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Featured Alumni

Renee Tyler Class of 2020 Hometown Dubuque, Iowa Undergraduate Degree University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
About Renee's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School creates a space that welcomes ideas, dialogue, and civil discourse. The importance of representation, community alliances, and partnership is part of the foundational core of the curriculum. My career has been positively impacted due to the school’s focus on values and leadership qualities needed for effective public service."
What is Renee doing now? Director of Administration at City of Fulton

Tyler is the Director of Administration for the City of Fulton, Mo., working directly with the mayor and city council for all city operations, as well as the implementation of policies and programs adopted by the council.

Ryan Solomon Class of 2020 Hometown Little Rock, Ark. Undergraduate Degree University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
About Ryan's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School, and the way that they offer this program, allows someone like me, who has work, life outside of work, and a family, to really focus on pursuing their education and developing their skills."
What is Ryan doing now? Vice President & General Counsel at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Solomon was announced as Vice President and General Counsel for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in March 2021. Solomon, who joined ACH in 2014 and most recently served as Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Assistant General Counsel, continues to lead the pediatric hospital’s ERM efforts while taking on additional leadership and responsibility within the legal department.

Khalid Ahmadzai Class of 2017 Hometown Kabul, Afghanistan Undergraduate Degree University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
About Khalid's Clinton School experience:
"My two years at the Clinton School helped me see my line of work, in both for-profit and non-profit worlds, through a critical lens of curiosity, service, and compassion."
What is Khalid doing now? Director of Economic Advancement at Canopy NWA

Khalid Ahmadzai is the Director of Economic Advancement for Canopy NWA, a nonprofit organization based in Fayetteville, Ark., that works to support refugees who are resettling in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Nora Bouzihay Class of 2017 Hometown Jonesboro, Arkansas Undergraduate Degree UA Little Rock
About Nora's Clinton School experience:
"When you’re passionate about something, the pieces of the puzzle get put together easily. Every class at the Clinton School – which is what I really, really enjoyed about it – builds itself from the ground up. I needed this class for the next class, and they all connected in some kind of way. The curriculum and how it is set up was definitely impactful for me in my education."
What is Nora doing now? Owner & Operator at NowaraCo

Nora Bouzihay will complete her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at UA Little Rock in 2020. In addition to concluding work on her doctorate, she is a tutor and First-Year Experience Instructor at UA Little Rock, Director of the North Little Rock Works Mentorship Program, volunteer with the Little Rock School District, and the owner and operator of her own online scarves boutique, NowaraCo.

Austin Harrison Class of 2016 Hometown Louisville, Mississippi Undergraduate Degree University of Mississippi
About Austin's Clinton School experience:
"The skills gained through the Clinton School’s field projects have helped me in working with others, no matter the background. I had the opportunity to work for the United States Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, for my International Public Service Project and developed a comprehensive policy analysis on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Because of these experiences, I now work in international policy arena, with a specific focus on European Affairs."
What is Austin doing now? Public Policy Associate Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Austin Harrison is a Public Policy Associate Attorney for Squire Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities include policy monitoring and analysis, regulatory research and filings, and representation of clients before United States Congress and numerous federal agencies.

Jennifer Guzman Class of 2016 Hometown Little Rock, Arkansas Undergraduate Degree UA Little Rock
About Jennifer's Clinton School experience:
"I feel as if the Clinton School helped me build stepping stones to get to where I am today. Through my Capstone project at Vital Voices, I used skills gained previously and utilized more quantitative research skills to conduct an evaluation on the effectiveness of the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence – the program which I now coordinate. The Clinton School helped me create a path that led me to the position I’m in today and I am forever grateful for all of the support I received along the way."
What is Jennifer doing now? Social Impact Strategist at Neimand Collaborative

Jennifer Guzman is a Social Impact Strategist at Neimand Collaborative, a social impact strategy and marketing firm based in Washington, D.C. She has spent the past six years passionately advancing human rights and women’s leadership around the world. Most recently, she was a Program Manager for the Human Rights team at Vital Voices Global Partnership, where she managed the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, an international training program focused on creating a holistic, victim-centered response to violence against women.

