Alumni Awards

Trachtenberg School Alumni Awards

Call for Nominations for Outstanding Recent Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Awards

Alumni of the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration live out the school’s goal of “doing good and doing it well.”

Every February, the school hosts an Alumni Awards reception in order to recognize a few of the school's outstanding alumni.

Current students, alumni and friends of the school are invited to nominate worthy Trachtenberg School alumni to be honored at each year’s reception with one of two alumni awards.

  • Outstanding Recent Alumni Award – This award honors graduates (within the past 10 years) who are at the early stages of their career have already distinguished themselves and demonstrate promise of even greater achievements.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – This award honors graduates (more than 10 years post graduation) who have made a lasting impact on society though outstanding professional, voluntary or philanthropic accomplishments.

The purpose of both awards is to recognize outstanding alumni for their individual achievements in the areas of public policy and public administration, and their leadership in serving the public interest and enhancing the quality of democratic governance.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must have an MPA, MPP, MA-ENRP or PhD degree (or their predecessor degrees) from the George Washington University.

Accomplishments in these areas will be considered:

  • Professional Attainment and Achievement – Candidates should have attained prominence in their career or profession. Work should have a demonstrated and wide-ranging impact.
  • Public Service/Outstanding Service to Field or Profession – Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service in the fields of public policy and/or public administration or active and reflective engagement in local, national, and global governance.


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Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Recipients

Past Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Recipients

  • Commander Zeita Merchant, MPA '10 

  • Dominique Harris, MPA '11

  • Kristen Easterday, MPA ‘07

  • Emily St. Martin Lord, MPA '08

  • Kara Ryan, MPP '07

  • Alex Lawson, MPP '08


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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, MPA '96

  • Amy B. Peeples, MPA '91

  • Dr. Mark Esper, PhD '08

  • Jeff Marootian, MPA ‘03

  • Dr. David J. Bernstein, MPA '83 and PhD '00

  • Dr. Cynthia Pierre, PhD '06

  • Dr. Jeffrey Levi, PhD '99

  • Commander Timothy Cronin, MPA ’08

  • Dale Didion, MPA ’83

  • Christa Fornarotto, MPP ’05

  • Dr. Nancy Potok, PhD ’09

  • Michael Stinziano, MPA '04

  • Frank DiGiammarrino, MPA '95

  • Edwin Verburg

  • Dr. Demetra Nightingale, PhD '98

  • Alfredo Campo, MPA '86

  • Allison Gurnitz, MPA '91

  • Claudia Oakes, MPA '83

  • Dr. Kathryn Mohrman, PhD '93

  • RAdm. John M. McConnell, MPA '86

  • Robert Efrus, MPA '82

  • Kenneth Yellis, MPA '87

  • Mary Beth Morgan, MPA '97

  • Susan Brita, MPA '83

  • Winnie Stachelberg, MPA '90

  • Michael Freimuth, MPA '79

  • Mark Duffy, MPA '82

  • Nancy Tate, MPA '80

  • Adm. Thad Allen, MPA '86

  • John Berry, MPA '78

  • Matthew Crouch, MPA '90

  • Dr. Jay White, PhD '82

  • Michelle Mrdeza, MPA '83

  • Dr. Anne DeBeer, PhD '80

  • William Haden, MPA '65

  • Dr. Harry West III, PhD '73

  • Christopher Smith, MPA '86

  • Sec. Henry Cisneros, PhD '76

  • Elizabeth Craig, MPA '83

  • Gen. John Vessry Jr.

  • Natalie Flores Prim, MPA '03

  • Rep. Gilbert Gude

  • Cpt. Patrick Stillman, MPA '88