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GSPIA Honors 4 Under 40 Alumni Award Winners

11/12/2010

11/12/2010

GSPIA recognized this year's 4 Under 40 at Pitt's homecoming celebration on October 29 at the Holiday Inn - University Center. The 4 Under 40 is an award is bestowed annually to four alumni under forty years of age who have demonstrated the potential to become leaders in their chosen area of public and international affairs.



This year's recipients are   Elizabeth Ramborger MPIA '99, Alison Bonebrake MPIA '99, Benjamin Howe MPIA '98 and Eric Hartman PhD '08.

After receiving the award, Elizabeth A. Ramborger, MPIA '99, stated, "This award is an honor and at the same time validating. GSPIA prepared me well. I often think about my friends and what I did at GSPIA. Even though, I worked in international affairs, now moving to the domestic side, GSPIA and classes in public administration really prepared me for the career move." She is an Associate Director with Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, providing strategy, analysis and project management support to institutional, corporate and family clients. Her work focuses on Midwest-based projects, including a grant making strategy for Lake Michigan, and on international development issues.  Previously, as Director of Program Operations for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Elizabeth oversaw administration of the foundation's international grant-making processes and conducted research to support grants on population and reproductive health, migration and human rights, and international justice. Prior to moving to Chicago, Elizabeth worked in policy, programming and grant-making positions for the U.S. government, in the Departments of Commerce, Defense and State as well as the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In addition to her master's degree, she holds a BA in international Studies from the University of Evansville and is a founding board member and broadcast DJ with CHIRP Radio, a nonprofit community radio station in Chicago.

Also receiving an award, Alison Bonebrake, MPA '99, is a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator John F. Kerry in Washington, DC, responsible for advising the Senator on issues pertaining to health insurance reform, federal health programs, prescription drugs, biotechnology and life sciences, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

After accepting the award she expressed her gratitude: "It was a privilege to work with Senator Kerry on healthcare legislation. What I learned at GSPIA provided me with a strong foundation for my career." She previously served as Vice President for the Glover Park Group, providing legislative guidance on health care to nonprofit and private industry clients. Earlier, as a Legislative Representative at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Ali lobbied Members of Congress on Social Security privatization and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. She also co-chaired the Health Committee for the Leadership Council of Aging Organization, a coalition of 56 nonprofit organizations serving older Americans. Ali began her government service as both a Presidential Management Fellow at the Social Security Administration and a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and later as a GAO Senior Analyst. Before earning her master's at GSPIA, she received a B.A. in Government from Shippensburg University.

"Thank you for the award," said Benjamin Howe, MPIA '98. "During my time at GSPIA, I met amazing professors, took great classes and met great individuals. I have a strong bond with my fellow GSPIAns and am still in touch with my classmates today."

Howe has enjoyed a successful career as an analyst for three different federal agencies, including his current position with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Mass. As a Senior Management Analyst in the Office of Inspector General, he works as part of a team planning and conducting in-depth reviews of VA facilities and programs. Previously Ben worked for the U.S. Government Accountability Office in their Boston Field Office, leading program evaluations of multiple federal agencies and policy issues. His analysis on issues like indoor mold and lead in drinking water led to recommendations and cost savings for the agencies involved, earning him three GAO Performance Awards. Since 2004, Ben has served as the Alumni Association Volunteer Coordinator and advisory board member for a local YMCA overnight camp. He received both a GAO Community Service Award and a YMCA Chairman's Award for outstanding voluntary service in support of the camp. Ben conducts alumni interviews on behalf of his undergraduate alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross.  

Eric Hartman, PhD '08,
also received the 4 Under 40 award.  He serves as a Lecturer in Global Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe.  He is a Board Member for Amizade Global Service-Learning, where, as Executive Director from 2007-2010, he cooperated with numerous community organizations on development projects on four continents.  His doctoral dissertation at GSPIA focused on considering global citizenship through global service-learning.  In addition to writing on related themes for popular and academic publications, Eric has presented and consulted at numerous universities and at the annual conferences of the American Political Science Association and the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.  He has taught at Pitt and West Virginia University and led courses on applied research methods, global citizenship, international development, and regional history in the U.S., Bolivia, Ghana, Jamaica, Peru, Tanzania.  Eric holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Political Science from, respectively, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lock Haven University.

All of these accomplished alumni exemplify GSPIA's mission in preparing leaders with the skills, vision and knowledge to build a better world.
 

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6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
William Pitt Union (Kurtzman Room) (map)
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GSPIA and the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (of which GSPIA is a founding member) will be hosting a graduate school fair on the University of Pittsburgh campus for anyone interested in a master’s degree or PhD in international relations, foreign policy, economics, or a related professional field. Many of the top graduate programs in the USA and Europe, including GSPIA, will be present.

The event is free and open to the public. Students, please register here.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3911 Posvar Hall
Pitt Main Campus

Thinking about applying to GSPIA? Join us for an information session to learn more about the application process and to find the academic program that is right for you. GSPIA counselors will be available to answer your questions, introduce you to GSPIA’s degree offerings, and offer the inside scoop on what the admissions committee hopes to see in successful applicants. Financial aid and career options will be covered. This is an ideal session for anyone considering a PhD, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of International Development, or Master of Public Policy and Management.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or gspia@pitt.edu.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3911 Posvar Hall
Pitt Main Campus

Thinking about applying to GSPIA? Join us for an information session to learn more about the application process and to find the academic program that is right for you. GSPIA counselors will be available to answer your questions, introduce you to GSPIA’s degree offerings, and offer the inside scoop on what the admissions committee hopes to see in successful applicants. Financial aid and career options will be covered. This is an ideal session for anyone considering a PhD, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of International Development, or Master of Public Policy and Management.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or gspia@pitt.edu.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3911 Posvar Hall
Pitt Main Campus

Thinking about applying to GSPIA? Join us for an information session to learn more about the application process and to find the academic program that is right for you. GSPIA counselors will be available to answer your questions, introduce you to GSPIA’s degree offerings, and offer the inside scoop on what the admissions committee hopes to see in successful applicants. Financial aid and career options will be covered. This is an ideal session for anyone considering a PhD, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of International Development, or Master of Public Policy and Management.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or gspia@pitt.edu.

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