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Virginia (Doyle) Sobol ’79 B.A. (PSc)

is the senior manager of editorial and content at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City. 
February 22, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Anthony M. Zola ’76 M.A. (Econ)

is a senior researcher working in social risk management at GMS Research Group in Pathumthani, Thailand. He has worked in Africa and Asia in development administration, rural and agricultural development, and policy research.
February 22, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Haekeun Cho ’09 E.M.P.A.

has been named president of the state-run Korea Post, the national postal service of South Korea. He previously held positions at the Korea Post as director of the South Jeolla regional office, the posts bureau and the postal savings bureau.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Dawn M. Epstein ’06 M.P.A.

was named executive director of Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS), a nonprofit that introduces children ages 2-14 to the sport of running. Founded in 2009, HKRS hosts over 230 races in 30-plus states and territories.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Brian K. Frederking ’94 M.A. (IR)/ ’98 Ph.D. (PSc)

has published “Renegotiating the Liberal Order: Evidence from the UN Security Council” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2022). Frederking is a political science professor at McKendree University. 
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Lisa M. Henty ’09 M.P.A.

accepted an appointment with the city of Cortland, N.Y., as the director of administration and finance. In this role, Henty oversees budgeting, auditing and tax collection for the city of Cortland.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Deniece O. Laurent-Mantey ’09 B.A. (IR)

was named executive director of the president’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States. Located in the State Department, the 12-member council makes recommendations for engaging the African diaspora community in the U.S. as well as partners on the African continent.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Michele C. Lee ’02 B.A. (PSc)

has been identified as one of the most influential women in Bay Area business for 2023 by the San Francisco Business Times. Lee is deputy general counsel for Pinterest, an image sharing platform and social media company. 
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Danique G. Masingill ’13 B.A. (Hist)/ ’14 E.M.P.A.

recently founded The Hero Academy, a program that provides service and facility dogs to veterans and first responders. In 2017, Masingill co-founded the nonprofit Leashes of Valor, which provides service dogs to post-9/11 veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Christopher R. Sponn ’20 M.P.A.

was confirmed as director of workforce development for Tompkins County, N.Y. The Tompkins County Workforce Development Board coordinates resources to meet employer workforce needs and works to ensure a trained workforce is available to employers.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

John W. Stefanski ’14 M.P.A.

is the assistant city manager for San Rafael, Calif. He oversees the city's emergency management, library, recreation, sustainability and parking services. He has worked in local government for almost a decade and previously served as assistant to the city manager for Dublin, Calif., in Alameda County.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Alfred J. Sweeney ’19 B.A. (PSc)

is a case manager for civil rights complaints in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights which provides resources and technical assistance on civil rights and environmental justice efforts and provides support for community-led action.
February 2, 2024
Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Ugur Altundal ’22 Ph.D. (PSc)

received the best dissertation award in the American Political Science Association’s “Migration and Citizenship” section in 2023 for his dissertation, titled "The Right to Travel: Toward an Ethics of Short-Term Mobility.”

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Kafui Attoh ’08 M.A. (Geog)/ ’13 Ph.D. (Geog)

has co-authored the book “Disrupting D.C.: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City,” with Katie Wells ’08 M.A. (Geog)/’13 Ph.D. (Geog) and Declan Cullen ’13 Ph.D. (Geog). The book is an analysis of the deep social divisions and urban politics that gave rise to the gig economy in the U.S. 

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Damyre Benjamin ’18 B.A. (PSc)

has become an assistant district attorney in the Trial Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Brian Bertsch ’99 B.A. (PSc)

was recently appointed head of global communications for StoneX Group, a financial services company. Bertsch is responsible for developing the overall internal and external communications strategy at the corporate level and across regional business segments.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Phillip Burke ’07 B.A. (Soc)

was a top 13 finalist out of 850 submissions for his play, “He’s the First,” in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Based in New York City, the festival promotes emerging directors, performers and producers. He also earned a B.F.A. from the College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2007 and is an inaugural fellow with The Latinx Playwrights Circle Summer Jam Fellowship.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Kimberlin Butler ’03 M.P.A.

recently completed the Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) program. Based in Washington, D.C., LGW offers career-building skills and leadership training to mid-level professionals.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Thomas Constable ’04 M.A. (PA)

has joined the Whitman School of Management as the associate director of defense programs.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

John Crandall ’10 B.A. (Anth)

has recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "The Bioarchaeology of Labor Exploitation: Overseas Chinese Workers, Ethnic Violence, and the Burdens of American Progress (~1860-1930)” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research on migrant laborer health and anti-migrant violence contributes to the Chinese Railroad Workers of N. America Project at Stanford University.

December 13, 2023
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of the Maxwell Perspective
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