Trish Wilson (SFS’83) joined the Post as Environmental Editor, taking charge of a group of reporters that will cover climate change and the environment.
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.
Ambassador David Hale (SFS’83) was appointed Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs by the Trump administration, serving as Ambassador to Pakistan and previously as Ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan.
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.
Brent Fogt (MSFS’85) presents an exhibition of artwork called “Re Pose” which focuses on small, discrete actions like standing, sitting, and walking which allow us to keep our balance every day.
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.
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.
Career foreign service officer, Michael Hammer (SFS’85), is appointed as the next US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the current administration. He has previously served as US Ambassador to Chile and in several other high-level government positions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Feeley (SFS ’83) discusses his decision to resign from his post as Ambassador to Panama. “In the Foreign Service, we don’t have the luxury of gnashing our teeth at political outcomes,” explained Feeley in The New Yorker.
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 (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.
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.
Robert Smullen (SSP’97) is running for office in the New York state assembly as a Republican. Running for office for the first time, Smullen named “lower taxes, less regulation and more liberty” as his priorities.
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.
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.
Congressman Mike Gallagher (SSP’12) has been hailed for his principled distance from some of President Trump’s actions, despite representing the largely pro-Trump Wisconsin in Congress. “It’s not my job to just salute everything the White House does,” says Gallagher.
Alix Lawson (MAGES’16) describes Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” in a New York Times review as “a lesson in being a strong woman, getting things done, without sacrificing your professionalism.” “[Sandberg] makes it more than just O.K. for women to be ambitious,” Lawson said.
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.
President Trump has nominated Latin American Studies alumnus Kimberly Breier (MALAS ’97) to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs. Breier previously served as the Director of the U.S.-Mexico Futures Initiative, Deputy Director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Michael Amerian (SFS ’96) to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Amerian earned a bachelors degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1996. He has served as a deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2003.
Subhash Nepali (MSFS’15) writes in the Kathmandu Post that inclusive institutions are critical to sustained democracy and growth, but Nepali policymakers are not doing enough to ensure that Nepal’s institutions are inclusive.
Phil Wong (SFS ’15) and Ann Yang (SFS ’16), co-founders of Misfit Juicery, were nominated for their work in social entrepreneurship. Diana Tsai Rau (SFS ’12), co-founder of Veterati, credited her entrepreneurial skill development to a class with SFS Professor Marc Busch. The three were selected out of thousands of nominees.
MAGES alumnus Jamie M. Fly argues that tech platforms should step up their efforts to counter disinformation and improve the enforcement of existing efforts, given that 67 percent of Americans get their news from social media.