Mission Statement

The McCourt Alumni Board is comprised of members elected by the McCourt School alumni to two-year terms, those appointed as ex officio members by the Board, a student representative, and a representative of the McCourt School administration. The Board aims to work collaboratively with the McCourt administration, faculty, and students, to further advance the educational mission of the McCourt School within and beyond Georgetown University by encouraging fellow alumni to maintain and deepen ties to the university, provide financial support, and support opportunities for current and future McCourt graduates. In pursuit of this mission, it hosts regular events, facilitates two-way communication between the McCourt School and its alumni, and provides input on curriculum and programmatic changes.



The Board welcomes feedback and ideas from all alumni. Please send any comments or suggestions to McCourtAlumniBoard@georgetown.edu.

2017-2018 ALUMNI BOARD

Garrett BrinkerGarrett Brinker

MPP '15

Garrett received his MPP from the McCourt School of Public Policy in 2015 and it is his first term on the Alumni Board. Garrett ran for the Board to expand the academic, financial, and professional resources available to current students and alumni and to help the McCourt School grow its reach both nationally and globally.

He currently works for Neighborly, a financial technology company in San Francisco, that has built a modern public finance platform that provides direct access for investors and data transparency for all stakeholders. He talks politics at the dinner table and is a guacamole enthusiast.

Josh CaplanJosh Caplan

MPP '13

Josh is a Senior Budget Analyst on the Senate Budget Committee, where he has worked for over four years. He is in his first term as Vice-Chairman of the Alumni Board, where he is always looking for new ways to engage McCourt alums. In his free time, he greatly enjoys brewing and sharing his own beers and hard ciders.

Liz ClarkLiz Clark

MPP '14

Liz Clark graduated from the McCourt School of Public Policy with an MPP degree in 2014. She currently serves as a Project Coordinator for the Turkish Coalition of America, a non-profit advocacy group that works with Turkish Americans throughout the country. Having served on the McCourt Alumni Board since November 2014, she is the current Board Secretary and originally ran for the Board to get more alumni involved after graduation and to serve as a resource and voice for McCourt alumni.

Courtney HagenCourtney Hagen

MPP '11

Courtney Hagen co-leads legislative affairs for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. In that capacity, she engages members of Congress and their staff on PCCC legislative priorities and policy campaigns. Prior to joining PCCC, Courtney spent over a decade working in politics in Washington, DC, including at several top lobbying and consulting firms and at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Courtney has B.A. degrees in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.

Sarah Kathleen HluchanSarah K. Hluchan

MPP '09

Sarah Kathleen Hluchan is a 2009 graduate of the McCourt Public Policy School (then Georgetown Public Policy Institute).  Originally from New Jersey, Sarah holds a B.A. in political science from Drew University (Madison, NJ).  She relocated to the DMV in 2007. 

Sarah works for KPMG’s Federal Advisory Practice in the Federal Financial Management Network, specializing in policy and regulation around Federal grant-making.  She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  Her goal for the McCourt Alumni Board is to increase alumni participation and engagement while strengthening McCourt’s relationship with the University as a whole.  In her free time she enjoys photography, circus arts, and traveling.

Simrin MakhijaSimrin Makhija

MIDP '14

Simrin currently works with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a Research Analyst in the Environment and Production Technology division. Her research is focused on impact evaluations of agricultural technology programs in South Asia, Ghana, and Ethiopia.

Prior to joining IFPRI, she has worked on issues of rural employment and urban livelihood in India. She also worked as a Research Assistant for the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de) and interned with the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team at the World Bank in the summer of 2013. Simrin holds a Masters in International Development Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a BA (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

O. Felix ObiO. Felix Obi

MPM '11

Maryland’s Commissioner for African Affairs (Int'l Trade & Investment Advisory); Chair, Economic & Int'l Trade Development Taskforce.

I’m a 2nd-term Board member. And I passionately believe there has never been a better opportunity than now to advance the interest of my fellow Alumni, and contribute to our beloved McCourt’s growth into the premier public policy school in America. Being twice elected by my peers to serve as their representative has been one of my greatest honors.

Fun fact: Both my children, Felix jr. and Franne, and I are recreational cross-country mountain bikers.

Geoffrey W. S. OkamotoGeoffrey W.S. Okamoto

MPP '11

Geoffrey was elected Chair of the Alumni Board for 2017-2018. He previously served as Vice Chair from 2015-2016 and has been a board member since 2013. Okamoto was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Development Policy in May 2017. Okamoto joined the Treasury from the U.S. Senate. Previously, Okamoto served as the Majority Staff Director for the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection. He also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as Policy Director for the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, as well as for then-Representative John Campbell of California. Okamoto’s previous executive branch experience includes working for the White House National Economic Council and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during the Bush Administration. Okamoto also worked as a consultant at KPMG. He attended college at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.

Rachel Rush-MarloweRacehl Rush-Marlowe

MPP '16

Rachel is an Education Program Analyst for a small, woman-owned education consulting firm (called Quality Information Partners) on a contract for the U.S Department of Education. 

She is a first term board member and serves as the Fundraising Chair. Rachel joined the board to help strengthen the relationships between McCourt students, alumni, faculty and staff. 

Art StewartArt Stewart

MPM '08

Art Stewart is a management consultant, college educator and highly-regarded thought leader who focuses on next-generation practices in conscious leadership and culture, corporate responsibility and sustainability, business ethics, and enterprise transformation issues. A serial entrepreneur, he is Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Impact Partners and has a long history as a trusted advisor to a range of senior executives and other leaders of both public and private organizations. A lifelong policy and politics junkie, Art invested in the MPM program mid-career, completing the degree part-time and graduating in 2008 after first earning a Professional Development Certificate from the business school in 2004. He fell in love with all things Georgetown during the nearly five years he was hanging around Campus and is very excited to be offering his extensive business and nonprofit board experience to help reinvigorate McCourt alumni engagement. 

Whitney TateWhitney Tate

MIDP '14

Whitney Tate serves as the Director of Programs for the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui²de).  She also continues to manage implementation of gui²de’s USAID-funded Zusha! road safety research in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, which received a Stage III grant from Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) in 2014. As Director of Programs, Whitney oversees gui²de’s grant portfolio and the operations of the recently opened gui²de-East Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked for gui²de since 2013.

Whitney received her Masters in International Development Policy from Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy in 2014. Following graduation, Whitney worked on several Early Child Development evaluation projects for the World Bank at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). Whitney graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with an A.B. in Government and Arabic Language.