Geraghty named president of JetBlue Airways

GeraghtyJoanna Geraghty ’97 MAIR has been promoted to president of JetBlue Airways Corp. The promotion makes Geraghty the highest-ranking woman at a large American airline. JetBlue is the sixth-largest airline in the U.S., serving over 102 destinations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Geraghty has been at JetBlue since 2005. She was most recently serving as executive vice president, customer experience, which she was promoted to in 2014. From 2010 to 2014 Geraghty served as executive vice president, chief people officer for JetBlue. Prior to this she served as the airline’s vice president and associate general counsel and director of litigation and regulatory affairs. For more information read this news story.

Anne Richardson ’02 MAIR takes the lead at oldest U.S. investment firm

Anne RichardsonAnne Richardson has taken the lead at Calvert Research and Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp., the oldest investment management firm in the United States, established 1924. Previously, Richardson worked for Cambridge Associates, where she was Chief Operating Officer for Global Investment Research. She was also previously associated with The Brookings Institution and The George Washington University. Visit the press release for more information.

Vicki Mak-Romo ’14 MAIR joins Department of Energy

alum-news-buttonVicki Mak-RomoVicki 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.

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.

Maxwell Welcomes Our Newest Students!

July and August are among the most exciting times of year at the Maxwell School. Having said farewell to the newest alumni of the School in May and June, Maxwell faculty and staff prepare during the summer to welcome the newest classes of students in the MPA, MA IR, and Executive MPA and MA IR programs.

Chris Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, welcomed this year’s MPA and MA IR classes on the PAIA Admissions blog. Read more about this year’s accomplished cohorts at the links below.

Putting the ROCK back in BuROCKracy as Maxwell Welcomes our new MPA students!

Our New MA IR Students Arrive in Time to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

We hope you enjoy reliving your time at Maxwell through these great posts. Join us in welcoming our newest students to Maxwell!

Jessica Murray, Director of Alumni Relations
Kelli Young, Director of Career Development
Laura McArdle, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lauren Meyer, Career Development Office and Recruiting Coordinator

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.