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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.

11.23.2015

Yuan Fen (缘分): Thankful That Sanford Brought Us Together

Katherine Zhao and her aunt, smiling

Sanford brings together an aunt and niece who had never before met. The aunt, Luo Hao, is studying Public Policy and Management as part of a four-month training program at Sanford for Chinese government officials.

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.

09.22.2015

Summer Internship Series: Roberson Goes on the Radio

Susannah Roberson at work at The World.

Imagine having to call, email and tweet strangers in Norway in an attempt to schedule an interview for a story on an urgent deadline. It is a Friday afternoon, and when you finally reach one woman, she tells you that she is in a cab headed to a party, promptly hanging up. You have nothing. Journalism can be tough, but for Susannah Roberson PPS’16, it created a rewarding summer internship experience.

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.    

09.09.2015

Summer Internship Series: Hartney In The House

Maureen Hartney and the Capitol.

Sanford School graduate student Maureen Hartney MPP’16 served six years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. After receiving a ellowship which matches graduate students interested in international relations with internships in the federal government, she began working in the congressional office of Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). Conyers’ staffers made use of her foreign policy background and the skills she developed during her first year at Sanford.

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.

06.23.2015

Faculty Profile: William A. Darity, Jr. on Stratification Economics and Leadership at Duke and Beyond

Why are some people rich and others poor? Why are some places affluent while others not? These are the questions that first motivated Professor William Darity, Jr. to study economics.

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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