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2012-2014 Board Members

Chris Bjornson (MPAff ’96) is an attorney practicing communications regulatory law with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. He co-chairs the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Video Programming Distribution Committee, serves as a member of the advisory board for the Bill Archer Center of the University of Texas System, and coordinates the Texas State Society’s annual tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson, honoring the President’s birthday. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and daughter.

Sarah Williams (MGPS ’10) works as a nuclear policy analyst at a small nonprofit in D.C. focusing on institutional challenges to nuclear security efforts. She previously was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Erik Peterson (MPAff ’00) currently is the policy director for the Afterschool Alliance, based in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 7. He looks forward to reconnecting to the LBJ School and fellow alums as a member of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter.

Don Long (MPAff ’95) graduated from the LBJ School in 1995, where he focused on education and labor policy. Since then he has worked for real education reform in a variety of capacities and organization. He has been a consultant for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education program at the Economic Policy Institute since 2011.

Caitlin Morris (MPAff ’10) currently works as a healthcare researcher and consultant for the Lewin Group. She is in charge of the Chapter’s volunteer activities.

Paul Strasberg (MPAff ’90) is an applied economist, designing and conducting rigorous social science impact evaluations across a range of fields, including land tenure and property rights, in Mozambique, Georgia, Armenia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Previously a program manager with the Department of Agriculture, he now works as a consultant.

Vita Vock (MPAff ’03) studied at LBJ from 2001-2003. She continued her studies in Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin, completing her Ph.D. in 2007. Vita moved to Virginia to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Virginia Medical Center, and since the spring of 2011, has served as the assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Science at George Mason University.

2011-2012 Board Members


Photo of Walsac alumni membersTravis Allen (MPAff ’08) has lived in Arlington, Va., since graduation. He works at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an energy market analyst. Travis is the secretary of WALSAC.
 
Chris Bjornson (MPAff ’96) is an attorney practicing communications regulatory law with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. He co-chairs the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Video Programming Distribution Committee, serves as a member of the advisory board for the Bill Archer Center of the University of Texas System, and coordinates the Texas State Society’s annual tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson, honoring the President’s birthday. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and daughter.
 
Beth Casey (MPAff ’10) lives in DC and works for the AARP Foundation as a program analyst. She looks forward to helping connect Washington, D.C. area alumni to one another, to current and future students, and to the School. On the WALSAC board, Beth is responsible for social media and technology.
 
Yael Cohen (MPAff ’06) graduated with dual degrees from the LBJ School and LLILAS. She is a public sector management consultant at a woman-owned, small business firm, Morgan Borszcz Consulting (MBC), in the Washington, D.C. area. On the side, she assists nonprofits with services such as strategic planning, communications, and grant writing.

Katherine (Samuels) Groves (MPAff ’09) is a loan officer for NCB Capital Impact, a nonprofit community development financing institution that provides financing and technical assistance for community facilities projects in underserved communities around the United States. As a new member of the board, she hopes to help build a stronger, more collaborative alumni network and to continue to reinforce the alumni relationship with the LBJ School.  She serves as the LBJ School liaison.
 
Erik Peterson (MPAff ’00) currently is the policy director for the Afterschool Alliance, based in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 7. He looks forward to reconnecting to the LBJ School and fellow alums as a member of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter. Along with Beth Casey, Erik shares a role in providing social media and technology for the board.
 
Fernando Rodriguez (MPAff ’05) is a returning board member. He is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and working in the private sector for a few years in the United States and Brazil, Fernando returned to Austin to attend the LBJ School. Since graduating, he has been working in Washington, D.C., as an energy industry analyst for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He is responsible for fundraising and finance for the board.
 
Sarah Williams (MGPS ’10) lives in Washington, D.C. She is a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Sarah currently is working on a nuclear energy initiative. She is reponsible for managing WALSAC's Washington, D.C. and external relations.