February 28, 2018 at 9:16 am EST | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Blake Mariappa Narendra, Comings & Goings, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at comingsandgoings@washblade.com.

Blake Mariappa Narendra, gay news, Washington Blade

Blake Mariappa Narendra

Congratulations to Blake Mariappa Narendra, who was named a Nuclear Security Working Group Fellow in the Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Narendra has an impressive background including currently serving as press lead for the U.S. Global Development Lab and Asia Bureau in the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to this he served in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance as Special Advisor for Outreach and Strategic Communications. He worked for the Ploughshares Fund as the Inaugural Hale Fellow and co-managed an outreach campaign supporting diplomatic efforts on nonproliferation negotiations with the Iranian Republic; and developed and edited informational materials including fact sheets and brochures for congressional staff and other audiences on the nonproliferation merits of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.

He has worked as a Defense Policy Analyst for SAIC and a research associate, Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He held positions with the Obama administration including Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security at the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration; and as a White House Associate in the Offices of Management and Administration and Presidential Personnel.

Congratulations also to Gregory Pratt, currently the Finance Coordinator at the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. Pratt began at the Pride Fund as an intern. Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a Political Action Committee supporting candidates who will act on sensible gun policy reforms while championing LGBTQ safety and equality.

Pratt continues his education and is a senior at American University where he is studying political science with minors in communication and theater. He is working toward certificates in Advanced Leadership Studies and Campaign Management. Prior to interning at the Pride Fund he interned at the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Gregory Pratt

Congratulations also to Nicholas Alexander Brown, who was named Director of Special Productions and Initiatives with Washington Performing Arts. Among other duties he will produce special productions and initiatives at the direction of the president and CEO, including the Mars Urban Arts Initiative and interdisciplinary collaborations with community, cultural, and civic organizations.

Prior to joining WPA, Nicholas spent many years working at the Library of Congress. His work there included being a program specialist in the Office of the Librarian and a music specialist/concert producer in the Library’s Music Division. He interned in the White House Social Office, Office of the First Lady.

Brown is the music director and founder of the The Irving Fine Society and a freelance musician. He made numerous appearances as a conductor including with the Boston Collaborative Orchestra, the 215th Army Band, and the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra. He has sung with the London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, and BBC Symphony Chorus.

Nicholas Alexander Brown

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