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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 four awards: Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Recent Alumni, and Alumni Meritorious Service, and the Dean's Recognition Award.

2021 Alumni Association Award Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Marl A. Rubino

Dr. Mark A. Rubino (MMM 2006)
Mark A. Rubino, MD, MMM, FACOG is the President of the Forbes Hospital and a practicing gynecologist.  Dr. Rubino obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree graduating magna cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania.  He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine receiving Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee Women’s Hospital and was elected Chief Resident in 1986.  Dr. Rubino is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  He obtained his Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and has been honored with receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College in 2021.  After serving as President of the Medical Staff of West Penn Hospital and Forbes Hospital, Dr. Rubino was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Forbes Hospital in 2008.  He held this position until 2016, when he was appointed President of Forbes Hospital.

During his tenure, Dr. Rubino has been the Senior Executive leader involved with multiple construction projects including a $35 million free standing cancer and imaging center as well as a $25 million perioperative expansion which included a Hybrid Room and Electrophysiology Lab.

Dr. Rubino currently serves on the Boards of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Regional Panther Foundation, Heritage Community Initiatives and Forbes Health Foundation. He recently has been chosen to serve as the Event Chair for the March of Dimes Chefs Auction scheduled for November, 2021.  His collaboration with community donors and local foundations has led to the establishment of a Healthy Food Clinic and a hospital based Hospice Suite to assist those experiencing end of life care.

In 2021, Dr. Rubino worked closely with local government officials to establish a Port Authority bus stop and shelter on the Forbes Hospital campus. This now expanded bus service to Forbes is a vital part of getting many mission-critical employees to work and provides enhanced accessible health care to our community.

Dr. Rubino resides with his wife, Denise, in Murrysville where they raised their four children and now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.

OutsTanding Recent Alumni Award

Claire Moynaham

Claire Moynahan (MSISPM 2019)
Claire graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English, and began her career in the Peace Corps, where she served as a tertiary English teacher in Guizhou, China. She returned to China as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department and worked at the US Consulate, Guangzhou.

While in the State Department, Claire worked to apply aggregated data models to government resources to identify and protect potential human trafficking victims, and she established a working group to connect with women in the community on relevant socio-economic issues.

After completing her master's in Information Security Policy and Management from Heinz College, Claire joined Salesforce’s Enterprise Infrastructure Security Engineering team. She is currently a Senior Enterprise Security Engineer, and works to ensure that proper security assurance and controls are applied to the Salesforce network and its extended eco-system.

Claire remains passionate about extending STEM education and opportunities to young women. While in Pittsburgh, she tutored middle school students as part of Heinz College’s Technovation Program, and she currently serves as a mentor for students in San Francisco’s YearUp initiative.

Meritorious Service Award

Karl Maschino

Karl Maschino (MPM 1996)
Karl Maschino is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a position he has held since 2014 leading agency operations, including information technology, finance, budget, human capital, training, labor relations, facility management, security, and field operations for an agency of approximately 3,000 staff, with locations in Washington, D.C., and in 11 field offices around the country.

Prior to GAO, Mr. Maschino worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, starting as a Budget Analyst (Presidential Management Fellow) with the Justice Management Division, then moving to the Criminal Division, where he worked in several progressively responsible positions, before his career appointment in Senior Executive Service as the Division’s Executive Officer. While at the Justice Department he served detail assignments as the Appropriations Liaison Officer for the Department, and as a Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget, International Affairs Branch.

Mr. Maschino is a graduate of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University (MPM), the McIntire School at the University of Virginia (M.S. Management of Technology), and Indiana University, Bloomington (B.A. East Asian Studies).  Mr. Maschino was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2017.

Dean's Recognition Award

Erin Dalton

Erin Dalton (MSPPM 2003)
Erin Dalton is the Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, which works to strengthen families and communities through a network of social services, care and support. DHS serves over 200,000 people each year through its community-based programs that prevent harm and address needs for family support and child development, developmental supports, senior services, housing, and protection from maltreatment.

