Panelists and Presenters


Susan K. Alderoty, Esq.


Susan was born in Manhattan, New York and was raised in Longview, Texas after her family moved there from New York.

Susan attended the University of Baltimore, School of Law where she earned her law degree and graduated magna cum laude. Susan was on the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition Team and served on the Student Bar Association as the Alumni Relations Representative. While attending law school, Susan served as a Judicial Intern, a Trusts & Estates Intern at a prominent Baltimore law firm and as a Law Clerk at a law firm specializing in Estate Planning located in Howard County.

Susan received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she double majored in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Communication. Susan was an active member of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, served as a campus tour guide for prospective students and their families and was a member of both National Honor Societies for her undergraduate majors.

Susan is licensed to practice law in Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association-Estates and Trusts section and the Young Lawyers section, the American Bar Association-Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Division and the Young Lawyers Division and the Montgomery County Bar Association-Estates and Trusts section. Susan also serves as a member of the Young Professional Advisory Committee of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.


Melinda Arons (C'98) 

Melinda Arons is a media consultant based in New York City, working with television networks, companies and nonprofits at the highest levels. Most recently she was the Series Supervising Producer for "America Inside Out with Katie Couric," Couric's six-part documentary series for National Geographic. In 2016 she was the Director of Broadcast Media for Hillary for America, where she oversaw all television coverage of the campaign, working directly with the major broadcast, cable and digital networks.  

Prior to joining the campaign, she was the Head of Television Partnerships at Facebook and Instagram, where she created Facebook's first ever strategic partnerships program focused on the media industry.  Arons spent the bulk pf her career at ABC News in various roles, most recently as a Senior Producer and the Chief Political Producer for ABC News’ Nightline.  

She began her career at ABC in 2001 immediately after the 9/11 attacks at Good Morning America working for Diane Sawyer, where she covered breaking news, entertainment, human interest stories, the Iraq war and the 2004 Democratic primary.  In June of 2004 she moved to Washington, DC as a producer for Nightline with Ted Koppel. In 2006 she returned to New York to re-launch Nightline with anchors Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Martin Bashir and helped lead the program from third to first place in its time slot. She oversaw all political coverage, most notably Nightline’s award-winning coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, election nights and inaugurations.

Arons is a multiple Emmy nominee for Nightline’s foreign coverage including the crisis in Egypt and the fall of Quadaffi, and a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Superstorm Sandy.  Prior to ABC she worked at Fox News Channel and CNN. Arons graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-founder of "Press Forward," a new nonprofit aimed at helping victims of sexual harassment in newsrooms.


Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault (G’10)

Professor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault is the Director of Teaching in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown. With an expertise in the study of terrorism, torture, and interrogation, Professor Arsenault has taught International Security, International Law, and International Relations courses as well as seminars on intelligence, terrorism, and counterterrorism. She was presented with the Dorothy Brown Award in 2012 by the Georgetown University Student Association on behalf of the undergraduate student body and has also received the School of Foreign Service Faculty of the Year Award in 2012.

She received her Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and B.A. in Government and History from The College of William & Mary. She has also worked in the defense and security sectors of the U.S. government.

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Amy Baer (C'88)

Amy Baer has nearly 30 years experience in the Entertainment Industry, uniquely spanning talent agencies, major studios, independent financiers, and producing. Collectively, the films she has supervised and/or produced have grossed nearly $2 billion in worldwide box office. Her first film as a producer was the 2013 hit LAST VEGAS (starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) which grossed $136MM worldwide. In 2012, Baer raised a 7 ­figure development fund and launched Gidden Media, a content incubation and production company. Its first film, MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning (THE BEGUILED) and directed by Haifaa Al ­Mansour (WADJDA), will be released by IFC in May 2018. She is currently in post­production on BRIAN BANKS, starring Aldis Hodge (UNDERGROUND), Greg Kinnear (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) and directed by Tom Shadyac (BRUCE ALMIGHTY) for release in late 2018. Before starting her own company, Baer served as President & CEO of CBS Films (2007­ 2011), launching the division for CBS Corp. Baer spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw such hit films as 1997’s MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING; 1998’s THE MASK OF ZORRO; Oscar nominated ADAPTATION (2001); S.W.A.T. (2002); SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003); and the 2006 holiday hit THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, which earned Will Smith an Oscar nomination. She also developed the 2011 Sony hit and Oscar nominated MONEYBALL, starring Brad Pitt. She began her career at Creative Artists Agency in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney.

