Batten Alumni Class Notes Alumni A Launchpad for Leaders At Batten, we prepare ethical, enlightened policy leaders to turn their passions into action. Batten graduates are in high demand and enter the workforce as collaborative catalysts, attuned to the challenges of the moment and prepared to lead diverse and divided communities to positive, lasting change. Stay Connected ALUMNI DIRECTORY Alum in Action: Mayura Iyer (MPP '16) Iyer’s passion for education policy and social justice have taken her through the D.C. public school system, Teach for America, and the pages of Rolling Stone. Now, as a teacher of 11th grade U.S. History, she hopes to gain hands-on experience in the communities she’ll one day serve. Alum in Action: Michael Russell (BA '16) The skills Russell obtained at Batten served him well while interviewing with senior leadership of the National Basketball Association. Now, as an associate in their Global Partnerships Department, he finds creative ways to integrate other organizations within their business.