• Maxwell Alumni News

  • Singer becomes executive board chair at BrainScope

    Michael Singer ‘86 MAIR has been named executive chairman of the board at BrainScope, a company developing assessment devices for brain-related injuries that can be used remotely. Singer was previously the CEO of BrainScope, a position he has held since the company was founded more than a decade ago.



    Lou Luba honored with criminal justice award

    Lou Luba ‘93 JD/MPA was presented with the Oliver Ellsworth Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Connecticut Criminal Justice Educational and Charitable Association on June 6 in Farmington, Conn. The award is conferred annually to a Connecticut prosecutor who has “made exceptional contributions in the pursuit of justice.”



    Elizabeth Cohen evaluates the concept of citizenship in new book

    The Maxwell School is proud to announce the publication of Citizenship, a new book by Elizabeth F. Cohen and Maxwell alumnus Cyril Ghosh ’05 MA (PSc)/’08 PhD (PSc), associate professor of political science at Wagner College. Citizenship is an introduction to the concept of citizenship and an evaluation of the idea’s continuing relevance in the 21st century.



    Charles Cutshall moves to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    In May, Charles Cutshall ‘07 BA (IR)/’09 MPA became chief privacy officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Cutshall provides policy and program oversight for privacy compliance and is responsible for managing risks associated with personally identifiable information.



    El Segundo names Maxwell alumnus city manager

    Scott Mitnick ‘89 MPA became the city manager of El Segundo, Calif., on July 1. Mitnick now manages a staff of more than 240 employees as well as the city’s approximately $115-million budget. El Segundo is a hub of aerospace activity and the home of Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Los Angeles Times.



    Maxwell alumna Laura Hand '71 BA (PSc) announces retirement from NBC3

    Laura Hand '71 BA (PSc), the long-time anchor and reporter for NBC3 and CNY Central News, has officially announced she will be retiring from her broadcasting career in October. She has been a beloved member of the CNYCentral team for more than 40 years and is well-known throughout Central New York for her contributions.



    New Maxwell Perspective features climate change research

    The recently published edition of Maxwell Perspective — the School’s twice-annual magazine for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other friends — is now available online. All full-length articles are available as individual webpages in the Maxwell Perspective section of this website.



    Maxwell alums featured in WSYR-TV series Victory Over Violence

    Abdul Saboor '18 BA (PSc)/’19 EMPA/CAS Conflict Resolution, was recently featured in a story by WSYR-TV as part of a series called “Victory Over Violence.” Abdul is Community Navigator at Center for New Americans. The story also includes Olive Sephuma ’12 EMPA, who is the center’s director. This refugee resettlement agency in Syracuse is part of Interfaith Works of CNY.



    Maxwell alum appointed Beverly Hills city clerk

    Huma Ahmed '16 EMPA/CAS (Conflict Resolution) moved to Syracuse in summer 2015 for Maxwell’s Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Conflict Resolution programs. In May, The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously elected her city clerk, effective July 1, 2019. She expects her Maxwell skills and network once again to guide her in a new role.



    Nazak Nikakhtar nominated to Commerce post

    Nazak Nikakhtar ’02 MA (Econ) has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Security. She currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Industry and Analysis), where she is the department’s primary liaison with United States industry and trade associations.



    Dan Gerlach named interim chancellor at East Carolina University

    In April, Dan Gerlach ’90 MPA was named the interim chancellor of East Carolina University; he started those duties on May 6. Since 2008, Gerlach has been president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, which works to increase economic opportunities in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities.



    Jessica Wolfanger made senior research scientist at CNA

    Jessica Scott Wolfanger ’01 BA (PSt/PSc) has been promoted to senior research scientist in the Resources and Force Readiness Division of CNA. CNA, formerly known as the Center for Naval Analyses, is a nonprofit research organization that applies operations research and analysis to a broad range of national security, defense, and public interest issues.



    Kelly Flannery becomes CFO of Charlotte, N.C.

    In May, Kelly Flannery ’00 BA (IR) was named the new chief financial officer of the City of Charlotte, N.C.; she assumed those duties on June 10. As CFO, she oversees the accounting of all funds, totaling $2.6 billion, and directs day-to-day financial operations for the city.



    Book by Serin Houston offers Seattle as case study of urban governance

    A new book by Serin Houston ’11 PhD (Geog) uses Seattle as a case study, delving into some of the most pressing and compelling aspects of contemporary urban governance in the United States. The book, Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance, was published in May by the University of Nebraska Press as part of its “Our Sustainable Future” series.



    Zac Champ is bureau chief of staff at the FCC

    In May, Zac Champ ’10 JD/MPA was named chief of staff for the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau develops and implements the FCC’s consumer policies and serves as the agency’s connection to the American consumer.


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