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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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  • Emma Odren
    Emma Odren
    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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  • Fratern Masika Tarimo
    Fratern Masika Tarimo
    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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  • Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
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  • Mark D Stevens
    Mark D Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Anthony Johnson
    Eric Anthony Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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  • Benjamin Attia
    Benjamin Attia
    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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  • Wei-Ming Chen
    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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  • Michelle Kung
    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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2003Ph.D. Profile Alumnus/Eric Anthony Johnson.jpgChief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services, City of Dallas<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Eric Anthony Johnson’s (Ph.D. ’03) doctoral research focused on the impact of policies and economic development investment in Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.</p><p>Dr. Johnson is an accomplished urban redevelopment leader, consistently delivering results over his career by leveraging a solid academic, real estate development, community engagement and policy background. By applying strong business acumen, innovation and leadership talents, Dr. Johnson is as much at home building organizations and divisions through his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and trust management as he is in making key contributions to real estate development and community and economic development strategy.<br></p><p>Dr. Johnson has developed a specialized niche over his career by taking on organizational and community initiatives in need of turnaround and realignment. Through his firsthand experiences in creating high performance organizations, he has gained a strong understanding of how to jumpstart, build, and turnaround struggling operations and is able to direct professionals and the processes to achieve notable results.<br></p><p>In his current role as Chief, Economic Development, Housing and Neighborhood Services for Dallas, Texas (America's 9th largest city and 4th fastest growing region), Dr. Johnson has oversight of housing, urban planning and design, historic preservation and economic development. Dr. Johnson and his team will be leading the city's economic resurgence post Covid-19.<br></p><p>In 2019-2020, Dr. Johnson was chosen to serve as a Michael Rubiner Community Fellow through the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) for his innovative work in affordable housing strategy.<br></p><p>In his previous role as the Community Development Director for the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, Dr. Johnson was responsible for the divisions of real estate assessing, building and inspections, environmental health & housing inspections, special projects, planning and development review, housing and redevelopment authority and the port authority.</p><p> In less than a nine-month period while serving as Community Development Director, Dr. Johnson created and provided the leadership necessary in drafting and adopting two ordinances to support affordable housing creation and preservation while further development projects. The first, a 90-day tenant protection ordinance designed to provided tenants more time to relocate in the event of a purchase by a private investor seeking to raise rents. And, the second, the creation of the city's opportunity housing ordinance adopted in February 2019 and by the September 2019 generated over 2.000 market rate developments with over 45% of the units affordable with over $1 billion in development value in the pipeline.<br></p><p>In addition, Dr. Johnson created the city's affordable housing trust fund by the end of 2019 by leveraging $500,000 in partnership with the banking community to launch the fund at $15 million in time to provide the first allocation to preserve over 300 units of affordable housing that would have been lost if purchased by a private investor. Along with creating the strategy to redevelop the city's aging commercial corridor's, Dr. Johnson launched the city's suburban retrofit strategy and was successful in winning the Congress of New Urbanism Legacy Project award to realign the redevelopment projects around new urbanism and place making. This along with providing oversight for the attraction of new hotels, technology companies and supporting the development of the $300 million dollars water park adjacent to the Mall of America, Dr. Johnson provided the much needed energy to accelerate the city's ongoing transformation while not adding any additional financial burden to tax payers and the city's general fund budget.</p><p>Prior to Bloomington, Dr. Johnson has worked on transformative urban development projects and issues in the Northeast, Midwest, South and Southeastern regions of the United States. He has served in key positions in economic development, housing and urban improvement, community development policy and management and real estate management and affordable housing. Over his career, he has lead strategic planning and visioning initiatives in support of long-term redevelopment ventures, managed program budgets in the millions, created successful micro-enterprise program and loan fund, reviewed hundreds of community competitive grant applications for funding, secured resources for key initiatives, acquired land for key development projects including an emphasis on affordable housing, built confidence and capacity of staff and community organizations to achieve success and more importantly, taken on tough challenges that many would have not chosen to do so for fear of failure. Dr. Johnson launched his career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice from Washburn University.</p><p>Dr. Johnson is an Alumnus of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP); Harvard Business School Real Estate Management, Design & Finance Program; Harvard JFK School of Government Public Trust Executive Leadership Training and is an Alumnus of the University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Copper  School of Public Service.</p><p>Dr. Johnson holds a Certification as a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council, received a Certificate in Community Based Economic Development from the University of Delaware and is certified as a Business, Retention and Expansion Consultant and Senior Grant Writer and Reviewer from the National Grants Writer's Association. Of further interest, Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the Brooking Institute Emerging Leaders Program, is a Fellow, Institute of Politics, Loyola University of New Orleans, Fellow, Government Leadership Institute, University of New Orleans, and a Fellow, Metropolitan Area Leadership Forum New Orleans.<br></p><p>As an expert in urban development strategy, Dr. Johnson is well versed in the overall context of economic and community development policy in America. He has testified before the United States Congress Ways and Means Committee on community development initiatives and has conducted workshops and participated as a panelist in numerous venues related to economic and community development issues and frequently serves as a reviewer for funding for the US Treasury CDFI awards.</p><p>At the University level Dr. Johnson has taught courses in community development, economic development finance, tourism and economic development, systems and process of public policy, urban politics, public budgeting, American government, urban community in historical cross-cultural perspective and the social and economic consequences of capitalism.<br></p><p>Dr. Johnson is an active contributor to several professional affiliations. He is a member of Urban Land Institute; CEO's for Cities; NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association); and Congress for New Urbanism, Leadership Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Sigma Alpha Leadership Society and hold memberships in numerous civic and community organizations. In recent times, Dr. Johnson has also been the author of several Editorial Op-ed pieces for local newspapers; served as Lecturer at various universities and colleges; and as Panel Member, Moderator, and Presenter for a multitude of industry forums, meetings, and conferences.</p><p> </p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=64

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