Kathryn Hisek Class of 2016 Hometown Hot Springs, Arkansas Undergraduate Degree University of Central Arkansas
About Kathryn's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School of Public Service allowed me to gain additional experience in disaster recovery, but on an international level. I knew when I applied to go to the Clinton School that I wanted to focus my field service on disaster response and recovery. Before enrolling, I had just finished serving a year in AmeriCorps NCCC – FEMA Corps, supporting disaster response and recovery operations for Superstorm Sandy and the 2013 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. By attending the Clinton School, I was able to continue learning about disaster recovery by researching and evaluating various forms of livelihoods survivors in the Philippines pursued post-Typhoon Yolanda."
What is Kathryn doing now? Emergency Management Specialist at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Kathryn Hisek is an Emergency Management Specialist on one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's three National Incident Management Assistance Teams. She responds to major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

Haylee Fletcher Class of 2015 Hometown Prescott Valley, Arizona Undergraduate Degree Birmingham-Southern College
About Haylee's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School – including staff, students, and community members both domestically and internationally – truly provided me with the tools, experience, and education needed in order to excel in my desired career field. I appreciate the opportunity I was given to complete my International Public Service Project working with program development in Johannesburg, and my Capstone project working with refugees in Arizona."
What is Haylee doing now? Resettlement Case Manager at International Rescue Committee

Haylee Fletcher is a Resettlement Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Her responsibilities in this position include providing holistic case management services for refugee families and individuals, assisting them to reach self-sufficiency after resettlement to the United States.

Mattea Fleischner Class of 2015 Hometown Hot Springs, Arkansas Undergraduate Degree University of Georgia
About Mattea's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School is a venue to explore your passion for service, think big, and design your own roadmap to drive transformational change. Faculty, speakers, and special events enabled me to have a global mindset and engage with leaders who inspired my work in coffee and tea global social impact."
What is Mattea doing now? Global Social Impact Manager at Starbucks

Mattea Fleischner is working in Seattle, Wash., where she manages Starbucks tea ethical sourcing strategy and coffee development programs, including the One Tree for Every Bag program.

Matt Orr Class of 2014 Hometown Texarkana, Texas Undergraduate Degree University of North Texas
About Matt's Clinton School experience:
"My time at the Clinton School was truly transformative, both personally and professionally. While living and working in Asia for six months with Sarus as part of my Clinton School field work, I was serendipitously introduced to a Foundation staff person in Yangon, Myanmar. Eight months later I applied for a position and the rest is history."
What is Matt doing now? Operations and Technology Consultant at The Asia Foundation

Matt Orr works as a consultant with The Asia Foundation and other organizations to help them improve their operations and impact through technology. In his capacity with the Foundation he designs, implements, and supports the Foundation’s information management strategy and operations across its four U.S. and 18 country offices in Asia. He is based in Berlin.

Christine Sumner Class of 2013 Hometown Chicago, Illinois Undergraduate Degree New York University
About Christine's Clinton School experience:
"I came into my job with all these project management skills. The Clinton School is so great at that. I came in with all the professional side stuff heavily developed. "
What is Christine doing now? Scientific Officer at Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Christine Sumner, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Applied Animal Biology/Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia, is working in New Zealand with the Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She began her position in the NZSPCA’s Science and Education Department in September 2018.

Fernando Cutz Class of 2012 Hometown Coral Springs, Florida Undergraduate Degree Washington University in St. Louis
About Fernando's Clinton School experience:
"Not only do you have the academic program that will prepare you and get you that degree, but you also have these three incredible field experiences that offer you opportunities that no other program in the country offers you. You graduate not just with a degree and academic knowledge, which are important and valuable, but also this resume that is already significant."
What is Fernando doing now? Global Lead for Legal Takedown Request Operations at Facebook

Fernando Cutz has joined Facebook as a Global Lead for Legal Takedown Request Operations. Cutz manages a global team which responds to requests from users, governments, and courts for the removal of content from Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp due to violations of local laws.

