IPAers, IPPSters, and Fordies: Catch up with fellow alums via fall 2016 "Class Notes"

January 1, 2017
Marc Holzer

Marc Holzer

Marc Holzer (MPA '68), who went on to earn his PhD in political science at U-M in 1971, has been appointed University Professor at Rutgers, where he served as founding dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (2006-16). He is author or editor of more than 50 books and 200 articles and other manuscripts.

Mike McGee (MPP '83), CEO of Miller Canfield, was recently interviewed by Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio's "Stateside," about solutions for municipalities struggling with finances.

Diana Maurer (MPP '90) graduated from IPPS as Dave Maurer and recently transitioned gender. Diana is the first transgender member of the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and is responsible for GAO's work on justice and law enforcement issues.

Stacy Dean (MPP '92), who heads up the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' work on federal food assistance programs, testified twice this year on SNAP—once before the House Oversight Committee and once before the House Agriculture Committee.

Kathleen Mantila (MPP '94) joined the U.S. Department of Justice in November 2015. As deputy director of the office of audit, assessment, and management, Kathleen reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of grant programs, processes, and initiatives in a number of areas.

Richard McManus (MPP/MSW '00) is a senior consultant with The Lewin Group, a health and human service consulting firm. Rick lives in Charlton, Massachusetts, with his husband, Michael, and their four kids.

Ferzana Havewala (MPP '03) received her PhD in public policy and political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas this May. This fall, she joined the faculty of the University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs as a tenure-track assistant professor. She will initially teach analytical techniques courses and will then create and teach courses on food policy and social inequality.

This September, Airea D. Matthews (MPA '03) was honored with a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, which recognizes women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Airea's first collection of poems, simulacra, received the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.

Karishma Shah Page (MPP '03) was recently named partner at the global law firm K&L Gates. In the firm's DC of office, Karishma focuses on federal policies related to tax, financial services, retirement security, and healthcare issues.

Lloyd Grieger

Lloyd Grieger

Lloyd Grieger (MPP '04, PhD '10), assistant professor of sociology at Yale University, received the Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences. He currently teaches courses in applied quantitative analysis and poverty and social welfare policy.

Daniel Rothschild (MPP '05) and Jennie Rothschild welcomed their second child, Harriet Ruth Rothschild, on July 7.

Adrienne Fernandes Alcantara (MPP '06) and her husband Jason Alcantara, along with big sister Aurora, welcomed daughter Lucia Grace in November 2015. Aurora and Lucia are cousins of Xavier Arbuckle, son of Adrienne's twin sister (and fellow Fordie) Nicole Fernandes (MPP/MS ‘08).

Sarah (Haradon) Engle (MPP/MUP '07) and Nate Engle (MPP/MS '07), along with big sisters Ellery (6) and Teddy (3), welcomed Faye Arbor to the world on July 13.

Andrew Schroeder's (MPP '07) recently formed NGO, WeRobotics.org, has received seed funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. He published an article on humanitarian robotics for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), collaborated with UNDP in the Maldives on drone mapping for disaster resilience, and is speaking at several international forums on the use of robotics for social good.

Nicole Fernandes (MPP/MS '08) and Peter Arbuckle (MS '07) welcomed future Wolverine, Xavier Arbuckle, in September 2015. Xavier is already best friends with baby cousin Lucia Alcantara, daughter of Nicole's twin (and fellow Fordie) Adrienne Fernandes Alcantara (MPP '06).

William Rich (MPP '09) was named U.S. Treasury attaché to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sultanate of Oman. Based at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, he represents the Treasury's finance, macroeconomic, tax, and national security interests in the region.

Ari Parritz (BA '10) graduated with an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management this June. He joined Vermilion Development in Chicago as a real estate development associate.

Daniela Pineda (PhD '10) recently became vice president of integration and learning at First 5 LA, a leading grantmaking and child advocacy organization.

