Vanessa Colón is an environment, science, technology, and health officer for the U.S. Department of State. Her duties include managing and drafting policy on space, IT, renewable energy, and climate change relations. She also advances the Secretary’s economic agenda by drafting policy guidance and briefing senior officials on U.S.-India economic relations.
Maddy Hamlin is the 2017 Polikoff-Gautreaux fellow with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest nonprofit (BPI). BPI advocates on behalf of public housing projects, and works to reform the Chicago public education and criminal justice systems. For more information about the BPI, click here. Maddy recently contributed an article about her work to CityLab, a webmagazine hosted by The Atlantic. To read her article, click here.
Carissa Ralbovsky won the George A. Bell Award for exemplary achievement in budgeting and management in state government. Ralbovsky was recognized for her innovative leadership that led to the automation of budget instruction procedures. Ralbovsky is the budget supervisor for public safety and environment in the Maryland Department of Budget & Management. For more information about her recent achievement click here.
Jeffrey Lee was appointed to the Temple City, Calif. planning commission by the City Council. Lee will collaborate on decisions over land use, zoning, and regulating the city’s growth. Lee works for the public utility Edison International where he specializes in planning and information systems. For more information about the planning commission, click here.
Zack Chibane, former starting offensive lineman for the Syracuse Orange, graduated from May from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He was an executive editor for the Harvard Business Law Review and will being work at the law firm Skadden, Arps in New York. In April 2018, he will begin a one-year clerkship with Judge Robert Sweet in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. For more information click here.
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.
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.