2019 Woodrow Wilson Award Recipients
Martin Eichtinger SAIS B’85
Martin Eichtinger graduated in Law from the University of Graz in 1983 and afterwards went on to acquire a diploma in International Affairs from JHU – SAIS. Martin Eichtinger joined the Austrian Diplomatic service in 1986 and had his first posting at the Austrian Embassy in Mexico City in 1987 as a trainee. He worked in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, occupying positions both in the Department for European Affairs and as Personal Secretary to the Foreign Minister. In 1992, he took office as Director of the Austrian Press and Information Service and Press Counsellor in the Embassy in Washington DC, where he served for seven years. Upon return to Vienna, he accepted a position as the Federation of Industry’s Director for International Affairs. Starting in 2003, he served as Chief of Staff in the Cabinet of the Federal Minister of Economics and Labour. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Austrian Ambassador to Romania and Moldova, and in 2010, he became Director General for Cultural Policy for the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. He has served as Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 2015. He eventually succeeded Karl Wilfing as Member of the Provincial Government on March 22, 2018.
Ralph Hingson A&S ’69, BSPH ’74
Since 2004, Dr. Ralph Hingson has directed the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse, the world’s leading funder of research on alcohol use, health and prevention. He has published nearly 200 articles and book chapters, including those on the effects of raising the legal drinking age, laws making it illegal for persons under 21 to drive after drinking and lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.08%. All 50 states enacted these laws. He has published on magnitude, trends and prevention of underage and college drinking. Since the early 1980s, underage binge drinking has been cut in half. College binge drinking has declined since 2005. Currently, he serves on the coordinating committee, implementing The World Health Organization’s Strategic Plan to reduce harmful alcohol misuse globally. He was president of the International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) from 2005-2009. He served on MADD’s National Board of Directors from 1995-2000, becoming Vice President for Public Policy. He joined the Boston University Faculty in 1973, became full professor and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department chair from 1986-2001, and was the School of Public Health’s Associate Dean for Research from 2001-2004. His numerous honors include the American Society of Addiction Medicine Distinguished Scientist Award; ICADTS Widmark and Borkenstein Awards; MADD’s Annual Ralph W. Hingson Research in Practice Award; The NIH Directors 2017 Award for Contributions to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health; and Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cameron Munter A&S ’78, ’84
Ambassador Cameron Munter, President and CEO of the EastWest Institute (EWI), has had a distinguished career as a Foreign Service officer and currently serves at a non-profit focused on international conflict resolution. Most recently, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. In that capacity, he was the official in charge during the U.S. government operations that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden. He has also served as U.S. Ambassador to Serbia and, before that, in Iraq, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Following these key assignments in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the world, Ambassador Munter has taken on the leadership of EWI, an independent non-profit that seeks active solutions to some of the most intractable conflicts in the world today. Currently, EWI is working on very sensitive topics in U.S.-China and U.S-Russia relations, quietly laying the groundwork to keep communications open in these countries, even in such fraught times. EWI is also advancing groundbreaking work in the Middle East, including behind-the-scenes negotiations in Syria and pioneering research on climate change in Iraq, as well as serving as a trusted channel for discussions and connections in Turkey, South Asia, and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. Both his past diplomatic work and current position show a deep commitment to public service, in particular in the area of international peace and security. Ambassador Munter received his PhD in Modern European History from the Johns Hopkins University.
Steven Schuh Ed ’05
Steven Schuh is the head of the Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, coordinating statewide resources to come up with community-based solutions to drug addiction. Prior to this appointment, he served as Anne Arundel County Executive from 2014 to 2018, and as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for District 31 from 2007 to 2014. While serving as county executive, his administration pursued a “three-pronged” approach to tackling the addiction epidemic, providing more education about the dangers of opioids, expanding treatment opportunities, and increasing the law enforcement presence in drug-trafficking areas. Steven has spent his career committed to the community and to Maryland through years of public service and work with leading institutions throughout the state. He serves as board treasurer for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has formerly served as board chairman of the American Red Cross of Central Maryland; chairman of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central Maryland; board chairman of Chesapeake Academy; president of Eagle Cove School; member of the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Arts Center; Executive Committee member of the United Way of Central Maryland; board member of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center; and board member of the of Severn School (of which he is a graduate).
Lauren Underwood Nurs ’09, BSPH ’09
Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse (MSN/MPH) alum and health policy expert from Naperville who recently won and will become US representative to represent her community: Illinois' 4th district.
Lauren has hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisory at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act – broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance. Lauren is “committed to fighting for families and believes that strong jobs, smart investments and access to affordable health care will put our region back on track."