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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.


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.


Humans of Duke Sanford: Adi Pradana, MPP'16

Adi PradanaSo I won a contest that’s looks for new ideas for ‘blind spots’ in international development. (It was beginner’s luck, I didn’t think it would be that good!) Coming from Indonesia, I worked for the government in forestry. In Indonesia, one of the biggest issues is deforestation. It’s one of the top deforesters in the world. We don’t have the capacity to enforce or monitor rules. So I proposed the idea of using drones.


Duke Athlete Balances Baseball, Policy

Jalen at bat

Between baseball and his coursework, Jalen Phillips PPS’16 has a lot on his plate.Phillips, a left-hander who plays first base and outfield for Duke, decided to study public policy to seek solutions to issues of inequality. “I find it interesting that there are pretty large disparities between what the wealthy could afford and what those that did not have much could afford,” the Ocoee, Fla., native said. “I realized that changes through policy … it is the sword that gets things done.”


Abele Award Winner Finds His Mission Where Two Roads Meet

Bahari Harris in India

Sanford student Bahari Harris, who is also pursuing an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, was named the Julian Abele Student of the Year. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, in community service and in campus involvement. Before Sanford, Harris started a nonprofit in Durham, N.C. called Urban Hope.


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.


Sanford Student Reflects on Controversial North Carolina Law

Hunter Buckworth smiling

Earlier this year, Charlotte, N.C., passed an ordinance that, among other things, allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. A month later, the North Carolina General Assembly called a special session and passed House Bill 2 (HB2). HB2 essentially repeals the Charlotte ordinance. Hunter Buckworth, a graduate student at Sanford, talks about HB2 and the climate at Sanford.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.