Alumni Achievement Award

Every year the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) gathers to celebrate the success of our alumni.  We honor those who exemplify GSPM’s values through their career accomplishments, contributions back to their communities, GSPM, or GW.

2017 Alumni Achievement Award Winners

Lindsey Schuh Cortes

Lindsey Schuh Cortés
Class of 2007

Lindsey Schuh Cortés is the CEO of BlueLabs, a data and analytics strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC. Prior to joining BlueLabs, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Deputy Political Director at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). 

Barrett Karr

Barrett Karr
Class of 2000

Barrett Karr serves as Chief of Staff for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. In addition to other legislative roles, Karr has extensive executive branch experience as well working as the Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush.

Liz Reicherts

Elizabeth "Liz" Reicherts
Class of 2000

Liz Reicherts is the head of U.S. Government Affairs at Siemens, leading its strategy on U.S. policy and international affairs and managing the U.S. Government Affairs team. Prior to Siemens, Reicherts enjoyed a 22-year career at BP, with a decade spent advocating for its international businesses.

Previous Alumni Achievement Award Winners


Janelle Brevard, Class of 2001, Director of Communications and Government Affairs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Senior Advisor and Speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

Stephanie Schriock, Class of 1997, President of EMILY's List, Campaign Manager Al Franken for Senate, Campaign Manager Jon Tester for Senate

Paul Jung, M.D., Class of 2006, Senior Advisor to the Indian Health Service, former Acting Director of the Commissioned Corps Headquarters at the Office of the Surgeon General


Traci Scott, Class of 1996, Founder, Green Dress Project, Regional Liaison Officer, Commanding General 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas

Robert Hoopes, Class of 1992, President, VOX Global, General Manager, FleishmanHillard Washington, DC office, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden during 2012 Democratic National Convention

E. Ivan Zapien, Class of 1995, Founder of Zapien Ventures, former Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica


Karen Makishima, Class of 2001, Representative of the Kanagawa 17th District, House of Representatives, National Diet of Japan

Matthew Chase, Class of 1998, Executive Director, National Association of Counties

Todd Webster, Class of 1996, Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, D-Del.


Anne Caprara, Class of 2003, Political Director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Matt Rhoades, Class of 1999, Founder, CEO and Founder, America Rising