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TERRY GILLEN, AM’80, has been appointed to the senior advisory board of Econsult Solutions, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm. The former director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, she has served on numerous boards and brings expertise in urban policy and economic redevelopment issues.



ALESIA BOOTH, AM’83, has been appointed to the Education Foundation Board of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation’s largest nonpartisan women’s business group. Booth is an industry adviser at IBM, where she has worked since 2002. 



HILARIE KOPLOW-MCADAMS, AM’87, formerly chief revenue officer at New Relic, a leading software analytics company, was promoted to president on October 1. 



JEAN M. FRANCZYK, AM’90, has been named president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, effective April 1. An internationally recognized leader of large-scale cultural institutions, she has served as deputy director of the Science Museum in London since 2014. 



DAN HARRIS, AM’90, has been named executive director of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. Established in 1996, the INCCRRA is a nonprofit organization that helps counties around the state attract, educate, train and retain a highly qualified early childhood workforce. Prior to this role Harris served as assistant director in the Division of Family and Community Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services.



JASON HELGERSON, MPP’95, was named by Governing Magazine as one of eight “Public Officials of the Year” for 2015. In his role as the Medicaid director for the state of New York, he is leading an $8 billion effort to rebuild the state’s Medicaid system around outpatient care and community-based services.



DAVID COX, MPP/MBA’00, has assumed command of the USS Louisville (SSN 724), a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine. Cox previously served as an instructor in the Department of Economics at the U.S. Naval Academy, a junior board member on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board and a force nuclear power officer on the Commander Submarine Force Atlantic staff.



ROSEANNE FISCHOFF, MPP’01, has been appointed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists to head the Perioperative Surgical Home. The PSH has developed a team-based model of coordinated health care to support the patient through the entire surgical/procedural experience. As executive, Fischoff will develop and implement new policies and operating structure to advance the PSH as a viable model for care. She previously served as director of science, quality and practice at the American Academy of Dermatology.



LISA ELLMAN, MPP/JD’05, has joined the multinational law firm Hogan Lovells as a partner in the government regulatory practice. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, she will advise and assist clients in their interactions with government on policy issues related to unmanned aircraft systems. Ellman was also named to Legal Times’ D.C. Rising Star list in September. 



MARY ELLEN POOLE, MPP’06, has been appointed executive director of Housing Options, a nonprofit organization based in Evanston, Ill., that provides housing options for the mentally ill. Poole had previously served as a housing planner for the City of Evanston and as chief operating officer for Housing Options.



BEN WINICK, MPP’08, vice president of policy at Innovation Illinois, has been selected by Chicago aldermen to head up the new City Council independent budget office. In this newly created position, Winick is charged with providing objective and independent analysis of the annual budget, proposed public-private partnerships and major policy proposals under consideration by the City Council.



SUZANNE SELLERS, MPP’10, was recognized by the American Bar Association as a 2015 National Reunification Day Hero “for demonstrating the compassion and perseverance, despite the challenges, to keep families together.” Sellers, a parent volunteer at the nonprofit Family Defense Center, is a longtime advocate for child welfare reform.



ANGELINA BENSON-GLANZ, MPP’11, manager of new market initiatives at Elevate Energy, was named a “Rising Star” at the second annual Women’s Energy Summit September 2. The event, which was hosted by the Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, brought together senior-level and emerging women leaders who work in the energy sector. 



JILLIAN BERNAS, AM’12, has been elected as trustee of the Schaumburg Township District Library Board in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Schaumburg library is the second largest public library in Illinois, behind the Chicago Public Library. “I have always believed in the importance of reading to improve educational outcomes as I did at Harris, studying education policy and chairing the Irving B. Harris Memorial Book Drive,” Bernas said.  



THOMAS DAY, MPP’12, ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois. Thomas, an Iraq War veteran, has built a business community for veteran entrepreneurs and veteran-led businesses called The Bunker. 



JULIUS JESSUP, MPP ’13, died on August 11 while preparing to begin his first year of studies towards a PhD in transportation planning at Rutgers University.


ANDREW SCHMITZ, MPP’14, has joined the Urban Education Institute at UChicago Impact. As the assistant director of professional learning, Schmitz is responsible for leading the design, implementation and evaluation of all 5Essentials professional learning offerings. He previously served as an assistant principal at KIPP Ascend Middle School in Chicago.



KAZEEM HAMED, AM’15, has joined the Harris School of Public Policy as finance specialist. In this role he will be assisting the finance department with post-grant administration and project management, among other responsibilities.



NATALYA WALLIN, MPP’15, has joined the Global Fund to End Slavery as senior executive of global systems strategy. In this role she will be working to dismantle systems of slavery, labor exploitation and trafficking across the world. “It is a dream opportunity, and I can hardly believe I have the chance to do what I love and have a real impact,” Wallin said.