Christine Varney ’82 MPA named leading lawyer by trade journal

Varney webChristine Varney was named one of New York City’s leading women lawyers by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes trailblazing litigators who lead distinguished careers and undertake exceptional civic and philanthropic acts. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and has served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She serves on the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and the Third Way. To read more about her accomplished career, visit her company webpage.


Christine Elliott ’11 appointed to Syracuse city government by Mayor, Ben Walsh ’05 MPA

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Christine Elliott is director of administration for City of Syracuse. She will oversee management and budget, finance, information technology and assessment. Before this appointment, she worked for Deloitte consulting in Alexandria, Va. For more information see the announcement article from

She was appointed by Ben Walsh, current mayor of Syracuse. After graduating from Maxwell, Walsh worked in Albany as a representative of the AFL-CIO, and in the administration of Stephanie Miner. As deputy commissioner under Miner he created the Syracuse Land Bank and played a hand in the renovation of the Hotel Syracuse.


Joe Mareane ’79 MPA retires from Tompkins County Legislature

alum-news-buttonMareaneJoe Mareane retired from his post as county administrator for Tompkins County, which has its county seat in Ithaca, N.Y. During his tenure, Mareane helped the county avoid many of the layoffs that followed the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. Before joining Tompkins county, Mareane was the Chief Fiscal Officer of Onondaga County, which has its county seat in Syracuse. To read about tributes paid to Mareane by the Tompkins County Legislature, read this article

Sierra Lloyd ’17 MPA joins education nonprofit

alum-news-buttonSierra LloydSierra Lloyd is scholarship program coordinator at Say Yes to Education, Inc. Say Yes connects high school students with the resources and support they need to graduate from college. In her role, Lloyd is responsible for representing the organization at partner colleges and public high schools. For more information about her new employer, visit its website.

Simone Martin ’11 MPA/IR joins the faculty of Long Island University

alum-news-buttonSimone MartinSimone Martin is an assistant professor in the masters of public administration program of Long Island University, at its Brooklyn campus. Her research examines the impact of community-based organizing on maternal health and child health outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa. For more information about Simone’s research, visit her webpage at LIU-Brooklyn.

Philip Church ’05 MA (PA) elected to N.Y. State Association of Counties

alum-news-buttonPhilip_ChurchPhilip Church was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). The mission of the NYSAC is to represent, educate and advocate for 57 member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials in Albany, N.Y. and Washington. Previously, Church worked as a purchasing director, executive assistant to the county administrator and public information coordinator for the county of Oswego, N.Y. For more information about his recent posting, click here.

Vanessa Colón ’11 MPA/IR manages U.S.-India relations at the U.S. Department of State

alum-news-buttonVanessa_ColonVanessa Colón is an environment, science, technology, and health officer for the U.S. Department of State. Her duties include managing and drafting policy on space, IT, renewable energy, and climate change relations. She also advances the Secretary’s economic agenda by drafting policy guidance and briefing senior officials on U.S.-India economic relations.