Ebonie Simpson PPS ’12, the co-executive director of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, feels the impact of representation every day. As a Black woman leading an organization that primarily serves girls of color, she is a witness to the intangible value of her presence to the community she serves.
On May 4, 2020, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 1043, which among other things established the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NCPRO) to “ensure coordination of federal funds received by State agencies and local governments, and proper reporting and accounting of all funds,” including the $3.6 billion from the Cares Act. Three weeks later Stephanie McGarrah MPP ’00 was appointed to direct the office.
After an expansive career in peace building and reconciliation, Branka Panic MIDP ‘19 founded AI for Peace, a global organization based in San Francisco. True to its name, she describes the work as “using artificial intelligence to create lasting peace, security, and sustainable development.”
Before coming to Duke, Joy Basu PPS’08 lived her entire life in the same house, a split-level on a suburban corner in a conservative Illinois town. Since leaving Duke, she has moved almost twenty times, crossing the country and the globe. Currently living in San Francisco, Basu strives to “act as a thoughtful global citizen, with strong Midwestern roots.” While her path has carried her between the public and the private sphere, she has always felt a clear connection to her public policy training.
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.
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.
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.