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IPA Announces Recover Delaware Inititative

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​Connecting Expertise for the Public Good​

​​​​IPA launched the Recover Delaware initiative to leverage our public policy expertise and our partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders to stimulate conversation, planning, and action for Delaware's recovery from the economic, public health, and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.​


IPA News​​​​

MPA Student Earns Local Government Early Career Service Certificate

Anna Shields (MPA '20) recognized for her strong commitment to local government

From Policy to Practice

Doctoral student Jennifer Daniels has earned recognition for her dedication to advancing social justice in public policy and diversity, equity and inclusion work nationally, locally and at UD.

New Episode of First State Insights Podcast

Denita Henderson, Ariel Gruswitz, Jason Rittenberg, and Bill Provine shared their perspectives on how the 2020 elections might impact innovation and entrepreneurship policy in Delaware and beyond.

Matthew Garlipp

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

Andrew Haines

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

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.

Cimone Philpotts

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

Savannah Edwards

Planner, AECOM
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 Analyst, EdBuild
MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.

Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)

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

Jenna Ahner

Program Officer, Rodel Foundation of Delaware
B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.

John Carney

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

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.

Mark D Stevens

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

Evan Miller

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

Emma Odren

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

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.

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.

Mike Morton

Controller General, State of Delaware
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.

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.

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.

Planning 101: Planning Your Community’s Future

Jan. 22nd, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

The Newark NAACP/UD Partnership

Feb. 11th, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Webinar

Introduction to Land-Use Law, the Constitution, and Takings

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

Real-World Student Opportunities

IPA’s faculty and professional research staff collaborate with students—both graduate and undergraduate—in public service and applied research projects that make a difference in the lives of citizens in Delaware and beyond.

Through the prestigious Legislative Fellows program, students provide public policy research for legislators and staff standing
committees of the Delaware General
Assembly in our state capital, Dover.
First State Insights Podcast

Subscribe to IPA’s Podcast​​

Tune to First State Insights for information, perspectives, and analysis—“IPA”—on public policy, management, and commu​​nity and economic development in Delaware. 

Just like IPA‘s projects, episodes cover diverse topics that impact Delawareans, and you‘ll hear multiple voices from IPA‘s staff too.​​

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