Alumni Association


At CGD, we like “Goodbye!” to mean “See you later!” The CGD Alumni Association—a informal network of former staff, interns and visiting fellowsoffers alumni a way to stay in touch with each other and CGD, and to strengthen the simple but powerful bond of our collective mission. Did we mention that the network can be a good way to find your next career opportunity—or to help a fellow alumni do the same? Unlike some other alumni associations, ours has no dues!

Alumni are invited to become active participants in the CGD Alumni Page on Linkedin.  We also send occasional newsletters that include Alumni Developments updates and a Aluminary profile. Questions? Suggestions for a future Alumnary profile? Got an update for the next Alumni Developments? Drop a note to CGD events manager Amanda Leverett, who does double duty as alumni coordinator.


Featured Aluminary: Sandip Sukhtankar

This month’s Aluminary is Sandip Sukhtankar, one of Nancy Birdsall’s first research assistants, who worked with Nancy and Carol Graham from 2003-04. Sandip has been quite successful in the ten years since his time at CGD. He cites Nancy, Michael Clemens, Todd Moss, and Steve Radelet (to name a few!) as inspirations in choosing his career path. Watching these experts doing policy research that had a real world impact was very motivating, he says. Like most CGD-ers, however, it was never “all work and no play” for Sandip. His favorite CGD memories involve being up to no good with partners-in-crime Molly and Rikhil!

Read Sandip's full profile here.

For a list of past Aluminaries, see the Aluminary Archive.


Did You Know? Alumni Developments

Have news to share with CGD and alums? Please send your news and developments to Amanda Leverett.

  • Jessica Brinton, former media relations coordinator (2010-12), is now a policy outreach associate at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Veronica Gonzalez Stuva, former research assistant (2009-11), recently completed her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Michigan and is now working as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Dan Hammer, former research assistant (2008-10), and Robin Kraft, former program coordinator (2007-10), who worked at CGD’s Forest Monitoring for Action (FORMA) Initiative, are co-founders of the World Resources Institute’s new Data Lab which aims to leverage big data and scalable analysis for environmental applications.

For more Alumni updates, visit our Alumni Developments Archive.

If you are a CGD Alum and would like to connect with current and former colleagues at the Center, please join our LinkedIn Group or contact Amanda Leverett.