New Members Join Sanford Board of Visitors

The Sanford Board of Visitors welcomed eight new members this academic year. They take the place of Paul Braithwaite, Martin W. Morris, Robert J. Pelosky Jr. John Rice Jr. and student representatives, Jessica Isaacs, Thupten Norbu and Andrei Santalo. Thank you to the departing members for their service. The new members are:

  • Jill I. Homan, MBA/MPP ’06 is the co-founder and principal of Javelin 19 Investments, a real estate and investment company in Washington D.C. She serves as a member of the Republican National Committee, one of many positions she’s held within the Republican Party.
  • Kenneth M. Jarin, A.B. ’72 leads Ballard Spahr’s Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group. He also serves as the chief labor negotiator for the City of Philadelphia. He has served on numerous advisory, philanthropic and political councils at the state, local and national levels.
  • Christopher C. Lam, A.B. ’98 is a partner in the Charlotte office of Nexsen, Pruett, LLC. He is a former member of the Duke University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Duke Engage Charlotte Steering Committee.
  • Laurence Pulgram, A.B. ’80 is Managing Partner and head of the IP and Technology Litigation Group at Fenwick & West’s San Francisco office. He has served in many ABA capacities in promoting professionalism and the rule of law and engages in active pro bono practice around the subjects of copyright fair use and privacy.
  • Hardy Vieux, A.B. ’93 is a consultant in the Washington D.C. firm, Martin & GItner. He previously served as a criminal appellate defense counsel in the US Navy’s JAG Corps. He is a former student body president and has also served as president of the national Duke Alumni Association and on the Duke University Board of Trustees.
  • Matt Barnett, PPS ’14, (Ex-officio) president of the Public Policy Studies Major Union. In the summer of 2012, he completed a DukeEngage project in Cape Town, South Africa. He spent the summer of 2013 as an intern in the Florida Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget.
  • Hrachya Topalyan, MIDP ’14 (Ex-officio) spent this past summer working in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, evaluating projects in fragile and conflict states. Prior to coming to Duke, he founded and ran an IT and ICT Consulting practice in his native Armenia.
  • Ryan Smith, MTS ’04, MPP ’14 (Ex-officio) is a recipient of Sanford’s Stubbing Award and spent the past summer interning at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, studying the role of school nurse staffing levels in turning around low-performing schools. He served as campaign finance director during Congressman David Price’s reelection.