Alumni Advisory Board
The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies Alumni Advisory Board is a resource for current students and alumni who seek career advice and networking.
The Board is comprised of alumni who have achieved a wide-set of accomplishments in diverse fields of both the public and private sectors. Alumni on the board serve on a voluntary basis. The Center will host a career networking reception in the fall for students to meet Board Members.
If you are interested in contacting a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Board Members
Kristen Soltis Anderson, MA in Government, 2009
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican researcher and strategist and a columnist at The Daily Beast. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy.
David Black, MA in Government, 2010
David Black is the Deputy Director of Washington Affairs of Union Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad. In this position, Black is responsible for issues dealing with transportation and the railroad. In addition to representing the company in these areas, he is responsible for the administration of the Fund for Effective Government, the corporation’s political action committee.
Paul Burden, MA in Government, 2007
Paul Burden is CEO of Dalton S. McCain Corp., a firm focused on offering sales resources to startup companies. He is a former teacher of Government and Politics as well as History at Washington Christian Academy. Burden joined Exxon Office Systems Federal Division in 1981 where he rose to General Manager of National Federal Marketing. Paul moved to Microsoft Corp. in 1985 to establish a worldwide Federal Division for the company.
Martin Burns, MA in Government, 1999
Martin has worked for the past 20 years at AARP, where he is currently Manager of Political Intelligence in AARP’s Campaigns Department. Like many of his colleagues, Martin has spent much of the last couple of years absorbed in the health care reform debate, where he coordinated communications around the campaign with AARP’s 53 state offices.
Eric Christopher, MA in Government, 2009
Eric currently works at the House of Representatives as a congressional liaison for the U.S. Army, providing support and advice to Members of Congress, committees and their primary staff on defense-related matters. Eric was commissioned as an Army infantry officer through ROTC at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. He has had leadership and staff assignments in both operations and foreign affairs, working with senior-level policymakers from the Department of Defense, interagency and embassies.
Christina Diamond, MA in Global Security Studies, 2012
Christina Diamond is a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. Christina focuses primarily on NATO issues in which she specializes in deterrence and partnership policy. Her field of work ranges from enhancing NATO’s deterrence and defense posture to strengthening NATO’s relationship with partners across the globe.
Sean Evins, MA in Government, 2010
Sean Evins is a Partnerships Manager for Government & Politics at Twitter. He is part of a team driving creative use of the Twitter platform by elected officials, government agencies and political campaigns from around the world to help them educate and inform citizens, increase responsiveness, and collect actionable feedback on public opinion.
Scott Fisher, MA in Government, 2010
Scott Fisher serves as a Managing Partner at Gartner – a leading IT research and strategy consulting firm. Scott is responsible for project quality assurance and oversight, market strategy, solution architecture, and the coaching and mentoring of consulting personnel within the Defense and Intelligence domain. He has over 17 years of experience within the public and private sectors with an emphasis on enterprise transformation, organizational change management, IT strategy and governance, business process reengineering, and human capital management.
James Gauthier, MA in Government, 2014
James Gauthier is a principal lobbyist at The Livingston Group, where he works primarily in the Defense and Energy/Environment practices. James joined The Livingston Group in 2011 after serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Judd Gregg from 2006-2011. During this time period, he served as the Senator’s lead advisor on energy and environmental issues, and worked on a number of appropriations initiatives. James graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in political science. His capstone project was on “Social Security Solvency Options.”
Luke Goolsby, MA in Government, 2015
Education: University of Maryland (College Park), BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice – 2005; Johns Hopkins University (Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences), MA in Government – 2015. Employment: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): 2007-2011; U.S. Department of State: 2011-Present.
Sarah Lovenheim Goldfarb, MA in Government, 2010
Sarah Lovenheim Goldfarb is Communications Director at Young Invincibles, a national non-profit working to engage young adults in top policy debates tied to health care, higher education and jobs. She joined Young Invincibles after directing communications for local and state-based campaigns, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s former senior advisors. She previously served as an aide to Senator Reid, helping to drive press coverage and to devise digital strategy.
