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SPA Alumni Milestones

Here are just some of the professional milestones our SPA alumni have achieved during their careers.

Our alumni share their milestones to help inspire current and future students and to stay connected with their SPA alumni community.

If you are an SPA alum and would like to participate, please look for the Alumni Milestones link in the monthly SPA Alumni Newsletter and submit your milestones today.

If you are not receiving the SPA Alumni Newsletter, please send your name, year of graduation, and degree earned to spacomms@american.edu and we will forward the Alumni Milestones link.

Jump to milestones by year:
2022 2021 2020 2019-1967

2022

Masters (On-Campus)
Year Month Name SPA Degree Earned Milestone
2022 March Winfield Wilson Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2012

Scheduled to present original policy research at the APPAM Research Conference in Austin, TX, in March 2022 – “The Shadowed Communities – a Review of Hazardous Dams and the People and Places They Impact "

2021

Masters (On-Campus)
Year Month Name SPA Degree Earned Milestone
2021 December Robert Davis  Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1980 Released digitally, soon to be in print, academic press book "The Search for the First Americans: Science, Power, Politics" (Oklahoma University Press)
2021 November Donna Reed BA in Political Science and Communications, 1975 Re-elected to sixth term on the City of Reading City Council, first woman to do so
2021 November Justin Bibb BA in Urban Studies, 2009 Elected Mayor of Cleveland
2021 October Noel Popwell Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1994 Secured role of Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science
2021 October Kailani DeVille MS in Organization Development, 2021 Started new job as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the City of Seattle’s Budget Office
2021   October Rebecca Osmolski Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2021 Hired as Digital Director for Senator Mazie Hirono at United States Senate
2021   October Eric Cooper Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2012 Joined the Amazon Team as an Operations Manager in Sacramento, CA
2021   October Benjamin Jones Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1996 Named to Manhattan Power 100 List - City & State Magazine
2021 September Donna Reed BA in Political Science and Communications, 1975 Elected Trustee of Berks History Center; formerly served as editor of its quarterly publication
2021   September Sharice Lane Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2017 Published article "Building Provider Capacity" in the peer-reviewed journal, "Infants and Young Children"
2021   September Paul Krissel MS in Organization Development, 2007 Retired after 15 years as an independent Organization Development Consultant, making a difference with non-profit, labor and government clients, facilitating strategic change and leadership development
2021   August Alexis Patterson MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 2021 Hired as Research Assistant for Westat
2021   August Rebecca DeSantis Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Hired as Equity Program Administrator for the City of Frederick, Maryland
2021   August Arsene Frederic Jr Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2021 Launched podcast focused on perception and reality
2021 July Monique Earl Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2007 Named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
2021 July Donna Reed BA in Political Science and Communications, 1975 Named co-grand marshal of annual Reading Pride Celebration
2021   July Matt DeWilde Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2021 | BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG 2016 | BA in Political Science, 2016 Started as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), working at the National Cancer Institute, Office of Budget and Finance 
2021   July Michael Palinkas Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2012 Promoted to Senior Manager, System Health at GetUpside
2021   July Sharice Lane Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2017 Enrolled in American University's Doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership program
2021   July Sandra Mansour Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2021 Hired as a full-time Analyst with the Government Accountability Office - a federal job has always been a goal of mine
2021   July Denise Winfrey MS in Organization Development, 1996 Named First Vice President of the National Association of Counties (NACo)
2021   July Hannah Diamond Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2021 Testified in a New York State Senate Public Hearing to advocate for enhanced job protections for direct care workers
2021   July Sabrina-Yvette d'Almeida MS in Organization Development, 2020 Interviewed for a diversity, equity, and inclusion podcast for the Association of Talent Development
2021   July Mark Fisher Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2011 | BA in Political Science, 2008 Promoted to Director of Advocacy Engagement at the Muscular Dystrophy Association
2021   July Arsene Frederic Jr Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2021 Launched Frederiq Styles, a fashion consulting agency focused on providing affordable styles to clients
2021   July Chloe Deitrich MS in Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy, 2020 Secured the DoD John S McCain Strategic Defense Fellowship cohort 2
2021   June Adam Rosenblatt MA in Political Science, 2007 | BA in Political Science, 2006 Served as Kathryn Garcia's chief pollster and message consultant during her historic campaign to become NYC's first female Mayor
2021   June Michael Palinkas Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2012 Tasked with launching new team in the Operations department at GetUpside - Marketplace Reliability Engineering
2021   June Michael Otten PhD in Technology of Management, 1972 Organized a panel of 4 prominent professors from Stanford, NYU and Ohio State to announce publicly an Election Reform Task Force
2021   June Hannah Diamond Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2021 Hired as State Policy Advocacy Specialist at PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)
2021   June Arsene Frederic Jr Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2021 Named Aerospace & Defense Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 
2021   June Paige Handley MA in Political Communication, 2018 Started new job as Research and Policy Director for John King for Governor, for the race for governor of Maryland
2021   May Eric Cooper Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2012 Earned a MBA from Sacramento State University
2021   May Emily Schnee MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 2021 Hired as Project Manager with The Marshall Project
2021   April Carol Wayman Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2002 Lead author on Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's report, "Strategies to Improve the Franchise Model: Preventing Unfair and Deceptive Practices"
2021   April Derek Smith Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2010 Promoted to Senior Manager, Online Content at NortonLifelock
2021   March Andrew Clary MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 2016 | BA in Justice & Law, 2014 Assumed program management and data analysis role with Avantus Federal in the development of border shelters to provide temporary housing for migrants at the US-Mexico border
2021   March Sabrina-Yvette d'Almeida MS in Organization Development, 2020 Presented at the Association for Talent Development's Organization Development Conference
2021   February Andrew Clary MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 2016 | BA in Justice & Law, 2014 Promoted to Associate at my current employer Avantus Federal
2021   February David Uhl Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2009 Named Executive Director of Feeding Washington
2021   January Will Perkins Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Named Senior Policy Advisor for Ward 4 Washington DC Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
2021   January Suzanne Steele Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2019 | BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG, 2018 Appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration, White House Liaison Office, Office of the Secretary of Energy
2021   January Leslie Peeler Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2021 Promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Promontory Financial Group
2021   January Naomi Miguel Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2017 Promoted from professional staff to Subcommittee Staff Director, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States at U.S House of Representatives

