Alumni Notes: Winter 2021

Brett McGuirk ’96 (CLAS) has assumed his new role in the Biden Administration as the National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. He formerly served as Barack Obama’s envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State. A New York Times article provides details.

Derefe K. Chevannes ’19 Ph.D. published an article entitled “The Laboring of Black Politics: Decolonial Meditations on Claudia Jones” in Political Research Quarterly. 

Samantha Nugent ’98 (CLAS) is serving as an Alderman in Chicago’s 39th Ward. She previously served as the Director of Executive Engagement for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), where she worked with stakeholders to ensure physicians meet the most rigorous standards to maintain their Board Certification.  She was also the Chief of Staff for the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

Fritz Chery ’12 (CLAS) was unanimously voted to the Future 5 Board of Directors, a non-profit in New Canaan.  He is also a member of the City of Stamford’s Board of Education, a member of the Laurel House Board, and a managing partner and co-founder of Grace Daycare and Learning Center, where he manages a team of administrators and more than 20 teachers. 

Maximillian Shifrin ’05 (CLAS) was elected to the partnership at the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker Hostetler.  He practices law in the firm’s New York office, concentrating on complex commercial litigation.

Arragon Perrone ’12 (CLAS, ENG) has been working at a church in Alexandria, Virginia, running the church’s youth and young adult ministry programs and various service projects. In 2019, he was awarded “The Excellence in Young Adult Ministry Award” by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, for his work with middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria.