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  • Kristen Lyon, intern at the U.S. Department of Defense, poses in front of the Jefferson Memorial.

    Defense Intern Pushes Boundaries

    The Department of Defense is often portrayed as intimidating. That didn’t bother Kristen Lyon.

  • Maximizing Opportunities for Social Change

    Jonelle Williams, a NOBLE Scholarship recipient, has seen the dark side of human struggle and is intent on making the world a brighter place. Born in Sierra Leone, Williams and his family fled their native country to escape civil war.

  • President of APCO Worldwide Gives $100,000 gift for SPA Scholarship

    Margery Kraus, SPA/BA '67, SPA/MPA '71, president and CEO of APCO Worldwide and a member of the Board of Trustees, established the Margery Kraus Public Affairs and Advocacy Endowed Scholarship Fund.

  • Lydia Albanesius

    Heading Back to Kindergarten to Teach for America

    Lydia Albanesius, SPA/BA ’07, a recipient of the Lura Bradfield Foundation Scholarship, thought she wanted to go to law school. Then she realized she didn't want to be a lawyer - she just wanted to do social justice work.

  • FedEx Exec Promotes Shipping
    Industry in Capital

    Gina Adams BA/SPA '80 represents FedEx in Washington, DC. She is currently the company's top lobbyist working with the executive branch, members of Congress, policymakers, and industry associations on issues that affect the shipping industry.

  • Tonya Vidal Kinlow

    Alumna Appointed D.C.’s First
    Education Ombudsman

    Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty pledged to improve the city’s schools. And he found a key person to help him do it: Tonya Vidal Kinlow, SPA/MPA ’05.