Ms. Dalton previously directed DHS’s analytics, planning, and information technology functions. She was recognized for her groundbreaking achievements in integrated data and analytics, including in using predictive risk models to bring critical information to front line staff so they could make better decisions, as well as in the unique information-sharing partnerships she built. Her years of experience in leading systems improvements earned her a reputation for expertise in child protection, housing, and criminal justice systems, as well as being a leader who relies upon community engagement to understand needs and strengths and to design solutions. Her experiences prior to joining DHS, including working for the violence prevention initiative, One Vision One Life, and her six years of work for the U.S. Department of Justice, are fundamental to Ms. Dalton’s sense of what community-government partnerships can accomplish, as well as the racial disproportionality of our systems. Her national-level work for the Rand Corporation, Arnold Ventures, Bloomberg Associates and the Obama Foundation have further broadened her perspective on what government can accomplish for individuals, families, and communities.

Ms. Dalton earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. She is an alumna of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership program.

Past Alumni Association Award Honorees


  • 2020

    DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

    Leah Lizarondo

    Leah Lizarondo (MSPPM 2003)
    Leah is the founder of Food Rescue Hero and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue. She serves as CEO for both organizations. Food Rescue Hero is a social enterprise with a technology, logistics and civic engagement model that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing to organizations and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity. The Food Rescue Hero platform is used by food recovery nonprofits in seven cities in the US and Canada including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Vancouver. 412 Food Rescue is a food recovery organization utilizing the Food Rescue Hero technology platform, serving the Pittsburgh region.

    The Food Rescue Hero platform has facilitated the recovery of over 28 million pounds of food from going to waste via technology that mobilizes over 18,000 drivers in 7 cities --food rescue heroes--the largest on-demand volunteer food transport network performing at a 99% service level. Food Rescue Hero's innovative distribution model successfully bridges the last mile to impact food insecurity.

    By redirecting surplus food about to go to waste, Food Rescue Hero responds to SDG Target 12.3 - to halve per capita food waste by 2030 directly contributing to SDG 2, Zero Hunger. Food waste is one of the major sources of carbon emissions and wastes significant natural resources. By redirecting food from going to landfill, the organization also helps mitigate climate change, responding to SDG 13.

    Tracking with SDG 2030, the Food Rescue Hero technology platform aims to support food rescue's scale in 100 cities by 2030.

    Leah’s work in food recovery has been featured in NPR, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Bust Magazine, and Civil Eats among others. In 2020, the Food Rescue Hero technology platform won Fast Company's World Changing Ideas award and named a CES Innovation Honoree. In 2019, it won the Carnegie Science Award for Information Technology.

    Leah has won numerous awards for her work including the Vital Voices' Global Leadership Award in 2020 and We Empower UN SDG challenge in 2019, a global award for women social entrepreneurs. In 2018, she was named "Pittsburgher of the Year" by Pittsburgh City Paper.

    Leah received her graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Block Center for Technology & Society at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Dr. John D. Graham

    Dr. John D. Graham (Ph.D. 1984)
    John D. Graham was born in 1956 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in politics and economics at Wake Forest University in 1978, where he also won national awards as an intercollegiate debater. He earned his Master of Arts in public policy at Duke University in 1980 before serving as staff associate to Chairman Howard Raiffa's Committee on Risk and Decision Making of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. His Carnegie-Mellon University doctoral dissertation on automobile safety, written at the Brookings Institution, was cited in pro-airbag decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1983 and by Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole in 1985.

    Dr. Graham joined the Harvard School of Public Health as a post-doctoral fellow in 1983 and as an assistant professor in 1985. He taught methods of decision analysis and cost-benefit analysis to physicians and graduate students in public health. His prolific writings addressed both the analytic and institutional aspects of lifesaving policies. In 1991, at age 34, Graham earned tenure at Harvard.

    From 1990 to 2001, Graham founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA). By raising over $10 million in project grants and philanthropic contributions, Graham helped support eight new faculty positions and dozens of post-doctoral and doctoral students. By 2001, HCRA became internationally recognized for analytic contributions to environmental protection, injury prevention, and medical technology innovation.

    In 1995, Graham was elected president of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), an international membership organization of 2,400 scientists and engineers. Graham reached out to risk analysts in Europe, China, Japan, and Australia as he helped organize the first World Congress on Risk Analysis in Brussels in 2000. In 2009, Graham received the SRA's Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, the society’s highest award for excellence.

    Dr. Graham is widely known to the public and opinion leaders through his entertaining speeches about why Americans are both paranoid and neglectful of risks in their daily lives. He has made several prime-time television appearances, including a significant contribution to John Stossel's ABC special, “Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?” and he has spoken frequently to groups of reporters, business leaders, and government officials.

    In March 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Graham to serve as Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. He was confirmed by the Senate in July 2001. Located in the Executive Office of the President, this small office of 50 career policy analysts oversees the regulatory, information, and statistical activities of the federal government. In this capacity, Graham worked to slash the growth of regulatory costs by 70 percent while encouraging regulations that save lives, prevent disease, and protect the environment.

    From March 2006 to July 2008, Graham was dean of the Frederick Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. PRGS is the largest doctoral program in policy analysis in the world. Graham streamlined the core curriculum, established new analytic concentrations, revised program requirements to enable students to launch their dissertations more promptly, and raised funds from individuals and corporations to support scholarships, dissertation support, and policy papers co-authored by students and RAND researchers.

    On July 28, 2008, Graham became the dean of the unique two-campus, $56 million professional school, the Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He served as dean until August 1, 2019, and continues on as a faculty member.

    During Graham’s tenure as dean, the School’s enrollment grew to more than 2,100 undergraduate students, nearly 600 master’s students, and nearly 80 doctoral students. The full-time faculty members, which include laboratory scientists, social scientists, lawyers, and policy specialists, have almost doubled the number of research articles they produce annually since 2008.

    Additionally, under Graham’s deanship, O’Neill’s Master’s in Public Affairs Program on the Bloomington campus rose to No. 1 out of 272 programs in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report national survey. He raised more than $37 million in philanthropic support for the school and, with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors, implemented a strategic planning process to guide the School, resulting in the publication of SPEA 2015. A new process called SPEA 2020 is underway. During his tenure, student enrollment in overseas study programs has tripled and the first fully online MPA program offered by a top graduate school in public affairs, O'Neill Online, was launched.

    Throughout his tenure in academia, he has authored or coauthored 10 books and more than 200 articles for academic journals and national publications. Graham has also continued to be involved in policy at a global scale. In 2013, he returned to Brussels, Belgium, to testify before the European Parliament's Trade Committee about barriers to free trade. He has delivered invited testimony to numerous House and Senate Committees, state and federal agencies, and the European Commission and Parliament. The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) praised Graham as a pioneer in bringing insights from risk analysis to federal clean-air legislation.

    Dr. Graham is married to Susan Woerner Graham, a certified financial planner. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Katie. The Grahams share interests in duplicate bridge, golf, and ballroom dancing.

    OUTSTANDING RECENT ALUMNI AWARD

    Krista Kinnard

    Krista Kinnard (MSPPM-DA 2017)
    Service has always been an important part of Krista’s life. She began her career in the Peace Corps, serving as a Community Health Educator in Ecuador. It was here she learned the power of harnessing data to drive how government can best reach the communities it serves. After completing a Masters in Public Policy and Management focusing in Data Analytics from Heinz College, Krista joined IBM’s Federal Watson AI and Data Platforms team, where she worked as a data scientist, partnering with federal agencies to build AI solutions. She currently serves as a Director at the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in the Technology Transformation Services within GSA. She leads teams that enable federal agencies to develop AI solutions to meet unique business challenges by incorporating machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, intelligent process design, and robotic process automation (RPA) across the organization. Krista helps lead the Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice (CoP), where she manages the Responsible AI working group.

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