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2016 GSPP Alumni Dinner

Friday, October 21, 2016 • 5:30pm–10:00pm Add to Calendar


The Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA


This event is at capacity. Contact Cecille Cabacungan to inquire about availability.

A GSPP tradition since 1999, the Alumni Dinner is an opportunity for the GSPP Community to come together to celebrate our alumni. We hope you will attend to reconnect with GSPP - with fellow alumni, faculty, staff; and friends of the School.

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If you are celebrating a milestone reunion year in 2016 - Classes 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011, we especially hope you will attend! If you are interested in organizing your class to attend the dinner together, please contact Cecille Cabacungan for information on getting in touch with your classmates.

We are extremely proud to announce the following alumni awards that will be presented at the Dinner:

2016 Alumna of the Year: Pamela L. Spratlen M.P.P. 1981
U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen, was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 28 2014, and confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 2014. She was sworn in as United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan on December 18, 2014.

A career member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Spratlen has over 20 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments, including her most recent position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic. Before serving as the Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-08), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007 - May 2008) and Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006). Ambassador Spratlen served overseas as Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2002-2004). Prior to that, she served as Assistance Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2000-2002). She was a Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 2004-2005. Ambassador Spratlen served in two multilateral missions, including the U.S Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD-Paris, 1995-1998) and the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (USOAS, 1992-94). She worked in the Executive Secretariat of the State Department (1999-2000) and spent her first tour in Guatemala (1990-1992).

Ambassador Spratlen received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and she also holds master’s degrees from the Army War College (Strategic Studies - Distance, 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School (Public Policy, 1981). Ambassador Spratlen has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards at State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served for almost nine years as a professional committee staff member in the California Legislature. Ambassador Spratlen speaks Russian, French, and Spanish. 


2016 Innovation Award: Joy Bonaguro M.P.P. 2011
Chief Data Officer, City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Joy Bonaguro is the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she manages the City’s open data program. Joy has spent more than a decade working at the nexus of public policy, data, and technology. She worked from the birth of the open data and open government field, spending seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making at the Greater New Orleans Community Data. Prior to joining the City, Joy worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop technology, cyber and privacy policy working closely with both the National Lab CIO Council and the Department of Energy Information Management Advisory Group. Joy earned her Masters from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she focused on IT policy.