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  • Alia Nankoe, '02 MAIR

    Alia Nankoe is the Gender-Based Violence Capacity Development Coordinator for the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Humanitarian Response Branch. UNFPA is an international development agency that seeks to alleviate poverty, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect. Currently living in rural Senegal, Alia earned her MAIR from the Maxwell School in 2002.

    Amy Chan, ’08 MPA

    Amy Chan is an Executive Analyst with the Office of the City Manager for the City of San José, California. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Amy completed her MPA at Maxwell in 2008, and also earned her bachelors from Santa Clara University with a double-major in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

    Andrew Hollander, '05 MPA

    Andrew Hollander is the Deputy Executive Director for Operations and Implementation at the Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners at the New York City Department of Education. Andrew earned his MPA at Maxwell in 2005, and has a BA from Binghamton University.

    Anna Abbey, '09 MPA

    Anna Abbey is a Conflict Resolution Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center (CPRC), which provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services to the entire agency. She earned her MPA in 2009 with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Applied Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, and also holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

    Anne Robinson Wadsworth, '09 MPA

    Anne Robinson Wadsworth is the Executive Director of the Girls Education Collaborative. She earned her MPA from Maxwell in 2009 through the Executive MPA program, and also holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Bowdoin College.

    Beatriz Bustos, '05 MPA, '10 PhD

    Beatriz Bustos is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at Universidad de Chile. As a Fulbright Scholar, Beatriz completed her MPA in 2005 and then continued with a PhD in Geography, completing it in 2010.

    Beau Miller, '11 MAIR

    Beau Miller is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Aythos, originally Helambu Project USA, which consults with communities in developing countries on leadership and economic development initiatives. Originally from Rochester, NY and now living in Washington DC, where he also works with Save the Children, Beau completed his MAIR in 2011.

    Cathy Choi, ’02 MPA

    Cathy Choi is the Director of Programs for The Eisner Foundation in Beverly Hills, California. She earned her MPA from Maxwell in 2002, and also holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).   

    Chance Briggs, '97 MPA

    Chance Briggs currently serves as national director for World Vision International's operations in Mali. In this role, he manages a large development program focused on food security, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, agricultural production and marketing, and disaster preparedness and response. He earned his MPA from Maxwell in 1997.

    Chia Chia Wang, '00 MAIR

    Chia-Chia Wang is the Civic Participation Coordinator at the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, NJ.

    Chris Meek, '92 BA (PSc & Econ)

    Christopher Meek is the chairman and co-founder of, a non-profit dedicated to serving men and women who are or have recently served in the United States Armed Forces. He earned a dual BA in economics and political science from Maxwell in 1992, and also holds an MBA from Pace University.

    Christopher Malagisi, '04 MPA

    Christopher Malagisi is currently an expert political consultant, freelance writer, and an adjunct professor at American University. Christopher has an MPA from the Maxwell School, as well as a dual BA in Political Science and the Communications, Law, Economics & Government Interdisciplinary major from American University.

    Clint Misamore '10 MAIR

    Clint Misamore is the Coordinator for Marketing and Program Development at the Milken Institute, a think-tank that strives to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital, and enhance health.

    Craig Colten, '84 PhD (Geo)

    Craig is a historical geographer, author and professor at Louisiana State University. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he had been among the experts who had predicted the potential of a disaster of that magnitude. His award-winning historical geography book,

    Deborah Greebon, '07 MPA

    Deborah Greebon is Executive Director for OneVillage Partners, an international NGO based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota that works to alleviate extreme poverty in Sierra Leone by building self-sufficiency through village-led investments in agriculture, income generation, education, health, water and sanitation.

    Dorji Choden ’01 MPA

    Dorji Choden '01 MPA is Bhutan's first woman minister and the minister for the Works and Human Settlement. She is also Bhutan's first woman engineer and has two decades of experience with civil service in Bhutan.

    Elizabeth (Crosby) Fomegne, '09 MPA

    Elizabeth Fomegne is a Public Health Analyst at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Originally from central Massachusetts, she earned her MPA from the Maxwell School in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Illustration ('04) from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, also at Syracuse University.

    Elizabeth Cardona, ’10 MPA

    Elizabeth Cardona is the Director of the Western Massachusetts Office for the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She earned her MPA from Maxwell in 2010, with a CAS in Conflict Resolution. She also holds a BS in American Studies with a Concentration in Social Issues from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

    Erika Hoffman-Kliess, '00 MPA

    Erika Hoffman-Kiess is a founding partner of the JOBS Group entities - JOBS Trust, JOBS ICT Private Limited, and JOBS International.  Erika is currently based in Vermont having returned to the U.S. last year after a decade living abroad in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

    Felipe Estefan, '09 MAIR, MS PR

    Felipe Estefan is a public diplomacy expert. He is currently part of the Open Governance and ICT4Gov teams at the World Bank Institute. In that role, Estefan works on the use of mobile and web-based technology to make governments more open, more participatory and more transparent.

