Armen Hratchian ’06 MPA director of Teach for America Detroit

ARMEN HRATCHIAN-main_iArmen Hratchian was named executive director for Teach for America’s Detroit Regional Office. Previously, Hratchian was an analyst for Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and was vice president of K-12 education at Excellent Schools Detroit. He is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Michigan.

Charlie Bush ’98 MPA wins scholarship to attend Harvard

Charlie Bush for webCharlie Bush was awarded a full scholarship to the Harvard Senior Executive program by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Bush is city manager of Sequim, Washington. In this role Bush addresses prickly issues like homelessness, drug addiction, and water use through innovative and community engagement and non-profit partnerships.

Nadja Michel-Herf ’10 MPA is director of child advocacy nonprofit

HerfNadja Michel-Herf is director of quality at National CASA Association, a nonprofit that specializes in foster care, child welfare and advocacy. Previously, Michel-Herf was director of school quality and accountability for the State of Washington. She designed performance analytics to certify and assess charter schools.

Kurt Steinberg ’93 BA (IR)/’94 MPA is president of Montserrat College of Art

SteinbergKurt Steinberg has been named president of Montserrat College of Art; he will start his new role July 1. Steinberg joins Montserrat College of Art following 12 years at the Massachusetts College of  Art and Design (MassArt), including one year as acting president. During his time at Mass Art Steinberg oversaw a 10-year plan to renovate the school’s Boston campus and established a partnership with the Beijing Royal School in China. Previously he was associate vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. For more information, see this press release.

Stephen Coffin ’77 MPA co-authors three books in 2017

Stephen_CoffinStephen Coffin co-authored three books entitled: Sound School Finance for Educational Excellence, School District Financial Leadership: Making District Funds Work Systemically and Systematically, and Why School Leaders Need Vision: Managing Scarcity, Mandates, and Conflicting Goals for Educational Quality. They were published by Rowman & Littlefield. Coffin is adjunct instructor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

Andrew Maxwell ’06 MPA heads innovation department at construction firm

Maxwell-AndrewAndrew Maxwell is senior program manager and innovation strategist for C&S Companies, a construction firm. Previously Maxwell was director of policy & innovation for the City of Syracuse, where he led the Office of Innovation and its Innovation Team. He has also been the director of the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency. For more information see the press release at this webpage.

Patrick Frank ’00 MPA takes command at Fort Polk

FrankBrigadier General Patrick Frank has taken command of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Previously Frank served as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. For more information, read this news story.