Alumni Profile

Larry Handerhan
Lawrence Handerhan
Chief of Staff, DC Department of Human Services
MPA, Class of 2012

Larry currently Chief of staff for the Department of Human Services in Washington, DC.  In this role he supports the DHS mission of empowering every District resident to reach their full potential by providing meaningful connections to work opportunities, economic assistance and supportive services.

Born and raised just outside Boston, Handerhan graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a degree in American History and an acquired interest in political movements. After graduating in 2005, he joined AmeriCorps*NCCC and spent several months assisting Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. He next worked for then-Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom and the California Democratic Party before returning to graduate school.

While at WWS, Handerhan concentrated in domestic policy and did his summer internship at HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.  He served as co-chair of the WWS graduate student government, ran the University-wide graduate student LGBT group, and was a student trustee for the Princeton-Blairstown Center, an outdoor education facility for urban youth.

When not espousing the merits of sustainable urban development, Handerhan can be found traveling, politicking, or working with the Youth Service Opportunity Project (YSOP), a nationally recognized non-profit that hosts youth service groups for homelessness-related programming in Washington and New York.