    Gary Butterworth, '04 BA (IR)

    Gary Butterworth produces "Washington Forum," a 30 minute, French-language TV discussion program that is broadcast live every Thursday to eight African countries from Voice of America's Washington, DC studios. Originally from Blackwood, NJ, Gary graduated with a BA in International Relations (topic concentration in Foreign Policy Studies and geographic focus on Europe) in 2004.

    Ian Edelstein, ’10 MPA

    Ian Edelstein is a public affairs officer for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Ian earned his MPA from Maxwell in 2010 with a CAS in Civil Society Organizations, and also has a BA in Studio Arts from Colorado College. Originally from Concord, NH, he now lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, '78 MPA

    Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers is an international development consultant based in Washington, DC with a wealth of experience working in the Federal government. She earned her MPA from the Maxwell School in 1978, and also holds a BA in Urban Studies from Syracuse University.

    James Baxter, '87 BA (IR)

    James Baxter is the Founding Editor and Publisher of iPolitics. Previously, he was the Legislature Bureau Chief of The Edmonton Journal. A native of Ottawa, he received a BA in International Relations and an MA from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1987.

    Jana Morgan '08 MAIR

    Jana Morgan is an Assistant Policy Advisor at Global Witness, where she does policy work on conflict minerals. Global Witness is an organization focused on breaking the link between natural resource exploitation and human rights violations, corruption, and conflict.

    Jeff Eckel, '84 MPA

    Jeff Eckel is the CEO of Hannon Armstrong, and earned his MPA from the Maxwell School in 1982.

    Jeremy Johnson, '03 MA (PSc)

    Jeremy Johnson served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nong Khai, Thailand after working as an attorney in Phoenix, AZ. After his Peace Corps experience, Jeremy lectured at a university in Thailand and recently attended King's College London, University of London to earn his LL.M. Jeremy earned a JD and MA in Political Science from Syracuse University in 2003.

    Jessica Sotelo, ’02 MPA

    Jessica Sotelo is the Executive Director of Partners for Prosperity: New Beginnings for Eastern Idaho, an asset building, poverty reduction organization serving several regions in Idaho. She earned her MPA from Maxwell in 2002, and also holds a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from Idaho State University.  

    Jo Rispoli, '03 MAIR

    Jo Rispoli is a Regional Specialist on Labour Migration/Migration and Development for the International Organization for Migration. He earned his MAIR from Maxwell in 2003 with concentrations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Intercultural Communication and Negotiation, and holds a BA in History from Syracuse University as well. Hailing from New York, Jo has lived and worked in Africa for more than a decade since graduation, and now lives in Pretoria, South Africa.

    John Linsley, '09 MAIR

    For the past two years John was the safety coordinator at The School for Field Studies (SFS), an international field studies school for undergraduates. In this role, he visited SFS' field campuses in Kenya, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to support safety, health, and risk management systems; provide crisis response and medical skills training to the field staff; and contribute to program development.

    John Mandyck, '92 MPA

    John Mandyck serves as chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, which recently formed through the integration of Carrier Corp. with UTC Fire & Security. John received his bachelor's degree in policy studies from Syracuse University, as well as an MPA from the Maxwell School in 1992.

    Joseph Kaifala, '10 MAIR

    Joseph Kaifala is Executive Director of the Jeneba Project. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and currently studies International Law at Vermont Law School.

    Karen Fox, '00 Ph.D Soc

    Karen Fox is not a typical Maxwell graduate.  She’s a professional psychic, medical health intuitive, and spirit medium.  In 2010, Karen established The Aspen Program for Psychic Development based in Denver, Colorado.

    Kathleen Hochul, '80 BA

    Congresswoman Kathleen Hochul graduated from the Political Science undergraduate program of Arts & Sciences in 1980. She assumed office as Representative of New York’s 26th District on June 1st, 2011. 

    Kimberlin Butler, ’03 MPA

    Kimberlin Butler is a Program & Network Manager at Grantmakers for Education, a national network of over 290 foundations and corporate giving programs working to improve outcomes and opportunities in education. She earned her MPA from the Maxwell School in 2003, and has a BA in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

    Lee Willbanks, '84 JD/MPA

    Lee Willbanks is Executive Director, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper at Save The River. Save The River was formed in 1978 to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research.

    Lloyd Purdy, '06 MPA/MLA

    Lloyd Purdy is currently Director of Oregon City's downtown development program, MSOC Inc.  He leads the public/private partnership tasked with revitalizing a 166 year-old downtown (the oldest west of the Rocky Mountains) into a modern marketplace.  He earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School in 2006, and also holds a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

    Michael Cox, '08 BA (History) / BS (PSc)

    Michael Cox is an Obama Administration Presidential Appointee at the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Maxwell in 2008, and also earned a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University in 2010. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Michael now works to advance President's economic agenda at the Commerce Department.

