Citizenship and Civic Engagement Hosts First Annual Civic Leadership Alumni Leadership Series 

Maxwell LogoMaxwell’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 economy.

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