Alumni Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The Alumni Advisory Board will facilitate two-way conversation between the Batten school and its alumni to create and maintain a strong and inclusive Batten community, each member of which is empowered and inspired to make change and have an outsized impact on both the school and the world. 

Executive Committee


 

Annie Rorem

Chair

Annie is a 2013 graduate of the Batten School’s MPP program, and a member of the school’s inaugural class of “post-grads.”  She currently serves as Senior Research Manager at the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory council dedicated to conducting and communicating research about women’s business ownership.  Annie’s favorite Batten courses included Strategies and Processes of Negotiation, and, yes, the Research Methods sequence.



 

Doc McConnell

Vice Chair

Doc graduated from the Batten School’s Accelerated MPP program in 2013. He has worked in both the private and public sectors as a strategy consultant and policy advisor and is currently a consultant to the DC metro system, working to improve safety oversight. While studying at Batten, Doc’s favorite courses included Leadership in US Foreign Policy and Leading & Managing Diverse Groups.


 

Christina Conell

Secretary

Christina serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Community Food Systems, where she spends most of her time advising policy officials on farm to school initiatives and helping school districts serve more local foods.  As a 2010 graduate of the Batten School, Christina holds fond memories of late nights in Varsity Hall eating Mellow Mushroom and working on the latest issue of the Virginia Policy Review.

Organization

The Batten Alumni Advisory Board consists of up to 25 alumni from the Batten School. 

The Board is currently organized into three working groups:

  • Community: Responsible for strengthening the Batten alumni network and enhancing the alumni experience
  • Counsel: Provides counsel and advice to the Batten administration on issues raised by the Batten alumni, and facilitates alumni input on issues raised by the Batten administration
  • Career: Serves as a resource for current and past students for career opportunities and professional development

To learn more about Board operations, check out the Board bylaws. 


Current Membership

Kathryn Babineau (M.P.P. 2013) is a Research Coordinator at IBI Consultants and National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations, specializing in Latin America. After graduating with her BA and MPP from UVA in 2012 and 2013, she completed a Master of Philosophy in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, she conducted research on international corporate human rights accountability, and served as an Assistant Researcher on the Corporations and Human Rights Database Project. She also has experience researching and writing on illicit commodity supply chains. In addition to conducting fieldwork in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, Babineau has presented her research in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

John Bennett (B.A. 2014) is a Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture, where he focuses on high tech clients. John is currently supporting digital and technology global development projects on a year-long engagement with Accenture Development Partnerships, a unique nonprofit practice bringing the best of Accenture’s tools and personnel to the social benefit sector. John recently moved back to DC from Seattle, where he spent 3 years hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Susan Bond (M.P.P. 2012) lives in Boston and is enjoying time at home with her son. Previously, she served as a Legislative Analyst at the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) in Richmond, VA and as a Research Specialist in HIV research at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC. At JLARC, Bond conducted studies of Virginia’s environment, workforce development programs, and state agencies. Her graduate research and coursework focused on public health policy, particularly the impact of HIV on minority communities.

Kate Bondurant (M.P.P. 2015) is a Virginia native who currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina, where she serves as the Director of Public Policy & Research for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and leads the Chamber’s Ex-Offender Workforce Reentry Task Force, as well as statewide advocacy initiatives in the fields of transportation and education policy. Prior to earning her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Kate served on the staff of former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as a member of her Legislative & Cabinet Affairs team. When she is not at the Statehouse, Kate enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors.

Cara Bottorff (M.P.P. 2017) graduated from Batten’s post-graduate M.P.P. program in 2017 becoming a double Hoo after also attending UVA as an undergraduate majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in Global Sustainability and Econ. Her policy interest is environmental policy with an economic focus. While at UVA, Cara was a co-owner of a small ecological economics consulting firm, Key-Log Economics, and loved being part of the broader Charlottesville community working with Big Siblings and bartending downtown. She now lives in Washington DC and works as an energy sector analyst with the Sierra Club; her portfolio is mainly natural gas work for the Beyond Coal and Dirty Fuels Campaigns.

Grace Brown (M.P.P. 2014) is a Lead Specialist for Deloitte’s Corporate Citizenship team, the corporate social responsibility function that creates and drives measurable social impact in our communities. Most recently, she facilitated Deloitte’s strategy refresh on social impact, and she continues to optimize the portfolio against the new strategy. Grace previously held positions on Deloitte’s Public Policy team, charged with managing the firm’s strategy and portfolio on select policy issues. She is an alumna of the Batten School’s post-graduate MPP class of 2014.

Molly Claire Cole (M.P.P. 2011) is the Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gerald E. Connolly from Virginia’s 11th District. Her career has taken her from the State Department, to the World Bank, to an international NGO called mothers2mothers, to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, to USAID, and now to the legislative branch in the U.S. House of Representatives. Molly received her Master of Public Policy degree from Batten, and her B.A. in Sociology and African/African-American Studies from UVA as well (GO HOOS!). Molly loves exploring the outdoors and traveling - she even took a yearlong honeymoon to travel around the world with her husband!

Nathan Daugherty (M.P.P. 2013) is Comcast’s government affairs manager for central and southern Virginia.  In this role, he maintains relationships with municipalities and oversees Comcast’s community investment initiatives. A double Hoo, Nathan studied American Government as an undergrad and was a member of the Honor Committee while at Batten.  First living in Charlottesville in the mid-nineties, and residing in the area permanently since 2004, he has drunk the Blue Ridge Kool-Aid.  

