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Heller alumni are transforming policy and activating social change everywhere they go. Today, more than 4,500 Heller alumni live in countries around the world, contributing to social justice efforts through their research, advocacy and leadership.

We are committed to fueling your energy to advance social justice and to keeping you connected with your colleagues at Heller and globally. 

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2020 Florence G. Heller Alumni Awards

Elisa Trotta Gamus, MA SID/COEX’11

Elisa Trotta Gamus, MA SID/COEX’11, is a lawyer, diplomat and human rights activist. She was named Venezuela’s ambassador to Argentina by interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who sought to reestablish democracy and challenge the autocratic rule of Nicolás Maduro. In 2018, she founded Alianza por Venezuela, to serve the many Venezuelan refugees arriving to Argentina.
Andrew Hahn, PhD'78

Andrew Hahn, PhD’78

Andrew Hahn, PhD’78, is a nationally recognized youth policy researcher and advocate. He taught at the Heller School for over 35 years and established two of Heller's major research centers: the Center for Youth and Communities and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. He is currently a professor emeritus at the Heller School.

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW’72, PhD’76

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW’72, PhD’76, is director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging and professor of social welfare and public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He has been appointed to public service roles by multiple U.S. presidents as an expert on aging and disability policy.
Marsha Mailick

Marsha Mailick, PhD’78

Marsha Mailick, PhD’78, is the emeritus vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her research offers insights about developmental disabilities across the life course, and the impacts on families.
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