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Alumni Association Awards Program


The Heinz College Alumni Association Board (HCAAB) believes that it is important to recognize the outstanding contributions that our alumni make to their chosen professions and in service to Heinz College. To that end, the HCAAB initiated the Heinz College Alumni Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding alumni with three awards: Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Recent Alumni, and Alumni Meritorious Service.

2017 Alumni Association Award Honorees

MerItorious Service Award

Nathan Houser, 2017 Heinz College Meritorious Service Award honoree

Nathan Houser (MSPPM 1997) leads Deloitte’s Defense and National Security Sectors. This includes responsibility for the performance and value delivered by thousands of Deloitte professionals across all components of the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. Nathan and his team proudly support the government every day in better achieving their missions in an efficient manner, by taking advantage of leading business and technology capabilities.

Nathan has devoted his entire career to government transformation, having led major programs with governments of all levels both domestically and overseas. He has led teams through the full life-cycle of transformation activities, from strategic planning to the development and implementation of large integrated IT solutions.

Nathan is a two-time Carnegie Mellon alumnus, having earned both his Master of Science in Public Policy & Management and his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering & Public Policy. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and their three young kids.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Shawn D. Bushway

Dr. Shawn D. Bushway (Ph.D. 1996) is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in the University at Albany (SUNY), where he was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2014. During the course of his career, Shawn has published over 65 peer reviewed articles and two books, and he has been the PI on 2 million dollars of grants and contracts. He sits on the editorial board of a number of top journals, including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Shawn has done research in three distinct areas: the relationship between work and crime, the effect of discretion in criminal justice processing, and the study of desistance/dynamic change. Occasionally, the areas intersect, such as his collection of studies on recidivism rates. This work was driven by legal questions surrounding the appropriate role of criminal history records, particularly old criminal history records, in employment decisions. On the basis of this body of research, Bushway has testified in front of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, presented at academic conferences, worked with advocacy groups for individuals with criminal history records, and consulted with employers seeking to modify their background check processes. In addition, he has engaged regularly with policymakers about sentencing as a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing Reform.

OutsTanding Recent Alumni Award

Raymar Hampshire, 2017 Heinz College Recent Alumni Award honoree

Raymar Hampshire - (MSPPM 2011) serves as the Deputy Director of National Programs at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. As Deputy Director, Hampshire works on place-based and technology initiatives that foster connections and knowledge sharing, improve data access and management, and promote and support innovation in communities that are working to better outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Prior to joining MBK Alliance, Hampshire served as Technology Consultant for Deloitte. Over his tenure, he managed tech-based engagements for several clients including, the Inter-American Development Bank, United States Postal Service and the State Department. Hampshire also founded SponsorChange a tech startup that helps reward volunteers with crowdfunded student loan payments as they complete skills-based projects at social impact organizations. He has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Black Enterpriseand The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He was also named as an honoree by SXSW for his work as social entrepreneur in 2014.

Hampshire has an extensive history of community and board involvement. In addition, he has served as technology and innovation advisor for the City of Pittsburgh. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Wittenberg University.  He also holds Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Manisha Raisinghani, 2017 Heinz College Outstanding Recent Alumni Award honoree

Manisha Raisinghani (MISM 2012), as the Co-founder and CTO of LogiNext, leads one of the fastest growing SaaS companies catering to logistics and workforce optimization. The company under her guidance has won over different global markets with superior products that work around patented self-learning algorithms. She has won awards, accolades and admirers alike with her technically astute but strategically exploratory mindset. Within a short period of time, she has led LogiNext to the level of global acceptability and recognition.

She is actively involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs to enable them to realize their potential. Some of her mentees have gone on to become grand successes in their respective fields. With her experience of converting an idea into an exponentially growing enterprise with a multi-million dollar turnover, year on year, she has become a sought-after advisor on the board of many different companies.

She has become the voice of change, being a self-made female leader in a predominantly male-dominated industry. She has always challenged perceptions and altered stereotypes to a point where she is now one of the primary spokespersons for women entrepreneurs in Asia. In her own capacity, she has always led a merit favored onboarding process in all her endeavors.

Hampshire has an extensive history of community and board involvement. In addition, he has served as technology and innovation advisor for the City of Pittsburgh. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Wittenberg University.  He also holds Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

Past Alumni Association Award Honorees


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