Executive Director 

Estevan Daniel Delgado (he/him) is a seasoned nonprofit, philanthropic, and equity professional based out of Austin, Texas. 

Prior to joining the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) as their Executive Director, Estevan was the inaugural Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin where he worked to strengthen the composition, culture, curriculum, and community engagement of the school, while also serving as an advisor on the Dean’s Leadership Council and the
University’s Council of Diversity Officers. 

Previous to his formal DEI work in higher education, Estevan managed the Hispanic Impact Fund, a signature, identity-based fund at Austin Community Foundation. Estevan’s time in philanthropy overlapped with the beginning and the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Estevan collaborated with his colleagues to bring more equitable
philanthropic practices and support to Central Texas during this urgent time of need and reflection. For his work championing the Latino community in Central Texas during this time, Estevan was awarded the Habla Con Orgullo, 2021 Latino Leader of the Year, by the Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin. 

Estevan has a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Estevan is a graduate of Leadership Austin, Essentials Class 41, and was a member of the Hispanics in Philanthropy Líderes Fellowship, Cohort 5, for leaders advancing racial justice. He serves on the board of directors for Austin Sexual Health + Wellness Clinic
(ASHwell), the LBJ Presidential Library’s Future Forum, The New Philanthropists, and is a commissioner for the City of Austin appointed to the Community Development Commission. 

Estevan proudly identifies as Latinx, is a first-generation college graduate, and is the son of unionized autoworkers.


Communications and Outreach Manager

Saran Fina Sidime comes to PPIA from the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC).In this role, she worked as an interfaith community organizer to advance racial and economic justice with churches, mosques, and synagogues throughout the East Metro. Saran was also the event organizer for Taking Heart - a long-running program coordinated by MCC and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN) that brings Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation during Ramadan. Her previous professional experiences include the United States Senate in St. Paul, the Center for Financial Inclusion, and AMTRAK in Washington DC.

Saran is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Masters in Theological Studies with a focus on Religion, Ethics, and Politics. Her master's thesis explored the impact of unaddressed grief on political dissent in the collegiate classroom. Saran also holds a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.

**alumni of the PPIA Program
‡ex officio non-voting



Associate Professor
Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University

Dr. Sophal Ear is a tenured Associate Professor, previously serving as Senior Associate Dean of Student Success (2022-23) and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Global Development (2021-22), in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University where he lectures on global political economy, International Organizations, and regional management in Asia. Since 2023, he is the President of the International Public Management Network (IPMN). He is the inaugural Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advisory Board of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, serving in 2021-22.

Prior to ASU Thunderbird, he taught at Occidental College, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisor to Cambodia's first private equity fund Leopard Capital, Audit Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Treasurer of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Secretary of Southeast Asia Development Program, and Corresponding Secretary of the Crescenta Valley Town Council.  A TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he sits on the Boards of Refugees International (Washington, DC), Partners for Development (Silver Spring, MD), and the Center for Khmer Studies (Siem Reap, Cambodia). 

He is the author of Viral Sovereignty and the Political Economy of Pandemics: What Explains How Countries Handle Outbreaks (Routledge, 2022), Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013), co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of the virtual issue of the journal Politics and the Life Sciences on Coronavirus: Politics, Economics, and Pandemics (Cambridge University Press, 2020). 

He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia"‚Äč (47 minutes, 2011, news blurb) based on his 2009 TED Talk and has appeared in four other documentaries. A graduate of Princeton, where he was a PPIA JSI Fellow ’94, and Berkeley, he moved to the US from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.


Managing Director
IISS- Americas

Leigh Morris Sloane is Managing Director of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) -Americas.  In this role, she manages operations and outreach for the Washington office and works closely with her IISS colleagues around the world to ensure that constituents based in the Americas connect with the Institute’s world-leading research and convening power. Leigh has over 20 years of experience working in the international affairs arena at the nexus of research, higher education and policy making.  Prior to joining IISS, Leigh served as Chief of Staff at the Brookings Institution where she managed the executive secretariat and activities of the president, Strobe Talbott.  From 2008-2013, Leigh served as the Executive Director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). In this role, she managed programs and services and developed new initiatives for APSIA's 70 plus full and affiliate member schools around the world.  Additionally, Leigh has managed the Congress and US Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and helped establish the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School with Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill.  Leigh is particularly committed to encouraging and increasing the opportunity for the next generation of talent from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in the international affairs field.  In her spare time, she serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship program (PPIA).