Baer graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. She is married to producer Matt Baer (UNBROKEN), and has two sons. In addition to Women in Film, she proudly serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Beth Becker

Beth Becker (MBAE'07)

Beth has more than 25 years of experience working in the human behavior and operations space. Beth partners with leaders and organizations to realize the heart of the matter – their purpose. Believing this enables the optimal, sustainable performance level, Beth supports and challenges leaders to gain clarity around understanding their values and strengths to step into their own true leadership style. Beth enjoys collaborating with leaders who become intentional, courageous and purpose-led for themselves, sharing it with their teams and ultimately fostering high-performing cultures.

Beth offers a unique perspective to clients as she has operated as a management consultant with PwC, a brand strategist with agencies such as McCann and Arnold Worldwide, as well as being in-house from the C-Suite. Believing emotions are behaviors in action, Beth’s perspective enables her to notice patterns in her client’s behavior and create the space for leaders and organizations to discover their true purpose. Collaborating with leaders and teams  helping them gain awareness and take actions enables them to live and lead “on purpose,” being more intentional about their choices and feeling part of something bigger. Intentional leaders often have greater capacity to manage complexity and to rally the resources around them to fulfill the visions they hold.

Throughout her career, Beth has worked across industries with publicly- and privately-held entities, has partnered with large and small organizations ranging from several Fortune 50 and 100 organizations to smaller family-owned or non-profit organizations. Beth brings expertise in strategy design, brand management, change management, communications and leadership development. Beth holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and is also certified as an executive leadership coach through the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership.

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Gina Bleck

Gina Bleck earned a Bachelors in Architecture from the Boston Architectural College and an executive masters in leadership from GU’s McDonough School of Business in 2015. She has worked in the design and construction industry for nearly thirty years. Her internship began in architectural firms, although she comes from a family of electricians. Institutional work has been her passion, leading her to roles in owner enterprises beginning in 1999 at Rutgers University. She joined Georgetown University’s Planning & Facilities Management team in 2009 and serves as the Asst. VP for Design & Construction, overseeing a staff of design and construction professionals as well as the aesthetics of the university’s built environment.

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Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.

Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., serves as Vice President for Mission and Ministry, and a Professorial Lecturer in the English department at Georgetown. Now he leads the office which shares Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality with faculty, students, staff, parents and alumni through seminars, presentations, immersion programs and retreats.  He oversees robust campus ministry programs on four campuses plus a pastoral care program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Fr. Bosco came from Loyola University Chicago, where he was a tenured faculty member in both Theology and English.  He also served as Director of The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) at Loyola Chicago.  He led a wide variety of programs that deepened scholarly research on the Catholic intellectual tradition and how that tradition can be “explored, communicated, and renewed” in meaningful ways.

He brings an extraordinary understanding of Catholic and Jesuit tradition and the way it influences and strengthens education.  His focus as a scholar is on the intersection of theology and art—specifically, the British and American Catholic literary tradition – publishing about Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, and theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.  He is also the producer of “Flannery O’Connor: Acts of Redemption,” a feature-length documentary under discussion with PBS/American Masters.

Previously, Fr. Bosco taught at the University of San Francisco, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB), and Regis High School in Denver.  He holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and Literature from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and his M.Div. from the JSTB.

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Dan Cardinali (F'88)

Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.

Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees. He also led IS member, Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years after working in other positions at the organization.

As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations.

Early in this career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Dan is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow. He serves as Trustee of the Fetzer Institute and on the board of Child Trends. He is a member of several advisory boards among them are HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, the Conference Board’s Center on Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, Big Bets for Social Change, Alliance for Strong Families, Results for America and Project Evident. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.

You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancardinali.

Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson (C'08)

Jeff partners with the College Board’s head of Global Policy & External Relations on strategy development and operation of the Washington, D.C. office. With prior experience as an elementary special educator, higher education administrator, and as a graduate from a rural school district, he also leads efforts to engage students and educators in small towns and rural areas—particularly by expanding rural student access to Official SAT Practice from Khan Academy and the newest AP course, Computer Science Principles.

Jeff received his Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016. Prior to Harvard, Carlson spent three years advising Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel Porterfield during the beginning of Porterfield’s tenure.

Earlier, he served in the office of Congressman Walt Minnick (ID-1) and taught elementary special education at P.S. 42X in the South Bronx through Teach For America. He earned a BA in Government at Georgetown University and an MST with concentrations in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from Pace University.

Raised by educators in rural Council, Idaho, Jeff understands the opportunities and challenges in rural education and works to ensure that rural students continue to have a clear path to the future they wish to own.

