Welcome to the fall 2016 edition of The Policy Memo, the e-newsletter for alumni of the McCourt School of Public Policy.  The Policy Memo  is a joint venture between the McCourt School Office of Communications and the McCourt School Alumni Board.

Special note: Please don't forget to join us for the Annual McCourt Holiday Party to be held on Friday, December 2nd!

McCourt School NewsNEWS

The Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement hosted "A Decade of Distinction: The 10th Annual McCourt School Networking Event." The annual gathering brought together current students and alumni from all industries to connect over an evening of food and drink. Thank you to all our alumni who joined us, and we'll look forward to seeing you again next time!

Professor Harry J. Holzer was named the John LaFarge Jr. S.J. Professor of Public Policy. A leading expert on the challenges facing low-wage workers, Dr. Holzer's  work on spatial mismatch and the challenges facing minority men in inner cities has been widely cited and he is one of the nation's most influential scholars developing policy solutions to attack these problems. Dr. Holzer previously served as chief economist at the US Department of Labor. 

The McCourt School and Beeck Center for Social Impact + Inn ovatio teamed up to host Data for Social Good: Innovation in the Next Administration. The event brought together several panels of leading academics and  practitioners  to share ideas on how transition teams can better prioritize innovation in government. The event debuted the McCourt-Beeck report , "The Architecture of Innovation: Institutionalizing Innovation in Federal Policy Making."

McCourt School Reaches Capital Campaign Goal.  In addition to the transformative gift of $100 million to establish our School from Georgetown alumnus  Frank H. McCourt, Jr. (C'75), t he McCourt School raised nearly $79 million, achieving our capital campaign goal by over $4 million. We are deeply grateful to  our alumni and other supporters who helped us reach this goal, and ask for your continued support as we work to ensure our ability to train policy leaders. 

The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at the McCourt School hosted cabinet secretaries including Ambassador Susan Rice and Attorney General Loretta Lynch as part of its ongoing "Exit Interview" series, to reflect on the Obama Administration's legacy on various policy topics. Following the conversation with Ambassador Rice, GU Politics hosted a counterpoint discussion with former Congressman and House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez made an impassioned appeal during the 2016 Whittington Lecture at McCourt to help ensure an inclusive and prosperous economy and society for all Americans. The secretary framed public policy as a series of choices between building shared prosperity and simply accepting the status quo.  The lecture was established in memory of Leslie A. Whittington, associate dean and professor of public policy at Georgetown who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Elections were recently held for the McCourt Alumni Board.  We are excited to welcome these six new members to the  McCourt  Alumni  Board  for FY2017-FY2018:
  • Garrett Brinker, MPP 2015 
  • Josh Caplan, MPP 2013
  • O. Felix Obi, MPM 2011
  • Geoffrey Okamoto, MPP 2011
  • Rachel Rush-Marlowe, MPP 2016
  • Whitney Tate, MIDP 2014
Special thanks to the outgoing members of the 2015-2016 Alumni  Board, including outgoing Chair Rose Clouston.  We appreciate all the time and energy you dedicated to helping the  McCourt School thrive!

Please join us in welcoming Associate Admissions Director Indhika Jayaratnam to McCourt! Indhika is looking forward to working with alumni on recruiting initiatives for prospective applicants and communication with admitted students. She believes alumni are the best ambassadors and looks forward to hearing from alumni about their time at McCourt and how they are connecting their coursework to their current career paths.

Save the Date!  McCourt Policy in Practice  (MPiP), which  partners with communities and nonprofits in developing countries to apply rigorous policy tools to address identified needs, is set to host its annual charity auction on Thursday, February 9th, from 6-10pm in Old North. The charity auction is a popular event among students, faculty and alumni, as they convene to support MPiP's numerous projects abroad.

Join #HoyasForOthers on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving and service that commences the season of giving. The McCourt School wishes to celebrate its alumni, faculty and students who are giving back and making a difference in their community. Share your story on social media using #HoyasForOthers highlighting how Georgetown has impacted your life, your community and your work. You can also  make a gift and join in the season of giving back and paying it forward for the next generation of public policy students at the McCourt School.

The McCourt School would love to partner with alumni on campus, in DC, and beyond to expand job and internship opportunities for students and alumni alike. If you can help or have any suggestions, please let us know! We have a variety of recruiting options, including but not limited to:
  • On-campus information sessions hosted at the McCourt School 
  • Site visits and information sessions hosted at the organization
  • Virtual information sessions hosted by the McCourt School
  • Compilation of resume books for your review
  • On-campus office hours and on-campus interviews
  • Development of internships, fellowships and other opportunities
  • Posting of job opportunities in McCourtConnects!
Contact  Katrina Randolph at   or call 202-687-5542  with ideas or for more information.

In addition, please  stay tuned for details about the  2017 McCourt Alumni Mock Interview Program !

Annual McCourt School Holiday Party GU Politics Events Nationwide Prospective Student Sessions

Save the date! The Annual McCourt School Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 2 from 6-8pm in the Leo J. O'Donovon Dining Hall. We encourage alumni to join their fellow McCourters in celebrating the holiday cheer. Last year's event, as always, was a resounding success, so you won't want to miss it! 

GU Politics is wrapping up its "Exit Interview" series that has featured senior Obama Administration officials.  To stay up to date on GU Politics' great speakers, events other  programming, follow @GUPolitics on Twitter , Facebook and  Instagram
and sign up for their e-mail list. Also, bookmark their frequently updated events page!

McCourt is coming to a city near you! As part of the its effort to continue to attract top talent, McCourt held a prospective student session in Bost on and will host sessions in San Francisco ( 11/21), New York (11/30) and Chicago (12/1). Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested, and stay tuned for details on event locations. 


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