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September 2017 — Jason Batchelor '04 has been named Aurora Interim City Manager in Aurora, Colorado. Batchelor has served as depty city manager since 2015 and is also the city's former Finance Department director.

September 2017 — Bina Lefkovitz '86 was inducted as the new Trustee for Area 1 for the Sacramento County Board of Education on August 25, 2017.

August/September 2017Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg '08 currently works as District Director and Senior Policy Analyst for Senator Kirk Watson here in Austin.

But in her spare time she directs a live political satire comedy variety show based on the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature called Over the Lege. It runs for eight shows - Friday and Saturday nights, 8:00 p.m., from September 8th through September 30th. It plays at the Institution Theater.

Celebrity guests this year include:

August 29 — Representative Celia Israel
Sept 8 – Representative Donna Howard
Sept 9 – Representative Eddie Rodriguez
Sept 15 – TDP’s Cliff Walker
Sept 16 – TX21 Indivisible’s Jason Sugg
Sept 22 – ATPE’s Monty Exter
Sept 23 – Author Sarah Bird
Sept 29 – Senator Kirk Watson

June 2017 Alan Thomas '94 was sworn in as Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, US General Services Administration.

May 2017 — Kristen (Ruhnke) Sunny MGPS'14 married her high school sweetheart, Robin Sunny in Dallas, TX. Congratulations Kristen and Sunny!

March 2017 — Sumant Singh '15 is serving as Secretary of the Department of Rural Development and Local Governance in Manipur, India—a northeastern Himalayan state.

March 2017 — Shamina Singh '97 participated in a panel on "Disrupting Global Hunger: Moonshots for Humanity" during SXSW 2017.  

February/ March 2017 - Martha Bohrt (MPAff '16), Ellen Scholl (MGPS '15), and Rachel Hoff (MGPS '14) were selected as 3 of 30 American, German and European fellows to participate in the Atlantic Expedition, a fellowship and exchange program organized by Atlantische Initiative in Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. They networked and discussed ideas for modernizing transatlantic relations with political leaders. They didn't know that the other had applied or were selected but were pleasantly surprised to see such a strong LBJ School presence. 

January 2017 — Norris Cochran '95 served as Acting Secretary of The Department of Health and Human Services from January 20–February 10.

January 2017 — Len Redding '72 came to visit and had lunch with a small group of students and staff. Len recounted stories of his time as a student and shared photos of a visit to the LBJ Ranch.

January 2017 — Congratulations to Rachel Hoff '14 on her engagement to Kate Meck on January 15. Their engagement made the Politico Playbook on January 17, 2017.  

January 2017 — Ben Isgur '98 was named Director of the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

January 2017 — John Anthony Martin '14 was sworn in on January 3 as a Hillsboro City Councilor in Hillsboro, Oregon.

December 2016 — Fernando Rodriguez '05 (LAS ’99), Drew Nelson '03 (LAS '03) and Jonathan Banks (LAS '94) helped organized an upstream methane abatement workshop for the oil and gas sector for Mexican regulators and industry officials in Mexico City on December 15. (Below left to right: Mr. Rodriguez, an International Affairs Specialist at the Office of American Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Nelson, Senior Manager – Natural Gas for Environmental Defense Fund, and Mr. Banks, Senior Climate Policy Advisor at Clean Air Task Force).

December 2016Adam Torres '14 (LAS '14) made it on "NPR's All Songs Considered: The year in music in 2016" list. Torres' "Juniper Arms" also made NPR's top 100 songs of 2016, alongside songs by well-known artists like Radiohead and Beyoncé. You can watch his NPR Tiny Desk Concert

December 2016 — Shamina Singh '97 was named the Global Sustainability Lead of Mastercard. 

October 2016 — The Texas State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff '94 received the Golden Deeds Award, considered the most coveted award in the field of Texas education and the highest recognition for distinguished service to education in the state. Mr. Ratliff created a video message for the award presentation as he wasn’t able to attend.