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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    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 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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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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  • 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
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    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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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    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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  • Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • 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
    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
    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 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    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.e
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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 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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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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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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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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  • 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
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    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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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • 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
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • 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
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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2007MPAhttps://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Albert Shields.jpgDelaware Press & Policy Advisor, Governor John Carney<p>For Albert Shields (MPA ’07), every day provides challenges in the public policy arena and, with them, new opportunities to serve the public.</p><p>Shields is currently Delaware Press & Policy Advisor for Governor John Carney​ and has spent each of his post-graduation years in some public service position. He actually began working for Carney, who is a University of Delaware MPA graduate himself, as a Policy Analyst in December 2006 as a direct result of his summer internship experience through the School of Public Policy & Administration.</p><p>Of that initial position, Shields says, “It was an ideal first job, because I had real responsibility within the office and a variety of tasks and programs for which I was accountable.  I gained experience in writing speeches and policy proposals, handling constituent inquiries, staffing him at public events, and serving as the point person on some of the office’s programs.”</p><p>When then-Lt. Governor Carney’s term expired in January 2009, Shields took the position of Legislative Aide to Speaker Robert F. Gilligan in the Delaware House of Representatives.  In addition to maintaining many of the same responsibilities he had in Lt. Governor Carney’s office, Shields was able to get a firsthand look at the legislative process in Delaware.  The House Speaker assigns bills to committee, creates the daily legislative agenda, and decides on member committee assignments, among other things. </p><p>“Being in that position gave me the opportunity to work with members and staff from both sides of the aisle,” Shields says, “and see how some of the most important bills to come out of that session—the Freedom of Information Act legislation, the bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference, and the expansion of gambling to table games—were drafted, negotiated, and finally passed.”</p><p>When Carney announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the summer of 2010, Shields joined his campaign staff as Communication Director.</p><p>“In this role,” Shields says, “I was responsible for developing policy proposals, maintaining relationships with members of the press, building the campaign’s social media profile, arranging press conferences, and helping John Carney prepare for debates.  The issues that we discussed on the campaign influence my current job every day.”  It was during the campaign that together they outlined what would become Congressman Carney’s positions and priorities on the important challenges facing Delaware and the nation.</p><p>Shields relishes that there’s never a dull moment when it comes to politics and working on behalf of the people of the state of Delaware. “I find the pace of the job to be exciting,” Shields says.  “Issues often come up that require quick decisions or reactions from our office, and I enjoy being part of that process.</p><p>“I also enjoy working with constituents who contact our office for assistance,” he says.  “We often get phone calls or emails from individuals who are struggling with very serious challenges.  It’s fulfilling to be able to work with them, help them find assistance, and hopefully resolve the issues they’re facing.”</p><p>Indeed the variety of the issues that Shields deals with on a daily basis is the favorite part of his job, but also one of the most challenging.  “Constituents call our office for many reasons, including help with Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ issues, and many others.  Working with them has helped me learn a tremendous amount about federal programs and agencies,” he says. </p><p>When asked what is the one thing he learned while working for IPA that has helped him the most, Shields is effusive.</p><p>“Every day, I use things that I learned while working for IPA as a Research Assistant interning with the Delaware Department of Education and in then-Lt. Gov. Carney’s office, as well as in my coursework for the [School of Public Policy & Administration’s] MPA program,” Shields says. </p><p>Working outside the classroom at DOE for three semesters with education administrators, teachers, superintendents, and activists helped reinforce and bring new insight into what Shields was being taught in the program. “I took the most from the experiences that emphasized real-world applications,” Shields insists.  “Dr. [Arno] Loessner’s Public Finance class, Eric Jacobson’s class on Public Economics, and Dr. [Jeffrey] Raffel’s Case Studies class were all very effective at addressing real problems and situations.”</p><p>Shields expresses gratitude to IPA’s Ed Freel, who helped him get his summer internship with then-Lt. Gov. Carney, which led to his first job and the positions he has since held. “I wouldn’t have the position I do today without Ed’s guidance,” Shields says.</p><p>Shields also highly prizes one of the great intangibles of his graduate education in the School of Public Policy & Administration and, specifically, in the Institute for Public Administration.  He says, “The most valuable and lasting experiences for me are the relationships.  Many of the students and faculty members whom I met while at IPA are involved in public service in Delaware, and I continue to work with them today.” </p><p>Shields is engaged to Amanda Antonucci, a fellow UD alum. He’s a huge sports fan, particularly of Phillies baseball, so spring is one of his favorite times of the year.  He’s also a big music fan and is really excited about the renovation of the Queen Theatre in Wilmington into a concert venue.</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=29

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