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Meet Alaina Robinson

For today's #MeetUsMonday, we are highlighting Alaina Robinson​, a policy scientist II who works on the Education Services team, supporting the Redding Consortium for Educational Equity.

IPA Policy Specialist Supports Delaware Students at Mock Trial

Fran O'Malley supported students at the 32nd Annual Delaware High School Mock Trial competition in Wilmington, Delaware.

Announcing the 2023 Legislative Fellows

The official announcement for the 2023 selections of the 42nd Legislative Fellows Class.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Evan Miller

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

Emma Odren

Membership and Programs Manager, Philanthropy Delaware
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to nonprofit manager, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.

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

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 practioners

Lauren Camp Gates

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
MPA '17 - Advocacating 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 committment to justice

Dabney Brice

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

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
MPP '22—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

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.

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.

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.

Delaware Public Service Professional Networking

Mar. 28th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Deer Park Tavern, 108 W Main St, Newark, DE 19711

Student Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Using Excel and Google Sheets

Apr. 11th, 12:20 PM to 1:20 PM
Graham Hall Room 185

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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