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Diana de Castro (C'88)

Diana de Castro is the Chief Alliance Officer of Pro Mujer, a leading women’s development organization that delivers transformative services to low-income women in Latin America. Diana brings broad experience in social finance, private banking, consulting and private equity in Latin America. Prior to Pro Mujer, she was the Founder of Ascenda, a consultancy committed to business solutions that drive meaningful social change. Diana was also Principal of FIRST, a private equity fund investing in Brazilian growth stage companies delivering social impact alongside financial returns. Additionally, she spent several years as an international private banker at Royal Bank of Canada and Barclays. Diana serves on the board of Pro Mujer Nicaragua, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Central America and Mexico Steering Committee and the Career Advisory Board of Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Diana graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and later earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She also attended Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development, an executive education program for microfinance at the JFK School of Government.


Mary Cheney

A veteran corporate and political advisor, Ms. Cheney has over 20 years of political and corporate experience.

Prior to joining New Troy Strategies, Mary was the managing partner at BKM Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in building and managing highly impactful and effective political, issue, and grassroots campaigns. Ms. Cheney has also been a highly-valued member of Navigators Global, where she led the firm’s strategic communications team. Ms. Cheney has also served at senior levels in corporate America. She served as chief of staff to AOL’s vice chairman where she directed various projects, including developing communications plans for members of senior management, developing marketing plans for various AOL portals, and working with AOL’s privacy taskforce to investigate the release of client search records. Before joining AOL, Ms. Cheney served as a senior campaign aide in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. She held the position of Special Assistant to the Vice Presidential Nominee during the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential race and served as Director of Vice Presidential Operations for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential reelection campaign. In this capacity, she directed all aspects of vice presidential operations, including messaging, events, budget, staffing and scheduling.

From 1994–2000, Ms. Cheney was at Coors Brewing Company, where she held several managerial, communications and public relations positions. As corporate relations manager, she developed and implemented a plan to effectively end a 20-year boycott of Coors products by the gay and lesbian community. She was also responsible for the development of creative, long-term strategies for managing environmental and alcohol-related issues.

Ms. Cheney received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Colorado College and a Master in Business Administration from the Daniels Business School at the University of Denver. She serves on the advisory board of GU Politics.


Chris Cillizza (C'98)

Chris Cillizza is a CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large, covering national politics including the White House, Congress and every district they represent. His reporting lives under the brand, "The Point with Chris Cillizza," and includes a nightly newsletter and daily Amazon Echo and Google Home flash briefings.

Prior to CNN, Cillizza spent a decade at The Washington Post where he founded "The Fix" political blog and built a reputation as the authority on fast, incisive analysis of the day's events. A frequent TV guest across networks, Cillizza was a MSNBC political contributor for eight years. Prior to The Washington Post, Cillizza reported on campaign politics for Roll Call where he served as their White House Correspondent. He also previously reported for The Cook Political Report where he covered gubernatorial and House races.

A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons, and is a diehard Hoyas basketball fan.

Erin Cline

Erin Cline

Professor Cline specializes in Chinese and comparative philosophy and religion, with a particular focus on early Chinese ethical, religious, and political thought. Much of her work begins with the study of classical Chinese texts and brings traditional Chinese thought into conversation with contemporary Western ethics through comparative study. This approach is seen in both of her books: Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice (Fordham University Press, 2013) and Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Columbia University Press, 2015).

In addition to her work in the Theology Department, Professor Cline is an Associate Member of the Philosophy Department and a member of its Primary Dissertation Faculty, a member of the Asian Studies faculty, and a Faculty Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Before coming to Georgetown, she held a joint appointment in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon.

Professor Cline lives in suburban Maryland with her husband (who also teaches at Georgetown) and their three young children.

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Soyica Diggs Colbert, Ph.D.

Dr. Soyica Colbert is an Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and has a shared joint appointment in African American Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and editor of The Black Performance special issue of African American Review (2012) and The Psychic Hold of Slavery (Rutgers University Press, 2016). Colbert is currently working on two book projects, Lorraine Hansberry: Artist/Activist and Performing Seeing: Blackness in Visual Culture and Performance Theory.

She has published articles and reviews on Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Katori Hall, Ntozake Shange, Suzan-Lori Parks, Spike Lee, Kanye West, and Beyoncé Knowles in African American Review, Theater Journal, Boundary 2, South Atlantic Quarterly, Scholar and Feminist Online, and Theater Topics and in the collections Black Performance Theory, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights, and August Wilson: Completing the Cycle. Colbert is the recipient of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, the Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mellon Summer Research Grant, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship.

