Greg Ahlgren’s latest novel, Fort Fisher: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the South, was recently published. A historical novel told from the point of view of enlisted combatants on both sides, as well as from the point of view of a woman who served as the chief Union spy, Fort Fisher tells the story of the four-day battle between the combined forces of the Union Army and Navy against the Confederate Army at Fort Fisher. In addition to his work as an author, Ahlgren has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist. His books include the alternate history time-travel novel, Prologue, and the international thriller, The Medici Legacy. He and Stephen Monier co-authored the true crime book Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax.
Joseph Pinjuh, Chief of the Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force and Narcotics Unit in the Northern District of Ohio, received the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety in Washington D.C. in November of 2016. The award was presented by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Pinjuh’s work in Ohio combating the current heroin/fentanyl epidemic. Pinjuh has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice since 1998.
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: http://www.chpa.org/MarcSchloss.aspx
Eric Heighberger has been appointed to serve as the chief of staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is not his first appointment with FEMA. During the George W. Bush Administration he served as deputy director for legislative affairs, and later as advisor to former administrator David Paulison and deputy administrator Harvey Johnson. He also worked with FEMA’s Public Assistance program in New York City from 2001-2003, and was deployed with the same program after the 2004 hurricanes in Florida. In addition to his work with FEMA, from 2008-2009 he served on the White House Homeland Security Council as director of response policy. Aside from his positions with FEMA and the White House, he has worked in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Prior to his current role with FEMA, from 2013-2017 he was deputy staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee. Additionally, he served as a professional staff member to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee from 2011-2012.
Daniel Clark is now the executive director of the Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC), an organization dedicated to Staten Island neighborhood development. Clark builds on his experience as an urban planner and nonprofit leader specializing in neighborhood development, economic development, and small business services in his new role as executive director. In addition to his position with SIBOC, he concurrently serves as a first lieutenant and as executive officer of an infantry company in the Army National Guard.
Mary Daly has been appointed executive vice president and director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Daly will oversee research that supports the development of monetary policy and that helps to further the understanding of the economy nationally and globally. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daly was senior vice president and associate director of Economic Research at the San Francisco Fed. Currently, she serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers and is a research fellow at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee, the governance group in charge of strategic direction and policy for the Twelfth District, and chairs the Bank’s Diversity Council. More information can be found at: http://www.frbsf.org/our-district/press/news-releases/2016/mary-c-daly-appointed-executive-vice-president-and-director-of-research/?utm_source=frbsf-home-in-the-news&utm_medium=frbsf&utm_campaign=in-the-news
Bill Tallman was elected to the New Mexico State Senate. As senator for the 18th District, he’ll represent Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Tallman’s election victory comes as an upset to an incumbent Republican senator. During his election campaign, Tallman knocked on upwards of 7,000 doors and mailed out thousands of hand-written postcards. Previously, he served as the city manager for Norwich, New York for nine years.