Alumni Speakers and Guests
2018 APPAM / Maxwell School Public Policy Camp
Transforming Activism to Good Public Policy: Bringing Your Voice to the Table
Policy Camp Speakers
Dr. Lloyd Blanchardcurrently serves as the University of Connecticut’s Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Interim Associate Vice President of Budget and Planning and an Associate Professor in Residence for the Department of Public Policy.
He is a seasoned public administrator with wide-ranging government and academic leadership experience. He has been a senior White House budget official, chief operating officer of two public organizations, deputy chief financial officer at NASA, and an academic executive at Louisiana State University and the Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York. He has also served on the public administration faculty at the University of Washington and Syracuse University, and directed a consulting practice in performance management for a risk management consulting firm.
Dr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and MPA and PhD Degrees in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.Dr. Blanchard’s research and published work has centered on social capital, education policy and finance, racial and ethnic disparities in education, and disparities in small business lending.
Naomi M. Barry-Pérez has served as the Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2012.In this position, she directs DOL's civil rights enforcement and compliance programs.Ms. Barry-Pérez serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor and Departmental leadership on civil rights and equal employment opportunity (EEO) with regard to entities receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor as well as employment with the Department of Labor.
Additionally, Ms. Barry-Pérez held the position of Chief of Internal Enforcement where she oversaw the investigation and adjudication of complaints of discrimination within the Department. She also served as Acting Chief of the Office of Compliance Assistance and Planning, the entity dedicated to providing Departmental stakeholders with information on how to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Ms. Barry-Pérez was also responsible for coordinating efforts that pertain to persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and migrant/seasonal farm workers.
Ms. Barry-Pérez served as a Budget Examiner in the Education Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President in 1999-2000. She also served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Fellow in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in 1996-1997.
Ms. Barry-Pérez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Politics (cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition, she held a Public Interest Law Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center where she received a Juris Doctor Degree.
Ms. Barry-Pérez is the recipient of numerous National awards, including a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumnae Achievement Award, Secretary of Labor Exceptional Service Awards, the inaugural Federal Employee Leadership Award given by the National Farmworker Conference, a National Hispanic Scholarship, a Harry S Truman Scholarship for Public Service, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Public Policy.
Parag Mehta is the Executive Director of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. He leads a team of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring fair and lasting economic growth around the world and who work to leverage the core competencies and assets of Mastercard to achieve the same. As Executive Director, he is responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the Center and overseeing its global programs, data & research initiatives and strategic engagement.
For nearly two decades, Parag has been a leader in creating positive social impact. From shaping evidence-based public policies to organizing large-scale social change movements, he has worked with diverse groups of stakeholders to advance the common good. He joined the Center in 2017 as Vice President for Strategic Engagement and was charged with building a community of global influencers to support Mastercard’s position as the leading private sector voice on inclusive growth.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Parag served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy. In that capacity, he organized a series of campaigns to address some of the most pressing public health issues of our time. Parag also spent more than four years directing communications for a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor and served on Barack Obama’s presidential transition team as a liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and to LGBT Americans.
Parag has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service and held a number of leadership positions in advocacy organizations and political campaigns. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lorraine Y. Collins is the Director of Public Policy and External Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. New York Office. In this capacity, Lorraine is responsible for working with the office’s Executive Team and Program Leaders to build and effectively execute a public-policy strategy to address affordable housing and community development issues across the New York Market. Lorraine also oversees the Office’s advocacy and lobbying activities, as well as its communications function.
Prior to joining Enterprise, Lorraine spent over a decade in New York State government working on affordable housing policy at Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Division of Budget. Lorraine played a critical role in the State’s fair housing planning efforts by launching HCRs Fair and Equitable Housing Office. Additionally, at HCR Lorraine served as a Regional Director and Policy Advisor, leading efforts to address affordable housing and community development needs in areas such as health and housing, resilience, education and employment inequalities. Lorraine also had a five-year career in the private sector, working as a financial analyst at Carrier Corporation.
Lorraine received her BBA in Accounting from Howard University and her MBA and MPA from Syracuse University.
Michael Mitchell is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Fiscal Policy division, where he focuses on criminal and juvenile justice reform and reinvestment as well as state higher education funding and affordability.
He is also the Program Director for theState Policy Fellowship Program— a two-year Fellowship opportunity for recently graduated Masters students interested in conducting research and analyses on critical state budget and tax policy issues.
