Allison Becker
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MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
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M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
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M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
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M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
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MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
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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MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
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Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
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MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
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Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
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Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
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B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Manages strategic priorities and provides legislative analysis
 
 
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MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
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M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
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MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
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B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
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B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
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B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
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MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
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MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
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MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
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MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
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B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
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M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
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B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
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MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
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Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Noah Toly
M.A. '05, Ph.D. '06 - Now provost with a career of scholarship and service that engages a broader public.
 
 
Madison Cann
B.A. '19 - Continuing her education to work in domestic policy fo social justice.
 
 
Kohei Akiba
B.A. '20 - Advancing public health research using skills he learned as a student
 
 
Betsey Suchanic
MPA '19 – Supporting public libraries as an essential community resource
 
 
Lauren Camp Gates
MPA '17 - Advocacating for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families
 
 
Ellen Schenk
MPP '21 – Applies analytical skills to reproductive health and behavioral health projects
 
 
Frank Mieczkowski
MPA '03 – Experience as Legislative Fellow led to passion for public service and committment to justice
 
 
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M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
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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Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
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MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
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​The Biden School Student Association is the official student organization of the school. ​The group facilitates communication between the students and faculty and staff of the school, and advocates for the interests of Biden School students. 

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Meet the Officers

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Michael Michaud – President

Michael is a Ph.D. student in the disaster science and management program. He is also a graduate research assistant with the Disaster Research Center. He has a diverse background with his B.S. degree in atmospheric science and M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy. From a young age he had a deep passion for weather. Over time, he began to better appreciate the impact weather has on society. He also spent seven years working within different aspect of higher education, specifically student affairs. Today, his research interests include severe weather warning systems, education initiates around severe weather and disasters, crises in higher education, and finding the best desserts ever made.​

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Pravesh Raghoo – Vice President

Pravesh is a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration. He was a former Fulbright Scholar, graduate student and teaching assistant at the School of Public Policy, Oregon State University from 2015 to 2017. Pravesh was a research assistant at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius. His research interests are climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy policy and economics, energy systems and power generation, especially in islander communities. Pravesh has worked as project manager for an EDULINK II funded project entitled “Lifelong Learning for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in African and Pacific Small Island Developing States" in which he developed an online learning course on “Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States," organized several national and international conferences, and conducted research on energy transition of islands.​

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Kyungmin Lee – Secretary

Kyungmin Lee is a Ph.D. student in energy and environmental policy at the University of Delaware. Her research interests lie at the intersection of energy, climate change, urban development, and social sustainability. With a broad research interest covering areas of environmental planning in the international and regional contexts, she is interested in understanding dynamical interactions between humans and the environment. Her current research focuses on the impact of human behaviors and the built environment on energy use and heat in cities. With a specific interest in quantitative and spatial analysis methods, she has also developed an interest in machine learning, using big data analysis, image processing, and computer vision tools, for public policy. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she worked in the field of international environmental development and cooperation at the government research institute, governmental agency, and United Nations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Sungshin Women's University and a Master of City Planning in environmental studies from Seoul National University in South Korea.​

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Melissa Jurist – DISA Representative

Melissa Jurist is a second-year master's student in disaster science and management. She is focused on family preparedness, particularly for children and those living with disabilities. Her interests center upon designing cognitively appropriate preparedness content for children and supporting preparedness in families experiencing high-stress caregiving (e.g., raising a child with a disability). She is the current manager for UD K12 Engineering, designing and evaluating STEM content for children. Her previous positions include directing a state-wide evaluation of special education and being assistant director of research for Sesame Workshop.​

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Ph​illip McNeil

Phillip McNeil is a second year master's student in the energy and environmental policy program. His interests include renewable energy, decentralized energy infrastructure, and climate adaptation policies in the US. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Mary Washington and is from Arden, Delaware.​

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