To show our tremendous pride in our many distinguished and accomplished Diplomats, we are spotlighting them in a variety of ways — on social media, in print, on our website, and through a series of banners adorning the heart of campus.
The theme of this campaign is Diplomats Forever, a simple yet appropriate message that summarizes the lifelong connection between F&M and its alumni, as well as the connections our alumni form with one another — as friends, mentors and cheerleaders committed to seeing each other succeed and thrive.
Behind the Banners: Our Distinguished Alumni
Wanda Austin ’75
First African American & First Woman President & CEO, The Aerospace Corp.
Dr. Wanda M. Austin is an American businesswoman who is internationally recognized for her work in aeronautics and systems engineering. She is co-founder of MakingSpace Inc, a systems engineering and leadership development consultant and motivational speaker. She served as interim president of the University of Southern California for the 2018-2019 academic year, and led the institution through a crucial transition period. She is the former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corp., an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology toward critical issues affecting the nation's space program. From January 2008 until October 2016, Austin led the organization's 3,600 employees and managed annual revenues of $950 million at 17 U.S. locations. She was the first woman and the first African American to lead the organization.
Austin served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology until January 2017, advising the President of the United States in areas where an understanding of science, technology and innovation was key to forming effective U.S. policy. Austin is a member of the Defense Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council. She is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a counselor of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a trustee for the University of Southern California and on the Board of Directors for the Chevron Corporation and Amgen.
Austin attended The Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. in mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, master's degrees in systems engineering and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Southern California.
Austin is committed to inspiring the next generation to STEM disciplines. She is the author of Making Space: Strategic Leadership for a Complex World.
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Stanley M. Brand, Esq. ’70
Counsel to U.S. House and VP of Minor League Baseball
Rev. Dr. Louis A. Butcher Jr. '65
Founding pastor, Brightside Baptist Church
The Rev. Louis A. Butcher Jr., a native of Lancaster, was educated in the Lancaster School System, graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in English Literature, from the Lancaster Bible College with a M.A. in Ministry, and from Lancaster Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. He has also received honorary doctorates from Franklin & Marshall and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He has held various positions in the corporate world, including serving as a sales representative for Hamilton Watch Company and as Corporate Employment Manager for that firm. He worked in retailing for 10 years with John Wanamaker Department Stores, holding the positions of Branch Personnel Manager, Operations Manager and Divisional Merchandise Manager. He spent nearly 20 years with the County of Lancaster as Executive Director of the County Human Relations Commission. He has also operated his own business. After serving as Pastor at Bright Side Baptist Church for 37 years, he retired in June 2017.
The Rev. Butcher has served on numerous community boards, including the United Way, South East Lancaster Health Services, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, the Urban League, Leadership Lancaster, LIVE Green, and the Lancaster General Hospital. He is a past Moderator of the Central Baptist Association and a former Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention. He is a former Chairman and current member of the Board of the Bright Side Opportunities Corporation, a nonprofit corporation that operates the Bright Side Opportunities Center.
The Rev. Butcher has been married to the former Katie A. Rogers for more than 52 years. They are the parents of four children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. They were also foster parents for 30 years, helping to raise more than 20 children.
Luis F. Clavijo ’08
Director of Finance, Disney Television Studios
While at F&M, Luis majored in Business, Organizations & Society (BOS) and minored in Economics. He serves as a director of finance at Disney Television Studios, responsible for greenlight analysis of new TV series.
Previously, Clavijo worked for NBC Universal and G.E. corporations. He resides in Los Angeles.
Jason Cone ’99
Chief Public Policy Officer at Robin Hood
Cone is an experienced nonprofit chief executive steeped in crisis management, policy advocacy, strategic communications, and fundraising knowledge. He is a former executive director, US affiliate of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), leading international medical humanitarian organization with over 200 staff and $370 million annual revenue. He also is the co-founder BlueCheck Ukraine, an initiative to identify, verify, and fund Ukrainian nongovernmental organizations providing lifesaving assistance.
Currently, he leads public policy and advocacy grantmaking for the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York City, Robin Hood. Cone oversees a $12 million grantmaking portfolios tackling issues such as criminal justice, affordable housing, early childhood, education, child care, food and tax policy reform. His work has supported policy change campaigns resulting in major reforms to the federal child tax credit, parole regulations, medical debt collection practices, unemployment insurance, and worker protections, among others.
Prior to joining Robin Hood, Cone led MSF-USA, one of the largest medical humanitarian organizations in the world, and was MSF-USA’s chief spokesperson and negotiator with cabinet-level officials in the Obama and Trump administrations on issues ranging from humanitarian aid to access to medicines, to immigration and counter-terrorism. Over 15 years with MSF-USA, he has conducted field assignments in Colombia, El Salvador, Gaza and the West Bank, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, South Sudan, Thailand, and Turkey.
Cone is an internationally recognized speaker on humanitarian issues, international humanitarian law, global health, crisis communications, non-profit ethics, and global migration.
