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Photo of alumni at 2013 LBJ Alumni Tailgate
2013 LBJ School Alumni Tailgate


Wayne Roberts (MPAff 1977) was named chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). His appointment was highlighted in the December 6, 2013, edition of Texas Government Insider, a publication of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.


John Campbell (MPAff 1983) retired from the National Academy of Sciences on October 1. He served as the executive director of the InterAcademy Council in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

John Denson (MPAff 1983) passed away on November 17, 2013. Read the Houston Chronicle obituary here.

Steven Polunsky (MPAff 1983) recently accepted a new role as a research scientist with Texas A&M Transportation Institute.


Jody Forehand (MPAff 1993) co-founded a computer software company, Original3, Inc., in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

Mike Henry (MPAff 1995) left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after 11 years in May 2012, where in his last job he served as legal and policy advisor to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. He now works in Providence, RI, for a regional environmental nonprofit organization called Environment Northeast, where he serves as senior counsel and director of the Sustainable Transmission Project. Mike lives in Kingston, RI, with his wife Nessa Richman, his children Thea (11) and Asher (8), and his small dog Finn (3).  He loves living in a state that doubles as a unit of measurement (it is roughly 4 times the size of Austin, Texas, by the way) and provides easy access to sailing and ocean beaches.

Maureen Milligan (MPAff 1995) recently announced her retirement from the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

Tamara Serwer Caldas (MPAff 1997) was named a new pro bono partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton of Atlanta in October. Ms. Caldas has served as deputy director of AVLF since 2011. She has worked with the organization in a number of capacities since joining in September 2005, including serving as managing attorney since 2007.   

For six years, Ms. Caldas served as a staff attorney for the Southern Center of Human Rights, where she litigated civil rights actions in federal and state courts challenging unconstitutional conditions of confinement on behalf of incarcerated persons.  She was also in private practice with Claiborne, Outman & Surmay, handling adoptions, guardianships and legitimation and custody proceedings. After graduating from law school, Ms. Caldas served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in Nashville.

2000 to 2004

Shinjini Kumar (MPAff 2001) is the executive director in Tax & Regulatory Services for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., in Mumbai.

Alvaro Torres-Crespo (MPAff 2004) writes: “I've been back in Austin for over two years now, working on another master's degree (!). I'm in my third and final year of the filmmaking program at the RTF department. I've been making films for five years now after spending several years in Costa Rica doing community work there. I am finishing my thesis film, a documentary titled The Undesired Place. It is an intimate and lyrical film about a group of modern day pariahs: the gold panners of the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica's rain forest.

My team and I have recently launched a small crowd funding campaign to help us finish this film. Visit The Undesired Place for a short video-teaser of my film, as well as a written justification of the project's importance and objectives."

2005 to 2009

Ariadna Mahon-Santos (MPAff 2005) is a program coordinator at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in Alexandria, Va.

Erik Schuchmann (MPAff 2007) is a senior software engineer at Bazaarvoice in Austin.

Sandra Menjivar (MPAff 2008) recently accepted a position at the Texas Department of Transportation. She is the internal audit section director.

2010 to present

Naitra Muralykrishnan (MPAff 2009) serves as scrum master for the data technology division at PayPal in San Jose, Calif.

Bonnie Doty (MGPS 2010) recently accepted a new position with One Earth Future Foundation in Broomfield, Colo. She and Robert Hernandez were married in Denver on September 2.

Meredith Gray (MPAff 2010) is a conservation program coordinator for the City of Austin’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens Program in the Parks and Recreation Department.

Lindsey Stuart (MPAff 2010) was hired as a development coordinator in the Office of Innovation and Development for the Austin Independent School District.

James (Jim) Woodward (MPAff 2010) accepted a position as a building energy performance engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in Richland, Wash. Previously Jim worked as an engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Jacob Cottingham (MPAff 2011) is legislative director for Texas Rep. Donna Howard.

Drew Dupuy (MGPS 2011) is regional communications director for Enroll America in Washington, D.C.

Claudia Rossel (MPAff 2011) is an analyst for New West Technologies, LLC., in Washington, D.C.

Carmen Gaddis (MGPS 2012) is a policy staff member for Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.

Garry Davis (MPAff 2013) accepted a position as a program specialist with SEDL in Austin.

Roxanne Garza (MPAff 2013) is the manager of public policy at Citizen Schools. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Hazlett (MPAff 2013) is employed with Moody’s Investor Service.

Rachael Kane  (MPAFF 2013) has taken a position with the American Heart Association in Austin. She recently joined the board of the LBJ School Austin-Area Alumni Chapter.

Thais Macedo (MGPS 2013) is a grant writer for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Sarah Overmyer (MPAff 2013) was hired as a research assistant at the Center for Transportation, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Joey Parr (MPAff 2013) works as an ad executive for Murphy Nasica and Associates in Austin.

Reid Porter (MPAff 2013) accepted a position as senior specialist, monitoring and evaluation, with Pact in Washington, D.C.

Travis Rutledge (MPAff 2013) is an operations manager for SoCo Hammocks in Austin. The company donates 10% of its sales to nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate poverty.