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Alumni Accolades Career changes and other updates from alumni of the various departments at UCLA Luskin

Katie Pool MSW ’15 has dedicated her professional endeavors to clinical oncology and palliative care. With LCSW, APHSW-C and OSW-C certifications, she is a recognized expert in providing compassionate support to adults navigating the challenges of cancer, neurodegenerative conditions and other serious illnesses.

Erika Cervantes MPP ’20 is part of this year’s HOPE Leadership Institute, which trains professional Latinas in California in leadership and advocacy skills to create fundamental change in their neighborhoods and across the state.

Chuck Gatchell MPP ’05 started a new position as vice president of brand concepts and Olympics at Nike.

Karleigh Shepard MPP ’22 is now a communications specialist at UC Davis.

Ali Panjwani MPP ’16 is the founder and CEO of Merit Medicine, which secured a $2 million seed round to research new ways to manage health-care costs, particularly for self-funded employers.

Estefany Garcia MURP ’23 is now senior policy analyst with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

Jessica Ramakis MPP ’03 is now a Town Council member in Vienna, Virginia.

Martin Reyes MURP ’18 is now principal transportation planner in government affairs at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

Donte Boyd Social Welfare PhD ’19 received the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. The award recognizes innovative work that influences the social work profession.

Elizabeth Solis-Molina BA in Public Affairs ’23 joined the Luskin School Development team as the new fundraising coordinator.

Maxwell Albrecht MURP ’18 is now a housing finance consultant at California Housing Partnership.

Greer Cowan MURP ’23 started a new position as air pollution specialist at the California Air Resources Board.

Alejandra Garcia MPP ’23 is now government affairs manager at Comcast.

Jenny Yu MURP ’16 is now vice director for professional development for the American Planning Association in California, Orange County section.

Sean Kennedy Urban Planning PhD ’18 is now deputy director of energy investments at California Strategic Growth Council.

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