Helen Beaudreau ’09 MPA/IR now director of scholarship fund

alum-news-buttonHelen BeaudreauHelen Beaudreau was made director of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The Gates Millennium Scholars program is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and the APIASF is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Previously Beaudreau was senior policy advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives where she spearheaded initiatives to end human trafficking. For more information about APIASF and their mission, click here.

Jeffrey Lee ’11 MAIR joins planning commission of Temple City, Calif.

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Jeffrey LeeLee 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.

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.

Shana Udvardy ’90 BA (IR) has articled published on the importance of confirming new FEMA administrator

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Shana Udvardy’s article, “5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief,” was published in June of 2017. In the article, Udvardy draws from her expertise as a climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She posits that Congress should waste no time confirming the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Brock Long. It appears Udvardy’s plea to Congress paid off: In late June of 2017, shortly after Udvardy’s article was published, Brock was confirmed as FEMA’s next administrator by the U.S. Senate with an overwhelming majority. More information about Udvardy and her article can be found here.

Shuntaro Tsukamoto ’97 MAIR is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan

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Shuntaro Tsukamoto is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies. In his new role, Tsukamoto is in charge of establishing client relations and maintaining investment services to Japanese clients. In addition, he assists Vanguard clients throughout Asia as a fixed income product specialist. Previously, Tsukamoto served as vice president at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Co., Ltd in Tokyo, Japan. 

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.