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Alumni Voices

Madison graduates pursue a range of interesting (and sometimes unexpected!) career paths. Below are interviews with a number of alumni aimed at offering a sense of how a degree from Madison lays the foundation for postgraduate opportunities, insights on the ways graduates’ various pursuits have unfolded, and some nuggets of wisdom for current students.

Alumni Career Paths

Alex PlumGlobal Health Initiative Program Coordinator, Henry Ford Health System
IR/PTCD (PE Specialization), '08
Alyene SchneidewindVice President and Chief of Staff, Customer Success, Salesforce
Alyssa AkinsEligibility Specialist, Michigan Dept.of Health and Human Services
SRP '96
Alyssa KlugeAccount Executive, Hill+Knowlton
IR '13
Antonio SenagoreAttorney at Fisk Kart Katz and Regan, Ltd.
IR/Economics, '05
Ben GalickiWebsite Support Specialist, ITHAKA (JSTOR)
IR, German, and Global Area Studies, '12
Bradley DizikPresident, Tiberian Advisers LLC; Attorney, Dizik PC
PTCD (Economics Specialization) '06
Chelsea RidenourTeam Lead, Institute of International Education
CCP, French '10
Christopher MillerRegional Compliance Officer North America, Attorney, General Motors' Global Ethics & Compliance Center
IR '06
Clare Worthington Administrative Assistant, Office of the President and Board of Trustees, MSU
CCP, '16
Courtney HurttBusiness Operations Coordinator, WDET 101.9 FM - Detroit's Public Radio Station
CCP '11
Cydney CampAssociate Business Development Manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
SRP '15
Daniel Colling Corporate Relations Associate, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
SRP '16
David MindellInvestigative Attorney, Edelson PC
IR '09
David ThurowSenior Manager, Breo Solutions
IR '06
Diana MaurerDirector of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
IR '88
Dondre YoungProgram Assistant, C.S. Mott Foundation
Social Relations & Policy (Business Cognate), '14
Dorothy Shewchuck Assistant Analyst, International E-Commerce, Abercrombie and Fitch
IR '17
Dr. David BrownAssistant Professor, College of Business, Ferris State University
Socioeconomics, '87
Ellie Mosko Immigration Attorney, Mosko Law PC
Social Relations, '05
Emily SteinertLaw Student, DePaul University College of Law
SRP, CCP '15
Emma Niendorf Program Manager, Illinois Science & Technology Institute
Eric DropkinBudget Analyst, Cook County, IL
SRP and Marketing, '10
Evan Fowler-GuzzardoSenior Human Resources Partner, Aetna
IR, PTCD '08
Gabriel (Gabe) TS SchneiderPrincipal, Northern Strategies 360
IR (Environ. Economics Specialization), '03
Geng WangAssociate, McKinsey and Co.
IR & Supply Chain Management, '08
Ging Cee NgPhD Student in Economics, University of Chicago, Department of Economics
SRP, Economics, '08
Gordon TrowbridgeDirector, Ward Circle Strategies
PTCD (Forthcoming)
Haley DalianOrganizer of Words and People, Change Media Group
SRP, '16
Heather ZygmontowiczAssistant Director of Operations, Detroit Land Bank Authority
PTCD, Accounting '10
Hon. Tiffany AnkleyProbate Judge, Kalamazoo County
IR, '91
Inna MirzoyanParalegal, Clark Hill PLC
SPR, '14
James M. CarlsonCEO/Owner, Zurixx, LLC
IR, '87
Jason Mikula Senior Manager of Growth Marketing, LendUp
SRP, '05
Jeff KingzettFinancial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
Urban and JMCD, '85
Jermaine RuffinPlacemaking Policy Specialist, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
SRP '07
Jessica ArnoldStaff Assistant, The White House
IR/SRP, African Studies Specialization, '15
Jesus Arzola-VegaExecutive Assistant, International Labor Rights Forum
IR, Economics '15
John Fournier Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
PTCD, '07
John RoodPresident/Founder, Next Step Test Preparation
IR/PTCD, '05
Jon HoadleyState Representative, Michigan House District 60
Social Relations, Women's Studies '06
Josh BergBusiness Operations Manager for OnStar Safety and Security Products, General Motors
PTCD '03
Josh RabinowitzCo-Founder, Articulate Labs
PTCD, '06
Joshua TookerSupply Chain Planning Capability Lead, eCommerce/PepsiCo
CCP, IR, with Specializations in Asian Studies & I