Leigh spent nearly two years studying and working in Hungary in the early 1990s at Budapest University of Economics and later at Veszprém University, followed by time working for the American University in Bulgaria both in the US and in Blagoevgrad. She has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in History and Theory of International Relations with a focus on Cold War history and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 


CEO and Principal Consultant
Corral Consulting

As CEO and Principal Consultant of Corral Consulting, Richard Xavier Corral, MPP brings over twelve years of professional experience along with a lifelong commitment to advancing social change to the nonprofit, for profit, corporate, community-based, government, and philanthropic organizations with whom he consults.

Mr. Corral seamlessly integrates his extensive formal studies, passion for building business know-how and big-picture problem-solving to craft win-win solutions around education, health and wellness, green economies, LGBTQ equality, place-based initiatives and supplier diversity. Corral Consulting’s diverse clientele benefit from a comprehensive set of skills, strategies, content expertise and networks rarely assembled in one firm that are essential to effecting change in today’s fast changing world. Corral Consulting distinguishes itself by crafting workable solutions that cut across business, community, and policy.

To complement his consulting work, Mr. Corral volunteers his time, talents and energy throughout Los Angeles. Thoroughly attuned to the challenges and opportunities facing under-resourced communities, Mr. Corral served as an elected representative on the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council from 2005 to 2008, providing pro bono consulting to several local startup ventures and serves as the current board president of the San Gabriel Valley Consortium for Homelessness.

Mr. Corral received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in public policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and is a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow.


Senior Diversity Business Partner
Capital Group

Capital Group is one of the world’s largest wealth management organizations, managing over $2.2 trillion. He currently manages enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion (DE&I) Leadership and Talent Development programs, designs and delivers leadership solutions, and advances racial equity initiatives, among others roles. Prior to joining Capital Group, Josh spent nearly 20 years as a Senior Homeland Security Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO—often called the “congressional watchdog”—is an independent, nonpartisan agency that examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and advises Congress and federal agencies how to improve government efficiency and effectiveness.

As an Analyst-in-Charge, Josh managed and supported homeland security audits and investigations to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)— including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S.Coast Guard, among other DHS components. His portfolio areas covered airport passenger screening operations, effectiveness of explosive detection canine teams, and international partnership efforts to secure overseas shipping containers, among others. Josh also served as a certified DE&I Facilitator and Strategist to advance agencywide DE&I programming efforts. He received multiple GAO awards in recognition of his contributions—Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Results through Teamwork, and multiple Managing Director’s Awards.

As a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, Josh has dedicated his career promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in marginalized spaces. As a certified DE&I Facilitator, he leads training sessions and presentations on implicit bias, emotional intelligence, and workplace civility. As a DE&I Strategist, he empowers individuals and organizations to engage in authentic conversations, develop sustainable programming efforts, and implement diversity workforce plans.

Josh earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and dual master’s degree in Public Administration and International Relations (MPA/MA-IR) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Outside the office, he is a devoted husband and father, active faith leader, marathon runner, and weekend golfer.


Dean                                                                            Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Nisha Botchwey, PhD, began serving as dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in January 2022. 

Previously, Botchwey served as associate dean for academic programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. In that role she was responsible for developing academic programs, overseeing all academic offerings and curriculum, and leading outreach and student affairs. She played a key role in leading Georgia Tech’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Botchwey was also a tenured associate professor in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, and director of the School’s Healthy Places Lab. She was on the Georgia Tech faculty since 2012, and also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University’s School of Public Health. Botchwey taught at the University of Virginia’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning from 2003 to 2011.

Botchwey's research and teaching have been at the nexus of environmental and health policy and the built environment, with a special focus on youth engagement and health equity. Over her career, she has been awarded more than $16 million from leading agencies and foundations as principal investigator or co-PI on more than 30 grant-funded projects.

