Shana Udvardy’s article, “5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief,” was published in June of 2017. In the article, Udvardy draws from her expertise as a climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She posits that Congress should waste no time confirming the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Brock Long. It appears Udvardy’s plea to Congress paid off: In late June of 2017, shortly after Udvardy’s article was published, Brock was confirmed as FEMA’s next administrator by the U.S. Senate with an overwhelming majority. More information about Udvardy and her article can be found here.
Shuntaro Tsukamoto is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies. In his new role, Tsukamoto is in charge of establishing client relations and maintaining investment services to Japanese clients. In addition, he assists Vanguard clients throughout Asia as a fixed income product specialist. Previously, Tsukamoto served as vice president at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Co., Ltd in Tokyo, Japan.
Rebecca Brune is now president and chief operating officer of the San Antonio Area Foundation, a Texas based nonprofit that makes grants from funds established by individuals, families, and businesses to support charitable causes. In her new position, Brune is responsible for the foundation’s daily management, operations, and leadership cultivation. In addition, she is in charge of executing the foundation’s strategic plan — no small task considering the foundation manages nearly $905 million in assets and has distributed more than $358 million for scholarships and grants aimed at education, preserving the environment, and funding research. In her role as president and COO, Brune brings expertise she’s gained from previous positions, including five years as senior vice president of strategic planning and growth at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to acquiring healthcare for the uninsured.
While large cities in the United States have long embraced the use of open data, most small to mid-sized do not share the same enthusiasm for universally accessible data, nor do they have the policy or technology infrastructure necessary to put in place such programs. However, city leaders in some mid-sized cities are beginning to emulate the successful open data programs of larger ones. This is the topic of a recent article by Mark J. Headd. In the article, Headd uses the example of Syracuse, N.Y, where city officials have adopted the data-driven innovation of larger cities like New York City, while participating in key strategic relationships–such as its involvement in the What Works Cities program–to utilize open data as a strategic asset to help foster innovation. Headd’s article draws from his long and successful career in the data and information technology and management fields. Currently, he is innovation specialist at Technology Transformation Service (18f). In previous positions he served as the chief data officer for the city of Philadelphia, and as a technical evangelist for the computer software firm Accela. His recent article can be found here.
Donna Shalala, member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board, stepped down as president and chief executive of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and is returning to the University of Miami to teach full time. Read more in the Miami Herald article, “Former Clinton Foundation head Donna Shalala is back in Miami and at UM.”
David Greenberg ’97 BA (PSt) is now associate general counsel at MapR Technologies, a computer software company based in San Jose, California. In his role as associate general counsel, Greenberg draws from his experience as an accomplished technology transaction attorney, specializing in enterprise software licensing, cloud computing contracting, hardware purchasing, executive counseling, contract drafting, and deal negotiations. He has prior AmLaw 100 law firm experience in commercial contract litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and public policy. Before his position with MapR, he served as senior managing counsel for Oracle, a computer technology corporation.
Lloyd Alexander is now vice president of strategic solutions at Pramata, a computer software company headquartered in Brisbane, Calif. The company specializes in customer relationship intelligence for Fortune 500 companies. In his new position, Alexander will lead expansion into new market opportunities, drive go-to-market strategies, and deliver thought leadership and industry best practices in the marketplace. Previously, Alexander was vice president of contract strategy at Seal Software. Prior to that he held various leadership positions at IBM/Emptoris including CLM practice executive and director of global sales consulting.