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

Samina Asghar
MPP'07
Chicago, IL

Melissa Baker (Vice-President)
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. Melissa is a member of the Nominations and Membership Committee.

Braulio Beltran-Torres
MPP'09
Mexico

Maggie Bove-LaMonica
MPP'08
Hermosa Beach, CA

Alice Cho
AM'91
Piedmont, CA

Sherri Farris
MPP'03
Chicago, IL

Sherri is the Project Team Leader for the Center for Operational Excellence at the City Colleges of Chicago. She works 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. Sherri is the Chair of the Nominations & Membership Committee.

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. Tangela is a member of the Recruitment Committee.

Michael Ford
MPP'10
Washington, DC

Michael is an economist at Bureau of Land Management, where he analyzes the economic impact on oil and gas site security measurement rules for operators. He previously worked in U.S. Department of Energy, Maryland Department of Budget and Management. Michael is the Chair of the Alumni Relations Committee. 

Ashlee Gabrysch (Secretary)
AB'07, MPP'13
Chicago, IL

Ashlee serves as a Financial Research Analyst for the Chief Financial Officer of Cook County. In this role, she provides financial, legal, statistical, and strategic analysis for county departments and develops policies and standard operating procedures for processes that fall under the authority of the CFO. She graduated with Honors from the College with a degree in Interdisciplinary Slavic Studies. In 2011, she returned to the University to pursue an MPP at the Harris School of Public Policy, where she concentrated in public finance and social welfare policy. Ashlee is a member of the Recruitment Committee. 

Alfredo Gomez
AM'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. Alfredo is the Chair of the Careers & Networks Committee.

Kyle Gracey (President)
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. 

Emilio Granados
MPP'14
Mexico City, Mexico

Emilio is the General Director of Cooperation and Bilateral Economic Relationships at Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) in Mexico. Prior to this Emilio worked as the Deputy General Director of Economic Analysis at the Ministry of Finance in Mexico. Emilio is a member of the Alumni Awards Committee. 

Stephen Karam
AM'90 (Public Policy), AM'91 (Social Sciences)
Washington, DC

Stephen is an Urban Economist Consultant with the World Bank following a 20-year career with the World Bank, most recently based in Ankara, Turkey as Lead Urban Economist and Sustainable Development Program Leader. He has worked in over 26 developing countries, most recently in Europe and Central Asia, and led the preparation of the Bank's corporate Urban Development Strategy issued in 2010. He has received over 27 professional achievement and award citations and worked on over 52 analytical studies and infrastructure finance projects focused on local economic development, land market development, urban economics, and municipal development. Stephen is a member of the Development Committee, and also serves on the Board of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) Agency in Washington, DC.

Luodan Li
MPP'16
Beijing, China

Nandu Machiraju
MPP'06
Washington, DC

Nandu is an attorney at The Federal Trade Commission specializing in antitrust issues in the health-care and information-technology sectors. He previously worked for the D.C. and Brussels offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP. Nandu is a member of the Development Committee. 

Charlie Parekh
MPP'00
Chicago, IL

Charlie is a Director at Duff & Phelps specializing in the application of economic and statistical analysis to damages, finance, and public policy issues. He has over fifteen years of experience working in dispute consulting and litigation support. Charlie is the Chair of the Development Committee. 

Libby Pearson (Past President)
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. Libby is a member of the Nominations & Members Committee. 

Patricia Rozaklis-Stern 
MPP'01
Bethesda, MD

Ivy Sun
MPP'16
 

Natalya Wallin
MPP'15
Washington, DC

Natalya is the Director of the Center of Expertise at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, a public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent, global strategy to make modern slavery economically unprofitable. Natalya is the Chair of the Recruitment Committee. 

Nikki Wegner
MPP'13

Chen Wen
AM'91
Washington, DC

Chen is a part of the Outreach Team of the Safer Choice Program at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, Chen was National Program Manager of Partnership for Sustainable Healthcare at the EPA. Chen has also been in the residential real estate business for the last 25 years, and is currently the Managing Partner for Wendigo 16, LLC, a real estate investment partnership. Chen is the Chair of the Alumni Awards Committee.

Laura Williams
MPP'09
Chicago, IL