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2018-2019 ALUMNI BOARD
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 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.
Mary Beth Donahue
Mary Beth Donahue graduated with an MPP from McCourt (GPPI) in 1992.
She is currently President of Donahue Consulting, LLC.
Her desire to serve on the Board is to contribute to the school’s growth, presence and impact in the National Public Policy arena and with those audiences. She wanted to use her experiences and network to give back even more to current students and alumni. Fun fact: She began with the McCourt School of Public Policy when it was a one person office in the ICC In 1990.
Mark works as a policy analyst at the Social Security Administration and teaches classes in public policy as an adjunct faculty member at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Lutheran College Washington Semester.
He was motivated to join the Alumni Board by his interests in ensuring affordable educational opportunities for students at the school and increasing alumni engagement. Prior to graduate school, he worked in higher education student services and is happy to be able to continue his involvement in the life of McCourt. Mark earned his A.B. at Washington University in St. Louis, his MPP at McCourt, and his Ph.D. in Government, also at Georgetown University.
Sarah Kathleen Hluchan
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.
Arjun is the Senior Manager of Government Relations at CoreLogic, a big-data and financial technology company based in California. He previously served as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. While on Capitol Hill, Arjun was a Foreign Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Congressional Security Scholar at the Truman National Security Project.
He joined the Board to help elevate the McCourt School's brand and expand networking opportunities for alumni. Arjun has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and an M.P.P from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.
O. Felix Obi
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. Okamoto
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 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.
Carlos ‘Mike’ Sanford hails from Zachary, Louisiana and has an undergraduate degree in History from Methodist University and a Masters of Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Mike is a career Army Officer, and has held multifaceted jobs on the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of the military.
Mike decided to run for the alumni board to help with alumni outreach and build sustainable relationships external to McCourt. Additionally, as an alumni, the appreciation for the experiences that Georgetown afforded him are still fresh, and inspire an investment in maintaining his connection with campus.
Fun fact: Mike enjoys reading and learning about emerging technologies.
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.