Salvador del Solar ’03 MAIR appointed Minister of Culture for Peru


Salvador del Solar has been appointed as the Minister of Culture for Peru. He brings to the position years of experience as a successful television actor in Peru. During his time at the Maxwell School, he was a fellow of the Joan y John and Mabel deSardon-Glass Fellowship program. The deSardon-Glass Fellowship fully support nationals of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and other Andean-region countries who wish to pursue advanced professional degrees at Maxwell and return to public service careers in their home countries. More information on del Solar and his new position can be found at:

Eric Heighberger ’93 BA (IR) is now chief of staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Eric Heighberger has been appointed to serve as the chief of staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is not his first appointment with FEMA.  During the George W. Bush Administration he served as deputy director for legislative affairs, and later as advisor to former administrator David Paulison and deputy administrator Harvey Johnson. He also worked with FEMA’s Public Assistance program in New York City from 2001-2003, and was deployed with the same program after the 2004 hurricanes in Florida. In addition to his work with FEMA, from 2008-2009 he served on the White House Homeland Security Council as director of response policy. Aside from his positions with FEMA and the White House, he has worked in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Prior to his current role with FEMA, from 2013-2017 he was deputy staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee. Additionally, he served as a professional staff member to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee from 2011-2012.


The Maxwell Gear Sale is Back! – Place Your Orders by April 2

Back by popular demand!

Support Maxwell’s Public Administration and International Relations student association through the PAIRA* semi-annual student-run Maxwell Gear Sale.

Visit the Gear Sale website to browse a variety of Maxwell-branded items – including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more – and to place your order.  Orders will be accepted through Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Delivery should be expected at the end of April 2017.

Shop the Maxwell Gear Sale on the SU Bookstore website:


Proceeds from this fundraiser will help support PAIRA student activities including networking events, professional development speakers, and more. Please direct any questions about the Gear Sale to

* Public Administration International Relations Association, or PAIRA, is the official graduate student organization representing PAIA graduate students at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

DC and NYC Alums: Join Us for Our Networking Receptions!


Maxwell’s spring 2017 graduate student networking trips are right around the corner! This year’s students are incredibly excited about these trips and can’t wait to engage with Washington, D.C.- and New York City-area alumni through site visits, coffee chats, and more.

We invite Maxwell alumni, guests, students, and prospective students to join us at next week’s networking receptions. Meet our current students and reconnect with fellow alumni while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. More information and registration at the links below.

DC Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 14 ~ 5:30 p.m.
Clyde’s of Gallery Place


NYC Networking Reception

Thursday, March 16 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Jacy Doyle’s Pub & Restaurant


Questions? Contact the Maxwell Alumni Office at or (315) 443-2660.

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.