambassador to the UN for Special Political Affairs; CEO of Meridian International Center
  • Ambassador Makila James (ISD Associate 2002-’03), Ambassador to Swaziland
  • Ambassador Eric G. John (SFS’82), former Ambassador to Thailand
  • Ambassador U. Alexis Johnson (SFS’32), former Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, Thailand, Japan
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson (SFS’68), former Ambassador to Senegal
  • Ambassador Thomas Kelly (SFS’84), Ambassador to Djibouti
  • Ambassador Lisa Kubiske (MSFS’79), former Ambassador to Honduras; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development
  • Ambassador Alphonse LaPorta (SFS’60), former Ambassador to Mongolia
  • Ambassador Franklin L. Lavin (SFS’79), former Ambassador to Singapore; CEO of Export Now
  • Ambassador Edward B. Lawson (SFS’24, MSFS’25), former Ambassador to Iceland, Israel
  • Ambassador Hugo Llorens (SFS’77), former Ambassador to Honduras; Consul General, Sydney, Australia
  • Ambassador Eileen Malloy (SFS’75), former Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
  • Ambassador John Maisto (MALAS’61), former Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Nicaragua, Venezuela
  • Ambassador Deborah-Ann McCarthy (MSFS’79, G’79), Ambassador to Lithuania
  • Ambassador Jackson McDonald (SFS’78), former Ambassador to Gambia, Guinea
  • Ambassador Jack McFall (SFS’29), former Ambassador to Finland
  • Ambassador Gerald McGowan (SFS’68, L’74), former Ambassador to Portugal
  • Ambassador Stephen Mull (SFS’80), former Ambassador to Poland; US Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation
  • Ambassador Richard Boyce Norland (SFS’77), former Ambassador to Uzbekistan
  • Ambassador Frank V. Ortiz, Jr. (SFS’50), former Ambassador to Barbados, Guatemala, Perú, Argentina
  • Ambassador Virginia Palmer (SFS’83), Ambassador to Malawi
  • Ambassador Mark Robert Paris (SFS’72), former Ambassador to Turkey
  • Ambassador Joan Polaschik (MSFS ’93), Ambassador to Algeria
  • Ambassador Otto Reich (MALAS’73),former Ambassador to Venezuela; former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; CEO, Otto Reich Associates
  • Ambassador Todd D. Robinson (SFS’85), Ambassador to Guatemala
  • Ambassador V. Manuel Rocha (MSFS’78), former Ambassador to Bolivia
  • Ambassador Richard Schmierer (ISD Associate 2005-’06), Ambassador to Oman
  • Ambassador Nancy Soderberg (MSFS’84), former Alternative Representative to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Mark C. Storella (ISD Associate 2002-’03), former Ambassador to Zambia; Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Brussels
  • Ambassador James C. Swan (SFS’84), Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; former Ambassador to Djibouti
  • Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz SFS’91), Ambassador to Nepal
  • Ambassador Patrick Theros (SFS’63), former Ambassador to Qatar
  • Ambassador Viron Vaky (SFS’47), former Ambassador to Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela
  • Ambassador Richard David Vine (SFS’49), former Ambassador to Switzerland, Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
  • Ambassador C. David Welch (SFS’75), former Ambassador to Egypt, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
  • Ambassador Melissa F. Wells (SFS’56), former Ambassador to Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
U.S. Military/Civilian Service to Armed Forces & Defense Dept.
  • Gen. John R. Allen (SSP’83), former Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan
  • Robert Baer (SFS’76), former Veteran Case Officer, CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the Middle East; Intelligence and Security Analyst at CNN
  • Mike Brown (MSFS’91), Chief of Staff for Europe and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • George W. Casey Jr. (SFS’70), former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • Maj. Gen. John Fugh (SFS’57), former Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
  • Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., (SSP’94) Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Gen. James L. Jones (SFS’66), former National Security Advisor
  • Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick (ISD Associate 2005-’06), Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Jamie Morin (SFS’96), former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management/Comptroller, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Paul L. Oostburg Sanz (SFS’91), General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Maj. Gen H.D. Polumbo (ISD Associate 1999-’00), Commander, Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • RADM Edward D Sheafer (MSFS’75), former Director of Naval Intelligence
  • Michael A. Sheehan (MSFS’88), former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
  • Vice Admiral William D. Sullivan (SSP’90), U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee
  • Andrew C. Weber (MSFS’86), former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
  • Theresa M. Whelan (SSP’93), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Domains/Support of Civil Authorities

