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.

Mark Hibben ’07 MA (PSc)/’14 PhD (PSc) writes book critiquing IMF

mark-hibbenMark Hibben wrote What’s Wrong with the IMF and How to Fix It published by Polity Press. The book critiques IMF governance, surveillance, lending, and capacity development and offers solutions to increase program effectiveness. Hibben is assistant professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. His research interests include globalization and development, international political economy, human rights, and the politics of poverty and inequality.

Celebrate Summer with Maxwell at an Albany Alumni Networking Happy Hour!


Maxwell alumni in the Capital District area are invited to a summer networking happy hour.  Join us to reconnect with fellow Maxwell alums and friends while welcoming the newest graduates to Albany.

Date & Location

Thursday, 7/12/2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204

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 Tuesday, July 10 at

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

Kurt Steinberg ’93 BA (IR)/’94 MPA is president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design

SteinbergKurt Steinberg will assume the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on July 1. Steinberg has worked at Mass Art for 12 years, including one year as acting president. During his time at Mass Art Steinberg oversaw a 10-year plan to renovate the school’s Boston campus and established a partnership with the Beijing Royal School in China. Previously he was associate vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Northeastern University.

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.

Martin Rochester ’72 PhD (PSc) writes book about war in 21st century

RochesterJ. Martin Rochester wrote The New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for an Unruly World published by Routledge. Rochester is Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has written 10 books on international and American politics, including Between Peril and Promise: The Politics of International LawUS Foreign Policy in the 21st Century and the textbook The Global Condition.