Justin WilkSchool Board Member, Prince William County Public Schools and Product Implementation and Integration Manager, K12 Insight
PTCD '06
Justine BrunettFirst and Second Grade ESL Teacher, Memphis Teacher Residency
CCP, IR '14
Kajal RavaniCollege Advisor at Detroit Cristo Rey High School
SRP with Business Cognate, '14
Kara BrewerSenior Consultant, Oliver Wyman
IR '14
Karl SchneiderResearch Assistant, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
IR and Economics, '17
Kelley WallSenior Director, Healthcare Operations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
SRP, '00
Kevin HritDistrict Director, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
PTCD '07
Kevin J. SmithProject Manager-IT, Cisco Systems
IR/Telecomm., Info. Studies and Media
Kwame RoweAssistant Prosecutor Trainee, Oakland County Prosecutor's Office
Kyle BrucknerFormer USAF Intelligence Officer; Law Student at Wayne State University Law School
IR '10
Kyle T. Mays, Ph.DPostdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SRP, '08
Lauren BealorePolitical Communications Associate, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights
SRP, '11
Lauren McKownCommunications Strategist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IR (International Agriculture and International De
Lauren PotocskyLaw Student, Wayne State University Law School
SRP (with a Minor in Spanish), '14
Lindsay DanglAttorney, Murphy & Spagnuolo, P.C.
SRP, '06
Maggie HarrisAmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager, Michigan Nonprofit Association
SRP & History, '07
Malinda JensenVice President, Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Marc StewartNews Reporter/News Anchor, KMGH-TV ABC7, Denver, Colorado
IR, '95
Mark ToazAssistant Corporation Counsel at City of Detroit Law Department
PTCD '09
Matt ThornburgResearch Analyst, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.
PTCD, Political Science '16
Maxwell ShuftanCyberTalent Business Development Manager, SANS Institute
CCP, IR '10 (Spanish Minor)
Meghan PaulasDirector of Student Chapters, American Constitution Society
SRP '04
Meredith ReynoldsProject Coordinator, Wayne State University
CCP '11
Michele Payne StraszExecutive Director, Capital Area College Access Network
Justice Morality and Constitutional Democracy, '88
Mitchell SchwartzAccount Executive, zlien
IR, '17
Molly KornLegislative Aide, Michigan House of Representatives
SRP, '12
Nathan BashawFounder, Hardbound
PTCD, '11
Noah Allington Senior Audience Analyst, Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
PTCD and STEPPS, '13
Paige SteenPostgrad Student, University of Bristol
PTCD and Russian, '13
Rachel ElromGlobal Proposal and Donor Documents Editor, Pact
IR '07
Raji SinghBrand Ambassador, Newby Teas of London
IR & CCP '14
Raymond S. OrzelSenior Special Agent, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
IR, '87
Ryan FooteGlobal Classification Analyst, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services
IR '15
Ryan MillerSales and Career Services Manager, JMJ Phillip Group
SRP, CCP '14
Salim BhabhrawalaSenior International Trade Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce
IR, '98
Samantha ArtleyResearch Staff Director, TargetPoint Consulting
SRP, '12
Sarah SmockHealth Policy and Agriculture Advisor, Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office
PTCD, IR '12
Shanna DraheimSenior Consultant, Public Sector Consultants
IR, '91
Shannon LongFounder & CEO, Brew Export
IR & Marketing, '14
Sharon ZalupskiDirector of Internship Development, Northwestern Mutual
Shelby EmmettLegal & Legislative Policy Advocate, FIRE
Sona MovsisyanPrevious: Legal Advocate & Counselor, SafeHouse Center
PTCD and SRP, '15
Spencer NordwickSenior Associate, Europe and Eurasia/Chemonics International
CCP and IR, '12
Stefanie RidenourFinancial Sector Specialist, Middle East & North Africa Region, World Bank
IR '07
Stephanie FriesBusiness Development Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
SRP '00
Tiffany WulfOwner, Parker Wulf Consulting
IR & Political Economics
Tom ChoskePresident and CEO, Choske Consulting, LLC
IR & German, Islamic Studies Specialization, '08