Donald Gordon, MA in Public Management, 2017
Donald is an analytic manager in the Intelligence Community (IC), where his teams have been responsible for assessing the threat posed by terrorist and drug-trafficking organizations. Prior to becoming a manager, Donald served as one of the IC’s subject matter experts on Iraq-based terrorism. In this position, he authored numerous well-received papers that informed senior decisionmakers at the White House, Defense Department, and other parts of the federal government.
Sadaf Khan, MA in Global Security Studies, 2014
Sadaf Khan is currently the Staff Director for the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She has worked on Capitol Hill since 2008 where she has filled multiple roles including Legislative Assistance and Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ). Legislative initiatives she helped shepherd through Congress revolve around global health, freedom of the press, and foreign assistance.
Marc Korman, MA in Government, 2007
Marc currently practices law at Sidley Austin LLP a firm in Washington, DC and has been a co-recipient of the firm’s Pro Bono Award. He is in the firm’s communications and transportation practice groups. From 2007 to 2014, Marc represented District 16 on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, the governing body of the local Democratic Party.
Matt Laslo, MA in Government, 2012
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is an award-winning reporter who has covered Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. While he’s filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Omaha World-Herald, and Washingtonian Magazine. He’s also the host and founder of BillsandBrews.com – a show intended to rid Washington of partisanship through having casual pub chats with lawmakers.
Rachel W. Mack, MA in Government, 2008
Rachel Mack is an Associate Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Mack focuses on issues that impact the biopharmaceutical industry including FDA product approvals, public health initiatives, appropriations, employer plans/commercial payers, Affordable Care Act implementation, patient access to medicines, and Medicaid. She works primarily with the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tom Manatos, MA in Government, 2010
Tom Manatos is the Director of Government Affairs at The Internet Association, a trade association representing America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. For the 11 years prior to his time at the Internet Association, Tom was a liaison to House Democrats on behalf of Speaker of the House and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Sage Newman, MA in Government, 2011
Sage Newman is President and co-founder of SRX International, a premier provider of corporate housing solutions in the Greater Seattle area. Prior to founding SRX International, Sage worked at ATREG, Inc. a boutique Seattle based advisory firm specializing in the disposition of business units, intellectual property, and manufacturing assets within the semiconductor industry. In that role, Sage was the transaction lead/support for deals resulting in the closing of $163,000,000 in deal value.
Jonathan Powers, MA in Global Security Studies, 2012
Jonathan Powers recently joined Bloom Energy as the Managing Director of Federal Energy. In this role Jon is responsible for business and market development within the public and private sector. Prior to joining Bloom Energy, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Administration’s Federal Environmental Executive. In this capacity, Jon was responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across federal government operations.
Ivette Rivera, MA in Government, 1999
Ivette Rivera is vice president of the National Automobile Dealers’ (NADA) Legislative Affairs group. In this capacity, she develops NADA’s legislative and political strategy and leads the day-to-day operations of the association’s Capitol Hill office. _ Ms. Rivera has more than two decades’ experience advocating and conducting strategic planning for the transportation industry. She has held leadership posts representing franchised dealers and is credited with a strong record of achievement and enhancing NADA’s visibility on Capitol Hill.
James L. Sonne, MA in Government, 2007
James L. Sonne serves as Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he handles Volcker Rule, anti-money laundering, and other securities and banking legal and public policy issues. Before SIFMA, Mr. Sonne practiced Dodd-Frank regulatory, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions law at a large Wall Street law firm and abroad in the Vienna, Austria office of the world’s largest law firm. He also served on the staff of a congressional committee at the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Sonne holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.B.A. and M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins and a B.S. from Cornell University.
Dustin Todd, MA in Government, 2012
Dustin Todd currently serves as a Manager of Public Policy at Amazon. In this role, he advances Amazon’s policy priorities on intellectual property and product safety before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Previously, Dustin served as a Senior Director of Government Affairs at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), a trade group representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design. While at SIA, Dustin chaired the Task Force on American Innovation, a coalition of industry, academia, and professional societies supporting increased federal funding for basic research.