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Convictions: an Attorney General’s reflections on his career in public service

John Kroger (CA’ 87) is the Attorney General of Oregon. He has devoted his entire life to public service as a United States Marine, federal prosecutor, public policy expert, and professor. As a federal criminal prosecutor, John won major cases against mafia killers, drug kingpins and corrupt government officials. He helped prosecute crooked Enron executives and […]

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The Transition: John King (NJ ’95) Reflects on Journey from Charter to Public Schools

Truman Scholars Charting a New Course in Education Part 2: The Transition: John King Reflects on Journey from Charter to Public Schools This piece is the second in a series. See also “Part 1: The Founders: Building Schools with No Excuses.” By Christopher Sopher (VA ‘10) Dr. John King has moved from successful charter school […]

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Profile: Bob Holste (PA ’83), Pew Charitable Trusts

For this interview, Bob Holste (PA ’83), Deputy Director of Government Relations for the Pew Charitable Trusts was interviewed by Bill Rivers (DE ’09). Bob Holste is Deputy Director of Government Relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he ensures Pew’s program initiatives are understood by state, federal and international policy makers. Mr. Holste was […]

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Profile: Todd Gaziano (WV ’83), Heritage Foundation and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

For this interview, Todd Gaziano (WV ‘83), Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, was interviewed by Bill Rivers (DE ‘09). Gaziano has worked in all three branches of the federal government. He served first as judicial law clerk to […]

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Scholar Reflects on Provincial Reconstruction Team Service in Iraq

By Jennifer Lambert (SC ’00) As a recent PhD graduate interested in work involving development, security and the Middle East, Jennifer Lambert (SC ’00) called upon the Truman community to find someone with relevant experience.  She quickly connected with Matthew Mingus (CO ’86), who recently returned from working on governance and development issues in Iraq. […]

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The Founders: Building Schools With No Excuses

Truman Scholars Charting a New Course in Education Part I: The Founders: Building Schools with No Excuses This piece is the first in a series. See also “Part 2: The Transition: John King’s Journey from Charter to Public Schools” By Christopher Sopher (VA ’10) Featuring: Dacia Toll (MD ’93), Co-CEO and President, Achievement First Seth […]

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Kimball: Inspired by Pioneers in Human Trafficking

by Jennifer Kimball (MO ’08) When I talk with people about my work at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, they frequently ask if it’s depressing to hear about terrible abuses people inflect on other human beings. For me, the reality is quite different. While I do see some of the darkest aspects of human […]

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Sierawski’s Pursuit to Combat Climate Change Reflects Proposal in Scholarship Application

by Jonathan Jones (NE ’04) In Clare Sierawski’s (PA ’04) Truman application policy proposal, she proposed a bilateral agreement between the United States and China on climate change.  As the Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sierawski pursued this vision and helped to develop the first official bilateral agreement between the United […]

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Profile: Max Finberg (NY ‘90)

In this month’s Scholar profile Max Finberg (NY ’90), Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, was interviewed by Jeni Lamb (CO ’09), a current participant in the Truman Summer Institute and intern for the American Seed Trade Association. Max Finberg has spent his career working […]

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Profile: Ernest Calderón (AZ ’77)

“If you want to stick your nose under the tent, don’t be surprisedif somebody grabs both of your ears and drags you in.”   For the third piece in this series, Ernest Calderón (AZ ’77), a prominent Arizona lawyer and current president of the Arizona Board of Regents, was interviewed by Christopher Sopher (VA ’10), […]

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