Featured Alumni of the Month

Since 1996, the Ron Brown Scholar Program has been committed to improving the lives of intellectually gifted, community and public service-minded African Americans by accelerating their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities. This podcast highlights the stories of the scholars, alumni, staff, and friends that make this program special. 

Marquise McGraw, PhD

Marquise McGraw is an economist with a keen interest in applying economic principles and methods to affect real-world policy outcomes. Informed by his experience in government and academia, Marquise serves as Professorial Lecturer and the Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program at American University. He teaches

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Lani Chappell

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Lani moved to coastal Morocco after high school to study Arabic intensively for one year as a US Department of State NSLI-Y scholar. At Yale, Lani worked for three years at the Yale Sustainable Food Program, served as an in-home tutor with Refugee and

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Brittany Coleman

Brittany Coleman is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MS in Management from the Wake Forest University School of Business. Over the course of her career, which has included leadership and analyst positions for several outdoors and active lifestyle brands, Coleman became increasingly frustrated as she noticed male-run

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Alvin Hough, Jr.

Alvin is currently the conductor and music director of New York, New York, which is playing at the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Motown, the recent revivals of Merrily We Roll Along (featuring Daniel Radcliffe), Once On This Island, The Color Purple, as well as The Piano Lesson (featuring

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Aliya Sanders

Aliya was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. After attending Trinity School in NY, she went on to graduate from Princeton University, where she received a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with certificates in African Studies and Portuguese Language and Culture. After graduating from Princeton, Aliya worked for

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Malcolm X. Hines

Malcolm X. Hines is a native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond. Malcolm lost his mother when he was 16 months old and was subsequently raised by his maternal grandparents. He graduated with honors from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond and went on to play football at the still

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Crystal Boyd

Crystal Boyd is a TV creator and multi-hyphenate actress and writer that has sold four pilots to Warner Brothers and SONY, as part of the woman-comedy trio, The Downtown Girls. Recent projects include BLACK GIRL MAGIC at NBC, with Sony Pictures Television and Gabrielle Union, as well as DOWNTOWN GIRLS

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