Duke alumnus Jeff Harris has been named director of Duke in Washington and associate director of federal relations for the university, said Christopher Simmons, associate vice president for federal relations. Harris is currently the senior manager for public affairs and policy program communications at the Aspen Institute where he manages public outreach, social media, media relations and other communications responsibilities.
“I’m a little biased in this area, but I don’t think you can do anything more important than try to have a positive impact on children who are going through the education process. We can advocate for better conditions for children by representing school systems, and I like to think that’s a large part of what we do,” says Richard Schwartz PPS ’75.
Charlotte Lee PPS'15 has conducted HIV/AIDS and nutrition research in Kenya and health research in Peru, and also coordinated the first New York City Hepatitis B Awareness Week. She recently found out that she's won a scholarship that will provide her with a terrific "gap year."
When Sean Knierim MIDP’08 imagined his career path, his vision looked very different than the reality turned out to be.
“Every time I’ve been confident about what I was going to do next, I’ve been wrong,” Knierim said. The alumni speaker for Duke Sanford School of Public Policy’s 2015 master’s and PhD graduation ceremony, Knierim had originally planned to be an academic. He now works as the chief of staff at the Jeff Skoll Group, which includes media and entertainment companies, several philanthropic groups and an investment company.
An Army officer at the local recruiting officer is talking to an 18-year-old, a physically fit high school graduate with good grades and a clean record, who is eager to enlist. But he also uses marijuana. If the recruiting office is in Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal but still against federal law, the Army loses a promising recruit. A team of Sanford students tackled this policy problem.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chavius Lewis completed a 2015 Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship at Sanford. During his time at Duke, Lewis explored the feasibility of employing merchant vessels for offshore presence and launch of U.S. military operations. He says he was surprised by something he learned from the other students.
Politics and policy became real to Assistant Professor Deondra Rose – even became her life’s work – when she was on a bus one day as an undergrad at the University of Georgia. There were two young women sitting across from her, looking at a sign above her head. The sign was an advertisement was for the Miss University of Georgia (Miss UGA) pageant.
"You're famous for last-minute, improvised, sometimes panic-filled approaches to finishing and staging plays," noted a Duke University student to playwright Tony Kushner. "What would you say to students looking to create?" Kushner was in Durham, NC recently to deliver the Crown Lecture in Ethics at Duke University.
Amber Henson is a key player for the Duke women's basketball team. On the heels of senior night, she reflected on her decision to attend Duke and choose public policy as a major.
As the first in his family to graduate from college, Congressman Bradley Byrne PPS’77 attributes his success to giving every job he has ever had the highest priority, working hard and, most importantly, listening to what others say. He attributes his career in public service to the lessons and tools that he gained during his time at Duke. However, his path to Congress was far from clear-cut. While he was always interested in public service, it was years before he thought about running for office.
Danielle Zapotoczny PPS ’96 has used her public policy education in every facet of her career, from managing a film production company to engaging media with policy issues at the United Nations Foundation.
When Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway ’91 stepped behind the podium last March to announce he would no longer defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban, he was, in effect, walking onto the national stage. What caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of online viewers was the catch in Conway’s voice when he discussed the role his wife played in his decision.