2020

Masters (On-Campus)
Year Month Name SPA Degree Earned Milestone
2020 December Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Published article on NAFSA's blog titled " "Access is the Minimum: Viewing Education Abroad through a Social Justice Lens"
2020   December Emily Schnee MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 2021 Hired as Project Coordinator with the International Association of Chiefs of Police
2020   November Suzanne Steele Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2019 | BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG, 2018 Appointed Deputy Director for Georgia Runoff Elections
2020   September Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Published chapter titled "Supporting Deaf Students in Education Abroad" in the new book "Social Justice and International Education
2020   August Moshe Nelson Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2006 Named into part of the Partnership of Grant Thornton LLP,  a global management consulting firm, as a Principal within Grant Thornton's Public Sector practice
2020   July Adam Rosenblatt MA in Political Science, 2007 | BA in Political Science, 2006 Named President of Core Decision Analytics (CODA), the opinion insights and data analytics division of the Core Strategic Group
2020   July Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Published an article in Diversity Abroad's Global Impact Exchange "Not Necessarily Lost in Translation: Deaf Students on Study Abroad"
2020   July Suzanne Steele Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2019 | BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG, 2018 Hired as Democratic Party of Georgia staffer to help flip the state blue
2020   June Maxwell Isaacoff Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2020 Hired as Federal and External Affairs Manager, Anthem Inc
2020   June Abigail McNeal Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2018 Promoted to Team Lead, Government Affairs Data at Bloomberg Government
2020   June Sabrina-Yvette d'Almeida MS in Organization Development, 2020 Hired as Chief Talent and Equity Office for Children’s Law Center
2020   April Rand Robinson MS in Organization Development, 2004 With my AU eduction and work experience, came to understand issues of organizational effectiveness and democratic practices, how to manage meetings, large retreats and workshops, develop trust
2020   February Rebecca Osmolski Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2021 Hired as Digital Communications Assistant for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at United States Senate
2020   February Jake Lewis MA in Political Communication, 2015 Named National Press Secretary for Tom Steyer Presidential campaign
2020 January Monique Earl Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2007 Named Executive Officer, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
2020   January
 
Claudette Cox MA in Political Science, 1981 Served on President Biden's Presidential Campaign Advisory Committee on Climate, Energy, and the Environment

2019-1967

Masters (On-Campus)
Year Month Name SPA Degree Earned Milestone
2019 November Michael Otten PhD in Technology of Management, 1972 Organized an in-person event at NYC Bar Association of 450 Business, Government & Law School alumni for Harvard Professor Michael Porter on Political Duopoly
2019 July Eric Cooper Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2012 Hired as Director Enterprise Services at California State University Maritime Academy
2019 June Brandy Brown Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2005 | BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG, 2003 Appointed Michigan’s first Climate and Energy Advisor to lead The Office of Climate and Energy which was created by Governor Whitmer in 2019
2019 May Sharice Lane Master of Public Administration & Policy (Online), 2017 Hired as Early Childhood Special Education Performance Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education
2019 April Derek Smith
 
Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2010 Awarded Leader Ace Award at Symantec, presented to a people manager who showed exemplary leadership above and beyond their job role and responsibility
2019 February John Quaglione BA in Political Science, 2001
 
Hired as Deputy Press Secretary for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
2018 December
 
John Quaglione
 
BA in Political Science, 2001
 
Named Deputy Chief of Staff and Press Secretary, New York State Senator Martin Golden
2018   July
 
Jonathan Chambers Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2013 Named Vice President for Delta Associates
 
2018   June
 
Benjamin Jones
 
Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1996 Named President & CEO of Battery Park City Authority
2017    November John Quaglione BA in Political Science, 2001 Elected New York City Council District, 43rd District
2017 October
 