Jasmine Medley Class of 2012 Hometown Little Rock, Arkansas Undergraduate Degree Rhodes College
About Jasmine's Clinton School experience:
"So many pieces made the Clinton School experience for me. I willingly jumped out of my comfort zone with my International Public Service Project and I learned so much about how capable and strong I am, and how much I loved living in such a different part of the world. That experience gave me my own opinions and a firsthand knowledge of the conflicts in the Middle East, and it will forever be one of the most life-changing times of my life."
What is Jasmine doing now? Regional Recruitment Manager at City Year

Jasmine Medley is the Regional Recruitment Manager in the South Region for City Year. In this position, she travels to colleges, high schools, and other community organizations recruiting young people to spend a year working with students who need help to succeed and graduate from high school on track and on time.

Patrick Banks Class of 2011 Hometown St. Louis, Missouri Undergraduate Degree Wabash College
About Patrick's Clinton School experience:
"My international project was working with a series of schools in Kenya and helping them redesign or revive their science curriculum. That was incredible. Let me think of every best practice I have from being an American science teacher. Let me slam it against your curriculum in Kenya and let’s see how we can better communicate these ideas and concepts to rural schools who have very limited resources."
What is Patrick doing now? Diversity Recruitment Business Partner at Apple, Inc.

As a member of Apple’s Diversity Recruiting team, Banks maintains Apple as one of the world’s the most innovative companies by aiming to make it one of the most diverse – open to all people, all backgrounds, and all perspectives. He previously worked with MasterCard as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Global Talent Acquisition, and with Caleres, Inc., as a Talent Acquisition Diversity Recruiter. He began his career with Teach for America, first as a science teacher and then as the organization’s Director of Alumni Affairs.

Sanford Johnson Class of 2009 Hometown Starkville, Mississippi Undergraduate Degree Auburn University
About Sanford's Clinton School experience:
"These projects allowed me to develop skills in partnership building, seeking common ground, and navigating the challenges associated with nonprofit organizations and government agencies."
What is Sanford doing now? Mississippi Executive Director at Teach Plus

Sanford Johnson has been the Executive Director of Teach Plus Mississippi since 2020. Mississippi Policy Fellows have been involved in increasing teacher pay, strengthening the state’s teacher pipeline, and increasing access to mental health resources. Johnson also supports the work of Teach Plus Arkansas, which launched a Policy Fellowship and Teacher Network in 2021. Prior to joining Teach Plus, Johnson was the Deputy Director and co-founder of Mississippi First (MSF), an education policy research and advocacy organization.

Tina Tian Class of 2009 Hometown Harbin, Heilongjiang, China Undergraduate Degree University of International Business and Economics
About Tina's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School provides a unique experience in public service. The program helped bridge the gap in my experience between the public and private sector."
What is Tina doing now? Manager, China Services Group at Grant Thornton, LLP

Tina Tian is managing the China Services Group at Grant Thornton, LLP, an accounting firm in Toronto where she deals with China-related clients.

Nancy Mancilla Class of 2006 Hometown Las Vegas, Nevada Undergraduate Degree United States International University
About Nancy's Clinton School experience:
"The Clinton School provided the right balance of structured course work and open lab-type space for students to explore their own interests, while testing out what they learned in the classroom. The hands-on approach complemented by lessons learned shared by recognized leaders supported my learning style and gave me the confidence to embark on my own path of igniting change."
What is Nancy doing now? Co-founder at ISOS Group

Nancy Mancilla is the co-founder of ISOS Group, a full-service sustainability consultancy firm based in San Diego, Calif., that provides certified trainings across the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa for CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Global Reporting Initiative. She teaches graduate-level courses on sustainability and global context at Arizona State University.