Alumni

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.

Sarah Margon

Sarah Margon (MSFS ’05) on Trump Administration’s Commitment to Human Rights

Sarah Margon (MSFS ’05), Washington director at Human Rights Watch, published an op-ed in Foreign Affairs about the Trump Administration’s stance on human rights. She writes, “All U.S. presidents have, to varying degrees, downplayed or even overlooked concerns about human rights in order to get things done with unsavory foreign partners. But none has seemed so eager as Trump to align with autocrats as a matter of course.”

Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04) on the Future of Democracy in Myanmar

In a discussion hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.

Kyle Rinaudo (SFS ’17) Runs for the Georgia House of Representatives

When Kyle Rinaudo (SFS ’17) threw his cap in the air last May to signify the end of his undergraduate education, he had no idea he would soon be running to represent Georgia’s 35th District in the state House of Representatives. If elected, the 21-year-old Acworth, GA native would become the state’s youngest representative and first Democrat in nearly two decades to represent his community.

Samantha Vinograd (SSP’07) a Newsweek “Woman of the Future” Nominee

Samantha Vinograd (SSP’07) was named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future” for her skilled handling of some of the most complex challenges in national security and diplomacy and her illustrious resume that “reads like it belongs to someone with a lifelong career in foreign and domestic policy.”

Haroon Yasin

Haroon Yasin (SFS-Q’15) Wins Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Haroon Yasin (SFS-Q’15) is a recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award for his work in Pakistan educating underprivileged children. Yasin is co-founder of Orenda, an educational organization with digital platforms that stream educational cartoons and provide digital workbooks for children who are at risk of dropping out of school.

Doug Heifetz (SFS ’96) smiths silver crafts in Silver Spring

Heifetz founded Lost & Forged, which offers lustrous metal creations, handmade from reclaimed vintage materials. “I’ve always loved rescuing old things—old materials, old ideas,” Heifetz says. “I love finding things that could be of value that are undervalued or forgotten.”