Botchwey is co-editor of Making Healthy Places, Second Edition (Island Press, 2022), which brings together scholars and practitioners in fields ranging from public health, planning, and urban design, to sustainability, social work, and public policy. They explain how to design and build places that are beneficial to the physical, mental, and emotional health of humans, while also considering the health of the planet. 

She is co-author of the book Health Impact Assessment in the United States. She is the convener of a national expert panel on interdisciplinary workforce training between the public health and community design fields, and has authored numerous articles, book chapters, scientific presentations, and workshops. 

The impact of Botchwey's public health and social justice work was recognized in 2021 with the prestigious Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, and in 2016 by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Botchwey also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

She has earned many other distinctions, including an NSF ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award, a Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship from Georgia Tech, the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, and a Rockefeller-Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. 

Botchwey earned a master’s degree and PhD in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Virginia, and an AB from Harvard University. 



Assistant Director of Recruiting and Admissions
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Dustin Castro is the Assistant Director of Recruiting & Admissions at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is a driven professional with a diverse educational background, holding an AAS in Criminal Justice from Delta College (2009) and a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan (2012).

As the Assistant Director of Recruiting & Admissions, Dustin plays a pivotal role in overseeing the recruitment and admissions processes for the Ford School. His dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive community is evident in his representation of the Ford School at various fairs and recruitment events. He also serves as the admissions representative for the Ford School in esteemed professional organizations such as APSIA, APPAM, and NASPAA. Recognizing the importance of collaboration and forward-thinking in higher education, Dustin actively develops and nurtures partnerships with organizations like Teach for America, Americorps, and the Peace Corps. He knows firsthand the transformational power of summer programs, and he is delighted to direct the Junior Summer Institute at the Ford School. 

As a first-generation high school and college graduate, Dustin embodies the spirit of perseverance and the profound impact of educational opportunities. He leads with empathy, humility, honesty, and transparency, creating an environment where students can feel supported and encouraged in their pursuit of public policy education.


Director, Graduate Student Life
Princeton University

Gilbert Collins has served as the Director of Global Health Programs at the Princeton University Center for Health and Wellbeing since 2016. Before that, he was Director of Graduate Student Life at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) for three years. As an alumnus of the WWS MPA program (1999) and the Princeton Junior Summer Institute (1995), he returns to the institution that provided the academic foundation for his public service career.

Prior to coming to Princeton, Gilbert served for several years with the U.S. Peace Corps in southern Africa, including four years as Country Director in Namibia and four years as Associate Director in Botswana. Prior to that, he was the Evaluation and Planning Team Leader for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing strategic and programmatic guidance for relief and development activities around the world.

He has completed internships at the United Nations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the State Department. He also taught business development and computer literacy for seven months at a community-based NGO in Bangalore, India. Gilbert was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1999.

Before completing his MPA concentrating in Development Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University. He has also studied in Berlin and Beijing. Conversant in French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, Gilbert was born in Germany and was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His hobbies include photography, frisbee, travel, and board games. He is joined by his wife Sara and sons Timothy and Nicholas.


Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment & Globalk Outreach
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy 

Ranjan Daniels is a global enrollment pioneer skilled at recruiting and developing diverse leaders. As the Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment & Global Outreach for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Ranjan leads admissions, marketing, financial aid, executive education, new program development, and international partnerships.

Ranjan is responsible for transforming the admissions process at the Harris School and spearheading tremendous growth. Under Ranjan’s direction, Harris achieved 62% enrollment growth in his first year, setting Harris on a path of growth that would exceed leadership expectations. He has also led the significant diversification of the Harris student body, increasing enrollment of populations typically underrepresented in graduate enrollment and enrolling students from 40 different countries. Before joining the University, he spent twenty years building new products and championing innovation at Kaplan, Berkshire Hathaway, the Tribune Company, and the City of Chicago. 

Ranjan earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University. Ranjan serves on the Board of Trustees of Fourth Presbyterian Church, and in his free time enjoys running, grilling, and coaching baseball.

Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Public Affairs; Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs                                    


LBJ School of Public Affairs 

Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).

His career focus has been on "Black Power Studies," which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women's and ethnic studies, and political science. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University, where he founded the school's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy affect people's lives.

