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Joe Salvatore (MPA ’94) was recently promoted to the position of Director for the Reports and Information Service Division within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics.

MPA Alum elected as President-Elect of APWA
George R. Crombie (MPA ’89) was recently elected President-Elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Elected by APWA’s 29,000 members, Crombie serves in this leadership position with the new President, Larry T. Koehle, P.Eng., the Director of Public Works and Engineering for the Town of Caledon, Ontario. APWA provides educational services and promotes increased investment in public works and infrastructure systems. Crombie will assume the presidency of APWA in 2010-11.

Crombie, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2004 and as chair of APWA’s Solid Waste Management Committee and as a member of the APWA Government Affairs Committee, is President of Crombie Consulting, specializing in public works/utility management, education and sustainability management. He recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the State of Vermont, overseeing more than 600 employees and an $80 million budget. Crombie’s career has included public works directorships in the Cities and Towns of Durham, N.H.; Burlington, VT.; Nashua, N.H.; and Plymouth, Mass. He also served as the Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In his APWA career, Crombie was key to initiating the Blueprint for Education and Certification for public works professionals. He was also named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2002, was a former recipient of a Jennings Randolph Fellowship, and was awarded the Charles Walter Nichols Award in 2001 for his work on environmental issues. Prior to his being named President-Elect, Crombie was serving a second term as APWA Board Director-At-Large, Environmental Management. In addition to his MPA degree from Northeastern University, Crombie holds a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Ivo Tankov (MPA ’09) has been hired as an associate in the Tax Services Department of Ernst & Young in Poland. As an associate, Ivo will be specializing in providing tax advice during mergers and acquisitions of government as well as publicly traded companies. Ernst & Young is one of the biggest financial/consulting services companies in the world.

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