Welcome to the spring 2017  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.

McCourt School NewsNEWS
Congratulations to McCourt School Dean Edward B. Montgomery on his new role as the President of Western Michigan University.  Throughout his seven-year tenure as Dean, Dean Montgomery has deepened and expanded the work of GPPI and the McCourt School through the creation of several institutions, while strengthening research opportunities for faculty and furthering efforts to engage with pressing policy questions. The McCourt School community will miss him, and wishes him good luck!

The McCourt School is pleased to announce the newest Alumni Board! The Alumni Board is comprised of members elected by the McCourt School alumni to two-year terms, those appointed as ex officio members by the Board, a student representative, and a representative of the McCourt School administration

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences announced Leslie Evertz, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at McCourt, as recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award . Fifteen staff members including Nirmala Fernandes, Director of Academics at McCourt, were nominated for the award. Leslie has been recognized by students and colleagues on several occasions in recent years for her outstanding achievement and support.

Did you know that nearly all Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) programming is open to McCourt school alumni? 
GU Politics hosts some of the biggest events on campus, and McCourt alumni are encouraged to get 
involved ! Keep tabs on upcoming events by visiting the GU Politics  website  and following them on  Facebook Twitter YouTube , and  Instagram
. Also check out this letter from Executive Director Mo Elleithee about how McCourt alums can get engaged. 

The Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that McCourt alum Molly D. Dillon  has been appointed Senior Policy Advisor. Molly previously served on the Domestic Policy Council in the Obama White House, where she worked on issues related to civil rights, LGBTQ, labor, criminal justice, disability rights, and more. Congratulations, Molly!

Jonathan  C. Ball, MPP alum and director of  Utah 's Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst,  has been awarded the Steven D. Gold Award for his distinguished work on public management and state and local finance.  The award is granted by the Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management. 
Congrats,  Jonathan!

The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School jointly released their new Bipartisan Index of all members of Congress, completing the picture of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). The non-partisan tool indicates the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines. 

The McCourt School opened the first Research Data Center in Washington, a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the school's Massive Data Institute. The Center, which provides secure access to qualified researchers at Georgetown and nearby universities and institutions examining a wide range of social and economic issues, reflects and builds upon McCourt's commitment to rigorous, evidence-based policy analysis.

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at McCourt hosted hundreds of researchers, advocates, and policy experts for the 2017 LEAD Conference,
focusing on bridging the divide between research and practice to improve the lives of youth. Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Find, was
The LEAD (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) Conference is an annual event that convenes experts and stakeholders to examine policy challenges and solutions.

The Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPR) launched its Spring Edition and held a launch party at the Alumni House. This year's theme of "disruption" sought to illuminate how political, economic, and social changes are profoundly shaping the future of public policy. Practitioners at the forefront of disruptive industries sat on a panel to discuss Spring Edition stories related to the  digital divide, the  sharing economy, the  new face of small business, and more.

23 McCourt students from ten different countries spent their spring break in Mexico City, immersed in the country's civic discourse and exploring the many political, economic, and cultural ties between Mexico and the United States. The student-led trip, organized by Alejandra Reyes (MPP '18) and Cristina Martinez (MPP '17) of the Latin American Policy Association, consisted of a full itinerary of meeting with public, private, and non-profit leaders.

The Baker Center for Leadership & Governance, a non-partisan center within McCourt aimed at restoring faith in our institutions, hosted leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit world for its inaugural Baker Forum. The Forum focused on the pace of technological change and what it means for our economy and the future of prosperity. The Baker Center also introduced five McCourt students as the inaugural class of Baker Innovators.

Kelsey Berkowitz (MPP '18), Christian Conroy (MPP/MSFS '19), and Catherine Lyons (MPP '18) were named top finalists at the National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The Challenge calls on students to provide innovative solutions to policy challenges in the communities where they study. The team's proposal detailed their plan to facilitate adult education and career development services, along with children's tutoring services, at a local DC library.

The McCourt School and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation jointly issued a "100 Day Action Plan" that lists ways in which the Trump administration can spur innovation in the federal government. The plan includes recommendations derived from the comprehensive McCourt-Beeck report, The Architecture of Innovation. The publications are part of the ongoing Data for Social Good partnership, which aims to better understand the impact of data on social and public outcomes.

Thanks to the many alumni who participated in the Mock Interview Program, hosted by the Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement, to sharpen students' interview skills in a supportive environment. The program, said alum Emily (Deer) Rasheed, "helps to strengthen the fabric of the alumni network" and "serves as critical experience to prepare McCourt graduates for the technically rigorous and challenging interview process that awaits them in the research, government, and private sector job markets for which their education has positioned them."

As always, 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.

2017 McCourt Commencement

We invite you to attend the 2017  McCourt Commencement Ceremony , which will take place on Thursday, May 18 on the Healy Lawn.  Alice Rivlin , former Director of the Office of Management and Budget and former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, will be the commencement speaker. 

EMPL Open Houses

The Executive Master's in Policy Leadership (EMPL) program at McCourt will   host  an open house (6/17) and online information sessions (5/17, 6/21); please help us spread the word! EMPL is a 16-month program combining economics, policy and administration, with an emphasis on strategic leadership and coalition building.

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