Careers in Public Service Panel


In celebration of Women’s History Month, come join us for an exclusive conversation with alumnae in federal government.

Alumni and students are invited to learn about career paths that bring opportunities to engage in high-impact, meaningful work in the Federal Government, and how Stuyvesant laid the groundwork that led alums to fulfill their calls to serve at this virtual panel discussion. Hear from distinguished Stuyvesant alumnae in the Senior Executive Service, Civil Service, Foreign Service, and Legislative Branches with a wide variety of experiences that span multiple Presidential Administrations.

We invite you to join us for this Zoom conversation moderated by Loully Saney ’12, Policy & Strategic Communications Advisor for the Day One Project, and featuring Kelia Cummins ’96, Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Manilla, Philippines; Chunghymn Natalie Lui Duncan ’93, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Management for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service; and Danielle Ellingston ’93, Senior Analyst in the Seattle field office of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 30th from 7-8:30pm EST via Zoom.

Tickets are available now for $5 for dues-paying members, and $25 for all other alumni. You can purchase a ticket plus membership at the discounted rate of $50.

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Current Stuyvesant students can join this event for free. Please email us at [email protected] for details on how to join.


Danielle Ellingston ’93 is a Senior Analyst in the Seattle field office of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she conducts performance audits of federal government programs and policies in the areas of aviation, surface transportation, and telecommunications. Prior to GAO, Danielle worked in Washington State government, and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Congressional Research Service. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana. She has a masters degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo.


Chunghymn Natalie Lui Duncan ’93, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has served across 4 Cabinet-level Federal agencies, in multiple industry sectors, and on boards of directors of non-profit organizations over the span of two decades. She possesses strategic and business operations experience across a broad range of professional disciplines. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Management for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Her portfolio has encompassed a full spectrum of human capital management and administrative management functions.

Ms. Duncan was awarded two degrees by Stanford University—including a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology – Organizational Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. She is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Class of 1993. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) in Human Resource Management.


Kelia Cummins ’96 is a tenured diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, presently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines as the Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where she develops and oversees foreign assistance programming, and executes policies designed to reduce instability and deter transnational criminal activity.

Kelia entered the State Department’s diplomatic service in 2008. She has served in various roles at embassies and consulates abroad, including in Kingston, Jamaica; Shanghai, China; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Bern, Switzerland. Domestically she has served as a Watch Officer in the Secretary of State’s 24/7 crisis operations center, and as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management.

Over the course of her career, she has earned several Department awards, including the Secretary of State’s Special Acts Award for her work on the creation of an evacuation plan for overseas families at risk of a poor outcome due to COVID-19 risk – the largest evacuation in the Department’s history.

Ms. Cummins holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Management from the George Washington University (GWU), and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from GWU in Psychology. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and German.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Cummins practiced corporate law in New York City. During her time at Stuyvesant, she was the captain of the track team and booster squad, and a choreographer for the annual Sing! performances.


Loully Saney ’12 is a Policy & Strategic Communications Advisor for the Day One Project, an initiative of the Federation of American Scientists working to develop innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy. Prior, she served as deputy press secretary to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. As a congressional staffer, she served as a fellow at the Wilson Center and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. During the Obama Administration, Loully interned at the White House National Economic Council, Office of Science & Technology Policy, and U.S. Department of State. Loully’s writing and analysis on technology and security issues has been published by Foreign Policy, NBC News, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Saney is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied Politics and received certificates in Near Eastern Studies and History & the Practice of Diplomacy.

If you have any questions, reach out to [email protected]. The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association office is currently unable to take phone calls to our main line. Please email us to schedule a phone call. 

Note: The Panelists will be speaking in their personal capacities, not in their official capacities. The views expressed will be of their own and do not necessarily represent the views of their respective organizations.

Danielle Ellingston '93, Chunghymn Natalie Lui Duncan '93, Kelia Cummins '96, and Loully Saney '12