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Alumnus Profile: Danny Werfel MPP'97

Photo of President Obama and Danny Werfel

Daniel Werfel MPP’97 established a reputation as a problem-solver during his 15 years of service at the White House Office of Management and Budget. That reputation led to his appointment as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in May 2013, when the agency was under fire for possible political discrimination.


Meet Idrissa Kamara, MIDP’02

After two months in Sudan, Idrissa Kamara MIDP’02 was ready to give up. He and his fellow humanitarian aid workers for Save the Children arrived in what is now South Sudan in March 2005 to help implement a basic health, water, hygiene and HIV/AIDS services program. They found themselves fighting intense heat, sleeping on dirt floors and treating contaminated water from a nearby river.


Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD'94, Turnaround Artist

Michael Sorrell with PQC students

Lawyer and businessman Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD’94 took the reins at Paul Quinn College, a historically black college (HBCU) in Dallas on the verge of collapse, in the spring of 2007. Sorrell turned the situation around with significant changes and accomplishments during his tenure.


Alumnus Profile: Ran Coble MPP'77

As the executive director of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research (NCCPPR), Ran Coble MPP’77 has had a long career in public policy, providing nonpartisan, independent research on issues important to the state. Coble recently announced his upcoming retirement in September from the position to which he has devoted the past 33 years.


Alumna Profile: Catherine Herrold PhD'13

When Catherine Herrold PhD’13 traveled to Cairo, Egypt, to conduct her dissertation research on philanthropy, she could not have anticipated finding herself in the midst of the political unrest of the Arab Spring.


Alumna Profile: Mary Adkins PPS'04

Mary Adkins PPS’04 has always had two great passions: law and the arts. On the path that led to her living a “dual track life,” Adkins consistently alternated between the two interests. Recently she found the balance that allows her to combine these passions into the influential website, Life of the Law, which features blogs, podcasts, and live events about the transformative role of the legal system in the lives of Americans.


Bill Adair: Creating New Forms of Journalism

When Bill Adair launched the PolitiFact website at The Tampa Bay Times in 2007, he wanted to provide a different kind of campaign coverage through fact-checking.  With its Truth-O-Meter rating scale, ranging from “True” to “Pants on Fire” for the  most ridiculous falsehoods, the site became the go-to source for evaluating politician’s claims. The site was such a success that it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.


Alumnus Profile: Andy Allison MPP'92, Health Policy Pioneer

Arkansas is in the midst of two unprecedented health care initiatives: using Medicaid expansion dollars to pay for beneficiaries’ private insurance coverage; and departing from the traditional fee-for-service model by introducing financial incentives for both costs and quality tied to each patient’s central provider. In the middle of it all is Andy Allison MPP’92, director of medical services for the state of Arkansas and immediate past (and founding) president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).


Alumna Profile: Suzanne Elliot PPS'98, Nonprofit Leader

Suzanne Elliott PPS‘98 is the Chief Operating Officer of Dress for Success Worldwide, a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing a professional attire, networks and career development tools to help them find and retain employment. 


Alumna Profile: Alexis Steele PPS'08, Navy Navigator

What Can You Do with a PPS Major? Navigate a Destroyer