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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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