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Max Waxler (MPAff ’74) was named chief of staff for the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in June. He served as general counsel at AISD for the last 12 years.
Walter Moore (MPAff ’76) is vice president of federal relations for the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C. He formerly served as government relations vice president for Genentech, a biotechnology firm.
Donna (Nilsen) Kristaponis (MPAff ’77) was living and working in Revo, Nevada until her recent retirement. She and her husband are currently engaged in full time RV travel.
Susan Rieff (MPAff ’80) is executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She was profiled in The New York Times on July 26. Read the article “Mother Nature.”
Frank Battle (MPAff ’81) was named general counsel and House Ethics Advisor by Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss in August. He had served as general council and policy advisor to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst since 2003. Read the press release here.
The Class of 1982 is gathering in Austin October 5-7 for a 30th reunion celebration. To learn more about the planned activities, contact classmate Pat Cuthbertson.
Cliff Staton (MPAff ’82) is vice president of marketing for Renewable Funding, LLC, in Oakland, Calif.
Michelle O’Neill (MPAff ’87) joined Alcoa as vice president, government affairs and trade policy in August. She will serve as Alcoa’s top government liaison executive in Washington and will lead the company’s federal and state government affairs activities. She will also have responsibility for international trade policy supporting Alcoa’s businesses across a wide range of geographies. Previously O’Neill served as deputy under secretary for international trade at the U.S. Commerce Department. Read The Wall Street Journal ‘Marketwatch’ article here. Photo from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
John Horrigan (MPAff ’88, PhD ’96) was tapped to head the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media and Technology Institute. Horrigan is a nationally recognized broadband expert, and most recently served on the Federal Communications Commission’s team that developed the National Broadband Plan.
Laura Huffman (MPAff ’91) was a panelist for the LBJ Presidential Library’s presentation on July 12, “Life By the Drop: Solutions for the Looming Water Crisis in Texas.” The event was co-sponsored by TexasMonthly, Texas A&M University, and the San Antonio Waster System.
Stephani Long (MPAff ’92) recently was promoted to national managing director of public sector at Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco. In May, she was named one of “The Top 25 Consultants, 2012” by Consulting magazine. Read the article here.
Irvin Ashford, Jr. (MPAff ’94) recently was featured on the inaugural cover of Who’s Who in Black Dallas. Ashford is senior vice president and director of community development and external affairs at Comerica Bank. Ashford is pictured on the far left.
Olga (Garcia) Rodriguez (MPAff ’99) was profiled in the July 13 issue of Texas Government Insider, published by Strategic Partnerships, Inc. Rodriguez is director of the Center for Program and Coordination and Health Policy at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
2000 to 2004
Dan Madru (MPAff ’01) was named senior policy advisor for Business and Regulatory Affairs in the office of the Texas Speaker of the House, Joe Strauss. Madru served as director of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.
Carrie Paxton-Lamke (MPAff ’01) is a consultant with Sander Resources, working in the energy industry to assist clients with advocacy, compliance and communications.
Keith Yawn (MPAff ’01) became director of the House Appropriations Committee at the Texas House of Representatives in June.
2005 to 2009
Soumya Bhat (MPAff ’05) is an education finance and policy analyst with DC Fiscal Institute in Washington, D.C., working on fiscal transparency and equity issues facing public education in the District. She previously worked at The Finance Project.
David Lara (MPAff ’05) is a senior legislative analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
Naila Ahmed (MPAff '06) began a new position in San Francisco with Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a senior program manager with the government and community partnerships division. She is working with local governments in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the East Bay to implement and manage energy efficiency and conservation programs as well as innovator pilot/climate action porgrams.
Petra (Dizdar) Zamis (MPAff ’09) is a fellow at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Washington, D.C.
Alex Gunter (MPAff ’09) is political sales operations supervisor at NCC Media. He works in the Washington, D.C. area.
Frederick Thomas (MPAff ’09) is head of mine support services and performance improvement at Koniambo Nickel, SAS in New Caledonia. He has been an engineer with the company since 2010.
2010 to present
Christian Glakas (MGPS ’10) is senior program coordinator for the Arabic Flagship Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Sunny (Yi-Han) Lin (MPAff ’10) founded Social Enterprise Insights 社企流 in February. It is the first Mandarin website in Taiwan to share information on social enterprise and social innovation. Find out more at www.seinsights.asia.
Wenjie Luo (MPAff ’10) is a market analyst with GMAC SAIC in Shanghai, China.
Kristen Reynolds (MPAff ’10) joined Austin K-12 education consulting firm, Double Line, Inc., as a business analyst in August. Previously she worked at the Texas Education Agency in the College and Career Readiness Initiatives program.
Sarah Williams (MGPS ’10) took a new position as a nuclear policy analyst with Partnership for Global Security in Washington, D.C.
Patricio (Prieto) Provitina (MGPS ’11) is a program officer in the Latin American division of Freedom House, an nongovernmental organization working on democracy and human rights issues around the world.
Kori Hattemer (MPAff ’12) is a program assistant at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C. Her focus is work/family and workplace fairness.
Victoria Lippman (MPAff ’12) accepted the position of director of operations and membership a the Capitol City African American Chamber of Commerce. An announcement appeared on July 27 in the Austin Business Journal’s ‘People on the Move’ section. Read it here.
Isabel (Texas) Longoria (MPAff ’12) took a position as regional finance director with the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee.
Elizabeth Lopez (MPAff ’12) is a research specialist with the Texas Council on Competitive Government.
Max J. Madrid (MPAff ’93) passed away on May 9. The Albuquerque Journal ran this story on June 6, “Madrid: Successful Lawyer Always Put Family First.”
Dawn Jahn Moses (MPAff ’93) died on June 6. Read the July 10 Boston Globe obituary, “Dawn Jahn Moses, 46, advocate for homeless children.”
Marriages and Engagements
Cesar Martinez Espinosa (MPAFF 2005, PhD '12) and Angela Newell (PhD '11) are engaged to be married in the summer of 2013 in Mexico. The couple expect to engage in a life of research, politics, and teaching in Mexico and the U.S. Photographed at left with LBJ School advisors Dr. Peter Ward and Dr. Victoria Rodriguez.
Jonas Miller (MPAff '12) and Dr. Lynn Stewart were married on August 11, 2012 at Villa St. Clair in Austin, Texas. Lynn's brother, the Rev. Dr. Todd Stewart, performed the wedding. The bride and groom will make their home in Austin.