Class Notes (April 2011)

Maryam Banikarim (CA ‘87) has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI).  She will be responsible for all companywide marketing, communications and research efforts.

Laura Peck (’92) is co-author of the latest textbook, American Public Policy: An Introduction, 10th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, with Clarke E. Cochran, Lawrence C. Mayer, T.R. Carr, N. Joseph Cayer, and Mark McKenzie.

Brad Snyder (’93) continues to blog at http://www.ivebeentalkingtoyourkids.com/ about children, public affairs, public policy, the media and what we should know about from the latest research on children and adolescents.

Jake Zimmerman (MO ’95) was elected as St.Louis (Missouri) County Assessor in the first election for that position in 51 years. He previously served as a State Representative. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_71427cd7-5777-5bdf-8f53-50a472cb49b6.html

Kara Slaughter (KS ‘98) helped to organize the tractorcade that rolled around the capitol square on March 12 in Madison, Wisconsin to protest the governor’s budget repair bill and biennial budget proposal.  Slaughter is Government Relations Director for Wisconsin Farmers Union, a grassroots family farm organization.  “The governor’s proposals would decimate rural schools, tear the heart out of our state’s farmland preservation program, and slash BadgerCare, which provides health insurance coverage for 11,000 Wisconsin farm family members,” Slaughter said.

Wendi Adelson (FL ‘00) was appointed to the position of Clinical Professor at the Florida State University College of Law directing a Medical Legal Partnership. The law students will practice disability rights and immigration law while doing health law in a poverty context.

Kenneth DeGraff (TN ‘02) was appointed to serve as policy advisor for energy and technology issues to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He previously served as Rep. Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) legislative director: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/04/01/pelosi-names-gay-adviser-for-energy-and-technology/

Melissa Boteach (MD ‘04), Director of The Center for American Progress Half in Ten initiative to reduce poverty, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/01/pm-employment-picks-up/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d977249be848ed5%2C0

Kendra Key (AL ’09) was named one of “America’s Most Daring Young Black Activists” by Campus Progress: http://campusprogress.org/articles/the_friday_list-down_10_of_americas_most_daring_young_black_activists/

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