In addition to being a frequent commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, Dr. Joseph's most recent book is The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. He also wrote the award-winning books Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His book Stokely: A Life has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase "Black Power." Included among Joseph's other book credits is the editing of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.



Founding Director
Partnership for Inclusie Innovation

Debra Lam is the Founding Director of the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, a statewide public-private partnership committed to investing in innovative solutions for shared economic prosperity. She continues to lead smart communities and urban innovation work at Georgia Tech. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh’s inaugural Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance, and innovation functions of city government.

Before that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has received various awards, including being named one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley, Debra serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta,  and Public Policy and International Affairs Program. She was most recently appointed by the U.S Department of Commerce  to the Internet of Things Advisory Board.

Most importantly for this, she was a PPIA Fellow at University of Michigan and is thrilled to be part of the Board.


Executive Director
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

Before joining NASPAA, Dr. Wright-Lanier served as an Assistant City or County Manager for Goldsboro, Mooresville, Fayetteville, and Cumberland County, North Carolina. During this time, she managed more than twenty-two different departments. She began her local government career at the City of Raleigh in the Finance Department as an Operations Analyst. After three years, she was promoted to the City Manager's office, where she was the city's first Intergovernmental Relations Manager.

Dr. Wright-Lanier successfully developed the city's first grants initiative, allowing her to work with department heads and the local Raleigh delegation to win millions of dollars in federal grants.

Dr. Wright-Lanier is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She received her ICMA Credentialed Manager designation in 2018, and in 2021, Dr. Wright-Lanier received an ICMA Service Award in honor of her 20 years of service to local government.

Dr. Wright-Lanier received her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has a master's degree in Public Administration from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and a second master's degree in Management Information Systems. She was awarded her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College with a concentration in Leadership and Learning.


Director of Admissions
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Michael Massad  brings a wealth of expertise to his role as Director of Admissions at the Humphrey School. Prior to joining the Humphrey School, Michael pursued his passion for higher education administration by earning a master's degree at Vanderbilt University. Despite facing the challenges of the pandemic as a student, he embraced his time in Nashville and found it immensely fulfilling.

Michael's commitment to service started with a year of AmeriCorps service at College Forward, a non-profit organization focused on college access. He also gained valuable experience working in the admissions offices of Southwestern University and his alma mater, Carleton College. These diverse experiences have shaped his perspective and deepened his understanding of the admissions landscape and the important role that admissions offices can play in making higher education more accessible and inclusive to all students.

Although originally from Austin, Texas, and maintaining a Texan spirit, Michael has found a sense of belonging in Minnesota, which he now calls home. 


Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

Carmen Iezzi Mezzera has been executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs since January 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Programs and Operations at the Bretton Woods   Committee; Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation; Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Atlantic Council of the United States; and Director of Alumni Relations for the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.

Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SIS, Ms. Mezzera stayed on to complete her master’s degree with a focus on international organizations and sustainable development. Among her volunteer work, Ms. Mezzera has served with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, St. Matthew’s Cathedral in  Washington DC, the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade, and the Abyssinian Fund in Harlem, NY.

She has written and/or provided interviews for CNN, CBS, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and Cooperative Grocer Magazine – among other outlets – and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She received the 2008   Rising Star Alumni Award from American University.


Senior Director
U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID)

Danielle Callaway-Njama is a Senior Director in the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Hub. In this role, Danielle serves as the Organizational Change Management Lead for the implementation of an Agency-wide relationship management system for external partner engagement, a $60 million investment. This system seeks to deliver on The White House Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery, by enabling USAID to better track – and more proactively manage – its complex, multi-faceted relationships with corporate partners, foundations, and strategic industries.

Danielle is passionate about entrepreneurship, private public partnerships, leveraging technology to scale impact, diaspora investment strategies, and ultimately creating sustainable and inclusive solutions to global development challenges.  Danielle is driven by a personal desire to build bridges of economic growth and inclusion between the U.S. and Africa, through the development of investment strategies that incorporate historical and contemporary African diaspora communities.

Prior to USAID, Danielle worked as an entrepreneur for over a decade, having founded and run strategy consulting firms in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In this role, she provided market entry and capacity building facilitation to U.S. and European companies investing in East Africa; and served on numerous advisory boards to support African-owned and women-owned businesses to tap into international markets and expand capacity.  Danielle has supported the expansion of several global franchise brands into Sub-Saharan Africa including Coldwell Banker, Subway, Pizza Hut, Mango, and Ives Rocher.

