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.
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.
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.
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.
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.