Her research primarily focuses on 20th-21st century black drama, but her interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance.

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Lynn Conway

As University Archivist, Lynn works to ensure that records documenting Georgetown's rich history and traditions are collected, preserved, organized, and used. Handling more than 1800 reference and research requests each year from on and off-campus, she interacts with Georgetown faculty, students and alumni, campus offices, and external researchers.
She has curated numerous exhibits in her over twenty years at Georgetown (including one currently on display on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library on Hoya football between 1830 and 1951) and contributes a column, Infrequently Asked Questions, to the Library Associates Newsletter to highlight some of the more unusual questions posed to Archives staff. In 2007, 2011, and 2017 she received Lauinger Library's Kindred Spirit Staff Excellence Award, a peer-nominated award given in recognition of contributions to the campus community.

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Bernard Cook (C’90, MA’91)

Dr. Bernie Cook (C’90, MA’91) is Associate Dean in Georgetown College and Founding Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Georgetown University. He is the author of Flood of Images: Media, Memory and Hurricane Katrina (University of Texas Press, 2015) and editor of Thelma & Louise Live! The Cultural Afterlife of an American Film (University of Texas Press, 2007). He is currently in production on a documentary film entitled The Descendants,which tells the story of the living descendants of the 272 enslaved people sold by the Jesuits in 1838 and explores the possibilities for reconciliation and justice. He has created and taught a range of courses at Georgetown focused on documentary media, social justice, and the American past.

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President John J. DeGioia (C'79, PHD'95)

For close to four decades, John J. DeGioia has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research.  A Georgetown alumnus, Dr. DeGioia served as a senior administrator and as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy before becoming Georgetown’s 48th president in 2001.

As President, Dr. DeGioia is dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, its commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit identity, its engagement with the Washington, D.C. community, and its global mission.  Under his leadership, Georgetown has become a leader in shaping the future landscape of higher education and has recently completed a $1.5 billion fund-raising campaign dedicated to enhancing the lifelong value of a Georgetown education.

Dr. DeGioia is a leading voice in addressing broader issues in education.  He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, and serves on the Board of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the National Association of Independent Schools.  He also serves as Chair of the Division I Committee on Academics for the NCAA, and as a commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Mo Elleithee (F'94)

Mo Elleithee is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, the first institute of its kind in the nation’s capital.

Before launching the institute in 2015, Mo spent two decades as one of the top communications strategists in the Democratic Party, most recently as Communications Director and chief spokesman of the Democratic National Committee.

A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Mo was Senior Spokesman and Traveling Press Secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He served as a senior advisor and strategist for Senator Tim Kaine’s campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senate, and has worked on numerous other statewide and local races in every region of the country.

A frequent political commentator on television and radio, Mo was named a FOX News contributor in 2016. He was a founding partner of Hilltop Public Solutions, one of Washington’s leading political consulting and public affairs firms. He’s been recognized on Washington Life Magazine’s “Power 100” list; as a “Top Influencer” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine; and featured on Washingtonian Magazine’s “Guest List.”

Mo earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and an M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children, and can often be found at the Verizon Center (or on Twitter during the off-season) cheering on his beloved Hoya basketball team.


Jennifer Fonstad (F'88)

Jennifer Fonstad is a serial entrepreneur and veteran venture investor with over two decades of experience in Mobile and Enterprise technology, including Healthcare IT.  She co-founded Aspect Ventures in 2014, an early stage, mobile focused investment firm with $350MM under management.

Prior to Aspect, Jennifer was a Managing Director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson for 17 years where she helped grow the firm from $150MM under management to over $3.5Billion before she left to found Aspect. While at DFJ she invested in 22 software and healthcare companies with 3 IPOs and 6 M&A exits.  In addition, Jennifer led the formation of and sat on the investment committees of several DFJ affiliate funds including DFJ Vietnam and DFJ Israel, as well as serving as an advisor to DFJ China.  She is also a co-founder of Broadway Angels, a San Francisco-based angel network with over 40 investments and 50 women members drawing from the VC and technology communities.

Jennifer’s success as an investor has landed her on the Forbes Midas List twice and in 2016 she was named Deloitte’s “Venture Capitalist of the Year.”  In 2017, Working Mother named her one of “The 50 Most Powerful Moms.” She is a graduate, Cum Laude, from Georgetown University and holds an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. Prior to venture investing, Jennifer was a consultant with Bain & Company and spent a year teaching math to high school students in sub-Sahara(n) Africa.  She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Most weekends Jennifer can be found running around with her four children.

