Geraghty named president of JetBlue Airways

GeraghtyJoanna Geraghty ’97 MAIR has been promoted to president of JetBlue Airways Corp. The promotion makes Geraghty the highest-ranking woman at a large American airline. JetBlue is the sixth-largest airline in the U.S., serving over 102 destinations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Geraghty has been at JetBlue since 2005. She was most recently serving as executive vice president, customer experience, which she was promoted to in 2014. From 2010 to 2014 Geraghty served as executive vice president, chief people officer for JetBlue. Prior to this she served as the airline’s vice president and associate general counsel and director of litigation and regulatory affairs. For more information read this news story.

James Foster ’92 BA (IR) joins board of directors at financial firm

Perez FosterJames Foster has joined the board of directors at Crossroads Systems, Inc., a financial services firm. Foster founded Bainbridge Advisors, LLC, a consulting and research firm that serves financial institutions and federal agencies focused on the hispanic market and underserved market segments. He also founded Solera National Bancorp, a federally chartered bank holding company that is credited as one of the first hispanic market-focused commercial banks in the country. For more information read the press release.

Join Maxwell for an Alumni Gathering in New York!

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Join Us for a New York City Alumni Gathering!

You’re invited to a special Maxwell School alumni program and reception. We’ll begin with a substantive program on an important issue facing government today, public-private partnerships. Dean David M. Van Slyke will lead a panel, bringing his expertise on how partnerships address complex challenges facing our communities.

A cocktail reception will follow, where Maxwell alumni and friends will connect with each other and with Maxwell students in New York for their annual networking trip.

We hope to see you March 15!


Event Details

Thursday, March 15, 2018

 6:00–8:30 p.m. EDT  Program and reception
   6:00 p.m.  Doors open
   6:15 p.m.  Panel discussion
   7:30 p.m.  Networking reception

Club 101
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10078

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.  To RSVP, visit

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


Panelist Participants

David Van Slyke
Dean and Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

David M. Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. Prior to becoming Dean on July 1, 2016, Van Slyke was Associate Dean and Chair of Maxwell’s department of public administration and international affairs, home to the country’s #1 ranked graduate degree in public affairs. He is a tenured, full professor of the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences and a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Award and Professorship for Teaching Excellence.

Van Slyke is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships, public sector contracting and contract management, and policy implementation. He is Director and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He also sits on the editorial boards of several top-ranked public affairs journals. He has provided expert guidance to the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the World Bank. As part of his work and research he has worked extensively with senior leaders in government, nonprofit and business organizations in China, India, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries through the Maxwell School’s Executive Education program.

Van Slyke’s most recent book, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book Award for 2014 and honorable mention for the Public and Nonprofit Section of the Academy of Management best book award for 2016. He is winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the 2007 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Van Slyke earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Cathy Daicoff ’79 MPA
Managing Director (ret.), S&P Global

Cathy Daicoff retired from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in 2016 after 38 years, 28 as a managing director. Her career spanned management responsibility in US domestic operations, Canada, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and global positions.

Joining Standard & Poor’s in 1978, Cathy held increasingly senior analytical and managerial positions both domestically and internationally. She was instrumental in developing markets throughout the Americas and Asia-Pacific. For over 20 years Cathy served as a member of the firm’s Analytics Policy Board, establishing and maintaining Standard & Poor’s ratings criteria. Cathy also served on the Policy Governance Group which approves all Ratings Services policies. From 2003 until 2009, she was the first senior policy officer and director of policy training for Ratings Services, a critical time for rating agencies as they were newly regulated by the US SEC.

She holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration in public finance from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Cathy serves on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University; the Board of Trustees of the Kansas University Endowment Association and the Board governance committee; and on the Board of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, The University of Kansas. Cathy has authored papers in several journals including the National Tax Journal as well as the author of a chapter in the Lincoln Institute book, Measuring Fiscal Capacity.

Cathy is passionate about adventure travel and has visited all seven continents and over fifty countries.

Emily Newman ’06 MPA
Acting Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations

Emily W. Newman ]has been with the City of New York since 2006. She is passionate about improving government operation and her years of service reflect this commitment.

After graduating from Maxwell, Emily worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), collaborating with other City agencies to improve the experience of opening and operating a business in New York City. Subsequently, she worked for the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS), serving as the organization’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of Policy and Special Projects and focusing on reforming procurement processes and strengthening competition. At the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), where she served as First Deputy Commissioner, Emily streamlined operations to make delivery of core City services more seamless, including fleet, real estate, procurement, etc., to client agencies.

Emily recently returned to the Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she previously served as First Deputy Director, as Acting Director. In this role, she helps to make City operations more efficient and effective, coordinate cross agency initiatives, and track the implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s equity and fairness agenda.

Emily lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn.

Jeffrey Scruggs
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Jeffrey Scruggs is currently a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he has been co-head of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking group since 2008.

