Civic Engagement Hosts First Annual Civic Leadership Alumni Leadership Series
Maxwell’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program (CCE) kicks off its Civic
Leadership Alumni Leadership Series with a Thursday, March 27, panel discussion
featuring three Maxwell undergraduate alumni.
Michael Cox ’08 (Hist/PSc), Nora Heaphy ’90 (IR), and Andrew Shapiro ’04
(PSc/Mgmt) return to SU to describe their post-graduation career paths and how
their undergraduate experience helped them become leaders in their fields. The student-moderated discussion will take
place in Maxwell Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.
Following a stint with Teach for America in New York City, Michael
Cox worked on the staffs of Congressmen Maffei and Meeks, providing policy
counsel on various topics. Now working at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he focuses
on the federal economic development agenda, promoting innovation and
competitiveness and supporting regional growth and success in the worldwide
Nora Heaphy spent two years in Lesotho, South Africa, as a Peace Corps
volunteer. Upon her return, she was an instructor for the English language program
at UC Berkeley. She has since led several humanitarian and educational
organizations and is now the director of development at InterFaith Works,
supporting the social-justice needs of Central New York.
Andrew Shapiro has worked for a variety of governmental agencies in several
major cities including Boston and Los Angeles. He is currently the economic
development planner for the City of Salem, Massachusetts, where he manages the
city’s business loan programs, business recruitment and retention initiatives,
and coordination with state and local economic development organizations.
The Civic Leadership Alumni Leadership Series provides a
public forum about engaging in civic and political life in provocative and
challenging ways. It explores the opportunities and responsibilities of active
citizenship and suggests creative educational pathways for future civic leaders
in wide-ranging areas of expertise. 03/25/14