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  • Maxwell is committed to serving as a resource for those making a difference at the state and local level.  Our longstanding support – sustained through multiple efforts embedded in several of our leading institutes and centers – allows Maxwell to contribute to domestic and international efforts to enhance public service delivery, strengthen communities, and improve citizen’s lives.  

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  • MPA grad turned Excelsior Fellow: It’s an honor to work with the state

    Ari Epstein ’14 M.P.A. was providing information technology services at a major university when he joined Maxwell’s master of public administration (M.P.A.) program. “I was interested in community-building activities and wanted to get involved in shaping and improving the institutions around me,” he said. “Nothing does that like the government.” He completed his M.P.A. in 2014 and was accepted into New York’s two-year Excelsior Service Fellowship Program.



    Thompson quoted in Spectrum piece on Kathy Hochul, Biden attending SU

    Prior to this year, no United States president, nor New York governor had ever graduated from Syracuse University. As of August 24, the college can claim both. "Certainly, the fact that Gov. Hochul graduated from the Maxwell School as an undergraduate meant that she was getting education in political science, economics, history and so forth, from some really leading people in the field," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "I think it will encourage applicants who have a desire to pursue careers in public service,” she says. Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Sitting U.S. president, NY governor both earned degrees at Syracuse University."



    Alumna Kathy Hochul ’80 BA (PSc) is first female governor of NYS

    Kathy Hochul ’80 (PSc), New York State’s lieutenant governor and an alumna of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences, has become the 57th and first female governor of New York State.



    Exec Ed grad serves panel on merging mental health, addiction services

    Lisa Hoeschele ’03 M.A. (PA), recently served on a statewide committee guiding a merger of New York’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). The new entity, the Office of Addiction and Mental Health Services, will integrate mental health and addiction services and streamline procedures and regulations.



    Van Slyke talks to Capital Tonight about fighting climate change

    Dean David Van Slyke discusses the need for government to work with the private sector and help facilitate a multi-faceted approach to triage, mitigate and prevent the effects of climate change in the coming years. "There really has to be a different governance approach to create mutually beneficial outcomes where those different partners can act out," says Van Slyke. Watch his full interview with Capital Tonight, "What role can government play in fighting climate change?"



    M.P.A./M.A.I.R. grad’s Excelsior Fellowship leads to career with NYS

    Charlene Cordero ’17 M.P.A./M.A.I.R. calls working as senior policy adviser for New York’s Public Safety Office her "dream job." The native of Brooklyn landed the job in September 2019 after two years as a New York Excelsior Fellow, working for the state’s Office of Public Safety. Cordero is among 24 Maxwell alumni named Excelsior Fellows since 2013, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the initiative. The program for recent law, graduate and professional school graduates invites participants to share diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to policy design and implementation in New York state government.



    Reeher weighs in on NY's 2022 gubernatorial race in Press-Republican

    With less than 20 months to go before the Nov. 8, 2022, statewide election, many potential scenarios are being discussed, and the most informed people can only speculate as to who the major party nominees for governor will be. Professor Grant Reeher says next year's Democratic primary may favor a left-leaning candidate such as Attorney General Letitia James, should she decide to go for the governor's office. The anchor of James' political strength is metropolitan New York City, which has the bulk of Democratic votes in the state. Read more in the Press-Republican article, "Cuomo crisis ignites hope for GOP as 2022 nears."


  • Feature Stories

  • Innovation in the Salt City

    As an extension of her work as community geographer, faculty member Jonnell Robinson now serves on Syracuse’s new "innovation team".


    Local Influence

    The mayor of Syracuse highlights the number of alumni in Syracuse city and Onondaga County government.


    Win-Win-Win Situation

    The Maxwell X Lab benefits government and nonprofits, in turn helping the clients they serve, while creating a sandbox in which to study real world policy challenges.

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    Centers and Institutes supporting Maxwell's State and Local Initiative

    Maxwell X Lab
    Partnering with public and nonprofit sectors to improve policy outcomes by leveraging behavioral science

    Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
    Creating public health programs that are effective replicated in community and national prevention programs

    Autonomous Systems Policy Institute
    Exploring new frontiers in policy, law, and governance of autonomous systems

    Campbell Public Affairs Institute
    Serving contemporary challenges in democratic governance

    Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
    Exploring environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social and humanistic aspects

    Center for Policy Research
    Focusing on domestic policy concerns—among them health studies, econometrics, public education, public finance, social welfare, poverty and income security, and urban and regional studies

    Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
    Enhancing knowledge about social conflicts and collaborative governance and collaborative problem solving

    Aging Studies Institute
    Promoting aging-related research, training, and outreach

    Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
    Facilitating research on issues raised by an increasingly interdependent world and studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.

    Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute
    Bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and implement new infrastructures.

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