The Policy Memo
A Bi-Annual Alumni Newsletter from the McCourt School of Public Policy
Spring 2014

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Welcome to the spring 2014 issue of The Policy Memo, a bi-annual alumni newsletter from the McCourt School of Public Policy, and a joint venture of the McCourt School staff and Alumni Board. 


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McCourt School News

Welcome Briana Green, Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs:  The McCourt School is pleased to welcome Briana Green as our new Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs.  Briana worked most recently as Associate Director of DC Area Outreach and Development at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law.  Briana's office will be in Old North 103.  Email her to introduce yourself!   


Send Your Policy Perspectives Updates Today: The McCourt School wants to publish news about your career moves, advances in education, research, and books. Please limit your items to 50 words and submit them along with your name, program and graduation year to [email protected].  Deadline for submissions is June 1st. 

Presidential Management Fellows Finalists Announced:
Congratulations to McCourt School alumni Anirudh Sarna and Henry Schleifer, who were recently selected as finalists for the 2014 Presidential Management Fellows program. Current students Rebecca Davison, Colin Huerter, Mason Ingram, Benjamin King, Hillel Kipnis, Andrew Brian Nguyen, and Rachel Wood were also selected as finalists. If your office seeks PMF candidates, please reach out to [email protected].  

Senator Elizabeth Warren Delivers Annual Whittington Lecture: Senator Warren (D-MA) said the United States must consider the consequences of civilian casualties in future use of military force abroad. Learn more

McCourt School Hosts Privacy Principles Event: Keynoted by FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and co-sponsored by the Georgetown Law Center, the McCourt School hosted its first major massive data event, Privacy Principals in the Era of Massive Data.


Tropaia No More:  In recognition of our new status as the seventh school at Georgetown, the McCourt School will hold our first official commencement ceremony this May. This is a big change from years' past, when degrees were conferred during the Graduate School of Arts and Science's commencement ceremony, supplemented by GPPI's "Tropaia" or awards ceremony. Learn more.


Alumni-Student Networking Happy Hour:  Local alumni joined the Women in Public Policy Initiative (WPPI) and other current students for an April happy hour at Elephant & Castle. WPPI members filled alumni in on a recent event that they hosted featuring a distinguished panel of women power players in DC.  


McCourt Students Win Case Study Competition: Stephanie Keller Hudiburg (MPP '15) and Xueting Wang (MPP '14) were selected as award recipients for the 2014 Case Study Competition hosted by the American Society for Public Administration Center for Accountability & Performance.  


McCourt School Student Conference Focuses on Immigration Reform: The 20th Anniversary of the McCourt School Policy Conference hosted panels examining the economic, international, and political perspectives and consequences of immigration reform.  


McCourt School Expands International and Executive Education Opportunities: The McCourt School of Public Policy will soon offer two new study abroad opportunities in Paris and Ghana and two new executive education opportunities. Learn more.

Stay Connected

For Generations to Come: Help us provide financial support for students and make MSPP more competitive with our peer institutions. Please consider making a gift today.


MSPP Career and Alumni Database: Keep your contact information up-to-date and check out job announcements at the MSPP Career and Alumni Database. Forgot your username or password? Email [email protected] or call 202-687-5542 for help.


Alumni Career Panels & Job Postings: The McCourt School recently hosted alumni panels on US Social Policy, International Social Policy, Education Policy, Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, working for the Congressional Research Service, a panel on getting your PhD, and a panel on leveraging your regional expertise. A big thank you to all alumni who participated! Contact Elizabeth Robbins about participating in a GPPSA Alumni Career Panel or posting opportunities for current students or alumni!


Sign Up for Hoya Gateway: Join fellow alums by signing up for Hoya Gateway, a platform for students and alumni to engage in one-on-one career conversations or job shadowing experiences. Get more information or sign up here to share your industry expertise with current students! Hoya Gateway has launched in DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, meaning that many of you living outside the Beltway can still participate.  With many students heading home at some point over the summer, now is a better time than ever, to connect with students about career opportunities in those locations. 


LinkedIn: Join over 1,200 students and alumni on the MSPP LinkedIn Group.


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