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    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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    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
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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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. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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    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
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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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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    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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    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
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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    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
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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    Evan Miller
    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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    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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    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.
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    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Biden%20Challenge%20Opening%20remarks.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />REVITALIZING THE MIDDLE CLASS<p><em>​Article by Ann Manser Photos by Evan Krape</em></p><p>From offering universal, lifelong education that targets in-demand job skills to rebuilding America’s infrastructure to focusing the political will on innovative policies, the Biden Challenge conference on Friday Sept. 28 at the University of Delaware produced a wealth of ideas for restoring the middle class.</p><p>All those ideas were proposed in response to the challenge issued last year by former Vice President and UD alumnus Joe Biden. Addressing the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) annual conference, Biden charged them with developing policy solutions to “ensure America a growing and thriving middle class.”</p><p>The proposals came from the scholars and nonprofit executives who spoke at the conference, but also from the diverse group of attendees who participated in open idea-exchange sessions throughout the daylong event at Clayton Hall, which was organized by the Biden Institute and the UD School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA).</p><p>“When the middle class does well, everybody does well,” Biden told the audience during his opening remarks. “Revitalizing the middle class is the single most important challenge of our time.”</p><p>He cited “the social stability that comes from a strong middle class,” noting that access to the middle class offers a ladder to a better life for low-income individuals and families, who can realistically hope to own a house, send their child to college and save for retirement.</p><p>UD President Dennis Assanis opened the conference by welcoming the speakers and the audience, and encouraging everyone to meet the challenge of finding ways to revitalize America's middle class.</p><p>"It is the backbone of society, and it is the backbone of democracy," Assanis said of the middle class.</p><p>Biden told the crowd that income inequality has eroded the middle class, as workers fail to get their fair share of the nation’s overall economic growth. Biden called the current situation “an enormous opportunity” to determine whether the United States moves forward or backward.</p><p>Before turning the conference over to the scheduled speakers, panelists and audience members, Biden encouraged everyone in attendance to think about their own ideas for addressing the challenge. He said higher education can play a key role.</p><p>“We know that universities do more than educate students,” he said. “They serve as powerful platforms for solving real problems.” <br></p><p>The conference included three panel discussions, in which leading scholars discussed various policy issues that directly affect the strength of the middle class.</p><p>The first plenary focused on budget priorities. Topics included education, specifically the training needed to prepare for 21st century jobs; employment and the importance of revitalizing the public service sector, where jobs have often been a pathway to the middle class, especially for members of minority groups; a public-private partnership financing system known as Pay for Success; and ways to better measure financial stability.</p><p>Panelist on the second plenary discussed workforce dynamics. Speakers delved into financial instability among today’s middle class; infrastructure investment as a way to increase opportunities for all Americans; social inclusion, specifically the use of education and employment policies to expand the middle class; and the importance of economic, personal finance and entrepreneurship education.</p><p>The last panel of the day highlighted the role of innovation in developing policy solutions. Participants engaged in a thoughtful discussion around state initiatives addressing middle class challenges; moving from policy to practice in implementing ideas; programs that offer free tuition to promote college attainment; and practices that promote civic engagement among students.</p><p>Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a member of the Biden Institute’s policy board, delivered the luncheon address on economic inequality.  </p><p>Instead of the assumption that a rising tide will lift all boats, economists now know that it will lift some boats, while others will run aground, Boushey said.</p><p>Inequality drags down the overall economy, she said, and changes the kinds of policy recommendations that economists make.</p><p>At the conclusion of the day’s final panel discussion, Dan Rich, professor of public policy at UD, offered his answer to the Biden Challenge. Noting that more than half of the discussion at the conference appeared to involve education, Rich proposed “universal, lifelong education,” from early childhood through retraining adults as needed when job markets change.</p><p>The prosperity and growth of the middle class that occurred after World War II didn’t just happen but resulted from massive public investment, said Rich.</p><p>“We did it once, and we can do it again,” he said.</p><h4>More about the Biden Challenge</h4><p>Biden originally issued his challenge to find ways to revitalize the middle class when he spoke last year at the NASPAA conference in Washington.</p><p>The Biden Institute and School of Public Policy and Administration organized the Sept. 28 conference and idea exchange as a way to generate ideas for Biden and others to consider. After Assanis welcomed the attendees, SPPA Director Maria Aristigueta, the Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration, introduced Biden.</p><p>Some of the papers presented will be published in a special issue of the journal Public Integrity Symposium. The Biden Challenge will also be highlighted at upcoming conferences of NASPAA, the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration.</p><p>Updates and more information will be posted on the websites of the <a href="">Biden Institute</a> and the <a href="">School of Public Policy and Administration</a>.</p><h4>About the Biden Institute at UD</h4><p>Led by its founding chair, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware's School of Public Policy and Administration is a research and policy center working to bring together the sharpest minds and the most powerful voices to influence, shape and solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America.</p>Biden Challenge conference features exchange of policy ideas<img alt="Vice President Biden delivers opening remarks at the Biden Challenge" src="/news/PublishingImages/Hero-option-3-with-UD-logo-at-Biden_Challenge_Conference-032,-1280x534.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><img align="right" alt="Panelists at the Biden Challenge" src="/news/PublishingImages/Biden%20Challenge%20panel.JPG?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Scholars, students and non-profit leaders offer solutions to revitalize the middle class. <br></p>

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