While working with Deloitte Consulting LLP, Danielle supported the launch and implementation of Power Africa, a U.S. Government initiative to increase power generation in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia.

Danielle is a former Fulbright research scholar to Tanzania and holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Africa Policy Journal. She also holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, with majors in Psychology and Africana Studies.  She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and 3-year-old son.


Program and Conference Manager
Association for Public Policy Analaysis and Management (APPAM)

Leslie Ofori joined APPAM in July 2017 and serves as the Program and Conference Manager. As part of APPAM’s partnership with ASHEcon, American Society of Health Economists, she splits her time between both organizations. She is responsible for helping coordinate ASHEcon’s Annual Conference, managing the awards submissions process, coordinating membership and marketing efforts and supports with APPAM’s Equity and Inclusion Fellowship program, events and membership management tasks.

Previously, Leslie worked as the Development Assistant at Jobs With Justice, where she provided administrative support to the Development office and participated in all institutional advancement activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events coordination.Leslie moved to the District of Columbia after graduating from Loyola University in Maryland with a degree in communications. Prior to Jobs With Justice, she worked as a contractor with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker, supporting grant application processing. 


Assistant Dean                                                                                  Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University

Dr. Carleen where she oversees all curriculum and course accessibility concerns, student services, academic misconduct, faculty credentialing, leadership development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Chair, Interim Graduate Program Director, Undergraduate Program Director, and Field Experience Director of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Committed to the exploration of community issues and their impact on FIU stakeholders, Dr. Vincent-Robinson has served as a lecturer or panelist on gun violence issues, intimate partner violence, violence in the Black community, social justice and brave spaces in the classroom, public health from a criminal justice perspective, DEI, and leadership development. Her work as a founding member of the university’s Diversity Council, Faculty Fellow for the Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity (2020-2021), Faculty Fellow for Social Justice and Inclusion and Student Access and Success (2021-2023), and Equity Advisor allows Dr. Vincent-Robinson to expand others’ awareness of and deepen their understanding of the impacts of racism and diversity-led initiatives, facilitate unit-specific implicit bias, microaggressions, and bystander intervention training as well as educate colleagues about strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees from traditionally marginalized groups.

In addition to her many university obligations, Dr. Vincent-Robinson facilitates professional in-service programming focused on leadership development. She is a member of the Curriculum Taskforce for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, the Green School’s representative on The Volcker Alliance’s University Leadership Council on Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs Education, a member of the national planning committee for Virginia Tech’s Faculty Women of Color in the Academy annual conference, the President of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Keys, the Criminal Justice Faculty Discipline Coordinator for the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System, peer evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and peer reviewer for, both, the Office of Violence Against Women and the National Institution of Justice Research and Evaluation grant applications.

An FIU double-alumna, Dr. Vincent-Robinson earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education (2016) and M.S. in Criminal Justice (2004). She holds an M.A. in Sociology (2010) from the University of Miami with dual concentrations in criminology and race/ethnicity, a Juris Doctorate (2001) from Louisiana State University, and a B.A. in English Professional Writing (1998) from Baylor University. She is affiliated faculty with African and African Diaspora Studies and the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program and works, tirelessly, to actively mentor doctoral students as they begin their transition from knowledge-consumers to knowledge-producers. Her current professional interests include academic dishonesty as a form of deviance among students, intimate partner violence, mass incarceration, race/ethnic relations, and student success initiatives.


Dean and Professor                                                        Evans School of Public Policy and Governance 

Jodi Sandfort joined the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as dean in January 2021. Dean Sandfort’s scholarship focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. Her leadership uses participatory methods to activate others to address systemic biases that are reproduced through practices and processes.

At the Evans School, Dean Sandfort leads the staff and faculty, overseeing the operation of our $13.8 million budget in alignment with our mission. She is focused upon expanding pathways to public service, including developing and supporting a range of new under-graduate initiatives such as our Junior Summer Institute and Next Gen Civil Leader Corps and broadening the school’s educational programs. She brings background in human centered design that is helping the school to center community voice in policy and implementation, including the development of the Evans Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC). Throughout, she is committed to innovation that allows the school to realize its commitment to addressing historical biases in organizational operations.

