Class Notes 2000-2020

• Ashley Phillips (B.A. '00) worked at ABC news NY for the past 14 years. Worked on Good Morning America for many years but spent the last 5 as a Senior Producer ABC News Digital.
• Senator David Holt (B.A. '01) was re-elected to a second four-year term in the Oklahoma Senate when no one filed to oppose him.   Senator Holt also managed the successful re-election of the Oklahoma City Mayor to an unprecedented fourth term.  
• Kelsey Harris-Smith, (MPhil, '01), is working with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as a field officer in northern Tajikistan. 
• Brendan Gilbert (B.A. ’01) completed 6 years active duty service as a US Army JAG that included a deployment to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, and service as a Prosecutor for the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions Trials.  Served as an Assistant General Counsel for Litigation with the Central Intelligence Agency.  Currently Legal Counsel for Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology for customers in the oil and gas industry.
• Jason B. Blank, Esq. (B.A. '02) was elected to the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar.
• Josh Douglas (B.A. '02) recently published a new Election Law case book (with two co-authors):  Election Law and Litigation:  The Judicial Regulation of Politics (Aspen 2014).
• Rachel Paine Caufield (Ph.D. ‘02) will now be Associate Director for Citizen Engagement at the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, at Duke University.  Caufield will continue in her current Associate Professor of Political Science position as well.
• Naomi K Schneidmill (B.A. '02) has spent  8 years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorneys Office, Queens, New York.
• Daniel Ericson, (B.A. '02, JD '05) is a counsel in the Litigation and Enforcement Section of the Federal Reserve Board's Legal Division.  He also is a professorial lecturer in political science at GWU, teaching U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I to upper class undergraduates.
• Erin (Morse) Biggs, (B.A. '03), was recently named Office Manager for the State of Colorado Public Defender.
• Nate Morris (B.A. '03) was named one of the most powerful, influential and important people in business under 40 by Fortune Magazine. Nate is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rubicon Global, a waste management company that matches multinational clients with local haulers.
• Melissa Springer (B.A. '04 and M.A. '10) has been named the first vice president of Social Driver.
• Mitchell Epstein (B.A. '04) earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and work as a Project Manager at American Airlines.
• Kimberly (Kass) Spagui (B.A. '04) is the Director of ATLAST (Attorneys Targeting Labor & Sex Trafficking) at Administer Justice in the Chicago area. The program serves the legal needs of citizens and immigrants who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or violent crimes.
• Colleen Fisher (B.A. '04) is currently an Acting Commercial Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. When she returns to Washington, she will resume her responsibilities as the Mexico Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce, assisting U.S. companies expand and maintain their commercial presence in Mexico.
• David C. Earnest, (Ph.D. '04) was recently named the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Arts & Letters at Old Dominion University.
• Dan LeClair, (B.A. '05) has been named Director of Planned and Leadership Giving at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH.  He is also a recent addition to GW's Heritage Society.
• Korey J. Barry (B.A. '05; M.A. '09) is Legislative Counsel in the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of the Judge Advocate General. 
• Koryn Rubin (B.A. '05) recently accepted the position of Assistant Director, Federal Affairs for the American Medical Association (AMA). She is the leading expert at the AMA on health care quality measurement and performance policy and advocates before the Executive Branch on behalf of the nation’s physicians. 
• Rich Mallory (B.A. '05) will be sitting for the D.C. bar examination this July.  Rich is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William & Mary and practices law with The Peacock Law Firm, PLC in McLean, VA.
• Sora Jennifer Kim (B.A. '05) currently works for Community Legal Aid in Worcester, Massachusetts.
• Tina R. Goel, (B.A. '05), co-wrote the article "The Post-DOMA Immigration Law Landscape" published in The Federal Lawyer.  She is currently working on a chapter regarding ethics in immigration law for an upcoming American Bar Association (ABA) book and a chapter about the L non-immigrant visa for an upcoming DC Bar legal practice manual.
• Benjamin J. Traverse (B.A. '06) after graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2011, worked as a civil litigator for the New York City Law Department through March 2014.  Now, living in Burlington, Vermont, and working as a law clerk for the Vermont Superior Court. 
• Matt Grieger (B.A. '06) is now the Elections and Political Processes Fund Administrator at USAID's Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.
• Steven Rogers' (B.A. '07) doctoral dissertation received the American Political Science Association's William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics and was co-recipient of the APSA State Politics & Policy Section's Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award.
• Kathleen (Katy) Johnson ('07) is graduating from the SMU Dedman School of Law. In the fall she will be an associate in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker L.L.P.
• Elliot Bell-Krasner (B.A 08') is a program officer with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and was recently appointed to the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission in Alexandria, VA.
• James Zarsadiaz (BA '08) received his PhD in History from Northwestern University in June 2014. He is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History at the University of San Francisco. 
• Jessica Schwartz (Now Jessica Schapiro),(B.A. '09) graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Fundraising Management, May 2014 and started working in January 2014 at the Jewish National Fund (JNF) as the National Manager of Affinity Groups.
• Dong Yon Kim (B.A. ‘09) completed 3 years of active duty service as a Republic Of Korean Air Force Officer (First Lt.), Weapon Director and ROK-US Coordination Officer of Korea Air and Space Operations Center in Osan, Korea. After his military service, he served as a Ski Jumping Manager of 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee under the Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Currently Kim is a journalist for Chosun News Press.
• Alex Khalife (B.A. '09) is a lobbyist with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), an association representing medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country.
• Drew Zachary (B.A. '10), MPP, PhD Candidate, has been appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
• Brian R. Herman (B.A. '10), an assistant attorney general in the Missouri Attorney General's Office, has been promoted to Unit Leader of the Labor Division in Jefferson City.
• Amanda Ussak (B.A. '10) completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia during 2013 and will be continuing her studies this September at Stanford University, pursuing a Masters in International Policy.
• Boyan Kovacic (M.A. ’10) will be leaving after five years of Federal service at the U.S. Department of Energy to attend the full-time MBA program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  
• Jennifer Lauren Casazza (B.A. '11), graduated cum laude from William and Mary School of Law on May 11, 2014.
• Haynes Bunn (B.A. '11) successfully completed and defended her thesis for the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology at the University of Southern California, and will graduate in December 2014.
• Sally Nuamah (B.A. ’11) was recently awarded a Pre-Doctoral fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania for the entire 2014-2015 year.
• Megan Cunningham, (B.A. ‘12) is the Political Director at United Faculty of Miami Dade College (the labor union for the professors of Miami Dade College), and recently held a successful training event for potential future candidates for political office that trained over 150 individuals in the greater Miami area on how to run for public office.
• Daniel Lippman (B.A. '12)  recently joined Politico as a reporter/researcher. Since graduating, he worked for The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal and went to the Turkish-Syrian border to cover the conflict as a freelance journalist.
• Craig Kauffman (B.A. '12) had two recent publications to report: “Scaling up Buen Vivir: Globalizing Local Environmental Governance from Ecuador,” Global Environmental Politics and “Financing Watershed Conservation: Lessons from Ecuador’s Evolving Water Trust Funds,” Agricultural Water Management.
• Yunshan Leng (B.A. '13) currently a second year student at George Washington University Law School.
• Francis DiBona (B.A. '13) works as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State House for Rep. Rhonda Nyman.
• Ajay Verghese (PhD. '13) is an assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. Completed his book manuscript, The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in India, and it is currently under review.  He is also working on a series of articles, one of which received an R&R from Modern Asian Studies.
•Kolton Gustafson (B.A. '14) joined the American College of Physicians (ACP) as Coordinator of Health Care Policy & Marketing.