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Brian Ohl

Brian Ohl

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Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2023


Brian Ohl is adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs, teaching public budgeting, among other topics. He is also a research fellow at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). In this role, he conducts research on collaborative governance with Professor Tina Nabatchi and other colleagues. He has received awards for both teaching and research, including the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Maxwell School.


Ohl served as the assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget for New York City and also worked as director of programs for an environmental nonprofit. As the assistant director of the infrastructure task force, he had the opportunity to work on many of New York City’s innovative environmental policy initiatives, including PlaNYC, the city’s sustainability plan. In that role, he oversaw a combined $3.2 billion in agency operating budgets and $20.8 billion in capital programs.


Ohl’s research focuses on management, collaborative governance, sustainability, and public budgeting. He is currently conducting research on collaborative governance as part of the Atlas of Collaboration project. In addition, he is conducting research on sustainability in organizations. Ohl received a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School with concentrations in public management and environmental policy. He also received an M.P.A. from Cornell University, with a concentration in environmental policy. 

Areas of Expertise

Management, collaborative governance, sustainability, public budgeting