Formerly a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Dean Sandfort is building upon a foundation of similar initiatives. She was the founder of the Future Services Institute that supported government redesign of programs and services through citizen engagement and leadership development. She founded and was academic director of the Hubert Project, a global community focused on improving public policy education through development and sharing of multimedia learning materials, such as e-cases and video briefs. Dr. Sandfort powered that work – and much of the new activities at the Evans School – from her engagement in the international Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter community of practice.

Sandfort is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a distinguished honor recognizing her innovative leadership in the field. She has authored books, many academic articles, chapters, and reports about social welfare system design, organizational effectiveness, early childhood education, welfare reform, nonprofit management, and philanthropy. She is currently a nationally elected Executive Council member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy & Public Affairs. She serves on the editorial boards of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration; American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. She is pleased the Evans School will be the host of 2024 international conference of the Public Management Association.

In the early 2000s, Sandfort directed the human services program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where she managed a portfolio of $20 million in annual giving. She also worked as a senior strategy consultant and trainer with national and statewide foundations, think tanks, and other nonprofit human service organizations. Sandfort served as a Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar funded for five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Director, Public Policy and Management Programs
Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University

Gladys Perez Sriprasert is Director of Public Policy and Management Programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Prior to Carnegie Mellon she held positions as the Community Initiatives Program Manager for the United Way of Allegheny County and spent four years as a Legislative Aide and Director for Texas State Representative Robert R. Puente. 

Ms. Sriprasert earned a B.A in Political Science from Boston University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. 





Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Rayna Truelove has been a champion for diverse scholars in federal research training, educational nonprofits, and university settings, with expertise advising undergraduate and graduate students, building inclusive community, and partnering with faculty and staff to cultivate   inclusive excellence and authentic community.

She is the inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She manages a portfolio that includes students, faculty, and staff. She holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and a B.S. from Trinity University in San   Antonio, both in neuroscience. Rayna was previously the Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University, supporting the Social Sciences and Humanities divisions in admissions, recruitment, and retention   of diverse scholars. She directed the Graduate Scholars Program, a cohort-based experience for first-year graduate students and pre-doctoral students from diverse backgrounds, designed to enhance and support academic, social, and community development during their early   graduate school experience.

 Rayna served as the Mellon Program Officer at the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, where she directed several programs for scholars along the academic pipeline and professoriate. She began her career at the National Institutes of Health, where she served as the director of   student services in the Office of Intramural Training and Education and was responsible for mentoring and advising candidates applying to graduate and professional programs and making career transitions. In her free time, Rayna enjoys cooking, travel, and spending time exploring the New Jersey area with her husband and two sons.



Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Dean of Students    Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley 

Anne Campbell Washington is Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Dean of Students at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Annie is a former City Councilmember and Vice Mayor for the City of Oakland, California. As Councilmember, Annie chaired the Community and Economic Development Committee and served as a member of the Finance & Management Committee and the Life Enrichment Committee. Before being elected to City Council, Annie was the District 4 School Board Member for the Oakland Unified School District.

Annie is a long-time public servant in the City of Oakland. During her 16-year career in Oakland, she held a variety of leadership roles, including Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jean Quan, Assistant to three City Administrators, Chief of Staff to the Fire Chief and Budget and Policy Analyst. She served as the Director of Operations & Special Projects at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as Executive Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Annie holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She lives in Oakland with her two children, Bahia and Quincy, her german shepherd Bardot and her tri-pawd pit bull, Georgie Washington. Annie has served on numerous Boards of Directors including, The Crucible, MOCHA, Safe Passages, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Oakland Promise, Oakland Grown, the East Bay Agency for Children, Oakland Children’s Fairyland and Girls, Inc. Annie is an active parent at the Oakland School for the Arts in downtown Oakland and Ile Omode in East Oakland, where her two children attend school.


President and CEO
Trading and Consulting International, Inc.

