For Daniel Gardner PPS’20, becoming a Duke student – and now alumnus – has been a lifelong dream. Coming from a Duke family, he has photos on campus at various points throughout his childhood, culminating in his graduation pictures this week.
Parviz Ahmadov MIDP ’18 is working as an Economic Consultant at the World Bank. Recently the World Bank launched COVID-19 emergency support for countries that are struggling with the impact of coronavirus on the poor and vulnerable. So, Ahmadov is working with the Global Health Practice team to prepare and help implement a lending project for the country of Georgia for their coronavirus response.
Susana Garcia Garcia MIDP ’14 was in the midst of a legal career with government of Mexico when she realized she needed to go back to school. However, as a skilled and experienced lawyer, she needed the right program to bolster her strengths and equip her with the tools necessary to move forward. That was when she found Sanford’s Master of International Development Practice.
Lori Cashman PPS ’94 was at a turning point in her private equity career. She had backed off of her workload and travel schedule to focus on supporting one of her children through some medical issues. As her child’s issues subsided, she felt a call to action, a call to use her passion for investing in a more intentional and meaningful way.
For Durham’s Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson PPS ’03 the path to affordable housing investment runs through her backyard. Johnson made local headlines last year after she planned to build a duplex on her property to rent out to lower-income families.
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.