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Alumni Profiles & News

08.23.2018

Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Public Policy Trailblazer Built Career in Media, Education

Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Broadcaster, Musican, Educator

Brett Chambers’ PPS’79 career can’t be described with simply one title, as he’s held varied positions in broadcasting and education. Now a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the top historically black universities in the country, he’s also a television producer, director and musician. His wide range of interests is what led him to become one of the early public policy graduates from Duke.

07.30.2018

Alumna Lauren Hendricks PPS'12 Coordinates Appearances for Democrats’ Big Names

When Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez visited the Sanford School in April, a Sanford alumna was at his side.

Lauren Hendricks PPS’12 is the political surrogate program manager at the DNC. In that role, she coordinates the efforts of political influencers and celebrities – not just politicians or candidates – who travel around the country sharing the party’s message. 

05.07.2018

Alumna Leads Sanford, Self-Help Partnership for Food Equity

Kharmika Alston

As a Food System Finance Fellow, Kharmika Alston MPP’12 splits her time between the Self-Help Credit Union in downtown Durham and the World Food Policy Center at the Sanford School. Alston’s job is to work with food entrepreneurs of color from across North Carolina, providing technical assistance for securing financing and helping create networks for sharing best practices.

04.20.2018

Alum Damjan DeNoble Combines Law, Technology to Help Immigrants

Damjan Denoble

Damjan Denoble PPS’07 is an immigration attorney, but he’s an immigration attorney who has had a diverse and circuitous career path. While at Sanford, Denoble’s involvement in Professor Tony Brown’s courses and service-based activities, both of which contributed to his being awarded the William J. Griffith University Service Award as a senior, inspired him to enter the field of social entrepreneurship.

03.29.2018

Alumna Profile: Caroline Fairchild PPS'12 Is Changing the World of Media On LinkedIn

Caroline Fairchild

By Adam Beyer

When people think of LinkedIn, they think of it is as the leading social media network for professionals. But today, LinkedIn is a growing source of news and original reporting.

02.26.2018

Alum Pearce Godwin leads Program to Promote Political Dialogue

Pearce Godwin

Sitting on a bus in Uganda, Pearce Godwin PPS’08 felt the urge to write. He had been following the political news from his home state of North Carolina and felt troubled by what he saw as increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric.

01.19.2018

Alumna Leads North Carolina Community College System Through Transition

North Carolina has 58 community colleges, serving approximately 700,000 students annually, spread all across the state. Jennifer Haygood MPP’01 is one of the system’s top administrators.

11.13.2017

John Drescher Leads News & Observer Into Digital Age

John Drescher

Across the country, newspapers are evolving. As print subscriptions and advertising revenue fall, they are increasingly becoming digital media organizations. As executive editor for the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer John Drescher MPP’88 is leading his newsroom’s digital transition.

10.23.2017

Alumna Advises Vice President Biden in his New Venture

Stef Feldman talks to Vice President Joe Biden

Stefanie Feldman PPS’10 has seen America’s gun control debate play out before. Like many people, she remembers watching the news reports about the murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. But in the wake of the killings, Feldman, at the time a policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, would get an opportunity most American didn’t—she was part of the team leading the development of policies President Obama and Vice President Biden would issue in order to address gun violence and mental health.   

08.30.2017

Alumna’s Startup Brings Second Opinions to Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Trying to find an oncologist to provide a second opinion is difficult in many locations due to wait times or geographic distance, making decisions about treatment even harder for patients. Hua Wang PPS’03 is a cofounder and CEO of SmartBridge, a startup based in Washington, D.C. that connects oncologists with cancer patients who want a second opinion or guidance. Several members of Wang’s family had been affected by cancer and she saw the idea as a way to help others.

05.30.2017

From Sanford to Syria: MIDP Grad Pursues Career with United Nations

Cynthia Viveros-Cano

Since graduating from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Cynthia Viveros-Cano, MIDP ’04, has taken her expertise to conflict zones in South America and the Middle East, and to United Nations headquarters in New York City. Viveros-Cano is now stationed in Damascus, Syria, as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Viveros-Cano’s role is help ensure aid gets to the people who need it most. 

03.15.2017

Alumna Profile: Health System CEO Reflects on Career as 'Unconventional Leader'

Nancy Schlichting

How do you save a hospital system? That’s the question Nancy Schlichting PPS ’76, had to answer when she took over as CEO of the Henry Ford Hospital and subsequently became system CEO. The Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System was losing millions, the city of Detroit was in decline, and employee morale was low. Schlichting and her team managed to turn the system around, bringing it to profitability by 2003.

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