Jason Cole ’98 MPA named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University


Jason Cole has been named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University. Cole has more than 16 years of experience in government and government relations, with a broad background in organizational leadership, public policy development and advocacy, media relations, and political, issue, and brand campaigning. He currently serves as vice president of federal government relations at MetLife in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current position, Cole served as chief of staff for Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and as legislative director for former Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Daniel Clark ’12 BA (Geog/PSt) is now executive director of Staten Island Business Outreach Center


Daniel Clark  is now the executive director of the Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC), an organization dedicated to Staten Island neighborhood development. Clark builds on his experience as an urban planner and nonprofit leader specializing in neighborhood development, economic development, and small business services in his new role as executive director. In addition to his position with SIBOC, he concurrently serves as a first lieutenant and as executive officer of an infantry company in the Army National Guard.

Armen Hratchian ’06 MPA is now chief operating officer at HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Armen Hratchian is now chief operating officer at HighScope Educational Research Foundation. HighScope is an independent not-for-profit research, development, training, and public outreach organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The organization has played an important role in bringing early education to children, nationally and across the globe, for nearly 50 years. Previously, Hratchian was vice president of K12 Education at Excellent Schools Detroit, a not-for-profit organization aimed at providing a quality education for every child in Detroit by 2020.

Mary Daly ’91 MPhil (Econ)/’94 PhD (Econ) appointed executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Mary Daly has been appointed executive vice president and director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Daly will oversee research that supports the development of monetary policy and that helps to further the understanding of the economy nationally and globally. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daly was senior vice president and associate director of Economic Research at the San Francisco Fed. Currently, she serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers and is a research fellow at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee, the governance group in charge of strategic direction and policy for the Twelfth District, and chairs the Bank’s Diversity Council. More information can be found at: http://www.frbsf.org/our-district/press/news-releases/2016/mary-c-daly-appointed-executive-vice-president-and-director-of-research/?utm_source=frbsf-home-in-the-news&utm_medium=frbsf&utm_campaign=in-the-news

Bill Tallman ’68 BA (PSc) is elected to the New Mexico State Senate

Bill Tallman was elected to the New Mexico State Senate. As senator for the 18th District, he’ll represent Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Tallman’s election victory comes as an upset to an incumbent Republican senator. During his election campaign, Tallman knocked on upwards of 7,000 doors and mailed out thousands of hand-written postcards. Previously, he served as the city manager for Norwich, New York for nine years.

Mahesh Bhave ’85 MPA/’87 PhD (SSc) writes new book, “The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies For Next-Generation Electricity”

alum-news-buttonMahesh Bhave’s new book, “The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies For Next-Generation Electricity,” was recently published by Praeger. His book addresses energy policy and industry structural issues in the context of technological advancement and climate change. It proposes business strategies for utilities, non-traditional new entrants in electricity, and entrepreneurs. Currently, he is a visiting professor of strategy at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. Previously, he was CEO and founder of Circlelink, a technology company based in California that provides personal servers with a web interface for individuals to publish content for family and friends. More information on his book can be found here: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A4496C. Additionally, he writes regularly for Renewable Energy World, and his articles may be found at: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/authors/a-f/maheshbhave.html.

Megyn Kelly ’92 BA (PSc) to join NBC News

alum-news-buttonmegyn-kellyMegyn Kelly, who over recent years became one of the most popular on-air personalities at Fox News, soon will be moving to NBC News, according to recent announcements. At NBC, Kelly will host a daytime news and discussion program, anchor a Sunday night news show, along with other roles in news and event coverage. Kelly, after earning at her political science degree at Maxwell, pursued a career in law and practiced with the firms of Bickel & Brewer and Jones Day before beginning her journalism career as a general assignment reporter with a Washington, D.C., television station. At Fox, she hosted “The Kelly File,” after previously hosting “America Live” and the network’s annual New Year’s Eve specials. She famously co-hosted this first of the Republican candidates’ debates during the recent presidential campaign and recently published a memoir.