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Biden School SNF Ithaca Initiative Hosts National Civil Discourse Summit

On October 22, 2021, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Ithaca Initiative of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration convened a first-of-its-kind national summit of scholars at the University of Delaware.

Dean Maria Aristigueta's Fall 2021 Presentations

​Maria Aristigueta, dean of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, has presented at several national and international meetings in recent weeks.

Biden School Award Winners 2021

Congratulations to the students honored with 2021 awards, prizes, and internships from the Biden School.

Visions of Recovery Continues with Bridging the Digital Divide

​Monica Sanders, Managing Director of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program, discusses the digital divide in recovery​ and ways to address it.

Allison Becker

Research Assistant, Pew Research Center
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.

Alex Greer

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.

Andrew Haines

Town Manager, Town of Smyrna, Delaware
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.

Angela Gladwell

Director, Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.

Elizabeth Burland

Doctoral Student, University of Michigan
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Chunjing Liu

Chief of Staff, Department of Marine Forecast and Disaster Mitigation, State Oceanic Administration, China
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.

Cimone Philpotts

Doctoral Student, Urban Affairs and Public Policy
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career

Savannah Edwards

Associate Planner, Rossi Group
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.

Scott Murphy Eisenhart

Legislative Aide, Delaware House of Representatives
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.

Taylor Hawk

Policy Director for the Senate Majority Caucus, Delaware General Assembly
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.

Gwen Angalet

Special Projects Coordinator, Health and Prevention Services
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.

Hira Rashid

Research Associate, Office of Health Affairs, West Virginia University
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.

Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)

Director of Public Policy, LiveOn NY
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.

Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.

James B. Goetschius

Program Manager, Eastern United States, U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.

Jenna Ahner

Executive Director, Delaware State Board of Education
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Manages strategic priorities and provides legislative analysis

Jissell Martinez

Business Administrator, University of Delaware
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

John Carney

Governor, State of Delaware
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware

Kelsey Edmond

MPA Student, School of Public Policy & Administration
M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.

Kirsten Jones

Leadership Fellow, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.

Laura Keeley

Community Planner with the Federal Transit Administration
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and

Lindsey Interlante

Executive Director, Colonial Academic Alliance
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.

Mark D Stevens

Administrative Officer, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.

Matthew Garlipp

Management and Program Analyst, Department of Homeland Security
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning

Megan Wakelee

Marketing Programs Manager, Bentley Systems, Inc.
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.

Meredith Rubin

Senior Process Manager, Financial Services Customer Office, Capital One
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.

Evan Miller

Project Manager, City of Rehoboth Beach
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.

Natasha R. Nau

Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Management, Philadelphia Fire Department
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.

Emma Odren

Research Analyst, Delaware Prosperity Partnership
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.

Paige Gugerty

Project Engineer, athenahealth
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.

Paul Ruiz

Senior Policy Analyst, Securing America's Future Energy
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.

Ryan Burke

Assistant Professor, United States Air Force Academy
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.

Scott Beale

CEO & Founder, Atlas Corps
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.

Serita Porter

Policy Researcher, University of Delaware
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.

Stephanie Ottino

Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Widener University
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.

Fratern Masika Tarimo

Consultant and Trainer
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.

Thomas Martin

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Temple University
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.

Elizabeth Lockman

State Senator for Delaware, District 3
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.

Tom DeWire

Engagement and Operations Manager, Education Delivery Institute (EDI)
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.

Vitaly Lee

Executive Vice President, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management

Yuliya Brel

Ph.D. Student in Public Policy, School of Public Policy & Administration
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.

Zack Adinoff

Emergency Planner, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.

Mary Kuna

Executive Director, Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position

Dan Henne

Crisis Management Analyst, Goldman Sachs
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations

Wanja Thuku

Engagement Manager, Benefits Data Trust
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships

Noah Toly

Provost, Calvin Universiry
M.A. '05, Ph.D. '06 - Now provost with a career of scholarship and service that engages a broader public.

Madison Cann

MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
B.A. '19 - Continuing her education to work in domestic policy fo social justice.

Kohei Akiba

Research Assistant, Public Health Management Corporation
B.A. '20 - Advancing public health research using skills he learned as a student

Betsey Suchanic

Senior Program Manager, Urban Libraries Council
MPA '19 – Supporting public libraries as an essential community resource

Lauren Camp Gates

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
MPA '17 - Advocacating for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families

Ellen Schenk

Research Associate, Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
MPP '21 – Applies analytical skills to reproductive health and behavioral health projects

Frank Mieczkowski

Commissioner, Family Court of Delaware
MPA '03 – Experience as Legislative Fellow led to passion for public service and committment to justice

Alexandra Tarantino

Architectural Historian for DelDot
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p

Courtney Mogavero

University Programs Coordinator, Google
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.

Janet Sheridan

Principal, Down Jersey Heritage Research, LLC
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.

Melanie Ross Levin

Director of Outreach, National Women's Law Center
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.

Dená Brummer

Partner, Yellow Brick Creative Studio
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.

Eric Anthony Johnson

Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services, City of Dallas
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.

David Rudder

Associate Dean, Springfield College's School of Human Services
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.

Erin Kennedy

Managing Director, Performance Technologies, The Advisory Board Company
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.

Tom Friedman

Director of Policy, Planning, and Analysis, State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.

Jonathan Kirch

Government Relations Director, Delaware and Philadelphia chapters of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.

Albert Shields

Delaware Press & Policy Advisor, Governor John Carney
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.

Kim Gomes

Vice President, The Byrd Group LLC
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.

Erika Farris

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.

Mike Fortner

Planner, City of Newark, DE
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.

Emily Gonce

Corporate Vice President, Office of Governmental Affairs, New York Life Insurance
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.

Bill Clark

Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Barrett Edwards

Attorney, Hudson, Jones, Jaywork and Fisher
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.

Benjamin Attia

Research Analyst, Power & Renewables
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East

Anastasia Kuzmina

Human Resources Manager, General Electric Company (GE) Consumer & Industrial Business units in Europe, Asia, and Africa
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.

Wei-Ming Chen

Associate Policy Scientist
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches

Michelle Kung

Executive Director, Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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Info Session - Master of Public Administration

Dec. 1st, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
online - Zoom

2021 Delmarva Winter Freight Meeting

Dec. 7th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Home as a Cornerstone: How Housing Impacts the Rest of Our Lives

Dec. 8th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Virtual Zoom Webinar

​Applying research to address social challenges​

...We are living in a critical moment in modern history. The challenges of dual pandemics—COVID-19 and racial inequities—serve to highlight the need to work to improve the quality of life in communities in the region, the country, and the world.Dean Maria aristigueta

Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni create and use interdisciplinary, nonpartisan research and empirically-based analysis to inform effective decision-making and pol​icy and to improve leadership and administration.

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