Albert Beckford Jones is Chairman and CEO of Trading & Consulting International, Inc. (TC Iternational/www.gointernationally.com) based in Chicago, with activities in the US and internationally. TC International, a firm which he founded in 1992, assists private and public sector institutions in the development and implementation of international and global strategies. Mr. Jones has served as the interlocutor for numerous U.S. institutions doing business with foreign entities. Mr. Jones has applied his extensive working knowledge and cultural understanding to international STEM and innovation capacity building.

Mr. Jones is, also, the Advisorto the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Research Competitiveness Program (RCP)- an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Triple A-S” (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people”. Mr. Jones assists RCP (and other AAAS programs) in their business development efforts with foreign governments, and institutions of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; he lays the ground work for international programmatic work and S&T collaboration. In 2011-2013, Mr. Jones was the Manager of Business Development at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a multi-billion-dollar endowed, science and research university in Saudi Arabia.

From 2008-2010, Mr. Jones was the Senior Advisorto the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global), a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress and established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This unique public-private partnership promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, in over 30 countries, through grants, technical resources, and training and Mr. Jones led CRDF’s global business development and international scientific and technical partnerships with the leadership in foreign governments, corporations and institutions worldwide to address complex global challenges in health, energy, agriculture, security, human capital development and non-proliferation (NP).

Previously, Mr. Jones served 2006-2007 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director of General Motors Corporation’s largest international dealership in the Middle East – and one of the largest in the world – (where he managed a budget of $400 million USD associated with assets in excess of $2 billion and oversaw 3,000 employees). Prior to this, he was the Chairman & CEO of Trading & Consulting International, Inc, and from the period of 1990-2003, Mr. Jones served as a licensed Financial Advisor in Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group, Vice President and Senior Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning for KeyCorp/KeyBank, a Special Business Analyst for the executive management of British Petroleum, and a Corporate Strategist for the executive management and Vice Chairman of the Board of First Chicago Corporation (now Chase Bank). Mr. Jones has advised a variety of domestic and international fortune 500 hundred companies on international business and joint ventures matters in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America including: United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, the Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Company (now known as MAGNET: Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), U.S. academic institutions on the implementation of international exchange agreements in South America, CRDF Global, and Key bank on global private equity and capital raising initiatives. He commands a working knowledge of a foreign language (Arabic).

Mr. Jones is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (PPIA) Fellow from both Harvard University and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago Harris, Graduate School of Public Policy. He earned a second master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1982) Graduate School of Economics with a concentration in International Finance and Economic Development, where he also earned a BA (1981) in Economics and was President of the University’s Student (Body) Association, an Intercollegiate Division I Athlete (basketball), and selected by Princeton University Foundation for Communication for academic achievement and leadership.

Mr. Jones has presented speeches at World Leadership and International Economic Forums on subjects related to Economic Growth and International Competitiveness and Global Poverty, such as the Jeddah Economic Forum. Mr. Jones has served as a Director /Trustee on several U.S. and international boards including the National Council of International Program (CIP) USA board of trustee, Chicago Council on International Programs, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (Global Affairs), Chairman Emeritus of TC International, Cleveland State University Foundation Board of Trustee, Lake Erie College Board of Trustee, Cleveland Music School Settlement Board of Trustee and Cleveland Council on World Affairs Board of Trustee.


Magaly López

Magaly López - UCLA
PPIA Alumni Advisory Committee, Co-Chair

Magaly N. López’s work focuses on using research and evaluation to improve the socio-economic mobility and power of communities of color. At the Labor Center, she supports projects reimagining California’s workforce development system so that, by design, it elevates workers of color and the industry standards in low wage work. Lopez is helping to expand the workforce development team’s vision and capacity through her expertise on High Road Training Partnerships, a framework central to creating equitable solutions to future of work challenges, and by developing an evaluation framework rooted in racial equity to assess workforce development programs to adequately serve workers of color.

López’s expertise stems from designing research and evaluation tools and procedures, executing quality data collection and analysis, and reporting that surfaces meaningful learnings from underrepresented voices and informs future strategy. Formerly a data analyst at the USC Program on Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), López’s work focused on immigrant integration and social-movement building. She has also conducted research on hometown associations and economic development policy in Mexico, day laborer workforce development in the U.S., construction work in New Orleans post-Katrina, and undocumented children in mixed-status households in New Mexico. She strives for her work to be participatory, culturally responsible, and centered on racial equity values.