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John Glavin (C’64)

John Glavin (C'64) is Professor of English and Director of Georgetown's Office of Fellowships, Awards and Resources for Undergraduates. In 2017 he completed his fiftieth year as a member of the faculty. In the English department he teaches courses in Writing for the Screen; he also directs the Carroll Fellows Initiatives, the university's flagship for its most academically talented, ambitious and achieving undergraduates. His scholarship concentrates on issues of adaptation, especially of and in the nineteenth century.  In 2018 he published The Good New: A Tuscan Villa, Shakespeare and Death, a memoir of teaching at Georgetown's Villa LeBalze in the autumn of 2000. 

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Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J. (H’66)

Rev. Otto Hentz S.J. is an associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on Jesus the Christ, The Church in the Modern World, Introduction to Roman Catholic Theology and Systematic Theology.



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Patrick Hornbeck (C’03)

Patrick Hornbeck is chair and associate professor of theology at Fordham University, where he teaches and writes about the history of Christianity, contemporary U.S. Roman Catholicism, and the relationships among religion, society, and law.  He graduated as valedictorian from Georgetown College and holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford.  Hornbeck is the author or editor of eight books, including the forthcoming Remembering Wolsey: A History of Commemorations and Representations (Fordham University Press).  He served as the dedicated Vatican analyst for the Al Jazeera America news network and writes columns about religion and law for Religion Dispatches.


Ron Klain (C'83)

Ron Klain is General Counsel of Revolution LLC, an investment firm launched by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case in 2005.  Prior to joining Revolution, Mr. Klain spent four years as a partner and National Practice Group Chair at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focused on constitutional and commercial litigation, antitrust, and corporate transactions. In addition to his private sector career, Mr. Klain has devoted considerable time to public service, most recently as White House Ebola Response Coordinator from fall 2014 to spring 2015.

Earlier, Mr. Klain served as a senior White House aide to President Obama responsible for implementing the Recovery Act, and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden from 2009 to 2011.  He has also served as Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno, Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Mr. Klain was also Associate Counsel to President Clinton in charge of judicial selection. Through his work on the Judiciary Committee, and in the Clinton and Obama administrations, he has played a role in the selection or confirmation of eight Supreme Court Justices. Mr. Klain began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Byron White, for the Supreme Court’s 1987 and 1988 Terms.

Mr. Klain serves on the advisory board of GU Politics.

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Judy Kurtz (S'15)

Judy Kurtz is the “In the Know” gossip columnist for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers Congress, celebrities, and the intersection of politics and pop culture.

Kurtz, who also serves as a contributor for E! News/E! Online, has appeared on several local and national news outlets, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, HLN, "Inside Edition," Sky News, Canada's Sun Network, "The Insider," WRC-TV, and SiriusXM satellite radio. She an also be heard as a regular commentator on WTOP-FM and is a former contributor on Washington's Fox 5/WTTG-TV.

Before making the move to The Hill, Kurtz, who teaches "Entertainment Reporting" at Georgetown University, worked as a television reporter for WBFF-TV/FOX45 in Baltimore, Md. She also covered entertainment and technology as a blogger for The Huffington Post and

Kurtz, a D.C. native, previously reported for WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 in Washington and hosted the station’s daily “Newsburst” entertainment and news webcast.

A graduate of New York University and Georgetown University, Kurtz's career began with a stint at People magazine.

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R. Kirk Moore (C’73)

Born in 1951 in central New Jersey, Mr. Moore began studying and making art while finishing an undergraduate degree in Theology at Georgetown University in Washington DC in 1973.  During this period, Mr. Moore studied drawing under Frank Wright at George Washington University and subsequently painting under Leo Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence, France.  These are the underpinnings of Mr. Moore’s art and have helped shape and influence his work.  That plus twenty-two years in the trucking business in New Jersey, two marriages, five kids, seven and half years living in New York City, seventeen years on the coast of Maine and countless hours figuring it all out on canvas.

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David Murphy (C’73, P’98, P‘01)

David Murphy graduated in 1973, the first class in the history of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences to include women among incoming freshman. Dave enjoyed a long career in the financial services industry, including over 20 years with Morgan Stanley, and is still active in the area of private capital. He is a proud member of the Georgetown Chimes and was first introduced to Jim Walsh at a Chimes event in the late 1970s. They became fast friends and, over the ensuing years, Jim became a friend, minister, teacher and mentor to the entire Murphy family. Two of the Murphy girls - Sarah (C’98) and Emily (C’01) took Jim’s “Bib Lit” course and felt lucky to have him so close by during their time at Georgetown.