Jeff graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Economics in 1985.  Upon graduation, he became a Financial Analyst in the Municipal Securities Group at Paine Webber Incorporated. After two years in that position, he served as a Special Assistant and Manager of the Loan Portfolio Sales Program for the U.S. Department of the Interior for one year. During this time, he managed the sale and disposition of the Department’s $700 million loan portfolio program, which was part of a Federal government asset sales initiative.

In 1991, Jeff graduated with high honors as a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he returned to the Municipal Securities Group at PaineWebber Incorporated as a Vice President. For six years, he was a senior banker in the Firm’s Washington (DC) office. In 1998, he returned to New York and became the Manager of the Department’s Infrastructure Finance Group.  In 2007, he was appointed as the Director of Municipal Investment Banking overseeing more than 200 banking professionals.  In that role, he also served as Chairman of the Department’s Operating Committee.  Jeff has served on the Boards of a number of non-profit institutions including the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the National Black Child Development Institute, National Association of Securities Professionals, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center Operating Board.  Presently he serves on the Board of the Trinity School of New York City, where he is also the Finance Committee Chairman.



Join Maxwell Alumni in Albany for an Evening at the Symphony!


Maxwell School alumni and friends are invited to an evening at the Albany Symphony!

Connect with fellow alumni at a pre-show reception at Plumb Restaurant & Bar.  Then,  enjoy a performance of “1786: Mozart’s Miraculous Year” by the Albany Symphony at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (separate ticket purchase required).  Alumni and guests welcome!

Date & Location

Saturday, 12/9/2017

6:00 – Pre-Show Reception
Plumb Restaurant & Bar

15 2nd Street
Troy, New York 12180

7:30 – Performance
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

30 2nd Street
Troy, New York 12180

Other Details

Reception details: complimentary hors d’oeuvres; cash bar.  RSVPs requested by Wednesday, December 5 at
Performance details: purchase tickets from the Albany Symphony box office (518.694.3300).

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

An Invitation From the Dean: Join us for Orange Central 9/16 and 9/17.

Dear Maxwell Alumni,

I am very honored to have been chosen as the 10th Dean of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. It is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a school with such a remarkable reputation, not only for academic excellence, but for the enthusiasm, loyalty, and generosity of its graduates.

Having taught as a member of the Maxwell faculty for a dozen years, I am privileged to know many alumni, and I look forward to speaking and working with all of you to further expand Maxwell’s visibility and influence across the country and around the world.

I would like to personally invite you to come back to Syracuse for the upcoming Orange Central weekend September 16-18.  Among the many planned activities, I hope you will find time to meet me at the Maxwell Orange Central Lecture with Ambassador James B. Cunningham on Friday, September 16 (follow this link for details) or at the Maxwell Alumni Reception on Saturday, September 17 (register below).

And I thank each of you, in advance, for being active citizens for your communities, for Maxwell, and Syracuse University.  I know that we share a commitment to greatness for the Maxwell School, and I look forward to celebrating with you the many outstanding accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the months and years ahead.

I hope to see you on campus in September!


David M. Van Slyke, Ph.D.

Dean  | Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy

Maxwell Alumni Reception


12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reception


Maxwell Hall, Lincoln Courtyard

Event Details

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni and their guests.

Register Here

Questions? Contact Norma Shannon at 315.443.5504 or

Maxwell networking event in Albany 9/28 at the Savoy Taproom

The Maxwell School of Citizenship
and Public Affairs invites you to attend an 

Alumni Reception

Come and reconnect with your fellow alums and enjoy meeting our most recent graduates in Albany

Savoy Taproom

301 Lark Street
Albany, New York 12210

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP Here

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar*

Please forward this invitation to your Maxwell friends!

Albany Networking Event 2012

Questions?  Contact us at   or (315) 443-5504

The Orange Central Lecture on Afghanistan, Violent Islamic Extremism, and America with Amb. James Cunningham



The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 


Afghanistan, Violent Islamic Extremism, and America


James B. Cunningham ’74 BA (PSc/Psych)

 Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, to Israel, and to the United Nations.

Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

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At a time when violent Islamic extremism distorts Islam and threatens the majority of the world, Ambassador Cunningham will discuss Afghanistan, the Middle East, and challenges posed in this region to the United States and international community. He will review mistakes made since 9/11 and argue that — particularly in today’s political atmosphere — America needs serious discussions that lead to a long-term, sustainable strategy in the region.

Maxwell Auditorium

Friday, September 16, 2016

2:30 p.m.

No RSVP required, but arrive early for the best seating. Overflow seating will be provided.

(The event will also be available via live stream on this page

Need information on parking? Visit the Orange Central website for details.

While no RSVP is required, if you plan to attend other Orange Central events, please make sure to register through the Orange Central website.

  Contact Norma Shannon ( or (315 443-5504) with questions.