Katie Lichtig ’84 MPA is assistant city manager and COO for Santa Monica, Calif.

alum-news-buttonmaxresdefaultKatie Lichtig is now assistant city manager and chief operating officer for the City of Santa Monica, Calif.  After leaving her career in the federal government, Lichtig began working for the municipal government of Santa Monica in 1992. Previously Lichtig was the city manager for San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information about Lichtig, and her role at Santa Monica, click here.

Raissian ’08 MPA/’13 PhD (PA) and Bullinger ’12 MPA find raising minimum wage reduces child neglect

alum-news-buttonRaissian & BullingerKerri Raissian and Lindsey Bullinger recently published “Money matters: does the minimum wage affect child maltreatment rates?” in Children and Youth Services Review. They reviewed eleven years of records on child abuse and neglect and found that increases in the minimum wage correlate with declining child maltreatment rates. Their findings were recently featured on sciencedaily.com. To read that article, click here.  Raissian is assistant professor of public policy at University of Connecticut, where she specializes in child and family policy, family violence and child welfare. Bullinger is associate instructor in the school of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Maddy Hamlin ’17 MPA/MA (Geog) is fellow at public housing nonprofit

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Maddy Hamlin is the 2017 Polikoff-Gautreaux fellow with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest nonprofit (BPI). BPI advocates on behalf of public housing projects, and works to reform the Chicago public education and criminal justice systems. For more information about the BPI, click here. Maddy recently contributed an article about her work to CityLab, a webmagazine hosted by The Atlantic. To read her article, click here.

Carissa Ralbovsky ’13 MPA honored for exemplary service

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Carissa Ralbovsky won the George A. Bell Award for exemplary achievement in budgeting and management in state government. Ralbovsky was recognized for her innovative leadership that led to the automation of budget instruction procedures. Ralbovsky is the budget supervisor for public safety and environment in the Maryland Department of Budget & Management. For more information about her recent achievement click here.

Pamela D. Caraccioli ’94 MPA named woman of distinction; made director-at-large

alum-news-buttonPamela_Caraccioli_croppedPamela D. Caraccioli was named a 2017 Woman of Distinction, and elected as director-at-large of the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC). Caraccioli was honored in a ceremony recognizing her leadership and dedication while working with Oswego Health. Her appointment as director-at-large with the NYSEDC affirms Caraccioli’s unparalleled expertise working alongside state and local economic development programs. Caraccioli is currently deputy to the SUNY Oswego president for external partnerships and economic development. More information about Caraccioli and her new position can be found 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

Yoshina Hurgobin ’09 MPA/’11 MA (Hist)/’16 PhD (Hist) now assistant professor at Kennesaw State University

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Yoshina Hurgobin is now an assistant professor of South Asian history in the Department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Before her position at Kennesaw State, Hurgobin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University. Her research looks at questions of labor migration, citizenship, rights, and nationalism in the diaspora of South Asia. Her work has appeared in the journal International Labor Working-Class History and in the edited volume Histories of Medicine and Healing in The Indian Ocean World. She is currently working on a book project that examines the connections between Indian immigrant workers’ struggles for rights, their claims to citizenship, and the process of nation-making in colonial Mauritius.