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Tony Nicotera (C’88)

Tony serves as Adjunct Professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work, teaching courses in peace, social justice, and multifaith leadership. He also serves as Director, Foundation Relations, with the Rutgers University Foundation.

Tony helped found Newark, New Jersey’s Jesuit Cristo Rey high school, Christ the King Prep, as well as DePaul University’s Center for Spirituality and Values in Practice, and Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Social Justice Studies program. He now serves on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace organization.

He spent six years as a Jesuit, working domestically in prisons, hospice facilities, inner-city parishes and schools, and social service centers, as well as in India with Mother Teresa.

He received his BA from Georgetown where he was Ephus of the Georgetown Chimes and friend of Fr. Jim Walsh, who he still thinks of as mentor and role model. He completed his law degree at DePaul University and his MSW from Loyola University, Chicago. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Social Work program at Rutgers University. His multimedia project Circle of Insight is a resource to social work educators.

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Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (C’88)

Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J. graduated from Georgetown in 1988 with a degree in government. After a few years practicing law and teaching high school, he joined the Jesuits in 1996. After ordination, he returned to Georgetown, serving here from 2008 - 2016, most recently as Vice President for Mission and Ministry. Fr. O'Brien also taught in the theology department and received the Dorothy Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching. He now serves as Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Fr. O'Brien is author of the best selling book, The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life (Loyola Press).

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Paul O'Neill (C’86, MPP’96)

Paul O’Neill is Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Advancement at Georgetown University. Paul is a double Hoya with a BA in Government and Master’s degree in Public Policy. Paul is co-author of “Georgetown University” (Arcadia Press), a collection of historical documents and photographs from the university’s first 200 years. After working at the White House Presidential Advance Office for President Ronald Reagan, Paul spent most of his career in the private sector at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) as a member of the company’s management team that led CEB through an IPO and achieved years of extraordinary growth. After leaving CEB, Paul was managing director on the publishing staff of The Atlantic magazine. Paul returned to Georgetown in 2008. He resides in Washington, DC.

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Susan Sheehan Oldham (L'85, L'90, Parent)

Susan Sheehan Oldham has focused exclusively on personalized estate and trust planning and administration for over twenty-five years. Susan has been featured in both Washingtonian Magazine and Bethesda Magazine as one of the area’s foremost estate planning attorneys, has lectured for bar association and numerous professional groups, and has appeared on local television to discuss estate planning topics. Having received the highest AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubble rating, she has been listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers since its inception in 2011.

Susan received her J.D. in 1985 from Georgetown Law Center where she served as an Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and then earned her LL.M. in Taxation, with Distinction. Originally from Indianapolis, she graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude, served as Scholarship Chair while a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.

As a law school student, Susan was a founding member of Women in Law of Georgetown, co-chaired the organization, and was instrumental in establishing the organization’s endowed scholarship fund. She has enjoyed continuing involvement with the Law Center, serving as a member of the National Law Alumni Board, receiving the Outstanding Alumna Award, and presenting estate planning lectures at the university, the law school, and the medical school reunions.

Admitted to the bar in Maryland and in the District of Columbia, Susan is an active member of the Estate and Trust Sections and the Taxation Sections, as well as the Women’s Bar Associations, of both jurisdictions. While serving on the Executive Board of the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association, she initiated and chaired Leaders and Legends, a multi-faceted program to document the association’s history and honor its founders and leaders.

She and her husband, Roger J. Oldham, M.D., reside in Potomac, Maryland. They have a daughter and two sons.

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Robert J. Patterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Department of African American Studies and an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University.  He is the author of Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership African American Literature and Culture (UVA 2013) and co-editor of The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture (Rutgers 2016).  In addition these projects, Dr. Patterson has published articles on W.E.B. Dubois, Toni Morrison, African American women’s writing, Tyler Perry’s films, and civil rights movements, and some of his work appears in South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Camera, Religion and Literature, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Washington Post,  the Cambridge Companion to Civil Rights Literature, and the Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Writing.  Currently, he is finishing another book, Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality, which Rutgers University Press will publish in Spring 2019.  He also has edited a volume that examines post-civil rights era black cultural production, and is beginning a project, Black Equity, Black Equality, which examines solutions toward eradicating inequality and producing equity for black citizens. 

Dr. Patterson is also committed to philanthropic activities and has served as a mentor for a high school leadership program, registered voters at local high schools and churches, organized and led college preparation workshops, served as a big brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, raised money for the March of Dimes' Walk for Babies, conducted workshops with elementary school students and parents, and facilitated discussions about race and racism for federal government agencies.  He is a resident of Prince George's County, and currently is endowing the Robert J. Patterson scholarship as part of one of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's scholarship funds. (Hartford, CT).

