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Invitations to Practice Democracy

How campuses can reimagine public spaces to inspire constructive dialogue
Source: American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Homelessness in Delaware: New Ideas and Directions

UD partnership aims to develop a more coordinated and deliberate approach to ending homelessness in Delaware
Source: UDaily

Does 'Eco-Friendly' Affect What You Buy?

UD undergraduate student Emily Ortiz probes how sustainability factors into consumer decision-making
Source: UDaily

IPA Policy Scientist Appointed to the NAGB National Advisory Group

Fran O'Malley, policy scientist at IPA and director of the Delaware Center for Civic Education, was recently appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) national advisory group

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

Executive Director, National PELRA
Engages in conversations with jurisdictions on how to maintain community services

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

Senior Research Analyst, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits Biden School for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.

Taylor Hawk

Director of Legislative and Political Strategy
Leads the development and implementation of DSEA’s legislative and political strategy at the state level

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

Senior Associate, Education Strategy Group
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Aligning K-12, postsecondary, and workforce systems

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

PhD Candidate, John W. Mc-Cormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston
B.S. '14, M.P.A. '18 - OCL program prepared her for success 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

Project Manager, Markets Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
B.A. '13 - Implementing best practices in strategy and portfolio management for effective market operations

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

Interim City 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

Membership and Programs Manager, Philanthropy Delaware
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to nonprofit manager, 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, Saint Joseph's 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 University
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 for 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

Inclusive Economic Development Advisor, New Growth Innovation Network
MPA '19 – Conduct research, develop insights, and engage economic and community development for practitioners

Lauren Camp Gates

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
MPA '17 - Advocating 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 commitment to justice

Dabney Brice

Associate, Research & Equity Thought Leadership, Echoing Green
MPA '20 - Advocating for equitable investment in social entrepreneurs

Roger Huston

Dean of the School of Business, Kentucky Christian University
Ph.D. '19 - Applying organizational theory and management in higher education

Allie Foster

COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager
MPA ’22 – Overseeing the distribution of nearly $102 million in relief funding

Eric Hastings

Legislative Director & Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House
MPA '19 - Advising leaders in the Delaware House of Representatives

Jorge Hernandez-Limon

Engineering and Water Resource Planner, Army Corp of Engineers
Analyzes economic, social, and engineering principles in federal water infrastructure projects.

Nicole Seymour

Special Assistant to the Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
MPA '15- Resolves Superstorm Sandy Resilience Program and Capital Programs’ multimillion dollar projects

Jamie Forrest

Project Manager, University of Delaware English Language Institute
Working to improve outcomes for ESL students throughout the state through teacher certification and profession

Nicholas Brock

Presides over and adjudicates criminal and civil cases within the jurisdiction of the Justice of the Peace

Christopher Kelly

Senior Economic Researcher
Serves as the head of DPP’s research and business intelligence

Alex Southerst

Manager, Public Policy & Engagement
Leads UWDE and DRJC's public policy and legislative advocacy initiatives

Meredith Seitz

Chief of Staff
Oversees policy, legislation and regulation work, as well as communications and human resources.

Abigail Armstrong

Legislative Performance Auditor, Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General
Provides in-depth analysis that help legislators improve programs, reduce costs, and promote accountability.

Eli Turkel

Senior Research Associate, ChristianaCare, Department of Community Health
Develops, evaluates, and produces analytics for the department’s programs.

Jules Emory

Legislative Director, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
Oversees and coordinates all Legislative activities across the state’s largest department

Antonina Tantillo

Town Manager, Town of Townsend
Manages the day-to-day operations of the town’s plans, activities, projects, and events

Andrea Spahr

Senior Marketing Manager, Global Institutional Services, Wilmington Trust
Manages marketing strategies for the European market

Michael S Jackson

Vice President for Finance, Delaware Technical Community College
Facilitates financial plans, budget approvals, and other related financial operations

Alexander C Burns

Associate Attorney; City Solicitor for the City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Interim City Solicitor for the City of Lewes, DE
Specializes in the areas of administrative and government law, land use, and civil litigation

Christopher Czepiel

Budget Director, Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Oversees all budgetary matters before the Massachusetts Senate

Debra Brucker

Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability
Conducts research that examines economic security and health disparities for people with disabilities

Suzanne J Piotrowski

Professor and Director at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University
Researches open government and transparency, teaches in multiple programs and co-directs the MPA program

Caitlin Del Collo

Chief Strategy Advisor, Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA)
Represents DSHA on boards and commissions, presenting findings and supporting affordable housing initiatives

Jenna Mayhew

Legislative Correspondent on Energy, Environmental, and Agricultural Policy, Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Tracks pending legislation in Congress, forms proposals, provides advice on energy and environmental policies

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

President and CEO, Aeon (affordable housing nonprofit)
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

Director of Business and Economic Development, University of Delaware
MPA '07 – Advocating for university priorities with state and local governments.

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

TINVA Singapore Chapter
PHDUAPP'14 - Assisting leading technology companies from Taiwan to enter into SEA markets.
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GAP Drop-In Hours

Jul. 25th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting

Civics that Empowers All Students Program

Aug. 5th to Aug. 9th
University of Delaware

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

Aug. 29th, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Community Service Building (Wilmington)

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

Sep. 5th, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Community Service Building (Wilmington)

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