Unprecedented Times

SPIA alumna Jennifer Johnson (MPA ’14) assesses public health risks for a living. The world of COVID-19 that we now all inhabit is a world that Johnson and other emergency preparedness experts have lived in for decades. “Emergency preparedness work is going on all the time,” said Johnson, a Senior Preparedness Field Assignee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). Keep Reading >>>

During her time in the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP), Amber Morgan (AB ’17) studied national security and international conflict, but could not have imagined managing those issues during a global pandemic. Morgan now works for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Keep Reading>>>

As a practicing primary care physician, SPIA alumnus Dr. Deep Shah (AB ’08) is on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. He practices at Gwinnett Clinic, founded in 1983 in his hometown of Lawrenceville, with 18 metro Atlanta locations. March 2020 introduced the well-regarded practice to a new era, as its longtime tradition of on-the-spot community care was challenged by COVID-related safety considerations and the practical and economic ramifications of the pandemic response. Keep Reading >>>

Athens-based artisanal brewery Creature Comforts is one of the hottest new businesses in the U.S., with a 2675% jump in beer sales since its April 2014 opening, plans for a brewery in Los Angeles, and a cinematic star turn of fan-favorite Tropicalia in Avengers: Endgame. Creature Comforts, however, is not just in the beer business. SPIA alumnus David Stein (AB ’06, AB ’06), Chris Herron, and Adam Beauchamp founded a company determined to be a good neighbor. Keep Reading >>>