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  • Rayder oversees University of Alabama water research institute

    Scott Rayder ’92 MPA is the new executive director of the Alabama Water Institute (AWI), based at the University of Alabama. He assumed that role on August 1. AWI conducts integrated research and education on complex issues of water quantity, quality, and security, globally and locally.



    Rottkamp made president and CEO of nonprofit Dutchess Tourism

    Melaine Rottkamp ’91 BA (PSc) is the new president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, the official destination marketing and management organization for Dutchess County, New York. Rottkamp was previously vice president for Dutchess Tourism, which she joined in 2012.



    Cademartori bequest supports Maxwell School undergraduates

    Future undergraduates majoring in history or economics at the Maxwell School will benefit from scholarship funds provided, in his will, by alumnus Dominick Cademartori ’52 BA (Econ). Cademartori’s $30,000 gift is intended to extend the legacy of his own studies as a first-generation American and first-generation college student for whom college was nearly discontinued owing to financial hardship.



    Khan book analyzes impact of remittances on international relations

    A new book co-authored by Sabith Khan ’11 MPA/IR provides a unique analysis of the impacts that remittances (e.g., money sent home by migrant workers) have on community development and relations between the nation-states. The book, Remittances and International Development: The Invisible Forces Shaping Community, will be published by Routledge later this month and is available for pre-order now.



    Levinthal to serve as senior D.C. correspondent for Business Insider

    Dave Levinthal '02 BA (PPhil) has joined Business Insider as senior Washington correspondent. Business Insider is a popular and long-established news website, focused on financial and business news. Levinthal previously spent seven and a half years at the Center for Public Integrity, as an editor and senior reporter focused largely on federal politics.



    Bell joins Rivian as director of regulatory affairs

    Nancy E. Bell ’94 JD/IR/’96 PhD (PSc) has been named director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel for the vehicle manufacturer Rivian. Rivian is an American automaker and technology company that produces emissions-free electric adventure vehicles.



    Long-time World Bank staffer Valerio will work with Dominican Republic

    Alexandria Valerio ’93 MPA, a consultant and specialist with the World Bank for more than 27 years, has been selected to serve as the bank’s resident representative for the Dominican Republic, beginning July 1.



    Khawaja book focuses on vision of one global humanity

    In his recent book, One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution (Lambert Academic Publishing), author Mahboob A. Khawaja ’81 MA (PSc)/’00 PhD (SSc) offers a 21st-century vision of global harmony, transcending what he terms “obsolete systems of global governance, peace, security and conflict resolution.”



    Nicholson selected for Next City’s elite Vanguard Program

    Jane Nicholson ’04 BA (Geog/IR)/’13 MPA, a senior planning associate at MRB Group, was selected to participate in Next City’s acclaimed Vanguard program for 2020. Next City is a journalistic nonprofit focused on revitalizing communities and tackling complex urban challenges around the globe. Its Vanguard program is an annual convening of the brightest minds in community revitalization, scheduled to take place this September in Greensboro, North Carolina.



    Brian Kam '16 BA (IR/MES) embarks on new venture in nursing

    After spending time aiding disaster relief efforts in Nepal, Brian Kam '16 BA (IR/MES) is acquiring a new skill set. Kam decided nursing school was his best opportunity to combine his passion for helping others with tangible medical experience, and he recently took the state license exam to become a registered nurse.



    Gray named vice president at Raytheon Intelligence & Space

    Tracey Gray ’02 MPA was named vice president for communications and external affairs at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. In his new role, Gray is responsible for brand communications, public relations, digital media, employee communications, and public affairs.



    Hackbarth promoted to director at the American Security Project

    Alexandra Hackbarth ’15 MPA/IR has been named director of climate and energy security at the American Security Project, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on national security issues and the appropriate use of American power. In this new role, Hackbarth will take on additional leadership tasks while continuing her research on how climate change affects U.S. national security interests around the world.



    Caperton elected to APIA Scholars Board

    Julie Caperton ’92 BA (Hist) is a new member of the board of directors for Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars). Caperton will help lead APIA Scholars as they seek to ensure all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are able to access higher education regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or financial means.



    Davis moves to Seneca County Industrial Development Agency

    Sarah Davis ’16 MPA has been named the executive director of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (SENIDA). In her new position, Davis will lead the organization as it works to expand commercial, industrial, and recreational opportunities across Seneca County.



    Gooden named dean at Virginia Commonwealth University

    Susan Gooden ’95 MA (PSc)/’96 PhD (PSc) is the new dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her appointment was effective April 16. She is charged with helping the Wilder School strengthen pedagogical programs while increasing research on global challenges.



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