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The School of Public Affairs had 80 students in its first class in 1934. To celebrate, we profiled 80 alumni, students, and faculty. Read more profiles »

Gwen SykesGwen Sykes,
SPA/MA ’01

As CFO of the U.S. Secret Service, Gwendolyn Sykes brings to SPA students years of experience managing financial operations for federal agencies. Read more »

Muriel BowserMuriel Bowser,
SPA/MPP ’00

On November 4, 2014, SPA graduate Muriel Bowser was elected as the seventh, and only second female, mayor of the District of Columbia. Read more »

Tim HuelskampTim Huelskamp,
SPA/PhD ’95

Congressman Tim Huelskamp came to AU’s School of Public Affairs with a scholarship, and four years later, left with a Ph.D. in Political Science. Read more »

Ryan MooreProfessor Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore’s expertise in statistical methods mixed with his knowledge of politics of social policies helps him explain the changing dynamics of governance. Read more »

Phil MendelsonPhil Mendelson,
SPA/BA ’81

Phil Mendelson has built a legacy of public service leading up to his current position as chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia. Read more »

Michael GalanoMichael Galano,
SPA/BA ’94

Michael Galano, a partner at the international law firm Holland & Knight LLP, designs and implements complex government affairs strategies. Read more »

Patrick KellyPatrick Kelly,
SPA/BA ’15

As a senior in the School of Public Affairs, Patrick Kelly has taken advantage of much that AU and Washington, DC have to offer for students. Read more »

Gina F. AdamsGina F. Adams,
SPA/BA ’80

After joining FedEx in 1992, Gina Adams is now the senior vice president for government affairs, the company's top lobbying position. Read more »

Andy MacCrackenAndy MacCracken,
SPA/BA ’11 & MPA ’14

When President Barack Obama decided to move forward on executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, he reached out to SPA alumnus Andy MacCracken. Read more »

Kenneth MertenAmb. Kenneth Merten,
SPA/MPA ’86

Ambassador Kenneth Merten was inspired for a career in diplomacy by a strong interest in the world beyond our borders. Read more »

Sophia WirthSophia Wirth,
SPA/BA ’15

As AU’s student government president, Sophia Wirth has collaborated with leaders from the university to the White House on issues facing college students nationwide. Read more »

Mark SylviaMark Sylvia,
SPA/BA ’96 & MPA ’98

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. Directly involved in the state’s progressive movement is School of Public Affairs alumnus Mark Sylvia. Read more »

Bill DaviesBill Davies,
Professor

Bill Davies brings a European perspective to the School of Public Affairs and the examination of the practice of justice, law, and criminology. Read more »

Emily BeyerEmily Beyer,
SPA/BA ’11

As the deputy press secretary for Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Emily Beyer has learned how to react quickly in Washington. Read more »

Lauren E. BeckLauren E. Beck,
SPA/BA ’94

After visiting DC at the age of 13, Lauren Beck knew she wanted to attend college in the nation’s capital. She attended SPA and now represents Kellogg Company to Congress. Read more »

Jim McGovernCongressman Jim McGovern, CAS/BA ’81 & SPA/MPA ’84

Congressman Jim McGovern (D - MA) got his introduction to politics while at SPA. Today he is a champion for progressive causes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more »

Terry SzuplatTerry Szuplat,
SPA/BA ’95

Communication is key for Terry Szuplat, the senior director for speechwriting in President Obama's National Security Council. Read more »

Brianne NadeauBrianne Nadeau,
SPA/MPP ’06

Brianne Nadeau brings to DC's Ward 1 Council a commitment to community activism and expertise in communications and advocacy. Read more »

Joe VidulichJoe Vidulich,
SPA/BA ’08

A 2008 graduate of the School of Public Affairs, Joe Vidulich maintains strong ties to the AU community as an advocate for alumni and students alike through the Alumni Board. Read more »

Vivian SantoraVivian Santora,
SPA/MPA ’97

Vivian Santora built a career as fundraising professional and today serves as chief development officer at Women’s World Banking. Read more »

Dr. John BoyerDr. John Boyer,
SPA/PhD ’89

After nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare, in both public and private sectors, Dr. John Boyer continues to look fondly on his experiences at SPA. Read more »

Eric EikenbergEric Eikenberg,
SPA/BA ’98

As chief executive officer of the Everglades Foundation, Eric Eikenberg fights with a fervor often reserved for lobbyists and political operatives. Read more »

Taryn MorrisseyProfessor Taryn Morrissey

Taryn Morrissey, assistant professor at the School of Public Affairs, works to examine and improve public policies for vulnerable children. Read more »

Valerie Merahn SimonValerie Merahn Simon,
SPA/BA ’94

CLEG major and participant in the inaugural SPA Dean's Leadership program, Valerie Merahn Simon was exposed to career options at SPA that she had never considered before. Read more »



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