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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    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
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    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
    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
    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 Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    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
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    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
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    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
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    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
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    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
    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
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roote in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    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
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    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
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    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
    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
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/eric-hastings.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Dedicated to Public Service<p>Anyone who thinks that all of today’s college students aren’t interested in politics or civic engagement has never met Eric Hastings.</p><p>And anyone who does meet the University of Delaware alumnus and current graduate student is likely to come away wondering if they might be voting for him someday.</p><p>“I’m committed to public service,” said Hastings, a first-generation college graduate from Laurel, Delaware. He is midway through a two-year program to earn a <a href="https://www.sppa.udel.edu/masters-programs/masters-programs/mpa-master-of-public-administration">master’s degree in public administration</a> and just finished a six-month stint with UD’s <a href="https://www.sppa.udel.edu/ipa/student-opportunities/legislative-fellows" target="_blank">Legislative Fellows Program</a>, working with the Delaware General Assembly.</p><p>“I might end up working in a leadership position in a nonprofit, or in government service, or in an advocacy role. I might even run for office someday,” he said. “As long as I’m able to help people, I don’t really care what my title is.”</p><p>After earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2014, with minors in political science and political communication, Hastings worked full time for a few years before returning to UD to pursue graduate studies.</p><p>One of those full-time jobs was with the Boys and Girls Clubs near his home in Sussex County, where he was inspired by what he saw as the potential for at-risk kids to benefit from constructive programs. With positive recreational and educational activities and mentors who provide a sense of stability and community, young people who might have been on the wrong path can turn their lives around, he said.</p><p>That experience has led to Hastings’ interest in juvenile justice issues, including a trio of bills he worked on during the most recent legislative session, which ended June 30. The bills, all passed by the General Assembly, give judges more discretion in sentencing juveniles and prevent juveniles accused of a crime from being housed in adult prisons before they are convicted and sentenced.</p><p>As with other pieces of legislation, Hastings staffed committee meetings on those bills and conducted research on such subjects as criminal sentencing reform and recidivism, turning over the research to policy advisers, who then worked with legislators to craft the bills.</p><p>“My experience as a Legislative Fellow has really helped me to think about issues and policy more clearly and to listen to points of view from all sides,” he said. “Especially in a small state like Delaware, you can feel like you’re making a difference. I could see how young people—even some I used to work with—can be affected by the kind of legislation that was right in front of me in Dover.”</p><p>His work at the Boys and Girls Clubs has also helped motivate some of Hastings’ many other activities at UD, including his involvement with <a href="https://sites.udel.edu/ppe/2017/11/17/cam/">College Application Month</a>. That initiative, a partnership between the state Department of Education and UD’s Institute for Public Administration, trains volunteers to help high school seniors with the college admissions process.</p><p>Hastings worked with the program last fall, visiting schools around the state and meeting with teens who were often confused by the preparation, application and financial aid process needed for higher education.</p><p>“My parents, and especially my mom, always encouraged me to get a good education, but they didn’t go to college, and we all found [the process] hard to figure out when I was applying,” he said. “When I think about kids who don’t have that family support, I know it’s really difficult for them.”</p><p>In the end, he said, assisting with the program was much like his work with the Boys and Girls Clubs, both with the goal of “pushing kids to get ahead.”</p><p>Next year, Hastings plans to spend another semester as a Legislative Fellow. He didn’t take advantage of the program as an undergraduate, he said, and now he wants to make the most of the opportunity to have a close-up view of how government operates.</p><p>“For me, it’s not just a resume-builder,” he said. “I’m getting real, hands-on experience in the Delaware legislature, and that’s valuable because I see myself continuing to live and work in Delaware.”</p><p>That interest in politics and public service is something Hastings would like to help instill in other students. He’s a leader in <a href="https://www.sppa.udel.edu/bideninstitute/engage/turbovote">Make It Count</a>, a student-run initiative of UD’s Biden Institute to increase voter registration and nonpartisan civic engagement on campus.</p><p>“We saw this as an immediate need, especially in these times, to encourage conversation about issues and to have students participate in the political process,” Hastings said. “It’s a labor of love for me, because it’s all student-led, and we are all passionate about community engagement.”</p><p>Originally published by <a href="http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2018/july/student-focus-public-service-legislative-fellow/" target="_blank">UDaily</a>. Article written by Ann Manser. Photo by Jessica Eastburn.</p>Eric Hastings pursues passion for civic engagement through fellowships with Institute for Public Administration<img align="right" alt="Eric Hastings in Delaware’s Legislative Hall in Dover, where he assisted the General Assembly as a UD Legislative Fellow during the session that ended June 30." src="/news/PublishingImages/eric-hastings.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Eric Hastings in Delaware’s Legislative Hall in Dover, where he assisted the General Assembly as a UD Legislative Fellow during the session that ended June 30.</p><p>​Eric Hastings pursues his passion for civic engagement through fellowships with Institute for Public Administration.</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/news/Pages/eric-hastings.aspx

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