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. 

Salvador del Solar ’03 MAIR appointed Minister of Culture for Peru

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Salvador del Solar has been appointed as the Minister of Culture for Peru. He brings to the position years of experience as a successful television actor in Peru. During his time at the Maxwell School, he was a fellow of the Joan y John and Mabel deSardon-Glass Fellowship program. The deSardon-Glass Fellowship fully support nationals of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and other Andean-region countries who wish to pursue advanced professional degrees at Maxwell and return to public service careers in their home countries. More information on del Solar and his new position can be found at: http://paiaadmissions.syr.edu/former-maxwell-ma-ir-student-and-desardon-glass-fellow-appointed-minister-of-culture-for-peru/

Whitney Parker Mitchell ’06 MAIR launches and heads new company, Beacon Digital Marketing

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Whitney Parker Mitchell is now founder and CEO of Beacon Digital Marketing, a digital marketing agency with offices in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley. Beacon Digital was launched in October 2016 to help clients market innovative services and products to other businesses online. Her team provides assistance in marketing strategy, content marketing, lead generation, search engine optimization, marketing automation, and marketing technology implementations. Previously, she was senior director of digital and strategic marketing at Kroll, a global cyber security and risk management firm.

RG Head ’69 MPA/’71 PhD (PA) relases new book, “Oswald Boelcke: Germany’s First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat”

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RG Head published his new book, Oswald Boelcke: Germany’s First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat, by Grub Street Publishing (London). The book explores the trials and tribulations of early aviation during World War I. Before retirement, Head served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the military assistant to the Under Secretary for Policy and in the Joint Staff as the special assistant to the Director for JCS Matters. After being promoted to Brigadier General he served in Italy as Deputy Commander of 5 ATAF and the Air Staff. He lives in Coronado, Calif. with his wife, Carole, and has four children and five grandchildren.

Lindsey Spector ’13 MAIR is now foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State

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Lindsey Spector is now a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she works on the digital support and training team for the Bureau of International Information Programs. In her role, Spector helps U.S. Embassies and Consulates improve public diplomacy efforts and capacity building by providing problem-solving techniques and trainings focused on digital outreach, social media engagement, strategic planning, and other related topics. Previously, she was a social media strategist with OBXtek, where she consulted the U.S. Department of State on the strategic use of social media and new technologies for public diplomacy.

Donald Megnin ’54 BA(PSc)/’65 MA (PSc)/ ’68 PhD (PSc) releases new book, “Sermons for the Separated”

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Donald Megnin’s new book, Sermons for the Separated, has been published by Trafford Publishing. The book addresses people who have turned away from religion through a series of mini-sermons, and is for those who have become disenchanted with the portrayal of religion as an end-all answer to life’s most important questions. Over the course of his career, Megnin has taught English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand as a part of the former Syracuse in Asia program, and worked as a pastor at the First Ward United Methodist Church in Syracuse. He also taught international politics at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, where he developed an international program for foreign and American students.

For more information on the book, click here: http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-001011056/Sermons-for-the-Separated.aspx.

Elisabeth IJmker ’15 MAIR is now PMEL Officer of the Transnational Institute

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Elisabeth IJmker is now a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) officer for the Transnational Institute in The Netherlands. Her responsibilities include training staff on data collection, managing evaluations, and monitoring and reporting on the organization’s activity. Previously, IJmker was a policy officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where she worked on the implementation of the NGO-subsidy framework entitled “Dialogue and Dissent.”