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Alum Spotlight: Danielle Childress (MPP '17)

Danielle Childress is a legislative analyst at the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), a non-partisan office that conducts program evaluation, policy analysis, and oversight of state agencies on behalf of the Virginia General Assembly. She graduated from the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program in 2017 and received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

Alum Spotlight: Grace Mason (BA '17)

Grace Mason is a Federal Customer Success Manager at Quorum, a public affairs software start-up based in Washington, D.C. She is a proud Batten alum and a member of the undergraduate class of 2017. Before starting at Quorum, Grace worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as a 2017-18 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis.

Alum Spotlight: Marissa Bialek (MPP '16)

Marissa Bialek is a People Analyst on the People Innovation Lab (PiLab) at Google in the Bay Area. She graduated from the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program in 2016 and received her B.A. in Political and Social Thought (PST) from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015. She nerds out to social psychology research, animation, and video games.

Alum Spotlight: Mayura Iyer (MPP '16)

Mayura Iyer is an education policy advocate, teacher, writer, and proud Batten alum. She graduated from the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program in 2016 and received her B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015. In May 2018 she will receive her Master of Education degree from Southern Methodist University. Currently, she is a 2nd year corps member with Teach for America, and teaches 11th grade U.S. History in Dallas, Texas. As a policy advocate, she has worked with several organizations, including D.C. Public Schools and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Her articles have been featured in several online publications, including The Huffington Post and Mic.com.

Alum Spotlight: Saha Khaterzai (MPP '14)

Batten alum Saha Khaterzai graduated from the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program in 2014. She is a double Hoo, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UVA in 2013. Khaterzai was born in Afghanistan and grew up as a refugee in Pakistan prior to moving to Charlottesville with her family in 2001. She has advised on policy for the White House Office of Management and Budget, served as a research assistant at The Brookings Institution, and interned at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, among other positions.

Dean Allan Stam's Note to Alumni in the Inaugural BAAB Newsletter

In the inaugural edition of the Batten Alumni Advisory Board newsletter, Batten Bylines, Dean Stam shared a message with Batten alumni.

Batten Alumni Advisory Board Response to Batten's Strategic Plan

As part of the process for the Batten School to build a new strategic plan, the Batten Alumni Advisory Board has provided feedback to ensure that it addresses the needs of Batten School alumni. Read the BAAB's response to the draft Batten Strategic Plan here.
Charlottesville Vigil

Batten Graduate Council President Maggie Gratz's Statement on Events in Charlottesville

On Monday, August 14, Maggie Gratz, President of the Batten Graduate Council and a member of the MPP class of 2018, shared the following words via email with the school’s graduate students.

Alumni and Board take part in Health Simulation Game

One event during the 10th Anniversary of the Batten School was to take part in a simulation created by the Center for Simulation and Gaming at the Batten School. Andy Ortiz led faculty, alumni, and board members through his Health Simulation.
Entry to the Frank Batten School

Batten 10th Anniversary Weekend

Please Join us for the Celebration at Garrett Hall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.