VOLUME 24 #2

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UD Alumni Shine in Politics

Blue Hens continue to represent our place in the public service firmament. Here is a sampling of alumni and their roles within the Beltway and far beyond, all of whom are working to shape our nation’s future.

This listing represents information at press time. We acknowledge some alumni may have moved on to new positions in this fast-paced political world.

Robert Bernosky, AS86
Central Coast vice chair and member of the Board of Directors for the California GOP

Joe Biden, AS65, 04H
Vice President of the United States

Sydney Bopp, AS08
Special adviser for external affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy

Jennifer Burch Braun, AS04
Editor and technical director for CNN NEWSOURCE

John Carney, AS87M
Congressman; running for governor of Delaware

Chris Christie, AS84, 11H
Governor of New Jersey

Claire DeMatteis, AS87
Interim CEO for Affinity Health Plan and former senior counsel to then-Sen. Joe Biden

Reha Denemec, BE92M
Senior adviser to the President of the Republic of Turkey

Jillian Doody, AS04
Senior director for the International Trade Administration

Andrew Grunwald, AS11
Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

Emily Halle, AS08
International trade compliance analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce

Josh Kagan, AS08
Former advance associate for The White House

Max Kramer, AS13, BE13
Campaign manager for Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) for Congress

Kevin Krick, EOE00
Bay Area vice chair and member of the Board of Directors for the California GOP

Charles “Chuck” Lewis, AS75, 09H
Founder, Center for Public Integrity; Executive editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop; Journalism professor at American University

Cara Lofaro, AS08
International trade specialist at the International Trade Administration

Jennifer Lucas, AS06
Former law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Molly Magarik, AS02
State director for U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Del.

Constance Mayer, AS84
Deputy director for the Office of Near East and South Asia Analysis in the Intelligence and Research Bureau in the U.S. Department of State

Ellaree “Gita” Miller, AS14
Legislative writer for Rep. John Carney, D-Del.; Soles Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity

Domenico Montanaro, AS01
Lead editor for politics and digital audience, NPR

Kelly Nye, AS09
Former staffer to U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

Ben Page-Gill, AS15
Digital campaign manager for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Valerie Biden Owens, AS67
Executive vice president of political advertising firm Joe Slade White & Co. and one of the first women in the nation to manage both a U.S. Senate and Presidential campaign

David Plouffe, AS10
Campaign manager for Pres. Obama, 2008 and 2012; vice president of Uber

Bahram Rajaee, AS93, 95M, 00PhD
Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State

Amanda Schechter, AS13
Membership adviser for strategic accounts for The Advisory Board Company

Steve Schmidt, AS93
Manager of McCain 2008 campaign; owner of SES Strategies

Jennifer Showell, AS02
Foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State

Roseann Slonsky-Breault, AS70
Past president of the California Federation of Republican Women

Chloe Sommers, AS08
Journalist, C-SPAN, CNN

Len Stark, AS91, 91M
Federal District Court judge, Delaware

Leo Strine, AS85
Chief justice, Delaware Supreme Court

Robert Walker, AS77
Former congressman; Republican party strategist

Eric Wall, AS13
Legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware