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Maxwell Courses and Peace Corps Work Prepare Alumna for Public Service Work in DC

December 6, 2022


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Teena Curry

While finishing her Maxwell School M.P.A. in the spring of 2007, Teena Curry was given the opportunity to stay in Washington, D.C., to complete her capstone project. She and a team of classmates spent six weeks in the capital, conducting an impact analysis for the nonprofit organization Emmaus Services for the Aging. “Despite it being May and hot and humid, it was then that I decided I wanted to live in D.C.,” she says. “I loved the energy there.”

Curry now lives in D.C. and is a private enterprise officer for USAID, an organization whose charge is ending extreme global poverty and enabling “resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.” She says her Maxwell courses, paired with her humanitarian work with the Peace Corps in Madagascar after graduation, prepared her well for the public service role. “The courses I took at Maxwell helped develop skill sets for public service,” she says. “It was very relevant and useful. Maxwell made my journey to Washington, D.C., possible.”

Published in the Fall 2022 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

Headshots of people featured in Connected in the capital package

Washington, D.C., is home to a thriving academic program and the greatest concentration of Maxwell School alumni outside of New York. Read their stories.

Amy McKeever Headshot

Amy McKeever ’06 is a full-time senior writer and editor for National Geographic. 

Andy Paladino Headshot

Andy Paladino ’18 B.A. (Geog) pairs geolocation information with vision data and other software to provide analytics for commercial and government clients.

Benedict, Ashan

The executive assistant chief of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is pursuing an executive master’s degree in Maxwell’s D.C. program.

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Political Science student Gina Tette interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. earlier this year where she assisted in research for the criminal case against the first defendant to be tried for the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Heather Fischer Headshot

Graduate student Heather Fischer is the senior advisor for human rights crimes at Thomson Reuters Special Services.

Hugo Brousset Headshot

Hugo Brousset ’13 works with the World Bank’s Partnership for Economic Inclusion, focusing on social protection with a global scope.

Zuleika Rivera Headshot

Zuleika Rivera ’15 B.A. (PSc/PSt) is the LGBTI program officer for the D.C.-based International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights.

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