Maxwell Contributors



Tosca Bruno van-VijfeijkenTosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for over 25 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She has been the Co-Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003, and in 2015 became Director. She focuses on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of INGOs, and directs the TNGO Leadership Institute and its related customized leadership development work with INGOs such as ActionAid, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Population Council.  Tosca also directs the work on leading and managing INGO organizational change processes, and has undertaken applied assignments with Oxfam International, Save the Children, CARE International and Amnesty International on this topic to help them learn from their change processes.  Tosca advises Heifer International on strategy planning and works on organizational and program evaluation. She is a member of Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel and a board member of InterAction, the national platform of US INGOs. She also serves on the board of Public Interest Registry that works on the nexus of the Internet and civil society. As a former international development practitioner with sixteen years of practitioner experience, Tosca worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management in the Netherlands, served during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation in Cambodia, and worked at the World Bank on social development, public participation and civil society issues.


CATHERINE M. GERARD, Faculty/Curriculum Development

Catherine GerardCatherine M. Gerard serves as Associate Director of Executive Education Programs and Director of the Program For the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School. Before joining Syracuse University, she was Assistant Director for the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations where she led a consulting and training organization devoted to statewide training and organizational effectiveness. Her graduate course at the Maxwell School is targeted for mid-careers managers from public and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.  She recently conducted leadership training for Senior Executives in the Department of Defense and New York State government.  Ms. Gerard has consulted with public and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, leadership/management, organizational change, team-building and conflict resolution, labor-management partnerships, and total quality management.  Ms. Gerard holds an MA from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Rockefeller College.



Peg HermannMargaret (Peg) Hermann is Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School. Her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, and the comparative study of foreign policy. Dr. Hermann has worked to develop techniques for assessing the leadership styles of heads of government as well as NGO leaders at a distance and has such data on over 150 leaders. She is currently involved in exploring the effects of different types of leaders and decision processes on the management of crises that cross borders and boundaries as well as in a large interview study of the governance challenges facing the leaders of transnational non-governmental organizations. She has been president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA) as well as editor of the journal, Political Psychology. At present she is editor of the International Studies Review, a journal of the International Studies Association, and Advances in Political Psychology, an annual journal. Her books include The Psychological Examination of Political Leaders; Describing Foreign Policy Behavior; Political Psychology: Issues and Problems; and Leaders, Groups, and Coalitions: Understanding the People and Processes in Foreign Policymaking. Among her journal articles are “Presidents, Advisers, and Foreign Policy,” “Leadership Styles of Prime Ministers,” “Rethinking Democracy and International Peace: Perspectives from Political Psychology,” “International Decision Making: Leadership Matters,” “Ballots, a Barrier Against the Use of Bullets and Bombs,” and “The US Use of Military Intervention to Promote Democracy: Evaluating the Record.” Hermann received her Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University.


STEVE LUX, Faculty/Curriculum Development 

Steve LuxCurrently the Director of Executive Education at the Maxwell School, Steve is responsible for overseeing the School’s mid-career graduate degree programs (roughly 150 full and part-time students from thirty countries around the world) and developing and managing various executive management training for both domestic and international audiences. Steve also teaches graduate level courses at the Maxwell School on subjects related to non-governmental organizations and civil society. Prior to his work with the Maxwell School, Steve spent 12 years designing and managing development programs in South East Asia across a range of topics including health (i.e. family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition) and rural development (i.e. agricultural production, microcredit, small business development). Starting as a World Teach volunteer in Thailand in 1991, Steve’s career path allowed him to live and work also in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and to become fluent in Thai and Vietnamese. Steve’s last assignment before returning to Syracuse University full-time in 2004 was as Regional Director of a Thai NGO, the Population and Community Development Association. Steve also has experience as an information systems analyst while working for Computer Science Corporation (CSC) from 1989 – 1991. Steven Lux has an AB degree in Economics from Harvard College (1989) and a MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (1997).