Raised running a family-founded hometown association, López has since continued to find ways to serve her community: she founded a leadership development and higher education prep program in her hometown, Salinas, and is currently the Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Southern California Alumni Chapter. López holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Spanish from UCLA.

LaSandra Hutchinson

LaSandra Hutchinson - Chicago
PPIA Alumni Advisory Committee, Co-Chair

LaSandra has dedicated over 20 years to social justice and anti-violence work. She specializes in individual and systems advocacy, policy formulation, program development, and collaboration across public, private, and non-profit sectors. She leads community engagement strategy as the Community Outreach   Specialist at Anew, an agency that provides comprehensive, trauma-informed domestic violence services in Illinois. She is 1 of 15 Illinois domestic violence professionals selected to attend the 2022 Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) Leadership Academy, a program that develops diverse leaders   in  Illinois to advocate for the eradication of domestic violence.

Passionate about advancing equity, access, and the quality of life for underserved groups, LaSandra has served in a variety of capacities. Previously, she collaborated with Illinois legislators by providing policy and constituent relationship support to remove barriers for girls as an policy consultant. As an advocate for   vulnerable populations, she  has provided victim advocacy as a domestic violence medical advocate in Chicago's South Suburban hospitals, promoted judicial accountability in the DV Division of the Cook County Circuit Court, and designed and implemented youth violence prevention programming at The Chicago   Freedom School and The Illinois Center for Violence Prevention.

LaSandra currently serves as a member of the Matteson District 162 School Board, in which her children attend school and as the founder and CEO of Grace & Grief, LLC, an initiative that helps individuals grow through grief and live boldly after loss. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and   friends, reading, writing, travel, concerts, and long walks outdoors. She attended the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2001, the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at Princeton University in 2003, and is the founding Director of the PPIA Chicagoland Alumni Chapter. 

LaSandra was born and raised on Chicago's South Side and is a proud first-generation college graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master in Public Administration and Policy from The American University School of Public Affairs. 




(In Sequence - Professional Affiliations Shown at the Time of Service on the Board)

Susan C. Schwab (chair, 2000 – 2005)
Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Rebecca M. Blank (chair, 2006 – 2007)
Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Mark Wessel (chair, 2008 – 2009)
Dean, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Albert Beckford Jones (chair, 2009-2011)
Chairman and CEO of Trading & Consulting International, Inc.

William LeoGrande (co-chair 2011-2012)
Dean, School of Public Affairs, American University and
Martha Chavez (co-chair 2011-2012) Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, UC Berkeley

James Goldgeier (co-chair 2012-2015)
Dean, School of International Service, American University and
Martha Chavez (co-chair 2012-2015) Senior Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Dean of Students, UC Berkeley

Eric Schwartz (chair, 2015-2016)
Dean, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Laura Bloomberg (chair, 2016 - 2021)
Dean, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota



(Alphabetical by Last Name - Professional Affiliations Shown at the Time of Service on the Board)

Lisa Anderson
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Carolyn Ban
Dean, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Maggie DeCarlo**
The Harris School, University of Chicago

David Ellwood
Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Robert Gallucci
Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Louis Goodman
Dean, School of International Service, American University

Melissa A. Lee
Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Princeton University

Judith Morrison**
Senior Representative for Eastern South America, Inter- America Foundation

Michael Nacht
Dean, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Barbara Nelson
Dean, School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

Joseph Nye, Jr.
Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Jose Ochoa
Director of MPP Admissions and Programs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Barbara Romzek
Dean, School of Public Affairs, American University

Michael Rothschild
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Ruby Takanishi
President, Foundation for Child Development

Mitchell Wallerstein**
Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University


Patricia Budka, Program Coordinator, 2002 – 2003

Tevonne Ellis, Program Coordinator, 2004

Christopher Matias, Executive Director, 2002 – 2009

Rose Previte, Program Coordinator, 2003 – 2005

Lath Addie Rasavong, Program Manager, 2004 – 2006

Marvin Ward, Jr., Administrator, 2010 – 2011

Erin Mann, National Director, 2012 - 2016


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