Alumni Awards

Call for Nominations for Trachtenberg School Annual Awards

This year, during the annual gathering of Trachtenberg School alumni, faculty, staff and friends, we plan to recognize winners of three awards.  Your help is needed.  Please take a moment to nominate any of your fellow alumni and friends of the school for this year's outstanding alumni awards. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

To nominate someone for an award, please use the online forms linked below.  

Recent Alumni Award – This award honors graduates (within the past 10 years) who are at the early stages of their career and have already distinguished themselves while demonstrating promise of even greater achievements.

Distinguished Alumni Award – This award honors graduates (more than 10 years post graduation) who have made a lasting influence on society though outstanding professional, voluntary and/or philanthropic accomplishments.

Service to the School Award – This new award honors an alumnus/a or friend of the school who has shown exceptional and unselfish dedication to the Trachtenberg School, expressed the mission of the school to others, and encouraged the support of alumni and/or students. Service to the School could be in the form of volunteer and/or philanthropic support.   

Candidates for the two alumni awards must have an MPA, MPP, MA-ENRP or PhD degree (or a predecessor degree) from the George Washington University.

Please offer your nominations and plan to join our awards and networking reception on March 6, 2020 in the City View Room at 1957 E Street NW between 6-8pm. 



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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