Being confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a high-level government appointment would be a highlight in anyone’s career. But for Mark Greenblatt PPS’ 95, becoming Inspector General of the United States Department of the Interior (IG DOI) also carried a broader significance: It is the first time the office has a Senate-confirmed Inspector General in more than a decade.
“She wanted a solution to migrant labor by end of day Monday. It was a Thursday.” At the time, Sam Walker PPS ’80 was the acting administrator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. The directive was from Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George H.W. Bush and fellow Duke alum. Dole had just returned from a visit to sugarcane fields in Florida and was so horrified by the conditions she called on Walker for an immediate solution.
Several Sanford alumni were honored at Homecoming weekend at a ceremony in the new Karsh Alumni Center.
Earlier this year, Maria Ramirez MPP’20 sat down to prepare to speak to members of the Sanford School Board of Visitors about her experiences as a student. As she looked through the packet of information about the board members, she was surprised to see a familiar face: Hardy Vieux PPS’93.
“I was born into conflict,” said Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07. His parents met when they had become neighbors after their home villages were destroyed. He was four years old when the Iran-Iraq war broke out and he remembers Iranian jets bombing his city.
Sanford alumnus Sekou Kaalund MPP’99 has landed his “dream-come-true job” as head of JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative. The new program aims to help black Americans achieve greater economic success, and is the first of its kind.
“The greatest thing that Duke gave me was the reassurance that I could overcome anything,” says Kimberly Holmes Wiggins PPS’02. Her perseverance, determination, and compassion have contributed to her success in journalism and led her to start her own business.
Emily Hadley PPS’15 discovered what she wanted to study at Duke when she took Public Policy 155 and Statistics 101 during the same semester and felt like they “fit together.” The skills she developed have been integral to her meaningful work as a college advisor, a graduate student, and now as a data scientist at RTI International.
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.
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.
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.
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.