Alumni Board Members

 Donald Sherman is an alumnus and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. He is currently a counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives. While a student at Georgetown, Donald was involved in numerous campus organizations including, GUYS (Georgetown University Young Scholars), LEAD (Leaders in Education About Diversity), and writing for the Georgetown Voice. Donald graduated cum laude from the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences in 2002 with a major in American Studies and from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Before working on Capitol Hill, Donald clerked for the Honorable Neal E. Kravitz, Associate Judge on the DC Superior Court and then spent two years in private practice at Crowell & Moring. In addition to his involvement with the Healy Fellows, Donald remains active in the greater Washington, DC community as a board member for DC Lawyers for Youth and DC Vote, a non-profit organization aimed at securing full voting representation in Congress for the District. In his spare time, Donald writes the blog “Somebody Does That?!” mentors and follows the Georgetown Basketball Hoyas, his one and only sports love.


Minnie Annan is an alumna of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University.


Sacasha Brown  is an alumna of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a 2000 graduate of Georgetown University.


Christopher Burke is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a PHF Board Member.  He currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and has served in that position since August 2011.  From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Burke was an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.  From 2001 to 2005, he was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.   Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Burke is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law and a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.


Aarish Golkaldas  is an alumna of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University.


 Mahen Gunaratna is a board member and alumnus of the Patrick Healy Fellowship current working as Director of Research and Media Analysis for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He most recently served as an aide to Mayor de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, handling communications and research. Before that, he was communications director for New Mexico and Arizona in the Obama for America campaign organization where he was the President’s regional spokesman for the Southwest. Mahen has held a number of congressional and campaign roles, including communications director to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL, research director to the U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-GA, and as press secretary to Rep. Meek. He was also a research associate at Nesbitt Research LLC.  At Georgetown, Mahen was Chair of the Lecture Fund and a caretaker of Jack the Bulldog. Born in New York, Mahen is a 2008 graduate of the School of Foreign Service.


Sheetal Khera is an alumna of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and is currently an associate in the Global Finance practice group in the New York office of Sidley Austin, LLP.  Her legal publications include an August 2009 article entitled, Obama Administration’s Securitization and Credit Rating Agency Reform Proposals.  Sheetal earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown law in 2007 and graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service magna cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa in 2004.


Willie Williams  is an alumna of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a 1998 graduate of Georgetown University.


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