The Alumni Council fosters mutually beneficial relationships among and between Harris Public Policy, alumni, and current students. Each year, the Alumni Council seeks nominations for new members who are invested in securing a strong future for Harris. The Council's main mission and purpose is to:

  • Provide resources for alumni networking, professional development, and career advancement
  • Assist current students in career placement
  • Facilitate communication between alumni and Harris
  • Extend the resources of Harris Public Policy by engaging alumni
  • Promote the common interests of alumni and Harris

Alumni Council Members

Ana Aguilera
MPP'13
Washington, DC

Ana is an Urban Economist at the World Bank Group where her focus is on improving city management with an emphasis on urban economics and spatial development. Her work also comprises of survey management and design to measure living standards and socioeconomic indicators in countries such as Tanzania, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Jordan and the Kurdistan region.

Melissa Baker
MPP'05
Chicago, IL

Melissa is a team leader at the Office of Evaluation and Inspections with the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her areas of expertise include prescription drugs, Medicare Part D, and conflicts of interest within health care.

Nicole Brown
MPP'08
Kingston, Jamaica

Nicole is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Jamaica Public Service Company. Her areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, tariff review and setting, government relations, energy and health policy analysis, strategic planning and research, business analysis, institutional assessment and reorganization, survey design and administration, grant-writing and management, and photography.

Benjamin Dieterich
MPP'08
Chicago, IL

Ben is the Deputy Budget Director in the City of Chicago Office of Budget and Management. Previously, he worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Inspector General, where he conducted studies to improve effectiveness and efficiency of Department programs.

CC Dubois (President-Elect)
MPP'10
Chicago, IL

CC DuBois is currently a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s Human Development and Social Policy program. She strives to conduct policy-relevant research in the field of labor economics that is significant and innovative, informed by multiple disciplines, and addresses timely and socially relevant issues. Past work experience includes American Institutes for Research, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and Louisiana Economic Development. CC received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. She is a recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship and was named by USA Today as a member of the All-USA Academic First Team, which recognizes twenty outstanding individuals graduating from American universities.

Leslie Eldridge
MPP'09
Washington, DC

Leslie is the Private Development Specialist for World Learning, an international NGO working in education, development, and exchange worldwide. Previously, she worked with Juarez and Associates, a small business consulting firm focused on international development, and DCI Group, a public affairs firm.

Sherri Farris
MPP'03
Chicago, IL

Sherri is the Project Team Leader for the Center for Operational Excellence at the City Colleges of Chicago, working to improve outcomes for students who are academically underprepared for college. Her area of expertise is public policy in Chicago as it pertains to families, youth, and education.

Tangela Feemster
MPP'15
Chicago, IL

Tangela is the Senior Manager of State Government Affairs at Express Scripts. Previously, she was a policy fellow at Get Covered Illinois, where she researched complex federal regulatory concepts and assisted efforts to increase stakeholder engagement.

Alfredo Gomez
MPP'91
Washington, DC

Alfredo is a senior executive with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is a Director in the Natural Resources and Environment Team and leads GAO's oversight work at the US Environmental Protection Agency and related cross-cutting environmental issues such as climate change. He also serves as the agency's spokesperson to the media on GAO's environmental-related work.

Kyle Gracey
SM'10
Evanston, IL

Kyle is a Project Architect at PreScouter where he helps companies incorporate new technologies and research in their products, focusing on science to improve sustainability. He is also pursuing a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Zainab Imam
MPP'15
Washington, DC

Zainab is a Program Officer for the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). She currently manages an exchange program that runs study tours bringing Pakistani journalists to the United States and vice versa. She is also helping to develop the Center for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi that conducts intensive trainings for professional Pakistani journalists.

John Karner
MPP'11
Denver, CO

John is a Financial Specialist for the City and County of Denver’s Department of Finance, focusing on public financing and economic development projects that support smart, sustainable economic growth across Denver. Previously he served as senior advisor to the Chief Financial Officers’ Council in Washington D.C. His areas of expertise include policy analysis, government, and project management

Elizabeth Lach
MPP'04
Chicago, IL

Elizabeth is the Director of Development for the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University. Previously she was Vice President of Corporate Relations at Chicago Children's Museum, Director of Principal Gifts at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Director of Communications at the global think-tank the Aspen Institute, and Director of Public Affairs in the early days of Teach For America.

George Letavish (President)
MPP'11
Chicago, IL

George is the Senior Policy Analyst at Get IN Chicago, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust that focuses on funding, measurement, and thought leadership for programs serving at-risk youth and their families in Chicago. He previously worked as a policy analyst in the Office of Governor Pat Quinn, where he performed research and analysis, program evaluation, and project management.

Libby Pearson
AB'05, MPP'10
Washington, DC

Libby is a manager in the federal practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP, delivering financial management projects for civilian and security sector agencies. She previously worked as an admissions counselor for the College at the University of Chicago.

Ivan Rivas
MPP'08
Mexico City, Mexico

Ivan is the CEO of Centro de Competitividad México (CCMX), a Center that promotes small and medium enterprises to become more competitive in Mexico City. He is also president of the Chicago Fellowship in Mexico that supports Mexican students at Harris through mentoring, coaching, internships and financial support. His areas of expertise include public finance, economic development, and public health.

Christy Serrano
MPP'12
Chicago, IL

Christy is a Program Officer in the Education Program at the McCormick Foundation. She’s held previous roles at the Ounce of Prevention Fund and at the Marriott Foundation Bridges from School to Work Program, which provided pre-employment training, job placement, and job retention skills.

Melissa Slaughter
MPP'09
San Francisco, CA

Melissa is an International Portfolio and Project Management leader at Wells Fargo Bank, where she oversees large-scale business initiatives to develop complex products and service offerings and support FX trading teams. Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in the Cash Product Office.

Braulio Torres
MPP'10
Mexico City, Mexico

Braulio is the Partner and Director of the Evaluations Division at Fundación IDEA /C230 Consultores where he oversees extensive surveys including impact evaluation on employability and social mobility and evaluation frameworks for economic development programs. Prior to this role he served as Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action.

Chad Williams
MPP'10
Chicago, IL

Chad is an analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he conducts reviews of multiagency programs and the internal operations of individual agencies across the federal government. He has contributed to reports in response to Congressional requests focused on a variety of topics, including vehicle fuel economy standards, discretionary transportation grants, and connected vehicle technologies.