Andrew Berlin has been named to the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. The goal of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence in the selection of new Illinois State Trooper candidates. The Board also ensures that the promotion and discipline of Illinois State police officers is based upon a fair and equitable merit process. Berlin’s appointment to the Merit Board comes at the heels of his long-standing commitment to law enforcement; in addition to raising funds to support the Illinois State Police Heritage Memorial, he has produced an Emmy Award winning documentary: Never Forgotten–a film which honors fallen officers. Berlin is chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures.
More information about Andrew Berlin, his appointment to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, and Berlin Packaging can be found here.
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.
Gian-Carl Casa gave the keynote address at the Kennedy Center Awards Dinner. The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that offers service options to persons with disabilities and special needs. Casa was selected as keynote speaker for his many years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, he is the president and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, a statewide association representing nonprofit agencies across Connecticut. Previously, he served for five-and-a-half years as undersecretary for legislative affairs at the Connecticut state Office of Policy and Management. Before that, he worked for over two decades at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, most recently as director of public policy and advocacy, where he oversaw many association-related activities.
Walt Addison Linscott is now president COO and general counsel of business development at Biotech Venture – Treiber Therapeutics, Inc., a firm that develops, invests in, and manages early stage biotechnology companies. In his role, he is responsible for strategic development, finance, business development, management, and all legal issues pertaining to various enterprises under development. This is not his first position in the biotechnology industry. Previously, he was business operations executive, and the general counsel and corporate secretary at Cocrystal, a pharmaceutical company that develops antiviral treatments for serious and/or chronic viral diseases.
Donna Shalala, member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board, stepped down as president and chief executive of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and is returning to the University of Miami to teach full time. Read more in the Miami Herald article, “Former Clinton Foundation head Donna Shalala is back in Miami and at UM.”
David Greenberg ’97 BA (PSt) is now associate general counsel at MapR Technologies, a computer software company based in San Jose, California. In his role as associate general counsel, Greenberg draws from his experience as an accomplished technology transaction attorney, specializing in enterprise software licensing, cloud computing contracting, hardware purchasing, executive counseling, contract drafting, and deal negotiations. He has prior AmLaw 100 law firm experience in commercial contract litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and public policy. Before his position with MapR, he served as senior managing counsel for Oracle, a computer technology corporation.
Marion Araque is now campus director at Citizen Schools, an organization that advocates to make expanded learning the new normal for all students. In her role as campus director, Araque supervises and mentors a group of AmeriCorps teaching fellows and volunteers, and serves as an instructional leader for the Citizen Schools program. By using an apprenticeship program known as the Extended Learning Time model, Citizen Schools partners up with public districts to add instructional time to the school day by offering hands-on learning opportunities, academic support, and structured homework time.