Dozens of Alumni, Professors Named among Washingtonian’s Most Influential Policymakers

The magazine’s “500 Most Influential People Shaping Policy” list was published last week.

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(Carli Otero/GW Today)
May 12, 2022

More than 40 George Washington University alumni, faculty members and honorary degree recipients made Washingtonian’s 2022 “Washington, D.C.’s 500 Most Influential People” list, also called “500 Most Influential People Shaping Policy.” The list was published last week.

“Change for a better world happens on many levels, so lists like this are one way of quantifying impact,” said Patty Carocci, associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving. “The number of alumni and faculty on this list really illustrates what an accomplished and dedicated community we have here at GW.”

Below is a partial list of those named who are affiliated with GW, grouped by the list section in which they appear.


  • William Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, professor of law, director of Competition Law Center, GW Law School

Banking and Finance

  • Jake Chervinsky, B.A. ’10, J.D. ’13
    Executive vice president and head of policy, Blockchain Association
  • Tiffany Haas, B.A. ’06
    Co-head of government affairs, Financial Services Forum
  • Rob Nicols, BA ‘92
    President and CEO, American Bankers Association
  • Kristin Smith, B.A. ’04, M.A. ’05
    Executive director, Blockchain Association
  • Candida Wolff, J.D. ’98
    Executive vice president, global government affairs, Citigroup
  • Ivan Zapien, M.P.S. ’95, M.A. ’95
    Partner, Hogan Lovells

Business and Labor    

  • José Andrés, Hon. ’14
    Founder and chief feeding officer, World Central Kitchen
  • Sirisha Bandla, M.B.A. ’15
    Vice president, government affairs, Virgin Galactic
  • Dawn Buth, M.P.A. ’10
    Director, government relations, National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Caroline Harris, J.D. ’01        
    Partner, Capitol Tax Partners
  • Desiree Hoffman, M.A. ’03
    International representative, UAW
  • Tom Kuhn, M.S. ’72
    President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Stephen Lamar, M.A. ’89
    President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • Brett Loper, M.B.A. ’02
    Executive vice president of government affairs, American Express
  • Jonathan Nabavi, J.D. ’08
    Vice president of public policy and government affairs, National Football League
  • Aric Newhouse, M.A. ’98
    Senior vice president of policy and government relations, National Association of Manufacturers
  • William Samuel, J.D. ’86
    Director of government affairs, AFL-CIO
  • Robert Yeakel, M.P.S. ’17
    Director of government relations, National Grocer's Association

Civil Rights and Criminal Justice        

  • Roy Austin, M.S. ’75
    Vice president of civil rights and deputy general counsel, Meta
  • Liz Seaton, M.A. ’90
    Policy director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Climate and Environment      

  • Rich Gold, J.D. ’88
    Public policy leader, Holland & Knight


  • Denise Forte, M.A. ’96          
    Interim CEO, Education Trust


  • Alex Flint, B.A. ’13
    Executive director, Alliance for Market Solutions
  • Alex Whitaker, M.A. ’13
    Director of government affairs, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Foreign Affairs

  • Alyssa Ayres  
    Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Heather Hurlburt, M.A. ’98                                      
    Director, new models of policy change, New America
  • Howard Kohr, M.P.A. ’80
    CEO, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • Josh Rogin, B.A. ’01
    Columnist, Washington Post

Good Government

  • Eric H. Holder, Jr., Hon. ’98
    Senior counsel, Covington


  • Matt Eyles, B.A. ’91                           
    President and CEO, AHIP
  • Sudafi Henry, J.D. ’02
    Partner, theGROUP
  • Elizabeth Nash, M.P.P. ’05                            
    Principal policy associate, state issues, Guttmacher Institute
  • Sara Rosenbaum                                                                               
    Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health and GW Law Healthcare     
  • Jennifer Walton, M.P.H. ’04
    Head of office and vice president, U.S. government relations, Pfizer

Infrastructure and Transportation     

  • Theresa Fariello, B.A. ’85
    Senior vice president of government affairs, United Airlines

Legal Intelligentsia     

  • Andrew Bakaj, B.A. ’03
    Founding and managing partner, Compass Rose Legal Group

National Security and Defense

  • Jenna Ben-Yehuda, B.A. ’02
    President and CEO, Truman National Security Project
  • Thomas P. Bossert, J.D. ’03
    President, Trinity Cyber

Tech and Telecom

  • Michael Beckerman, B.A. ’01
    Vice president and head of public policy, Americas, TikTok
  • Rachel Bovard, M.P.S. ’12
    Senior director of policy, Conservative Partnership Institute
  • Sara Fischer, B.A. ’12, M.P.S. ’14
    Media reporter, Axios
  • Jennifer Stout, M.A. ’06
    Vice president of global public policy, Snap


  • Nasim Fussell, L.L.M. ’11      
    Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Michael Wessel, B.A. ’81, J.D. ’87
    Owner, Wessel Group
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