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Natalie Radolinski (C'98)

Natalie is an executive coach, strategy consultant, and seasoned facilitator with 20 years of experience leading programs in the areas of leadership and professional development, strategy design, organizational change management, and communications for global firms. She has held senior-level leadership roles in management consulting, most recently with Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she facilitated executive-level workshops and led 40+ person teams in strategy and business transformation projects.

Natalie founded Parabola with a vision to embolden leaders and their organizations to change the world for good. Her focus is on helping clients become stronger leaders faster, as they discover and step into their full potential. Natalie has worked with clients ranging from C-suite executives to emerging leaders in the public and private sectors. She believes that leadership capacity, executive presence, and strong communication skills are the X-factors that propel leaders—and their organizations—to the next level.

Her experience as a woman leader and in serving leaders navigating complex change informs her work, as she creates the space for clients to notice and explore where they are, define what needs to be different, and move forward with purpose. Her experience building diverse and inclusive national employee programs gives her a deep appreciation for authentic leadership and what it means to belong – and how leaders can build communities where individuals and creativity thrive.

Natalie is an ICF-certified leadership coach through Georgetown University and a certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle 360 Profile and Leadership Culture Survey. She holds an MBA from UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, an MA from NYU, and a BA from Georgetown University.

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Liz Raposo (C’98)

Elizabeth Raposo is the President of Production at Paramount Pictures.  She joined the company in 2005 as a Director of Development.

At Paramount, Raposo works with many of the film industry’s most celebrated filmmakers and talent, while overseeing production on several of the studio’s major franchise titles. Recently, she has worked on such films as the STAR TREK, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, JACK REACHER and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES franchises as well as INTERSTELLAR and SUPER 8.

Prior to working at Paramount Pictures, Elizabeth was Director of Development for Protozoa Pictures, a New York-based production company founded in 1996 by director Darren Aronofsky and producing partner Eric Watson.  While at Protozoa, she made “THE FOUNTAIN” and developed multiple projects including “THE WRESTLER” and “BLACK SWAN.”

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Rev. Paul Rourke, S.J. (C'94)

Rev. Paul Rourke, SJ, C'94,  serves as the Director of Campus Ministry and as Catholic Chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center.

Fr. Rourke has been a Jesuit since 2000 and has been a priest since 2010. Prior to entering the Society of Jesus he graduated from Georgetown University and the Washington University School of Law. As a Jesuit he studied philosophy in New York, taught high school in Philadelphia, and studied theology and canon law in Rome for six years. He has been at the Law Center since 2013. Since 2014 he has been Director of Law Center Campus Ministry and also serves as a residential chaplain in Gewirz.

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Ann Sarnoff (B'83)

As President, BBC Worldwide Americas, Ann M. Sarnoff is responsible for driving growth and profit across the company’s diversified business divisions in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. She oversees BBC Worldwide Productions (producers of Dancing with the Stars), Adjacent Productions, linear and digital program sales and co-productions, home entertainment, and licensing. She also leads efforts to amplify BBC Worldwide’s global brands Doctor Who, Top Gear, and the natural history brand BBC Earth. Sarnoff is Board Chair of BritBox, an SVOD service with the largest collection of British television in the U.S.
Previously Sarnoff was President of Dow Jones Ventures and Senior Vice President of Strategy. Before that she was COO for the Women’s National Basketball Association. During her ten years at Viacom, Sarnoff was Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President for Consumer Products and Business Development, and subsequently became COO for VH1 and CMT.

Sarnoff holds a BS from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She sits on the boards of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and Georgetown University, and is the vice chair of the advisory board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. For the past six years, Sarnoff has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine.

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Sonal Shah

Sonal is an economist and entrepreneur and has spent her career focused on economic policy and actionable innovation in the public and private sectors.  She is a global leader on social innovation policy including impact investing, data and technology for social good, and civic engagement through government, business, philanthropy and civil society.   She has led policy innovations at the White House for President Obama and the Treasury Department for President Clinton.   As an international economist, she set up the central bank in Bosnia, worked post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implemented poverty reduction strategies in Africa and financial crises in Asia and Latin America. In the private sector, she led technology for civic engagement and impact investing initiatives at Google, as the head of Global Development Initiatives and set up and ran the environmental strategy, including investing clean technologies at Goldman Sachs.  She served as Deputy Assistant to the President for President Obama and founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.  She served on President Obama’s transition board leading the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform group. 

