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Note from the Alumni Association Washington, D.C. Chapter

As you all know, Washington, D.C. is the city with the largest number of University of Texas at Austin alumni outside of Austin. The LBJ-DC Alumni Chapter is proud to have more than 350 alumni in our chapter and we have had numerous social, volunteer and substantive events over the past year. I would like to highlight a few of them for you.

Fernando Rodriguez (MPAff ’05), in association with the University of Texas Archer Center, organized the third annual Summer Speaker Series, which hosted alumni who have prestigious and successful careers in government to share their experiences with recent graduates. The speakers included well-known figures in Washington, D.C., such as Mark McClellan, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings, and Carmel Martin (MPaff ’94), the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development.

Camellia Falcon (MPAff ’05) one of LBJ-DCA’s new board members, organized a very successful series of policy dinners. The dinners were held at local district restaurants and provided alumni the opportunity to delve into policy issues that varied from education to international food security.

We have also hosted a number of happy hours and social functions, organizing some around faculty visits with Alan Kuperman, Bob Wilson, and Ben Sasse. We look forward to continuing that trend in 2011.

If you are moving to the D.C. area, we look forward to welcoming you. Please feel free to get in touch with our board of directors by writing to us at


Nicki Alam (MPAff ’07) President