NEWS: Legislative Staffer Named a Schwarzman Scholar

Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins

Reid Magdanz Will Attend Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2019

December 8, 2017

Sitka – The office of Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) is pleased to announce that Reid Magdanz, a legislative staffer with the office, has been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar.

The Schwarzman Scholarship attracts applicants from across the world and offers its scholars a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. For the 2019 class, 142 scholars were selected from over 4,000 applicants from around the world. Approximately 41 percent of scholars are American. The rest hail from around the world. Magdanz is the first Schwartzman Scholar from Alaska.

In the words of Stephen Schwarzman, who endowed the scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars are “your best guess as future leaders of the world.”

Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins wholeheartedly agrees with Mr. Schwarzman’s assessment of Mr. Magdanz’ potential (and existing track record).

“Reid has a mind like an open-jawed bear trap — nothing gets away from him — and as anyone who has worked with Reid can attest, he has the character and integrity consistent with the very best ideals of public service. Most of all, he loves Alaska,” said Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins. “I have huge gratitude for Reid’s service to Alaska these last four years. Reid’s work on Native language revitalization, fisheries policy, among many other projects, reflects his belief in service to society and to bettering our home of Alaska. We are beyond excited to see Reid continue to grow as a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing. We know we’ll see him back in Alaska soon, doing more impressive, impactful work than ever before.”

In January 2018, Reid will return to work in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ office for his fifth legislative session before beginning his scholarship later in 2018.

Reid Magdanz, for press (or congratulations!), is available at

Additional information:

Find more information, including Mr. Magdanz’s bio and the official announcement,  here .

Find more coverage of the scholarship  here .

For more information, please contact Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins office at (907) 747-4665.


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