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An Evening with Duke VP Michael Schoenfeld PPS’84
May 21 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee

Meet Michael Schoenfeld, VP for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke.


Duke NY Job Angels Group
June 17
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location to be announced
New York, NY

Target alums seeking jobs (
aged 40+, unemployed for 6 months, seeking manager through C-suite level positions) will be matched with “Angels” who can provide networking, mentoring, job leads and other help. Need more angels, especially attorneys. To attend click here to register by June 7. Contact: Erica Berg Gavin   

Sanford on the Hill 
July 23
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cannon House Office Building
Cannon Caucus Room
Washington, DC

Sanford alumni and current students with internships are invited to this annual event.
Dean Kelly Brownell will be there.
RSVP:  Jim Gudaitis

May 16, 2013

Sanford News

Graduation The Sanford class of 2013 was the largest ever, with 203 undergraduates, 55 Master of Public Policy graduates, 38 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 16 countries and five PhD graduates.  Professor Bruce Kuniholm presided over the ceremonies for the last time as the founding dean of the Sanford School.  Mwila Chigaga MIDP ’06 was the alumni speaker and David Harding and Ian Harwood were the Sanford Leadership award winners. Congratulations and welcome to all the new Sanford alumni. See more photos online at our Flikr site or watch videos of the ceremonies.

“Survey Says!” You want more – more alumni news, more often. More than 90% of respondents to our Sanford Memo satisfaction survey thought the length and number of items was about right, and more than 50% wanted more alumni stories. Thanks to everyone who took the survey. We will publish the Sanford Memo 10 times a year, monthly except for June and December.  

Sanford on the Hill The annual networking event for Sanford interns and alumni is July 23. See sidebar for details.

Alumni News

Shakeel Ahmed MIDP ‘05 is now a lecturer at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jeremy Block BS'03 MPP/PhD'10 is part of the Duke NY Job Angels Group, which supports unemployed Duke alums. See Events sidebar for next meeting.

Vijay Brihmadesam PPS ’07 was profiled in an article in Business Insider, "Why I Quit My High-Paying Wall Street Job To Work At Chipotle," about his decision to open a restaurant with friends Jason Pate PPS'09 and Hasnain Zaidi PPS'08.

Jodi Ecker Detjen MIDP ’97 (right) is co-author of the a book, The Orange Line: A Woman's Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life.

Last fall, Maab Ibrahim PPS’12 was a domestic policy intern at the White House, working in the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is now a special projects coordinator with the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Janie Lorber T ‘08 put her certificate in Policy Journalism & Media Studies to good use at her job at Roll Call when she broke the story of the IRS/Tea Party scandal in March.

Mark Mazzetti PPS ’96 has written a new book The Way of the Knife: the CIA, Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. He has talked about his book as a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” and “PBS NewsHour.” The book was also reviewed in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. 

Tommy Sowers PPS ’98 is Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This spring he came back to Sanford and talked to students and was interviewed by Hart Leadership.

Today on May 16, Daniel Werfel MPP'97 (left) was appointed by President Obama as acting IRS commissioner.  He has been controller of the White House Office of Management and Budget since 2009.

The Southern Living Magazine poll named Durham the South’s Tastiest Town, and quoted Sean Lilly Wilson MPP/MBA ’00, owner of Fullsteam Brewery, in the announcement.

Find more alumni news and notes on the Sanford alumni pages and the MIDP alumni page. Join the Sanford group on LinkedIn.

Faculty News

Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning website of the Tampa Bay Times, has been appointed the Knight Professor of Computational Journalism. He will join the faculty on July 1 and will teach “News as Moral Battleground” and a course on the White House in the new media age.

Development News

Sanford Benefactor: David Rubenstein AB ’70 will be the new chair of the Duke Board of Trustees. He will succeed Richard Wagner, AB ’75. In April, Duke announced Rubenstein’s donation of $10 million to the Sanford School.

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