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Alumni

As a graduate of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, you are part of a more than 50-year history of preparing public servants at the George Washington University. With that comes membership to a community of more than 4,200 fellow alumni, as well as access to career services for life.

We are proud of each and every one of our alumni, who excel in an astounding range of careers around the world. They have held positions including U.S. secretary of defense, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, chief financial officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace and sector commander in the Coast Guard, as well as serving as White House political appointees, nonprofit executives, CEOs and professors at prestigious universities.

Our alumni play a vital role in recruiting the next generation of public servants. They offer one-on-one advice to an applicant, speak on behalf of TSPPPA at a graduate school fair, and sit on a panel to answer questions from prospective students. Please contact the TSPPPA director of admissions to volunteer to help recruit prospective students and advance the professional development of current students.

 


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“My time at Trachtenberg opened my eyes to the world of community development, having amazing professors in the field and previous alumni who are working in that field. I loved all the opportunities to meet with various employers and previous Trachtenberg alumni.”

Vanessa Lopez
MPP '19

 

 

WHERE ALUMNI WORK

40%

Public Sector
(federal, county, state, city, local or international)

31%

Private/For-Profit

29%

Nonprofits, NGOs and Educational Institutions

 


Alumni Highlights

Omar Woodard

Omar Woodard

MPA '07

Omar Woodard is vice president of solutions with Results for America, an organization that harnesses data and evidence to help policy makers solve the world's most pressing challenges.

Alison Friedman Phillips

Alison Friedman Phillips

MPP '14

In addition to her role as director of programs at The Women's Foundation of Colorado, Alison Friedman Phillips serves as the 503(c) board member of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

Simon McNorton

Simon McNorton

MPP '13

Based in Beirut, Simon McNorton works at the UK's Department for International Development as head of the Better Delivery Team. He oversees risk management and effective delivery of the UK's humanitarian support for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Mark Esper

Mark Esper

PhD '08

Mark Esper was confirmed by a vote of 90-8 to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense in July 2019.

Dominique Harris

Dominique Harris

MPA '11

Dominique Harris is a strategic account manager at Cargill, a global food corporation based in Minnesota.

Meghan Demeter

Meghan Demeter

MA-ENRP '18

Meghan turned an internship during her graduate program into a job working with oil and gas companies to encourage them to voluntarily reduce their methane emissions. She has presented findings from her TSPPPA capstone multiple times in her job.

 

Tyler Rockey

Tyler Rockey

MPP '15

As a social policy researcher for the New York City Department of Social Services within the Office of Evaluation and Research, Tyler Rockey and his team conduct research used to improve the implementation of safety net programs and homeless services.

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan

MPA '15

Lindsay is the chief of staff for Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-04). She leads Moolenaar's office in Washington, D.C., where she was instrumental in the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Chemistry Caucus.