Vicki Mak-Romo is an energy economist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. The FERC regulates the interstate sale of natural gas, electricity, and oversees the licensing of non-federal hydroelectric dams. Mak-Romo joined FERC after completing a master’s degree in energy economics at Rice University. She also recently married fellow Maxwell alumnus Jeremy Mak (’13 MAIR). For more information, visit the FERC’s website.
Sierra Lloyd is scholarship program coordinator at Say Yes to Education, Inc. Say Yes connects high school students with the resources and support they need to graduate from college. In her role, Lloyd is responsible for representing the organization at partner colleges and public high schools. For more information about her new employer, visit its website.
Simone Martin is an assistant professor in the masters of public administration program of Long Island University, at its Brooklyn campus. Her research examines the impact of community-based organizing on maternal health and child health outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa. For more information about Simone’s research, visit her webpage at LIU-Brooklyn.
Yasmin Ortiga recently wrote a new book entitled “Emigration, Employability and Higher Education in the Philippines.” The book, which is based on her dissertation, was published as part of the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education series. The book examines the challenges that labor emigration has put on the Filipino higher education system. Ortiga is currently a lecturer at the National University of Singapore.
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.