Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
July 3, 2014 - Three May graduates of the University of Memphis have accepted presidential
appointments for full-time positions with the Obama administration that last until
Fatima Noor will be a special assistant in the Office of the Director for U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security beginning July 28. Noor
majored in psychology with minors in Spanish and international relations. She recently
completed a month-long research fellowship in psychology hosted by Carnegie-Mellon
and the University of Pittsburgh; her research will be ongoing for this program. Noor
was a leader in many honor societies at the U of M. She has done volunteer work with
World Relief Memphis and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
Chimene Okere has begun work as a special assistant in the Office of Capital Access at the U.S.
Small Business Administration. His responsibilities include assisting small business
owners with acquiring financial resources and managing a community development portfolio
that focuses on economically disadvantaged clients. He majored in economics with a
minor in Italian. Okere studied in Italy in 2012 and in summer 2013 he attended The
Fund for American Students in Washington, D.C.
This year he worked at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship on campus.
Taylor Dodd will be a confidential assistant to the director of the Department of the Treasury.
She will work in financial accounting and budget management beginning July 7. Dodd
majored in accounting with a minor in international business. She interned with Deloitte
& Touche. Dodd was very active on campus, and was selected Miss University of Memphis
“The University of Memphis graduates exceptional students who make significant differences
in the world,” said Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs.
“These three students are stellar examples. They competed with students from the country’s
most elite institutions and they prevailed. More importantly, these three will do
a superior job for the Obama administration.”