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Expand our lifelong engagement with our alumni and increase our engagement with stakeholders connected to research and students.





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Alumni Stories

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Anna Boulos MPP’13 received an Award for Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association.

Sekou Kaalund MPP’99 landed his ‘dream-come-true’ job as head of JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.

Maggie Woods MPP’14 received one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards.

COVID-19 and Durham, NC

Team Lead: Ryan Smith MPP'14

Ryan Smith MPP’14 led Durham NC’s  city’s coronavirus response. The team included 12 MPP students and recent graduates. 


Alumni Engagement By the Numbers




Number of people who attended alumni events hosted by the Sanford Development & Alumni Relations office.

Sanford alumni volunteered in various areas of the school including serving as board members, career mentors and “Policy Pros” – Find out more >>


Honor Roll

Presenting the 2019-2020 Sanford Annual Fund Honor Roll!

We’re thankful for the people who make it possible to prepare students for lives of leadership, civic engagement and public service.

Honor Roll members for the 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

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Pivoting Online

The Sanford Development and Alumni Relations team quickly pivoted from in-person events to virtual. We hosted 9 original virtual alumni events between April-June featuring notable Sanford faculty members. Ours was the most robust virtual alumni programming among all the Duke schools.

More 2019-2020 Highlights

Sanford co-sponsored the Color of Education conference in fall 2019 to develop ideas and strategies to address systemic racial inequities in our education system, with Dr. Leslie Babinski of the Center for Child and Family Policy providing welcome remarks alongside partners of the conference, and Sanford faculty presenting research during the conference. In 2020, our sponsorship continues via CCFP’s involvement in this year’s virtual conference.

In a surprising twist, coffee in Jordan leads to an MPP at Sanford.

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Six alumni working in tech policy  helped teach a course on Privacy, Technology & National Security

Faculty David Hoffman and Ken Rogerson have created the Sanford Technology Policy Lab engaging in four key areas: Cybersecurity and National Security; Cybersecurity and Health Data; the Cyber Policy and Gender Violence Initiative and Access to Information. Sanford and the Pratt School of Engineering co-sponsored a conference on Designing Ethics into AI

Major General Ron Clark recently spoke about diversity in the military. Clark was Counterterrorism and Policy Fellow at the Sanford School in 2013-2014.

Why Public Policy Matters

This social media ‘vlog’ series is about public policy during the time of COVID-19.

By alumni, for the community.


187 Duke students heard 10 alumni talk about careers in public service and how they got there. Read story >>

New Website explores job ideas in policy, advocacy and politics.


Our award-winning series continues.

Shandiin Herrera, PPS'19


“I’m a member of the Navajo Nation. I am a lead volunteer with the Navajo Hopi COVID relief effort. We have distributed care packages to over 2,000 families in over 45 communities on the Navajo Nation, as well as four of the 12 Hopi villages. And we have raised over $1 million dollars. 

This relief effort is so needed because we don’t have that support from our local governments. Hopefully, we learn from this and we are able to analyze really, the purpose of our local governments.”

Give for Gloves Campaign

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During the “Give for Gloves” campaign we successfully raised $16,764 over 3 days and secured gifts from 104 donors, 41 of which were first time Sanford Annual Fund supporters!