On Thursday, January 3, Sadaf Jaffer (SFS’05) was sworn into office as mayor of Morristown, New Jersey. She is New Jersey’s first South Asian woman to be elected mayor. While serving as mayor, she will continue to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
While studying at the School of Foreign Service, John Laytham (SFS’66) accepted a job as dishwasher at Clyde’s. Five years later, he was promoted to partner and co-owner of the iconic Georgetown restaurant. Laytham passed away January 3, leaving a legacy of service to the D.C. community and vision for the D.C. restaurant scene.
An existing program for aspiring public servants has a boost and a new name thanks to the leadership and personal generosity of Paul (F’62) and Nancy (H’02) Pelosi (Parents’88,’89,’91,’95).
Wookjae Jung (SFS’15), a former Korean Air Force officer, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, winning one of the most selective postgraduate scholarships in the world. The scholarship pays for a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.
The Diversity in National Security Network and New America have honored the contributions of 35 Black American experts in U.S. national security and foreign policy, including: Zaid Zaid (SFS’96), Anthony Johnson (SSP’18), Lesley Warner (SSP’09), Chanda Brown (SSP’07), and Brionne Dawson (SFS’02).
SFS alumna Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91) is the newly-appointed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. In an interview with the Sri Lanka Mirror, Teplitz outlined her hopes and goals for her time as ambassador: “Among those is strengthening our business ties, looking for opportunities for US investments here, and greater trade. Whilst the US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market, I’d also like to see more import of US products, investments, and businesses in Sri Lanka, and contributing to the growth of the country. I’d like to see progress in our mutual security challenges, including maritime.”