Foreign Leaders and Diplomats

  • Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba (SFS’95), Ambassador from the UAE to the United States
  • Ambassador Shlomo Argov (SFS’52), former Ambassador from Israel to United Kingdom
  • Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias (SFS’61), former foreign minister of Panama; former Ambassador of Panama to the United Nations
  • Ragnheiður E. Árnadóttir (MSFS’94), Minister for Industry and Commerce, Member of Parliament, Iceland
  • Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (SFS’68), former president of the Philippines; current member of the Philippines House of Representatives
  • Giorgi Baramidze (ISD Associate 1998-’99), Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia
  • Agustin Barrios Gomez (SFS’93), Mexican congressman
  • Gabor Csaba (MSFS’94), Hungarian Ambassador to Korea; former Director-General of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ambassador Simcha Dinitz (SFS’55, MSFS’58), former Ambassador of Israel to the United States
  • Roberto Dondisch (MSFS’01), Consul of Mexico in Seattle, Washington; former Director General for Global Issues, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Felipe VI of Spain, (MSFS’95), King of Spain
  • Ambassador Jorge Guajardo (SFS’93), former Ambassador of Mexico to China
  • Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah (SFS’16), Crown Prince of Jordan
  • Nasser Judeh (SFS’83), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jordan
  • Zeljko Komsic (GLS ’03), former Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Alex Graf Lambsdorff (MSFS’94), Vice President of E.U. Parliament
  • Ambassador Alfonso López Caballero (SFS’67), former Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom
  • John Lynch-Staunton (SFS’53), former Canadian senator, first Conservative Party Leader
  • Juan Manuel Galan Pachon (MSFS’03), Senator of the Republic of Colombia
  • Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young (MSFS’83), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
  • Prince Talal bin Muhammad (SFS’89, MSFS’89), Special Advisor to King Abdullah II, Jordan
  • Riaz Mohammed Khan (ISD Associate 1988-’89), former Foreign Secretary, Pakistan; led Pakistani delegation to UN General Assembly, 2009
  • Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud (SFS’81), Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom
  • Ambassador Kasit Piromya (SFS’68), former foreign minister of Thailand
  • Ambassador Bruno Stagno Ugarte (SFS’91), former foreign minister of Costa Rica; Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, Human Rights Watch
  • Prince Faisan bin Turki al-Faisal (SFS’68), former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States
  • Wang Yi (ISD Associate 1997-’98), Foreign Minister, People’s Republic of China
  • David Y.L. Lin (MSFS’90), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China; former Foreign Minister of Taiwan

Non-Governmental Organizations/Non-Profits

  • Carmen Willie Ambur (SFS’90), president, Cedar Crest College
  • Lawrence Biondi, S.J. (MSFS’66), President Emeritus, St. Louis University
  • Joseph Cirincione (MSFS’83), President, The Ploughshares Fund
  • Lorne Craner (SSP’86), former President, International Republican Institute
  • Chad Griffin (SFS’97), president, Human Rights Campaign; founder, American Foundation for Equal Rights
  • Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (F’09), Chairman, Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee
  • Malte Humpert (MAGES’11), Founder and Executive Director, The Arctic Institute
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian (SFS’81), president and CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • Parag Khanna (SFS’99, SSP’05), former Director of the Global Governance Initiative, The New America Foundation
  • Tim King (SFS’89), founder and CEO, Urban Prep Academies
  • J. Lane Kirkland (SFS’48), former president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Tessie San Martin (SFS’80), CEO, Plan USA
  • A. Wess Mitchell (MAGES’04), Co-Founder and President, Center for European Political Analysis
  • Debora Spar (SFS’84), President, Barnard College
  • Katie Taylor (MSFS’92), former Executive Director, Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty
  • David A. Weiss (MSFS’78), President and CEO, Global Communities
  • B. Joseph White (SFS’69), former president, University of Illinois

Private Sector

  • Molly Ashby (MSFS’83) Co-founder and CEO, Solera Capital
  • Michael J. Callahan (SFS’90), executive vice president and corporate secretary, Yahoo
  • Bob Colacello (SFS ’69), Special Correspondent for “Vanity Fair”; former Editor of “Interview magazine”
  • Jay Collins (MSFS’89), Vice Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citibank Group; former Co-Global Head, Public Sector Group, Citibank Group
  • Herbert Cordt (MSFS’74), Chairman of the Board, RHI
  • Robert Dekker (MSFS’92), CEO/Owner, Dekker Hout
  • Maria Eitel (MSFS’88), President, Nike Foundation
  • Ron Faucheux (SFS’78), president, Clarus Research Group; writer for The Atlantic and Lunchtime Politics
  • David Fox (SFS’81), former Vice Chairman, J.P. Morgan; President of Global Family & Private Investment Offices Group
  • Richard Gallivan (MSFS’92), former Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Software, Systems & Solutions, Barclays Capital
  • Antonio Gracias (MSFS’93), CEO, Valor Equity Partners
  • Michael Horn (L/MSFS’90), Chief Counsel, Consumer Products, Disney
  • Raj Kumar (SFS’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
  • Julie Martin (MSFS’79), Managing Director, Marsh & McLennan
  • Elizabeth Mily (MSFS’93), COO, Global M&A, Investment Banking Division, Barclays Capital
  • Alex Orfinger (MSFS’86), Executive Vice President, American City Business Journals; former Publisher, Washington Business Journal
  • David Oxensteirna (MSFS’89), Partner in CAPCO’s Capital Market’s Group
  • 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 (SFS’97), Founder, Lowercase Capital
  • Elliot G. Sander (SFS’77), president and CEO, HAKS group
  • Santiago Sedaca (MSFS’97) President, CARANA Corporation
  • Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson (MSFS’90), Managing Director, Europe, Politico
  • Thomas Sietsema (SFS ’83), Food Critic, Washington Post; Vice-Chairman, James Beard Restaurant Awards
  • Andrew Shoyer (MSFS’86), Partner, Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood
  • Kate Snow (MSFS’93), Anchor, MSNBC Live with Kate Snow, MSNBC
  • Christopher L. Yetter (SFS’02) Chief of Staff, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

International Organizations

  • 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
  • Stephane Dujarric (SFS’88), Spokesperson for UN Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan
  • 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
  • Fabrizio Opertti (MSFS’97), Chief of Trade and Investment, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano (MSFS’08), Advisor to the Secretary, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Edgar Restrepo (MSFS ’98), Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
  • Manuel Rosini (MSFS ’98), Resident Representative, Bolivia, International Finance Corporation
  • Jordan Schwartz (MSFS’91), Manager, Infrastructure Policy, The World Bank
  • Zibu Sibanda (MSFS ’02), Head, Internal Communications, International Finance Corporation
  • Tomasz Telma (MSFS ’89), Director, Europe and Central Asia, International Finance Corporation