Nathan Cole (BA '11) released his second book, Cycle Breakers, this fall. It seeks to inspire readers "to interrupt the status quo, break destructive cyclical patterns, and live with unprecedented purpose."

This year Kim Dunham (MPP '11) and her former Microeconomics GSI, Pete Fritz (MPP/MBA '10), spent six months helping to build Deloitte Consulting's higher education practice. They traveled from Boston and Philadelphia, respectively, to Baltimore each week to help a well-known private university transform student administrative experiences. They also did the Ford School proud by dominating bar trivia on Wednesday nights.

Lelia Gowland

Lelia Gowland

Lelia Gowland (MPP '11) was profiled by Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines in the article, "You're better at negotiating than you think you are." In the piece, Lelia shares four tips for women seeking to improve their workplace negotiation skills.

Tommy Held (BA '11) is a new member of the class of 2018 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); he plans to concentrate in international economics and China studies.

Stephanie Rose (BBA '06, MPP '11), hired as director of strategy at Teach for America in 2013, was promoted to managing director of impact reviews this June. Stephanie reports that her program evaluation training is serving her well, for which she thanks the Ross and Ford Schools.

Joseph Sutkowi (BA '11) married Katie Lynn Mitchell, LMSW, in Detroit this July. They recently moved to New York City, where he has enrolled in a master's program at New York University.

Andrew Beilein (BA '12) was promoted to director of government relations for Business Roundtable.

Kate Saetang & Michael Yates

Kate Saetang & Michael Yates

Kate Saetang (MPP '12) and Michael Yates (MPP/MBA '13) exchanged wedding vows in a small, stateside ceremony this February and will share in a Thai water ceremony in Pattaya, Thailand next February. Based in DC, Kate and Michael are both public sector management consultants.

Rohan Dharan (BA '13) was hired as the coordinator of secondary schools for the Washington, DC public school system; he assists with a wide range of logistical and policy-related tasks associated with running the district's middle and high schools.

DJ McKerr (BA '13) is working as a consultant at The Advisory Board and recently began his MBA at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Sarah Zarate (MPP '13) was recently recognized with a Leader of the Future award from the Public Policy Forum, the largest nonpartisan research organization in southeast Wisconsin. The forum also recognized the MKE Plays program, which Sarah created, with one of its private-public partnership awards.

Caroline Andridge (BA '14), a Princeton in Africa Fellow, is working as an HIV prevention analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Pretoria, South Africa.

Rachel Jacobson (MPP/MS '14), her husband Joel Goldstein, and their dog, Caleb, welcomed daughter and sister, Yahra Temima Goldstein, on August 3. The happy family lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Rachel works for NOAA and the Corporation for National and Community Service and Joel is studying to become a Rabbi.

Rachel Potter's (PhD '14) dissertation, "Writing the rules of the game: The strategic logic of agency rulemaking," was honored with the George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award (from Presidential Studies Quarterly) and the Olson Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Economy and E.E. Schattschneider Award for Best Dissertation in American Politics (from the American Political Science Association).

Kelsey Rhodes (BA '14) was hired as the leadership training academy communications associate at Physicians for Reproductive Health. She brings the stories of abortion providers to life in the media and loves being an advocate for women's health.

Layne Scherer (MPP '14) accepted a program officer position at the National Academies of Science Board on Higher Education and Workforce, where she will continue to conduct research on STEM education policy.

Juliana Pino (MPP/MS '15) and Erin Tinnon were married in September 2015, "salsa dancing into the future with friends and family in Chicago." That December, Juliana was promoted to policy director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, where she works to strengthen equity in environmental policies and wields her Fordie knowledge against structural oppression.

Class of 20??

Left to right: Harriet Ruth; Lucia Grace with cousin, Xavier; Teddy and Ellery with little sister, Faye; Yahra Temima, ready to "lead like Gerald."



Below is a formatted version of this article from State & Hill, the magazine of the Ford School. View the entire Fall 2016 State & Hill here.