Marwa Eltagouri ’14 BA (PSc) joins Washington Post newsroom

EltagouriMarwa Eltagouri ’14 BA (PSc) is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. Previously she worked on general assignment for The Chicago Tribune. She has also interned with The Hartford Courant, and written online content for DemocracyWise. While a student she was design editor for the Daily Orange, the campus newspaper of Syracuse University.


Join Us at CSIS for a Maxwell Alumni Evening: The Responsibility of Global Leadership


The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. on the Responsibility of Global Leadership

Dean David M. Van Slyke and the Maxwell School Advisory Board invite you to an alumni evening in Washington. Join us for a topical and informative program as Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff, delivers a special D.C. edition of the Phanstiel Lectures. During the lecture, Card will speak about the responsibility of global leadership and lessons learned during his tenure as White House Chief of Staff.

We will be joined at this event by Sean O’Keefe, University Professor and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Event date, time, and location

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:00 p.m.
 Doors open
5:30 p.m. Phanstiel Lecture
6:45 p.m. 
Cocktail reception and networking

Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Event Details

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, students, prospective students, and guests.

Online at by April 23.

Contact Jessica Murray in the Maxwell Alumni Office at 315.443.2660 or

More about the participants:

The Honorable Andrew H. Card JrThe Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. is the Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy. His public service leadership experience spans four decades including White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. Card has also held several academic administration appointments including acting Dean at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University.  Read more



SOKeefe PIC_160sqSean O’Keefe is University Professor and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Concurrently, he is a Distinguished Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Maxwell’s partner institution in Washington, D.C.  Read more



The Phanstiel Lectures were established by Howard and Louise Phanstiel as part of the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. This prestigious chair provides enhanced training for future government leaders who are ethical, strategic, and innovative thinkers. 



Christine Varney ’82 MPA named leading lawyer by trade journal

Varney webChristine Varney was named one of New York City’s leading women lawyers by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes trailblazing litigators who lead distinguished careers and undertake exceptional civic and philanthropic acts. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and has served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She serves on the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and the Third Way. To read more about her accomplished career, visit her company webpage.


Join Maxwell Alumni in Albany for a Spring Networking Happy Hour!


Maxwell alumni in the Capital District area are invited to a spring networking happy hour. Don’t miss our latest outing on the heels of successful gatherings at Nine Pin Cider Works and Plumb this fall and winter!

Date & Location

Wednesday, 4/11/2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Savoy Tap Room
301 Lark Street
Albany, New York 12210

Other Details

This event is open to Maxwell School alumni, students, prospective students, and guests.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and cash bar will be available.  RSVPs requested by Monday, April 9 at

Questions?  Contact Jessica Murray in the Maxwell Alumni Office (315.443.2660 or

Christopher Morley ’04 MPA/’09 PhD chairs department of public health


Christopher Morley has been named chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Morley began at Upstate as a principal research support specialist for Upstate in 2001, and has held faculty positions there for over a decade. Visit the press release for more information.


Christine Elliott ’11 appointed to Syracuse city government by Mayor, Ben Walsh ’05 MPA

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Christine Elliott is director of administration for City of Syracuse. She will oversee management and budget, finance, information technology and assessment. Before this appointment, she worked for Deloitte consulting in Alexandria, Va. For more information see the announcement article from

She was appointed by Ben Walsh, current mayor of Syracuse. After graduating from Maxwell, Walsh worked in Albany as a representative of the AFL-CIO, and in the administration of Stephanie Miner. As deputy commissioner under Miner he created the Syracuse Land Bank and played a hand in the renovation of the Hotel Syracuse.


Daniel Clark ’12 BA (Geog/PSt) takes leadership role in growing New York’s economy

alum-news-buttonDaniel ClarkDaniel Clark is assistant vice president for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In this role he attracts corporate interests to New York City, and facilitates their integration within the wider economic canvas. In addition to his position with NYCEDC, he concurrently serves as a first lieutenant of an infantry company in the U.S. Army National Guard.