Michael Otten PhD in Technology of Management, 1972
 
Founded "Reform Elections Now" to educate and advocate reforms to improve government by making election process more representative and fair
2017 October
 
Scot Faulkner
 
Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1978 Co-founded the Foundation for Photobiomodulation (PBM) Research 
2016 December
 
Kenneth Brockman Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1992 Chaired independent safety review board for the CEO and Board of Directors of Southern Company and South Texas Project
2016 June David Uhl
 
Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2009 Named Recovery Café Network Director
 
2016 May
 
Emily Conrad Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2016 Promoted to Director of Development at the Anacostia Watershed Society
2015 May
 
Jonathan Chambers Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2013 Named Associate for Delta Associates
2015 January
 
Erin Fuller Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1994 | BA in Political Science, 1993 Named President of MCI USA Association Solutions
 
2015 January Eric Miller Master of Public Policy (MPP), 2013
 
Hired as Health Insurance Specialist at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
2013 October Jonquil Clark MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 1978 Retired from First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Family Court Division
2012 October Monique Earl Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2007 Named Deputy Mayor, Budget and Financial Policy for City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
2011 December Robert Davis Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1980 Earned PhD from Virginia Tech in Science and Technology Studies
2011 March Erin Fuller Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1994 | BA in Political Science, 1993 Named Fellow of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives)
2010 October Scot Faulkner Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1978 Co-founded the The Dreyfuss Civics Education Initiative with Richard Dreyfuss
2010 July Earl Johnson BA in Political Science, 1979 Presidential Appointee for President Obama -- appointed Director of Office of Family Assistance
2009 November Erin Fuller Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1994 | BA in Political Science, 1993 Named President of Coulter
 
2009 April Kirby Bowers Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1977 Appointed and served six years as Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments serving the greater Raleigh Durham NC area
2007 March Paul Krissel MS in Organization Development, 2007 Started private practice at age 56 upon completion of my MSOD degree, with the help of retiree health care provided by the AFL-CIO
2005 October Kenneth Brockman Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1992 Served as the Director for Nuclear Installation Safety, leading a Division at the International Atomic Energy Agency, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005
2000 October Bruce Hudock BA in Political Science, 1974 Appointed Judge of the Superior Court for the State of Connecticut
2000 August Stephen Colgate Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1976 Received the Exceptional Service Award from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, which is the highest employee award 
2000 January Earl Johnson BA in Political Science, 1979 Appointed Associate Secretary for Health and Human Services, California
1999 January Earl Johnson BA in Political Science, 1979 Published book "Father's Fair Share: Helping Poor Men Manage Child Support and Fatherhood"
1998 July Scot Faulkner Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1978 Served as Global Practice Leader for the American Management Association
1997 October Stephen Colgate Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1976 Awarded by President Bill Clinton the Distinguished Senior Executive Service Rank Award
1996 January Robert Davis Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1980 Testified before Congress at various hearings, including before the Senate Armed Services Committee, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Space), on national security space policy, programs, and operations
1992 December Stephen Colgate Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1976 Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, Assistant Attorney General for Administration by the Attorney with approval of the President, and served as the senior career civil servant
1992 June Kirby Bowers Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1977 Served 17 years as County Administrator of Loudoun County, Virginia
1990 November Kenneth Davis MA in Political Science, 1968 | BA in Political Science, 1966 Elected to the Lower Merion Township (PA) Board of Commissioners, and served for 15 years, including as President
1989 June Kenneth Brockman Master of Public Administration (MPA), 1992 Managed the construction and operation of the Emergency Operations Center of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; worked with Ukraine in response to Chernobyl
1984 April Jonquil Clark MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 1978 Became Real Estate Sales Agent
1983 April Kenneth Davis MA in Political Science, 1968 | BA in Political Science, 1966 Launched my own firm Public Affairs Management, then called Duane Morris Government Strategies after we merged with the Duane Morris law firm, following my role of Director of Government Relations Rohm and Haas Company (later acquired by Dow Chemical) 
1982 September Jonquil Clark MS in Justice, Law & Criminology, 1978 Became a Certified Travel Consultant
1978 January Bruce Hudock BA in Political Science, 1974 Appointed Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for State of Connecticut (trial prosecutor)
1977 May  Bruce Hudock BA in Political Science, 1974 Earned JD at The Catholic University of America
1977 January Claudette Cox MA in Political Science, 1981 Helped found The Women's National Bank, now named Abigail Adams National Bancorp, Inc., and served as Co-Chairman of The Women's National Bank Advisory Board (1977 – 1984), the first federally chartered Women's Bank in the country
1969 January Claudette Cox MA in Political Science, 1981 Secured staff role on the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources and served from 1969 to 1981
1967 April  Kenneth Davis MA in Political Science, 1968 | BA in Political Science, 1966 Hired in the office of my US Senator Hugh Scott (R-PA) on Capitol Hil while completing my MA degree at AU, and after ten years became his Chief of Staff