Mary Drach (M.P.P. 2012) is a health care professional and a 2012 Batten graduate from the accelerated MPP program. She recently began a new job as a strategic operations analyst at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Prior to this move, she backpacked for ten months and blogged about her travel experiences at www.prefertowonder.com. During her time at Batten, she served on the graduate student council as the community engagement chair.

Asasi Francois (M.P.P. 2015) is proud double Hoo, graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in 2011 and from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy with an M.P.P in 2015. Since graduating from Batten, Asasi has worked for Deloitte’s Federal Strategy and Operations practice, and is currently serving as a Senior Consultant on a project at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Outside of work, Asasi enjoys playing in a variety of local soccer leagues, exploring the D.C. food scene, and traveling.

Sheridan Fuller (M.P.P. 2014) is a Class of 2014 Batten Alum who is headed to the midwest to start his PhD at Northwestern this Fall to study economics in social policy. Prior to heading to the Chicago area he served as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His PMF appointment was in the Office of the Secretary as a senior policy and program analyst providing programmatic and budgetary analysis on early childhood education, child welfare programs, the child support system, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family programs.  Sheridan is an avid runner and enjoys playing basketball for hours on end. When he’s not working, running, or playing basketball, you can find him binge watching on Netflix or catching up on some of his favorite shows (Suits, HTGAWM, and Power).

Madison Gallagher (M.P.P. 2014) is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Federal Strategy and Operations practice in Washington, DC.  Madison focuses on financial regulatory clients, helping executives understand how to leverage data and analytics to drive mission-critical impact.  Before joining Deloitte, Madison was an Assistant Vice President at a top-25 public affairs firm, helping clients understand the impact of proposed legislation and regulation on a wide breadth of policy areas.  While at Batten, Madison was the Executive Director of FCG, and focused her coursework on economic development and poverty policy.

Grace Glover (B.A. 2014) is a Senior Associate in PwC’s Health Industry Advisory practice. Based out of Denver, CO, she assists large hospital systems and health insurers anticipate and manage strategic growth, with a focus on innovative solutions to patient or member engagement and access to care. While at the Batten School, she focused much of her coursework on health policy and population health, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

Alex Gregorio (M.P.P. 2016)  graduated from Batten as an Accelerated MPP in Spring 2016 and has been working for the Department of Justice this past year. In the fall, he returns to Charlottesville and starts a joint JD/MBA program at U.Va. As a member of the Batten Alumni Advisory Board, Alex wants to put greater effort into expanding and strengthening the alumni network across career fields to offer better job opportunities for all members of the Batten family.

Luke Handley (M.P.P. 2014) graduated from Batten School in 2014.  He held several positions since becoming a civilian employee of US Army in 2008.  Currently, Luke is developing his unit’s human capital plan.  It is a strategy to build the workforce through talent management, leader development, and organizational culture.  He lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Katie, and daughters Birdie and Maisie.

Christine Jacobs (M.P.P. 2017) came to Batten with 15 years of experience in education.  She holds a Master of Public Policy degree (2017) and a Master of Teaching degree (2001) from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech (1999).  Christine believes that in an ever-diversifying society, it is our obligation, as scholars and policymakers, to protect minority and low-income families from inequitable access to opportunity.  She is particularly interested in how broader social contexts, including economic, political, legal, and social climates contribute to inequity in housing, education, employment, and transportation. Christine hopes to use her experiences to help her strengthen private-public partnerships in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of policies and public services at the local and state level.

Henry Jamison (M.P.P. 2015) graduated the accelerated MPP program in 2015 after completing his undergraduate degree in economics at UVa. For the past two years, he has worked with McKinsey & Company, focusing mainly on strategy and operations in the transportation, logistics and consumer goods industries. His policy interests lie in housing policy and economic development. At the end of July, he begins a new endeavor with the Atlanta Mission, one of the largest independent homeless shelters in the southeast, where he will help lead a full scale operations transformation.

Brian Leveque (B.A. 2017) is a 2017 graduate of the Frank Batten School’s Bachelor of Arts program. Throughout his time at UVa, he worked closely with non-profit, governmental, and private sector organizations through various internships and was an active member of the University of Virginia’s Housing and Residence Life program as a Residential Advisor and Senior Resident. Earlier this month, Brian started working full-time for the New York based technology company, Yext, in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Brian hopes to represent the “non-traditional” Batten school professions on the Alumni Advisory Board as the school continues to evolve and improve upon our impressive first 10 years.

Michael Mathias (M.P.P. 2013) is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Federal Strategy and Operations practice in Washington, DC.  Michael focuses on federal health, supporting clients at both the Military Health System and the FDA in strategy development and process improvement, and is now working on an analytics project supporting military medical readiness.  Before joining Deloitte, Michael interned at the National Governors Association and the Demographics Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center.

Daniel Sater (M.P.P. 2012) is a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly. In this role he estimates the implementation costs of legislation, serves as professional staff to oversight and budget committees, and helps the legislature construct its budget. He is the legislature’s lead analyst for information technology, state/local debt, and capital programs.  

Yena Son (M.P.P. 2015) is beginning her studies as a medical student at VCU’s School of Medicine. Prior to this, she worked as a senior analyst at the Advisory Board Company, a best-practice research firm, working with health care leaders across the nation. Yena is excited to explore the city of Richmond, particularly all the food (especially sweets) it has to offer!