Armen Hratchian ’06 MPA director of Teach for America Detroit

ARMEN HRATCHIAN-main_iArmen Hratchian was named executive director for Teach for America’s Detroit Regional Office. Previously, Hratchian was an analyst for Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and was vice president of K-12 education at Excellent Schools Detroit. He is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Michigan.

Charlie Bush ’98 MPA wins scholarship to attend Harvard

Charlie Bush for webCharlie Bush was awarded a full scholarship to the Harvard Senior Executive program by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Bush is city manager of Sequim, Washington. In this role Bush addresses prickly issues like homelessness, drug addiction, and water use through innovative and community engagement and non-profit partnerships.

Greg Ahlgren ’74 BA (PSc) writes novel set during U.S. civil war

gregahlgrenGreg Ahlgren wrote Olustee: America’s Unfinished Civil War Battle published by Canterbury House. The novel is about the recent efforts to erect a Union monument to Union soldiers in Olustee, Floria, and the opposition to this effort by neo-Confederate apologists. Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has worked as a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist.

Eric Schultz ’02 BA (PSc) takes lead a communications company

SchultzEric Schultz is director of strategic communications for Lumentus, a digital communications agency. Previously, Schultz was associate director, senior media strategist, writer, and content producer for Portland Communications in New York and Washington, DC. Schultz also produced influential live television shows at CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox 5 New York. For more information about his new job see this webpage.

Kathryn Stam ’99 PhD (SSc) named woman of the year

StamKathryn Stam was named “Woman of the Year” by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. Stam is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include cultural anthropology, information design and technology, information security and information professions, anthropology of work, communication, refugee studies, and Thai studies. For more information see this news story.

John Bacheller ’72 PhD (PSc) named Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow

unnamedJohn Bacheller was recently named a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, State University of New York at Albany. The Rockefeller Institute is a public policy think tank that focuses on problems facing New York State. Bacheller has retired and writes a blog (policybynumbers.com) that focuses on New York issues, with a focus on upstate economies.

Nadja Michel-Herf ’10 MPA is director of child advocacy nonprofit

HerfNadja Michel-Herf is director of quality at National CASA Association, a nonprofit that specializes in foster care, child welfare and advocacy. Previously, Michel-Herf was director of school quality and accountability for the State of Washington. She designed performance analytics to certify and assess charter schools.