Marc Schloss ’00 BA (PSc) joins Consumer Healthcare Products Association as senior director and head of federal government affairs


Marc Schloss is now the senior director and head of federal government affairs  at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). In his role with CHPA, he is responsible for developing and implementing federal lobbying strategies on behalf of CHPA and member companies. Schloss has over two decades of experience in federal government affairs. He began his career in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy as a legislative aide and later advanced to a series of positions at the Democratic National Committee, Senator Evan Bayh’s political action committee, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc., the Center for American Progress, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Most recently, he served in a leadership role at Mylan on their congressional outreach efforts. More information on Schloss and his new position can be found at:


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:

Emily Newman ’06 MPA is named to City and State Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” award list

alum-news-buttonEmily Newman was named to City and State magazine’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” award list for her work as first deputy commissioner in the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The award recognizes exceptional individuals under the age of 40 who work in NYC government, advocacy, media, and other related fields. In her position, Newman works closely with the citywide administrative services commissioner to the lead the department while finding new ways to strengthen the services they provide to other city agencies. More information about Newman and the “40 under 40 Rising Stars” list can be found here:

Kerri Raissian ’08 MPA/’13 PhD (PA) wins Raymond Vernon Memorial Award

alum-news-buttonKerri Raissian won the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management’s (JPAM) Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for her paper, “Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides?” The paper was first published in the Winter 2016 issue of JPAM. The Vernon Memorial Award, created by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 1985, seeks to annually recognize excellence in research through the selection of a paper published in the current volume of JPAM. Raissian’s paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of the 1996 expansion of the federal Gun Control Act on domestic homicides. She is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut.

Kimberlin Butler ’03 MPA named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” award list

Kimberlin Butler was included on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” award list.  The award recognizes the Atlanta metro area’s most influential and innovative people under 40 in real estate, health care, hospitality, technology, education, and law. In her role as interim director of programs and partnerships at Beyond 12, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of first generation, underrepresented, and low-income students who graduate from colleges and universities, Butler helped launch the company’s Atlanta office and is in charge of leading the overarching program strategy and team. She has taken a new leadership role serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships for StriveTogether, an organization that brings proven expertise, effective resources and a nationally-recognized collective impact approach enabling communities to create local education ecosystems to support children and youth from cradle to career. Her leadership reporting to the CEO will engage investors and stakeholders in a national network of 68 community partnerships in 32 states and Washington D.C. working to improve education success for every child by bringing together cross-sector partners around a common vision. The StriveTogether Network impacts over 8.2 million students nationwide.

Hillary Poole (Orr) ’06 MPA named special assistant to the city manager of Alexandria, Va.

Hillary Poole (Orr) is now the special assistant to the city manager of Alexandria, Va. She joined the city of Alexandria in 2013 as the complete streets coordinator and was promoted to a principal planner in 2015, where she was responsible for assuring that Alexandria streets were designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities and enhance the multi-modal transportation network. Prior to her work in Alexandria, she was a senior program manager with the New York City Department of Transportation.


Benjamin Clark ’00 MPA now assistant professor at the University of Oregon

Benjamin Y. Clark MPA ’00  joined the faculty of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon as an assistant professor this September. Dr. Clark had spent the last six years on the faculty of Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. His research focuses on local government management, public budgeting and finance, and the use of technology to engage citizens in co-production.