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Government/Public Policy

Government/Public Policy

William Block (1997-98)
Bill is the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Attache for Latin America. He lives in Sao Paulo Brazil and represents the Treasury Department throughout South America, covering economic and financial issues. Prior to this position, he served as an economist with the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in Washington, DC and also spent one year working as an economist with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, focusing on Iraqi economic reconstruction. Bill’s year in Germany as a German Chancellor Fellow was spent at the Kiel Institute of World Economics, where his research focused on Germany’s participation in Europe’s single currency (the European Monetary Union). (6/26/09)

Joanna Gubman (2011-12)
Joanna supervises the Energy Efficiency Residential Programs section at the California Public Utilities Commission, where she is responsible for residential energy efficiency programs, low income energy discounts and programs, local government partnerships, energy efficiency finance, and statewide marketing, education, and outreach. Previously, she was an analyst in Resource Adequacy and Procurement Oversight at the Commission. In that role, she monitored and reviewed utility electric procurement activities (approximately $6 billion per year), developed capacity value calculation methodologies for storage & supply-side demand response resources, and contributed to the development of a probabilistic model to determine capacity values for wind and solar resources. Joanna’s German Chancellor Fellowship was based at BSW-Solar, the German solar energy industry association. There, she researched and evaluated policies to continue to promote solar power in Germany as penetration increases and as existing feed-in tariff incentives are phased out. Prior to her fellowship, Joanna worked as an energy efficiency consultant at Navigant Consulting, and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. (7/20/15)

Victoria Johnson (2003-04)
Victoria is the Policy & Government Affairs Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she performs a broad range of work including project management, legislative analysis, and the development and implementation of public policy. She recently completed her PhD in Emergency Management at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand where she was an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy, sponsored by Fulbright New Zealand. Previously, Victoria was Policy Director of the National Commission on Children and Disasters, a Congressionally-appointed body of 10 experts tasked with developing a comprehensive study of legislative and administrative recommendations for President Obama and Congress to improve those aspects of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery that affect children. In her early career, Victoria worked for the New York City Office of Emergency Management during the 9/11 recovery operation and later, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She began her German Chancellor Fellowship in 2003 at the Disaster Research Unit at the University of Kiel, where she compiled a comparative study of federal security policies for the re-introduction of smallpox vaccinations in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Victoria also received a resumption of her German Chancellor Fellowship during the summer of 2006 to complete her Master’s thesis as a guest at the Robert Koch Institut in Berlin. She is a graduate of Cornell University and completed her MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2006. (6/29/15)

William Anton “Andy” Kruft (1998-99)
Andy is working for the Department of Defense near Heidelberg helping coordinate contractors in the European Command. His activities include liaison with the German and Italian national governments. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Andy previously served as a Liaison Officer in Bagram (40 miles north of Kabul) in Afghanistan, at what was an old Soviet Airbase. Andy was at the 18th Airborne Corps’ headquarters for the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the Coalition Joint Team, working with the central government in Kabul. (5/8/06)

Krista (Johnsen) Mikos (2001-02)
Krista is both a personal and business coach with her own practice, LifeStream Coaching, and she is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago.  Krista teaches courses on ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Environmental Justice’ to undergraduates in the Environmental Science and Studies Program within the College of Science and Health. She also teaches courses on ‘Advocacy and Lobbying’ in the School of Public Service within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Krista explored various aspects of how Germany, its European Union partners and the United States establish and maintain commercial or voluntary product standards.  Prior to her Fellowship, Krista worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the Department of Commerce. She worked on voluntary standards policy at the national and international levels including leading a section of the US delegation to some International Organization for Standardization (ISO) meetings. Avocationally, Krista is a Citizen Lobbyist with the Sierra Club. (9/12/13)

Sergio Mukherjee (2016-17)
Sergio recently completed his PhD in Comparative Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an MA from Penn and a BA in Government from Cornell University. His research focuses on the political economy of development, comparative education policies, migration and social integration. His extensive field-work in India and Brazil examined topics of education and development in both countries. Sergio is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including: Penn’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Penn Lauder CIBER Research Grant, U.S. Department of Education’s Center for International Education and Research, Research Fund from the Center for the Advanced Study of India, Judith Rodin Fellowship for distinguished work in social sciences, 2012 School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2012 Alvin Rubinstein Award for excellence as a Political Science Department Teaching Assistant, He has worked as a research associate at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg (Germany) and at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations. He will complete his Humboldt fellowship project, “Handshake: Reshaping the Boundaries of Community Engagement” in Heidelberg. (11/22/16)

Sara Catherine Salzinger (2011-12)
Catherine Salzinger will receive her Masters in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice this June. While at John Jay, she has worked as a graduate research assistant for the Extremist Crime Database, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, focusing primarily on violent far-right crime in the U.S. Prior to John Jay, Catherine worked as a research assistant for the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut, Lebanon. For her Master’s thesis, Catherine has focused on examining the state of juvenile Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) programs in the U.S. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she will continue her research on VOM by providing a comparative analysis of German and U.S. VOM programs, utilizing data and resources made available by the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Criminology. Extensive field research will also be collected through interviews with victim and offender participants, as well as interviews with staff, trained mediators and volunteers. Catherine hopes to continue strengthening collaboration between restorative justice researchers and advocates in the U.S. and the innovative work of top researchers, academics and policy makers in Germany. (4/27/11)

Elisa Santana (2016-2017)
Elisa earned her B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked for more than three years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a policy advisor. Elisa’s work focuses on refugees, immigration, human rights, homeland security, civil liberties, criminal justice, humanities, equality and civil rights. She will complete her fellowship at the Humboldt University of Berlin’s Institute for Integration and Migration Research, where she will study the migration policy of Germany and the ways in which it could be improved. (11/28/16)

Eden Savino (2003-04)
Eden is a senior analyst in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) health care team in Washington, DC. At GAO, she has worked on topics ranging from Medicare inpatient hospital payment errors to Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services. She has a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) and Certificate in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Connecticut College. As a German Chancellor Fellow in Berlin, she worked with Hydra, a group active in the formulation of prostitution policy in Europe. (2/4/10)

Mark Vail (2000-01)
Mark is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University. He published his first book, Recasting Welfare Capitalism: Economic Adjustment in Contemporary France and Germany (Temple University Press, 2010), based in part on research that he conducted during his BUKA year.  Since then, Professor Vail has been working on a second book project on national liberal traditions and economic adjustment in continental Europe, and has enjoyed the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung on two occasions for summer research trips in support of it. This work is part of his broader current research agenda on the influence of ideas on national responses to periods of economic crisis in advanced industrial democracies. He has published work in a number of leading journals, including The European Journal of Political Research, Governance, and Comparative Politics. (7/15/15)

Sarah (Wilson) Wiliarty (1997-98)
Sarah is an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she investigated the Christian Democratic Union’s (CDU) response to new demands from women. She examined the CDU’s policy-making process on abortion policy, work-family policy, and internal party quotas for women. Professor Wiliarty is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how the organization of political parties influences their policy choices. (5/25/05)