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.
Pilar Guzman Zavala (MSFS’05) discusses the challenges of juggling being an entrepreneur and a mother, and urges women to ask for help when they need it, in the Miami Herald.
Baer Pettit (MSFS’87) has been announced as the new President of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors.
Alumna Margaret Novicki (SFS’77) is running against the six-term incumbent Town Selectman of Orange, Connecticut. Novicki is a retired United Nations official, and this would be her first time serving the town council.
In a ceremony held in the Golden Room of Peru’s Palace of Government, alum Krishna Raj Urs (SFS ’80) presented his credentials as U.S. Ambassador to Peru to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment on August 3.
John Desrocher (SFS ’86), career member of the Senior Foreign Service and American diplomat since 1988, was named U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in September. He is featured in an in-depth Lake Placid News profile.
Marlene Nang Kham Young (SFS-Q ’13), Deputy CEO of KBZ Bank, highlighted the practices that have made KBZ Myanmar’s financial powerhouse in a special report for Forbes Asia.
David Ralston Jr. (SFS ’76, L ’79) was honored with the John Carroll Society’s 2017 Pro Bono Legal Service Award for volunteer legal contributions to low-income individuals in the Washington, D.C. area.
MSFS alum Jeremy Konyndyk, former foreign disaster assistant chief under President Barack Obama, criticized the White House’s delayed response to Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico over Twitter.
In light of the new travel ban, Wael Alzayav, MSFS ’07 and adjunct professor, spoke about its implications for Muslims coming to the United States.
Alumni Marco Figus (SFS’80) was named head of the newly established AXIA Ventures Group in Milan. Figus is set on bringing unique investment opportunities to his clients.
MAAS alum Robert Keller shares his experiences as AMIDEAST Palestine Country Director.
SFS alum Brian Haile was named the new CEO of the Nashville-based nonprofit network of community health centers, Neighborhood Health. The organization is the largest provider of primary care to Nashville’s homeless residents and uninsured adults.
SFS alum Roger Cochetti, who served on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy during the Bush and Obama administrations, discusses potential changes to federal legislation regarding the liability of major internet companies.
SFS alum and the Attorney General of Michigan, Bill Schuette, announced his run for governor in Michigan. The election will take place in November 2018.
Former Ambassador to Costa Rica Fitz Haney (SFS’90, MSFS’91) made his “Dancing With the Stars” debut in Costa Rica. After the end of his term as ambassador, Haney and his family decided to stay on in Costa Rica, and he chose “Dancing With the Stars” as his next venture.
President Trump’s Chief of Staff, alum John Kelly, brought in SFS alumna Kirstjen Nielsen from the Department of Homeland Security to serve as his deputy in the White House. Her new leadership style is discussed in POLITICO.
Alum John Desrocher, who joined the foreign service in 1988 after graduating from the SFS, was sworn in as the newest ambassador to Algeria. He was featured in his hometown newspaper, the Lake Placid Sun.
SFS alum Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, was featured as number six in POLITICO Magazine’s annual POLITICO 50 List. He discusses the best book he read this year, his feelings about Twitter, and a few policy goals.
SFS alum John Cook was recently named a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
A book by SFS alum Michael Auslin, “The End of the Asian Century,” was named to the POLITICO 50 Reading List by another SFS alum, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney (SFS’89).