Shana Udvardy’s article, “5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief,” was published in June of 2017. In the article, Udvardy draws from her expertise as a climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She posits that Congress should waste no time confirming the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Brock Long. It appears Udvardy’s plea to Congress paid off: In late June of 2017, shortly after Udvardy’s article was published, Brock was confirmed as FEMA’s next administrator by the U.S. Senate with an overwhelming majority. More information about Udvardy and her article can be found here.
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.
U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.
Carol Dwyer has been appointed director of mayoral initiatives by Syracuse mayor Stephanie A. Miner. This is not the first time Dwyer has taken on the role of director: for over 19 years, she has served as the director of the Community Benchmarks Program at the Maxwell School–a program that received the Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in 2007. In addition, Dwyer has received many other awards, including the award for Meritorious Community Service by Thursday Morning Roundtable in 1996, and the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award from the Onondaga Citizens League in 2014.
More information about Dwyer’s new appointment as director of mayoral initiative can be found here.
Andrew Berlin has been named to the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. The goal of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence in the selection of new Illinois State Trooper candidates. The Board also ensures that the promotion and discipline of Illinois State police officers is based upon a fair and equitable merit process. Berlin’s appointment to the Merit Board comes at the heels of his long-standing commitment to law enforcement; in addition to raising funds to support the Illinois State Police Heritage Memorial, he has produced an Emmy Award winning documentary: Never Forgotten–a film which honors fallen officers. Berlin is chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures.
More information about Andrew Berlin, his appointment to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, and Berlin Packaging can be found here.
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.
Rebecca Brune is now president and chief operating officer of the San Antonio Area Foundation, a Texas based nonprofit that makes grants from funds established by individuals, families, and businesses to support charitable causes. In her new position, Brune is responsible for the foundation’s daily management, operations, and leadership cultivation. In addition, she is in charge of executing the foundation’s strategic plan — no small task considering the foundation manages nearly $905 million in assets and has distributed more than $358 million for scholarships and grants aimed at education, preserving the environment, and funding research. In her role as president and COO, Brune brings expertise she’s gained from previous positions, including five years as senior vice president of strategic planning and growth at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to acquiring healthcare for the uninsured.