Trachtenberg School Newsletter
January 2023  
VP Kamala Harris sitting at a table with students at GW's MLK Jr Day of Service
VP Kamala Harris with GW Students. Photo courtesy of GW Today.
Only at GW: Honoring MLK Jr. Day with the Vice President
GW students had a once in a lifetime experience last week: Vice President Kamala Harris, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, AmeriCorps CEO Michael A. Smith and Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn, visited campus for the university's annual MLK Jr. Day of Service, organized by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. Students in the Trachtenberg School's Minority Leadership Program participated in the MLK Jr. Day of Service. Throughout the year, Trachtenberg students and faculty volunteer around the DC community through the Nashman Center or with other service organizations. Read more about Vice President Harris' #OnlyatGW experience in GW Today.
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ChatGPT and Regulatory Process
The Artificial intelligence (AI) tool ChatGPT has the potential to affect the notice-and-comment process for rulemaking. The Regulatory Studies Center (RSC) offers a podcast and article discussing the implications for the regulatory rulemaking process. Mark Febrizio, senior policy analyst at the RSC, argues that ChatGPT could be used to generate public comments and explains existing safeguards for the comment system. 
You're Invited: EEOC Virtual Hearing on Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems
Trachtenberg School Advisory Council member, Cynthia Pierre, Ph.D ’06, Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), invites you to attend a virtual EEOC Public Hearing on January 30 at 10am. This event, Navigating Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems: A New Civil Rights Frontier, is open to the public. Register here.
Prof. Brinkerhoff with Capstone Students
Prof. Brinkerhoff with Capstone Team
Poster Expo Celebrates Capstone Client Projects and Teams 

The School held its Fall Capstone Expo & Holiday Party to close out 2022. Capstone clients from the government, nonprofit and for-profit sectors engaged with teams to address critical policy and management questions. Thirty clients are signed up for our 2023 Spring Capstone experience. If you have an idea for a Capstone project or client for future semesters, please share it here
Advances in Cyber Security 

The Trachtenberg School is proud to announce the courtesy appointment of Costis Toregas to the Trachtenberg School faculty. Toregas is the Director of GW's Cyber Security & Privacy Research Institute. In December the Institute held its inaugural Cybersecurity&Privacy@GW Research and Education Day. Learn more about the Institute's events, research, publications and service projects here.  
Patrick Kelly (Trachtenberg MPP '08), is the Director for Critical Infrastructure Policy in the Operational Risk Policy Division at the Office for the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In this role, he leads the agency's cybersecurity and resilience efforts for its supervised banks, and serves on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Working Group. He has served as lead instructor of the GW CyberCorps: Scholarship Signature Seminar for ten years.
More Alumni Achievements 
Grant Hauschild
Hauschild Elected to Minnesota State Senate
Trachtenberg alumni Grant Hauschild (MPP '15) was recently elected and sworn in to the Minnesota State Senate. He will represent the 3rd district. He is the Executive Director of Essentia Health Foundation. 

Grueso at Oxford
Hernando R. Grueso Hurtado (PhD '22) is a postdoc at the University of Oxford, following positions at the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). His thesis, Essays in Development Economics and Education, was a jumping off point for his work integrating machine learning and econometrics to evaluate impacts and cost-effectiveness of interventions towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more
Dr. Anil Nathan and his wife at a volunteer event
Director of our MPA and MPP programs,  Dr. Anil Nathan, and his wife volunteer monthly preparing and distributing food for the Capitol Area Food Bank.
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