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Alumni Profiles & News

09.01.2016

Sanford Alumna Combats Human Trafficking Around the World

Combating human trafficking around the world was not what Susan Coppedge PPS’88 expected to be doing after leaving Duke. Initially, she wanted to practice environmental law. But an experience while she was an assistant U.S. attorney put the Stanford law grad on the path that eventually would lead to her current job: Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.

08.23.2016

Sanford grad comes full circle, returns as professor this fall

For Sarah Komisarow, stepping into a Sanford classroom is coming home. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke in 2008, with a B.A. in Public Policy. When she returns this fall, she’ll have a new title—this time, she’ll be Professor Komisarow.

04.13.2016

Meeting the Challenge: Alum Pioneers Healthy Beef

Claire Herminjard

Claire Herminjard PPS’05 is the founder and CEO of Mindful Meats, a company based in Point Reyes Station, Calif., that supplies pasture-raised, certified organic beef to consumers.

03.08.2016

Improving Health by Changing the Environment

Sarah Strunk

Sarah Strunk PPS’87 never envisioned she would be working in public health, much less that she would have to consider the needs of a local pig hunters’ association to do it.

01.26.2016

Sanford Alum Helps Improve Economic Mobility of Front-line Retail Workers

Walmart exterior

As Senior Manager for Global Responsibility at Walmart, Luis Maes MPP’14 is tasked with leading a five-year, $100 million initiative that seeks to address a fundamental challenge in the retail employment landscape – how to better train and advance entry-level workers.

12.02.2015

Caitlin Durkovich PPS'94 Safeguards America's Infrastructure

There is no typical day for Caitlin Durkovich PPS’94. As Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she oversees the nation’s efforts to protect America’s infrastructure -- the assets, systems and networks that enable the American way of life -- from outside threats.

10.27.2015

Summer Internship Series: Alum Connects Colombians With Health Care

Felipe Magofke with the team from Bive.

In some regions of Colombia, low-income people who need to see a medical specialist wait three to six months, and pay a high cost for care that is often low-quality. One startup company is seeking to change that. Duke Sanford School of Public Policy graduate Felipe Magofke MIDP’15 spent his summer in Colombia working with Bive, a health care membership service that provides low-income workers and their families with faster and cheaper access to medical care.

10.22.2015

Rachael Chong MPP'09 is Transforming Volunteering

Rachael Chong

Rachael Chong MPP'09 was working in investment banking and looking for ways to give back to the community.  She found herself hauling lumber in a schoolyard in the Bronx. It was good work, but it wasn’t work she was good at doing. In fact, she found it surprisingly hard to find volunteer opportunities that used her professional skills. So, she's created technology she hopes will transform philanthropy.

09.15.2015

Alumnus Profile: Michael Conway PPS’88 Leads Starbucks to New Places

Head shot of Michael Conway.

You would figure there would be a lot of coffee if you were to walk into the Starbucks corporate headquarters in Seattle, but finding four to five break rooms on every floor, each one equipped with coffee brewers, coffee grinders, espresso machines and the milks and syrups the company is known for—that might be unexpected.

09.10.2015

Sanford Alum Launches Project to Fight Tuberculosis

Seven-year-old Manoj wriggled impatiently in his mother’s lap, longing to play outside rather than take his latest round of medicine. Months before, a health care worker had come to his home in Chennai, India, to give him a tuberculosis (TB) test after one of his family members had gone to a clinic seeking treatment for the disease. Manoj, it turned out, also had an active case of TB.    

06.24.2015

Kristin Rechberger PPS’95: Dig Deep and Follow Your Passion

Rechberger scuba diving, posing near a giant clam

Kristin Rechberger’s travels have taken her all around the world – from the Arctic Circle to tropical islands in the Pacific. But she never goes on vacation. “I go where I think I can make an impact,” the founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet said. Her company works with businesses and governments across the globe to help them find ways to restore nature.

06.09.2015

Career Advice From Sanford Grad, Top Young Healthcare Exec

Delvecchio Finley

Delvecchio Finley MPP'02, the 36-year-old CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has completed a lot of things that many people his age dream of. He managed to leave public housing in Atlanta behind, eventually earning a master's degree in public policy at Duke.  Since then, he’s risen swiftly in health care. Today, the 36-year-old Finley is CEO of one major medical center, Harbor-UCLA, and he's recently been tapped to lead another, Alameda Health System.

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