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A Sanford Love Story: Emily Hutz MPP’16 and August Mao MPP’16

Emily Hutz MPP'16 and August Mao MPP'16

Emily Hutz MPP ’16 remembers meeting August Mao MPP ’16, her future husband, at Admitted Students Day. August, regrettably, doesn’t remember meeting her that day — it’s a point they joke about often.


Nevins PPS’07 MPP’16 helped forge a united veteran community at Duke

Patrick Nevins PPS'07 MPP'16

Patrick Nevins’ military experience is book ended by his two stops at Sanford. He began active-duty service after his Duke undergraduate graduation in 2007 and wrapped up his service upon returning to Sanford for his MPP in 2014.


Alumna Profile: To Ebonie Simpson PPS’12, Policy is Personal

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.


Scholar of health policy joins Sanford faculty

Kate Bundorf

Kate Bundorf, a health economist who studies health care systems, joins the Sanford School of Public Policy as the S. Malcolm Gillis Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and an affiliate of the Margolis Center of Health Policy. “One of the things I love about health policy is that it sits at the intersection of disciplines, and I enjoy interacting with people who have different approaches and different views about health care,” Bundorf said.


Cook Society to Honor Ph.D. Student Ajenai Clemmons

Ajenai Clemmons, a Ph.D. student in public policy, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards, which recognize individuals who routinely enrich the lives of people in the Duke community and contribute to the betterment of all people, above and beyond their given roles.


Alumna Profile: Stephanie McGarrah MPP’00--Leading the State’s Pandemic Recovery

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.


Using Technology for Peace: Alumna Branka Panic MIDP ‘19

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.”


Alumna Profile: A Global Citizen Dedicated to Paying It Forward

Joy Basu

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.


Business, education leader brings experiences to students and executives at Duke

Stan Litow

For the past several years, Stan Litow has contributed his expertise in corporate social responsibility, education and innovation to students in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. This fall, he does so with a new title: Accenture Visiting Professor of the Practice.


Mallory SoRelle, American Political Economy Scholar, Joins Sanford Faculty

Mallory SoRelle

Mallory SoRelle, American political economy scholar, graduated with honors from Smith College in 2006 without ever taking an undergraduate economics class. She was more interested in politics, specifically campaigns and elections, and topics of increasing political engagement and representation for marginalized communities. Then from 2006 to 2008, she found herself in a front row seat witnessing the unfolding of the Great Recession.


New Faculty: Sara Sutherland

Sara Sutherland, smiling

New Sanford faculty member Sara Sutherland can point to two distinct moments in life that determined her career path. The first was a trip to Madagascar, the second was happenstance – hearing a story on NPR.


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.