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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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2005B.A. and MPAhttps://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Melanie Ross Levin.jpgDirector of Outreach, National Women's Law Center<p>Melanie Ross Levin (B.A. and MPA ’05) goes to work each day with a smile on her face, knowing that the work she is doing really does make a difference in the lives of women, particularly those of low income.  As Senior Outreach Manager for the <strong><a href="http://www.nwlc.org/">National Women's Law Center​</a></strong>, Levin develops education and advocacy campaigns on public policy issues that are under debate in Congress.</p><p>“My first position with the Center focused on outreach and communications around judicial nominations,” explains Levin.  Since then her portfolio has grown to include Title IX, family and economic security, child care, and equal pay for equal work.  Because of the variety and importance of her work, Levin affirms, “I’m never bored, because I am working for issues that I care greatly about.”</p><p>Levin says, “My greatest professional accomplishment thus far has been working on the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This was the first bill that President Obama signed into law. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act reversed the Supreme Court’s decision in <em>Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.</em> and helped to ensure that individuals subjected to unlawful compensation discrimination are able to effectively assert their rights under the federal anti-discrimination laws.”</p><p>The photo of Levin with Lilly Ledbetter was taken outside of the White House just prior to the bill signing.</p><p>Levin’s post-graduate experiences have also included some valuable political work.</p><p>“I worked for [U.S.] Senator [Tom] Carper’s reelection campaign in 2006,” Levin says. “Working on this campaign gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to multi-task under tight deadlines. One day I had to find a union-operated billboard printer, and the next day I had to coordinate three launch events on the same day in Wilmington, Dover, and Rehoboth Beach. In the end, this job gave Levin a deep respect for politicians and the staff that work tirelessly for them.</p><p>After Senator Carper’s campaign, Levin tried her hand as a consultant working for the Delaware Business Roundtable on [the Delaware educational improvement plan called] Vision 2015. “Vision 2015 taught me a lot about the rewards and challenges of changing a state educational system,” Levin says. “I was thrilled to see that many of the ideas in Vision 2015 became part of Delaware’s winning Race to the Top application.”</p><p>While at the University of Delaware, Levin was very active in student and political organizing.  “I believe that my first lesson in marketing, which is a big part of my current job, came from starting and leading groups on campus,” Levin says. “You learn a lot from filling buses of students, using a bullhorn to lead marches and, most importantly, negotiating lasting policy change between the administration, students, and faculty. I believe that working on improving policies on campus is good practice for working on improving policy in Dover and even in Washington, D.C.”</p><p>During her senior year, Levin worked in the Delaware legislature, through the <strong>Legislative Fellows Program</strong> managed by IPA.  There she learned a lot about juggling competing assignments under tight deadlines. It also gave her a deeper appreciation for Delaware politics. “Only in Delaware,” Levin insists, “would a lifelong Democrat be recruited by a Republican to work in the Republican caucus. I not only worked in the Republican caucus for one year as a Fellow, but returned for a second” while a graduate student in the <strong>MPA program</strong>.</p><p>Of course, Levin learned a great deal while working for IPA and completing her graduate degree. She speaks glowingly of the school, its MPA program, and the faculty and staff.</p><p>“I believe that the three keys to a successful graduate program are classroom preparation, quality work placement, and mentorship,” Levin says. “UD’s School of Public Policy & Administration has all three of these elements in its MPA program. My time [working as a research assistant for] IPA was such a period of personal growth, because I wasn’t just growing in the classroom, I was growing professionally and personally.</p><p>“My mentors from IPA continue to be my mentors and friends today,” Levin says. “IPA has built an incredible program that is tightly woven into the fabric of Delaware, which helps graduates of the MPA program succeed as professionals. Something special happens when your classroom work clicks with your professional experience. That reinforcement, which happens every day for MPA students, is the magic of IPA.”</p><p>As far as future aspirations, Levin would love to one day open her own business and run for office.</p><p>Despite being a New Jersey native, Levin says she and her husband, Seth, have adopted Delaware as their home away from home, when not in the nation’s capital.  Levin admits, “After working the D.C. grind, we love to vacation in North Bethany Beach. We also greatly appreciate a good Margherita’s pizza on our way to visit family in New Jersey.”  </p><p>She is also getting used to being a mom to her beautiful new daughter, Elliana.  Through Levin’s work with the National Women’s Law Center, she hopes to create a more equitable society for Elliana to inherit.</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=80

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