    Milena Sanchez de Boado, '99 MPA

    Milena Sanchez de Boado was the 2011-2012 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center.  Before taking on this role, Milena worked at the World Bank, where she focused on rule of law projects in developing countries, including projects with ministries of justice, judicial councils, judicial training institutes, bar associations and academia.

    Pat Fiorenza 11' MPA

    Pat Fiorenza is currently a Research Analyst at GovLoop. is a knowledge network for government employees. He received his MPA from the Maxwell School in 2011.

    Patrick Gaetjens, '12 MPA/IR

    Patrick Gaetjens is a Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he works on projects which use tax incentives to foster economic growth. He graduated in 2012 with a dual MPA/IR degree.

    Rachel Roberts-Pickett, '05 MPA/IR

    Rachel Roberts-Pickett is a certified project manager (PMP®) for real estate development firm, Red Leaf Investments, LLC, where she provides program and financial management services. Prior to Red Leaf, she served for seven years as a management consultant for the public sector consulting firm, Hagerty Consulting, carrying out post-Hurricane Katrina local government and community redevelopment work in New Orleans, LA, and on the gulf coast of Mississippi.

    Richard G. Wilson, '68 MPA

    Richard Wilson is the Port Director for Port of Anchorage, Alaska. The Port of Anchorage serves as the gateway for most of the goods coming into Alaska - 90% of the consumer goods for 85% of the State. He earned his MPA from the Maxwell School in 1968, and also holds a BA in government from Pomona College.

    Rob Simpson, '01 MPA

    Rob Simpson serves as president & chief executive officer of CenterState CEO, as the executive director of the Central Upstate Regional Alliance, and president of Syracuse's business incubator, The Tech Garden. He previously served as president and CEO of the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York (MDA). A native of Upstate New York, Rob earned his MPA from the Maxwell School in 2001.

    Robert Magliaro, ’08 B.S. (Econ, IR, & PSt)

    Rob Magliaro is an Assistant Principal at The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in New York, NY.

    Roman Yavich, '11 MPA

    Roman Yavich is currently a graduate student pursing a Masters of Science in Environmental Science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He earned his MPA at the Maxwell School in 2011.

    Sandeep Silas, '08 MPA

    Sandeep Silas is the forerunner of an initiative called "Garland of Peace." He conceived this singular plan some years ago. One of its main goals is to "Declare War Ruins as Peace Heritage Sites." Sandeep earned his MPA from Maxwell in 2008.

    Sara Nadelman ’02 BA (Soc)

    Sara Nadelman is the Country Director for Transitions, an NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which provides aftercare to teenage girls who have been sexually trafficked. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from the Maxwell School in 2002, and she also earned a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in international health from Boston University’s School of Public Health in 2009. Currently in Phnom Penh, Sara oversees all of Transitions’ programs on the ground in Cambodia.

    Scott Rayder, '92 MPA

    Scott Rayder currently serves as a Principal at Kelly, Anderson & Associates, Inc., a management consulting based in Washington, D.C. Before this appointment, Scott was the first Chief of Staff to NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) and chief adviser on policy, personnel and budget matters from 2001 to 2008.

    Scott Taitel, '79 BA (Policy Studies)

    Scott Taitel is the Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership at the Clinton Foundation, and is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He earned his BA in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School in 1979, and also holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

    Scott Taylor, '06 MPA/MAIR

    Scott Taylor is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army and a Strategic Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He earned his MPA/MAIR from Maxwell in 2006, and also holds a MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College and a BS in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University.

    Shamsiyya Mustafayeva, ’10 MPA/MAIR

    Shamsiyya Mustafayeva is the Associate Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA). She earned a MPA/MAIR from Maxwell in 2010 with a CAS in Conflict Resolution and another in Leadership of International and Non-Governmental Organizations. She also holds a MA in Teaching Methodology from Azerbaijan University of Languages and a BA in Philology from Azerbaijan State Institute.

    Shannon Fitzgerald O’Shea, ’01 MAIR

    Shannon Fitzgerald O’Shea is currently a Programme Specialist in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Unit in the Office of the Executive Director at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Originally from Berlin, CT, and now residing in New York City, Shannon holds an MAIR from the Maxwell School, as well as a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    Stacy Lemery, '13 MAIR

    Stacy Lemery, a current MAIR student, is interning at the US Department of State in the Policy Planning and Coordination Office of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA/PPC). WHA/PPC coordinates among the other regional offices of the Bureau and also handles any issues that cross boundaries within the hemisphere, such as human trafficking, narco trafficking, transnational crime and violence, religious freedom, LGBT equality, and women's empowerment.

    Steve Hagerty, ’93 MPA

    Steve Hagerty is the founder and CEO of Hagerty Consulting, a management consulting firm that helps clients prepare for and recover from disasters. He earned his MPA from Maxwell in 1993, and graduated in 1991 with a degree in Consumer Studies from Syracuse University's College for Human Development.

    Timothy Rudd, ’07 MPA

    Timothy Rudd is a Research Associate at MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization. He earned his MPA from Maxwell in 2007, and also holds a BA from Syracuse University.

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