TNGO Staff and Associated Faculty

   Tosca Bruno- van Vijfeijken

Tosca 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 its 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.

Peg Hermann Margaret (Peg) Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer 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. She is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA). She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University. 
George Mitchell

George E. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at City College of New York. He received his PhD in political science from the Maxwell School. He holds MAs in economics and political science from Syracuse University, a BS in economics from West Virginia University and a certificate in political psychology from Stanford University. He has been a research analyst in Dubai, UAE, a consultant in Washington, DC, and a Goekjian scholar at the Maxwell chool. His current research combines exploratory statistics and computer-aided qualitative analysis to understand the leadership and organization of transnational NGOs.

Hans Peter-Schmitz Hans Peter Schmitz is a Moynihan TNGO Senior Research Fellow. Formerly Associate Professor at the Maxwell School he is now Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence/Italy and his MA from the Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tűbingen/Germany. His current research focuses on the accountability and effectiveness of transnational non-governmental actors, global health issues, rights-based approaches to development, and corporate social responsibility. 

Carly Biondi

Carly Biondi is the program manager for TNGO. She joined TNGO in February 2017 after returning to the United States from China. She received her master’s in international studies from Concordia University Irvine in 2015 and worked for World Agroforestry Centre’s (ICRAF) East and Central Asia regional office while in China.Her previous research has focused on climate change vulnerability analysis in rural China and agroforestry in upland Myanmar.

 J Michael Dedmon

Michael Dedmon is PhD student in the department of Political Science. He joined Moynihan and TNGO in 2014 from the Center for Creative Leadership, a global research and education non-profit focused on leadership training and development, where he researched leadership development and talent management practices in emerging markets and international civil society organizations. Prior to CCL, Michael earned bachelor and master’s degrees in International Relations from the American University of Paris and the London School of Economics. At TNGO, Michael supports the initiative’s research on leadership development in the civil society sector and on digitally enabled NGOs and advocacy platforms. His academic interests are in European and Latin American politics and political economy, transnational advocacy, and the relationship between civil society organizations, social movements and political parties, particularly relative to political claims for economic justice. 
Jaclyn Petruzzelli
Jaclyn Petruzzelli is a PhD student in Public Administration. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the College of William and Mary and BS in psychology from St. Joseph's University. Jaclyn's research falls in the realm of interactions between nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations and potential supporters. She is specifically interested in how organizations manage communication strategies to influence public perceptions of their work and how concepts such as "raising awareness" and "public attention" influence decisions to support a cause or an organization.