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Alumni Profiles & News

Alumni Profiles & News


Turning Collective Memory into Collective Action: Alumnus David Estrin, PPS’13

David Estrin, Together We Remember

While his post-Duke career started off on the oh-so-familiar trajectory of consulting, what David Estrin PPS’13 is focusing on now is far off the beaten path.  After four years at Accenture Strategy, where he advised numerous Fortune 500 clients as well as the firm’s first corporate philanthropy program, he left to start Together We Remember, a nonprofit aimed at honoring victims of the Holocaust and other genocides throughout history.


A Career in an Essential Service: Alumnus Eric Dinallo MPP'87

When Eric Dinallo MPP’87 set out to build a career, insurance wasn’t what he first had in mind.  He was interested in public service and had gone to law school to gain more tools that would be helpful in government work.  “No one wakes up and says, I want a career in insurance,” he said.


2020 Graduation Stories: Daniel Gardner

Daniel smiles underneath the Duke Chapel arches

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.


Working From Home, Aiding COVID-19 Response Abroad: An Interview with Parviz Ahmadov MIDP ’18

A headshot photo of Parviz Ahmadov

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.


Alumna Profile: A Lawyer Fighting Corruption with Public Policy Tools

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.


Alumna Pays It Forward by Investing in Women

Lori Cashman

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.


Jillian Johnson PPS’03: Creating Policy Solutions in Her Own Backyard.

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.


Alum Leads Oversight at U.S. Department of Interior

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.


Alumnus Profile: A Career Dedicated to Creating Opportunity in Public and Private Sector Alike

“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.


Sanford Alums Honored at Homecoming

Several Sanford alumni were honored at Homecoming weekend at a ceremony in the new Karsh Alumni Center.


Coffee in Jordan Leads to an MPP at Sanford

Hardy Vieux MPP'93 and Maria Rameriz MPP'20

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.  


"The Business of Building Hope" Alumnus Profile: Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07

Sarhang Hamasaeed

“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.