Jennifer Guinier Danielson ’95
Senior Vice President, Digital; Comedy Central, Paramount Network, TV Land
Paula T. Dow, Esq., ’77
Judge; First African-American Woman Attorney General of New Jersey
Paula T. Dow served as the 58th Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by Gov. Chris Christie. Her nomination to a full term was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate in February 2010. She was the first African-American woman to be attorney general in state history.
After graduating from F&M in 1977, Dow earned her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1980.
She is a 2012 recipient of F&M’s Alumni Citation, has served on the African American Alumni Council, and is a Bridgett Medalist.
Kenneth M. Duberstein, LL.D. ’65, P’09, P’12
White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan and Founder, The Duberstein Group Inc.
Kenneth M. Duberstein was chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group from 1989-2022. Duberstein served as a key member of the Reagan Administration during his various assignments as White House Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.
Among the Boards of Directors on which Duberstein served: The Boeing Company (Lead Director, and Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee), The Travelers Companies (Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee), Conoco-Phillips (Presiding Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee), Dell, Inc., and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.
He was a Lifetime Trustee of Franklin & Marshall College, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and served as well on the board of directors of the Brookings Institution, and the Colin L. Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership. He also served as Chairman and longtime board member of The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Duberstein was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, having served on its board for 10 years. From 2003 to 2006, he was a consultant for storyline and accuracy for the Emmy award winning TV series West Wing. He was married to the former Jacquelyn Fain.
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Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D. ’57, P’88, G’10, G’19
Pioneered Use of Intraveneous Feeding Technology
Christopher S. Finch ’92
Head Coach, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
Thomas M. Fishbein, M.D. ’85
Executive director of MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI); Director of Liver Diseases and Transplant Program; Professor, Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics
Lynn J. Greenberg ’14
Founder and CEO, Pivt
Patricia E. Harris ’77
CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies; Former First Deputy Mayor, New York City
Gabby She Hirata ’11
Global Brand President of Halara
Claudia E. Katz ’88
Executive Producer, Futurama and Star Wars: Clone Wars
James E. Lapine '71
Award-Winning Playwright and Director
Leo McFarland ’11
Threat Investigator, Meta: Facebook, Instagram
Becca Meyers ’21
Gold Medal Paralympian and Advocate
Michael J. Mumma, Ph.D., ’63
Founding Director and Senior Scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Rahel Nardos, M.D. ’97
Director of Global Women’s Health and Associate Professor at University of Minnesota Medical School
Mary L. Schapiro, Esq. ’77 P’16 P’18
First Woman Chair, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Vice Chair for Global Public Policy at Bloomberg
Mary L. Schapiro is the vice chair for global public policy of Bloomberg, the global financial technology company that was founded in 1981. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a special advisor to the founder and chairman.
Schapiro, who has had a distinguished career as a financial services regulator under four U.S. presidents from both political parties, oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th SEC Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). During her four years as SEC Chair, Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors and pursued aggressive enforcement of the federal securities laws.
On behalf of Bloomberg, Schapiro leads the Financial Stability Board’s task force on climate-related financial disclosures which has developed and garnered widespread support for a voluntary framework for corporate disclosure of climate-related risk information to help investors, lenders, underwriters and others make informed financial decisions. She also leads the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative, which works to catalyze private finance in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Before becoming SEC Chair and working for Bloomberg, Schapiro served as chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms.
Earlier, she was chair of the CFTC from 1994 to 1996, a commissioner of the SEC from 1988 to 1994, and general counsel of the Futures Industry Association. She serves on the board of both Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality and serves on advisory boards at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the board of trustees of Franklin and Marshall College.
More About Mary:
Franklin J. Schaffner ’42
Academy Award Winner; Best Director, Patton
Roy Scheider ’55
Stage & film actor; Academy Award nominations: The French Connection, All That Jazz
Asawin Suebsaeng ’11
Senior Politics reporter, Rolling Stone Magazine; Political Author
Jonathan Teklit ’20
Award-winning Poet Featured in The New Yorker
Randy L. Wilkins ’01
Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker
Austin D. Williams, M.D. ’07
Breast Surgical Oncologist; Assistant Professor,
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Maribel Vasquez Molina ’09
United States Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
Maribel Vasquez Molina is a tenured Public Diplomacy career officer with the U.S. Department of State. She currently serves as a Public Diplomacy Officer for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, supporting U.S. policy at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. Her prior tours include China, India, and most recently, Mexico City, where she served as Deputy Press Attaché.
Prior to joining the Department, Maribel was a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela, and a Humanity in Action Fellow to Denmark. Maribel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College as a 2009 graduate of F&M Posse 1, where she was a government major and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Studies.
She joined the Department of State in 2014 and is fluent in Spanish and has basic knowledge of Mandarin and Hindi. She hails from The Bronx, NY, and currently resides in Mexico City with her husband, a fellow foreign service officer, and their twin daughters.