One of Sonal’s most proud accomplishments is working with her siblings to create a non-profit, Indicorps, to build a new generation of socially conscious global leaders.  They worked with some of the leading non-profit and social organizations throughout India working on issues of healthcare, education, farming, women’s development, etc.  

She serves on the board of the Case Foundation, Oxfam America, Non Profit Finance Fund, the Urban Alliance. She serves as an adviser to the Democracy Fund and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.


Katie Walsh Shields

Katie Walsh Shields is a political and public affairs consultant in Washington, DC with more than 10 years of experience working at the national political level, including presidential campaigns, national party committees and the White House.

Shields served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff from January 2017 through March 2017, working as principal deputy to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.Prior to this she was Senior Advisor to the Trump-Pence Presidential Transition Team from November 2016 until President Trump was inaugurated in January 2017.Katie served as Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2015-2016, leading a team of more than 7,000 across the country during a cycle which culminated in maintaining the Majority in both the House and the Senate and winning the Presidency. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Shields began her political career in her home state, working on the 2000 re-election campaign of then U.S. Senator John Ashcroft, and on Matt Blunt’s successful 2004 gubernatorial campaign. Katie was a Spring 2018 GU Politics Fellow.

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Anne Simmons-Benton (F'78)

Anne Simmons-Benton is a leading expert in international development with 30 years of experience in government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ms. Simmons-Benton serves as Executive Director for International Development, a part of Arizona State University, based in Washington, D.C. and leads the strategy for ASU’s international engagement. She is on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development.

Ms. Simmons-Benton has managed and led complex and critical USG priorities including the World Trade Organization’s Integrated Framework, the Regional Investment Initiative under Gore-Chernomyrdin in Russia, the Stability Pact in the Balkans, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. She supported the Presidential Initiative on Trade Capacity Building while serving at USAID and the World Trade Organization. She has experience in trade, commercial law, competitiveness, rule of law and gender and has worked in over 32 countries.  

Anne is a licensed attorney and holds a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law, a Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certificate from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and a B.S.F.S. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  She is married to Jonathan Benton, a Foreign Service Officer and Hoya, and they have three adult children and two granddaughters.

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Michael Slater

Michael Slater is a specialist in philosophy of religion, religious ethics, and American pragmatism, and also dabbles in Chinese and comparative philosophy.

He lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife (who also teaches at Georgetown) and his three young children.


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Fr. Christopher Steck

Fr. Steck was born in Pt. Arthur, TX. After completing his Masters in Electrical Engineering at LSU, he worked for Texas Instruments (where a circuit he designed was awarded a patent). He entered the Jesuits in 1983, taught high school at Jesuit High in Tampa, Florida and was ordained a priest in 1994. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics at Yale University (1999), he began work in the Theology Department at Georgetown. He received tenure in 2006 and was elected department chair in 2012.

In addition to his prize-winning book The Ethical Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar, he has published many articles dealing with theoretical issues in Catholic moral theology. He was caretaker of Jack the Bulldog from 2003 until 2013. His courses include “Problem of God,” “Saints and Sinners,” and “Dogs and Theology.” He serves as chaplain in New South Hall.

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Jennifer Stybel (C'03)

 Jennifer Stybel is Executive Director of Rent the Runway Foundation, a nonprofit that democratizes entrepreneurship for female founders. The Foundation’s signature program is Project Entrepreneur—a national initiative launched with founding partner UBS to grow the pipeline of women building high-growth businesses through its accelerator, venture competition, educational workshops, and digital hub. Jennifer is host of Project Entrepreneur’s podcast #theTools. Her career has spanned the media, arts, and tech industries—including Shutterstock, EMI Music, The Paley Center for Media, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—where she empowers creators and their work. Jennifer holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Lauren Weber (C’13)

Lauren Weber is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University who double-majored in English and Government with a minor in Business. She spent most of her time on the Hilltop working in Leavey 421 as Executive Editor and then Chair of The Hoya, as well as serving as president of the College Academic Council. She currently a public health policy reporter for HuffPost, reporting on a variety of global and national public health issues, including malnutrition, drug-resistant tuberculosis, hepatitis A outbreaks and rural hospital closures. She is also a 2017 USC Annenberg Health Journalism National Fellow. Weber formerly was the creator and editor of The Morning Email, HuffPost's weekday rundown of the news that you need to know for the day that reaches nearly a million subscribers. You also used to be able to hear her as HuffPost's voice on Amazon Echo for their morning briefing, which she podcasted out of her apartment here in Washington, D.C. 


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