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.
SFS Alumnus Yash Johri calls for the adoption of Indian legislation that would not be too draconian yet serve to temper uncensored voices.
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.”
Maj. Chris Mercado (SSP’16) is one of the co-founders of Objective Zero, an app that aims to help prevent veteran suicide. While at Georgetown, he teamed up with some of his classmates to find a way to address the issue.
The White House announced that it plans to nominate Harry B. Harris Jr. (SSP ’94) to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia. Harris is a Naval officer who currently serves as the 24th commander of U.S. Pacific Command.
“Being an attorney is an honor and a privilege. People depend upon attorneys to help them with serious legal issues,” Remigio said in an interview with Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. “Diligence, hard work, developing skills, and experience are all necessary.”
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.
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) 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 (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.
John Desrocher (SFS’86), current U.S. ambassador to Algeria, says his decision to pursue a career in public service started at Georgetown. “When I got to college and started studying, the interest grew.”
Alabama Senator-Elect Doug Jones chose Dana Gresham (SFS’94) to serve as his chief of staff. The announcement drew acclamation from minority groups that had advocated for hiring African Americans in key political roles.
Grewal is currently prosecutor for Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey. If confirmed, Grewal will be the first Indian-American of Sikh ancestry, to hold the position of Attorney General in American history, and the second Indian-American after former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
On November 28, 2017, a group of women in the national security field published a letter titled #MeTooNatSec concerning sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in their field. Signatories included 17 members of the SFS community, including alumnae, faculty, and fellows.
Ann Yang (SFS’16), Philip Wong (SFS’15), and Diana Rau (SFS’12) were honored for their social entrepreneurship. Yang and Wong cofounded MISFIT Juicery, which makes hip cold-pressed juice from “ugly” often discarded produce. Rau founded Veterati, a mentorship platform connecting veterans and spouses with job opportunities.
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.”
Georgetown alum A. Wess Mitchell (MAGES ’04) was sworn into the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs last month. He previously served as president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis.