Eric Persons ’14 MPA/IR appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College

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Eric Persons has been appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College in central New York. In his new role, Persons will be responsible for leading Cazenovia College’s Fundraising Office, overseeing the college’s fundraising efforts. He will also supervise the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and participate in key college administrative events associated with external affairs. Previously, Persons worked at Syracuse University, where he began his career with the university as the director of community engagement and economic development, then as director of administration and engagement, and finally as associate vice president of government and community relations. More information about Persons and his new position can be found here.

Christian Lee ’08 MPA begins tenure as Coast Guard Fellow on U.S. Senate Committee

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U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.

 

 

Thomas Caruso ’14 JD/MPA receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

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Thomas Caruso has been awarded the prestigious Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for receiving two honors. First, he was named the Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic Legal Assistance Attorney of the year for 2015. Second, he was selected as the Junior Officer of the Year in 2016 for his service with the Navy Regional Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia–where he serves as counsel in legal assistance for the trial department. In addition, Caruso is a first tour judge advocate and has held a number of positions in the command, including legal assistance attorney, defense attorney, staff judge advocate, and trial counsel. To top it off, he has volunteered countless hours toward several veterans’ law projects, including one he recently established in association with the ABA Pro Bono project “Lawyers for Warriors,” a program which recruits, trains and matches local attorneys with veterans in need of legal assistance.

Jennifer Osias ’13 BA (IR/PSc) is now senior strategist at Revolution Messaging

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Jennifer Osias is now senior strategist at Revolution Messaging. Based out of Washington, D.C., Revolution Messaging is a digital marketing and advertising firm founded by key members of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign. The organization is aimed at advancing progressive causes for a diverse clientele–from political campaigns and government agencies, to labor unions and nonprofits. Previously, Osias served as candidate fundraising assistant for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm for the Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Jessica Ernst ’10 MPA/IR publishes new book, “So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development”

alum-news-buttonJessica Ernst has published a new book, So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development. Drawing form her career in government, nonprofits, and private companies, Ernst’s book aims to help aspiring development professionals begin their journeys into international development.  Ernst has had works published in the International Affairs Review, leading industry websites, and influential donor reports, and she has traveled to 38 countries and counting. Currently, she is knowledge management and training manager with Dexis Consulting Group, working with USAID. More info about Ernst and her new book can be found at jessicakernst.wordpress.com.

Nicole Savage ’14 MPA is now director of college readiness and success at Flamboyan Foundation

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Nicole Savage is now the director of college readiness and success at Flamboyan Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The organization works at the intersection of education, government, and the non-profit sector, to help leaders, teachers and community members improve educational outcomes for children. In her role as director of college readiness and success, Savage conducts research and shapes strategy, while working with educators, non-profit organizations and families partnering to ensure student success. Prior to joining the Flamboyan, she served as the program coordinator for college readiness at the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

Anne Kagi ’11 MPA is now senior associate at MPP Associates

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Anne Kagi is now senior associate at MPP Associates, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm specializing in nonprofit board development, strategic planning, and organizational development. Previously, she was liaison and youth program manager at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, also in D.C. In her new role, she guides staff and board members through agency growth, helps organizations develop implementation and evaluation plans, and supports partnerships between boards and chief executives. More info about her new position and MPP Associates can be found at: http://www.mmp-a.com/anne-kagi