Read some of the top Harris alumni profile stories from 2017.

Harris Public Policy’s outstanding alumni are driven to tackle society's toughest problems with innovative, data-driven solutions.  As part of our Breaking Through series, we look back on how our alumni are making a positive difference in their communities, year after year. 

Kandie Alter (MPP ‘06)

After accomplishing the goals she set for herself in technology sales, Kandie Alter considered charting a new path – one that would allow her to be a voice for the voiceless. See why she was drawn to her role as the Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Payments Policy Group, and how her Harris degree helps her create change every day.

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Natnaell Mammo (MSCAPP ‘16)

As a corps member for Teach For America in Columbia Heights, DC, Natnaell Mammo became interested in the structural issues that were affecting his students, largely African-American and English-language learners (ELL) from Central America.  Mammo came to Harris to uncover how policy could improve the lives of kids, as well as understand more advanced metrics that could be helpful in analyzing school data in the future.

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Michael Shaver (MPP ‘96)

Michael Shaver credits his Harris degree to making strong decisions based on data and research in the midst of ambiguity. As president and CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida, the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping abused and neglected children, Shaver oversees a team of 1,900 people whose decisions directly affect the fates of 9,000 vulnerable children at any given time.  

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Marie Trzupek Lynch (MPP ‘96)

Marie Trzupek Lynch is a passionate champion for Chicago-area residents who are out of work or underemployed. As the founding president and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, she has helped get more than 4,300 residents back to work in the last five years by partnering with leading area employers.

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Andi Widianto (MPP ‘15)

As an economic analyst in the Economic and Monetary Policy Department for the Central Bank of Indonesia, Widianto says his Harris education helped him connect the dots and construct a more comprehensive view of how the Central Bank should produce its policy, including how to maintain low inflation and a stable exchange rate on a national scale.

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