BSPP Alumni News

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Amanda McCallum (BSPP ’08) is currently attending University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, GA.

Mike Comer (BSPP ’04)
went to graduate school at UGA and is currently teaching English at a public high school in North Carolina.  He says that he would write more, but is completely swamped with lesson planning / grading!

John Putrich (BSPP ’06) writes that his primary responsibilities since he’s been in California have been siting and licensing power plants with the California Energy Commission, as well as some other assorted power work.

Jessie Brenton
(BSPP ‘07) spent the past year as a legislative assistant to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) working on health policy issues for the US Senate.  She is returning to her native South Carolina to become a Project Manager for Orbis, Inc., which provides engineering, technical, and consulting services to the Department of Defense.  She’ll also be working on her MBA.

Rebecca Glatzer (BSPP ’01) is an associate at the law firm of Hyatt & Stubblefield, P.C.  She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is active in ULI’s UrbanPlan program, which “aims to educate tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, and public officials to create better communities.”  She received a JD and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois.

Matt Johnson (BSPP ’07) is a graduate student in the Urban Planning Department at the University of Maryland. His interests include planning and transportation, as demonstrated by his own blog (

Saira Amir (BSPP ’06) finished her two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras and is now at Georgetown Law School.

Emily Atkinson (BSPP ’05) works for a company  Capstrat (, located in Raleigh, NC.  As a member of the Government Affairs team, Emily tracks legislation and manages lobbying reports. She also serves on their teams for Land for Tomorrow, Quintiles, Lenovo, FreedomPoint, Concord/Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus.   Emily previously worked at the N.C. Forum for Research and Economic Education (NCFREE), where she conducted political research. Her research contributed to NCFREE’s political briefings, SAC briefings and publications analyzing the relationship between business and government. Emily was also was responsible for tracking the finances of each statewide candidate, writing weekly Executive Keys and assisting with the publication of the N.C. Almanac of Politics.

Sara Cames (BSPP ’03) completed her degree at Stanford Law School, where she served as associate managing editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. After finishing a clerkship on the 5th Circuit for Judge Carl Stewart she moved to DC to work for Covington and Burling where she does litigation work.  While an undergraduate at Georgia Tech she interned for former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

John Putrich (BSPP ’07) is in Sacramento, where he works for an environmental consulting company called CH2M HILL. He is in the Air Quality section of the Industrial Systems Business Unit (ISBU) which specializes in air quality modeling and permitting.  John works on making sure that development projects, airports, governments and power plants are built and stay in compliance.

Alison Timberlake (nee Yasitis) (BSPP ’05) is the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Southern Regional Education Board.  She has conducted research on the Middle Grades Assessment and High Schools That Work projects, provides research for school improvement projects, and conduct, evaluation projects.  She also is working on a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies – Research, Measurement and Statistics at Georgia State.

Taylor Chapman (BSPP ’08) received a merit scholarship to attend George Mason Law School.  She just started, she’s living in Arlington, VA and says that she loves it so far.

Connor Carolan-Tolbert (BSPP ’08) is working for Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis, MN as a pricing analyst.  He is responsible for implementing Northwest’s pricing strategies and ensuring that Northwest remains competitive.  He also is responsible for monitoring Continental Airlines fares as well as changes in airfare from Northwest’s Memphis, TN hub to cities west of Memphis. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and traveling around the world (free airfare :))

Chris Calvi (BSPP ’04) works at as their business development manager.  He’s also involved in the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors for the 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles.  And he recently got engaged!

Matt Wesolowski (BSPP ’02) is the proud owner and operator of WYAB radio / 103.9 FM in Jackson, MS.  He bought the radio station with another Tech alum (Mike Adkins – MSEE / Computer Engineering 1999) in 2003.  They have also managed to grow their broadcast consulting business, SSR Communications, Inc., over the past few years, and now have clients in 32 states.

Art Seavey (BSPP ’05) went on to Duke University for an Masters in Public Policy, graduating in 2007.  Since then he’s been with The ESTIS Group ( in Atlanta.  It’s a start-up consulting firm of MPPs that focuses on public policy and management issues for state and local government, and sometimes tech companies, too.

Laura DeMichelis (BSPP ’08) is a one-L at Howard University Law School.

Reid Samuel (BSPP ’08) is working in Boston as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer at a non-profit organization called the Urban Ecology Institute as a PR/Development assistant. His organization does both community development and educational capacity building surrounding the relatively unstudied field of urban ecology — what it means, what can be learned about the environment living in a major urban area, and ways to impact and clean up a community to make it more attractive and livable.

Amanda Mueller (BSPP ’08) is working as a workers’ comp paralegal at Drew, Eckl & Farnham — a civil practice almost on campus (near Tech Square).  She also is in the Masters of Social Work program at UGA-Gwinnett, working toward becoming a social worker for the state or a non-profit organization, or perhaps a probation officer.

Aaron Fowler (BSPP ’08) interned with the Atlanta Regional Commission for their Local Government Services division and is now in the Masters program in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.  Currently he’s also serving as the GT Graduate Student Body President.  He notes that he has been a vocal proponent of saving the Crum and Forester Building on 771 Spring St.; read more about that at


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