Alumni

Lab Think Tank Member Named Director of HowlRound

Think Tank Member of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Jamie Gahlon (SFS’07), was named Director of HowlRound, a free and open platform for theatre makers around the world. Gahlon works to bring forward the voices of historically underrepresented and unheard artists.

Harris Appointed US Ambassador to South Korea

Former admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. (SSP’94) was appointed US Ambassador to South Korea filling the vacant position that had been open since the resignation of Ambassador Mark Lippert at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January 2017.

SFS Alumna Publishes Book on Maine During World War II

Peggy Shiels Konitzky (SFS’79) recently published a book titled “Midcoast Maine in World War II” which highlights the challenges that Mainers faced with extraordinary strength during the war. Her process included interviewing residents and searching through archives to compile these stories.

Fellow Classmate of Kirstjen Nielsen at Georgetown Calls for Her Resignation

Arick Wierson (SFS’94) urges Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS’94) to reconsider her defense of the current administration’s practices of child separation at the border. He evokes memories of their time together at Georgetown and emphasizes how the practices she is supporting are in direct contrast to the pillars of humanitarian service and compassion taught at the SFS.

Nickley speaks on career in private equity

As part of an effort to profile women in private equity, Susan Nickey (MSFS ’86) was interviewed by McGuire Woods LLP. She discussed gender equality in the world of sustainable energy investment and her experiences in that career field.

Buss discusses Italy-EU relations

Emily Buss (MAGES ’13) wrote an op-ed in the Hill exploring Italy’s relationship with the European Union. Buss argues that while Italy’s new government provides a serious challenge, a relationship between the two parties would benefit both sides.

Dennison named as Sacred Heart athletic director

Sacred Heart Greenwich announced that Elizabeth Dennison (SFS ’06) will be taking over as the school’s new athletic director. Dennison previously served as the head women’s rowing coach at Cornell University and competed for Georgetown’s women’s rowing squad as an undergraduate.

Kuang’s book explores Chinese history through fiction

Drawing on her personal experience as a Chinese-American, Rebecca Kuang (SFS ’18) recently published her first book, “The Poppy War.” Kuang notes that she hopes the literature will shed light on important Chinese historical events that are sometimes overlooked in the American educational system.

Stephens interviews on technology, investments

Trae Stephens (SFS ’06) spoke with Fortune Magazine on investment strategy, technology, and his role in the Trump transition process. “I’ve always been fascinated by how technology can touch these really unsexy, broken industries,” explained Stephens in the interview.

Stirrett named LGBTQ innovator of the year

Scott Stirrett (SFS ’13) was named the LGBTQ Innovator of the Year by Telus. Stirrett is the founder and CEO of Venture for Canada, which pairs recent college graduates with Canadian startups as part of a training and fellowship program.

Guzman advocates for undocumented immigrants

Juan Manuel Guzman (LAS ’16) describes his journey from undocumented immigrant to immigrant advocate. “Most of my family is undocumented and Trump uses broad brushes,” explained Guzman when asked why he decided to become an advocate for DREAMers. “[Trump] uses just one color to paint this picture of the undocumented immigrant, and in my experience that is not right.”

Kate Donald on women farmers in New Hampshire

Kate Donald (SFS’94) discusses her experience as an owner of a farm in her native New Hampshire. “I was interested in making a change and getting involved, finding a useful thing to do with my life”, says Donald about her motivation for joining this male-dominated line of work.

Sophie Craighead reflects on her life of service

Having worked in Capitol Hill and for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign, Sophie Craighead (SFS’72) ended up working in animal welfare for decades. Today, she works with Curran-Seeley, which provides drug and alcohol counseling. She was awarded the News&Guide’s 2018 Super Volunteer Award.

Margaret Novicki

Novicki (SFS’77) Not Ready to Retire after long career in UN

After a 22-year career with the United Nations, Margaret Novicki is “still very intrigued by the possibility of political office.” Having served in various regions in Africa and as the director of strategic communications at UN headquarters in New York, Novicki started out her retirement by running for mayor in her small hometown in New Haven County.

Jason Lusk finds mission to support Vietnamese start-ups

SFS alumnus Jason Lusk (SFS’98) launched the project Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) in 2016 to support start-ups in the field of tourism in the Mekong region in Vietnam. “Through this programme, tourism innovators and travel startups will have chance to get paired with investors and industry mentors who can equip them to scale and thrive,” says Lusk.

John Feeley (SFS ’83) on Resigning from the State Department

Georgetown alum and former U.S. ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley (SFS ’83) said to The Washington Post that he decided to resign from the State Department because he no longer felt he could serve an administration whose policies and values he did not agree with. A career diplomat who also served in Mexico, Feeley opposed the Trump administration’s disregard for a “rules-based” and “respectful” diplomatic approach.

Christopher Grady

Christopher Grady (SSP’95) Promoted to Admiral

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that the president has nominated SFS alumnus Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady (SSP’95) for appointment to the rank of admiral, and for assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.