Prior to joining the Center, Mitchell was himself a State Policy Fellow for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, where he conducted research on state taxes and borrowing, the effects of budget cuts on communities of color, and the impacts of the recession on young adults.
Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Connecticut and an MPA from Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Michael was a PPIA Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and served two congressional internships with Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Jim Himes.
Charlene graduated with an MPA/MAIR and a Certificate in Advanced Study in Security from the Maxwell School.While at Maxwell, Charlene focused on human security in the Western Hemisphere and was able to complete a year exchange at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po) in Paris, France and courses in Rome, Italy and Washington, D.C.Charlenecurrently serves as an Excelsior Fellow in Albany, New York. First at the New York State Intelligence Center and now in the New York State Office of Public Safety. Her current portfolio includes issues such as hate crimes, MS-13, and the opioid crisis, among others.
Prior to attending Maxwell, Charlene served as a Policy Assistant with the Human Rights Campaign and as Special Correspondence Coordinator in the Washington, DC office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Charlene was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow from 2012-13 where she served as Hispanic Affairs Fellow and Interim Foreign Affairs Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Robert Menendez (NY). CHCI is the premier Hispanic leadership development organization in the country.Though born in Brooklyn, NY, Charlene grew up in the Dominican Republic and still wonders why she keeps moving to places that are just not as warm. She enjoys cold brew coffee and exploring the NYS Capitol.
Alejandro S. Amezcua, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He researches new venture strategy by adapting theories on organizational sponsorship and population ecology to evaluate whether new ventures that accept government support outperform their peers. His dissertation—Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy—investigates the effectiveness of incubation policy and examines which features of incubators contribute to business success. Additionally, this work earned the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Previously, Dr. Amezcua worked for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations as Associate Director for Communications and Outreach where he improved public understanding of the nonprofit sector and forged stronger alliances with government, corporations, and foundations. He also worked for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he supported grant making that addressed race relations and the management capacity of the nonprofit sector.
Dr. Amezcua holds a Ph.D. and an MPA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is also a former Jane Addams Fellow in Philanthropy where he studied nonprofit management and fundraising at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.
Jeralyn is a Senior Communications Associate with Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign. In this role she provides strategic communications support to grassroots organizations working to end the school to prison pipeline. Jeralyn joins Advancement Project from Collaborative Communications Group where she served as a Communications Specialist, managing a portfolio of communications projects for education non-profits and foundations. Jeralyn previously served as a Community Outreach Specialist in the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) were she developed and implemented outreach and communications strategies for agency initiatives and events. As a Public Information Officer she managed agency publications and OSSE’s internal and external digital platforms.
As a political organizer, Jeralyn has worked on numerous issue and candidate campaigns, leading direct voter contact programs and successfully electing candidates at the state, local, and federal level. In 2010 she worked with the Service Employees International Union in support of health care reform legislation. She has additionally worked on Capitol Hill monitoring and researching education and justice legislation.
Jeralyn holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a faculty research associate at theProgram for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Her research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution, and challenges in public administration.
Tina's research has been published in numerous journals, such as theJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory,Public Administration Review,American Review of Public Administration,National Civic Review, andConflict Resolution Quarterly, among several others. She has several award-winning articles, including: “Addressing the Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Exploring the Potential of Deliberative Democracy for Public Administration,” which won the 2010 Best Article Award fromAmerican Review of Public Administration; “Evaluating the Productivity of Collaborative Governance Regimes: A Performance Matrix”, which won the 2015 best article award fromPublic Performance and Management Review; and “The New Governance: Practices and Processes for Stakeholder and Citizen Participation in the Work of Government,” which was recognized as one of the 75 most influential articles in the history ofPublic Administration Review.
In addition to numerous book chapters, monographs, and white papers, Tina is also the lead editor ofDemocracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement(Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also recently published two books:Public Participation for 21st Century Democracywith Matt Leighninger (Jossey-Bass, 2015) andCollaborative Governance Regimeswith Kirk Emerson (Georgetown University Press, 2015).
Before joining the Maxwell School, Tinawas the research coordinator for the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, analysis, and publication of various research projects. In this capacity, she provided consultations about, and evaluations of, alternative dispute resolution in several U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
Colleen Heflin is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Dr. Heflin conducts policy-relevant research that sits at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies. The broad aim of her research is to understand the processes that create systems and patterns of social stratification and, more specifically, to examine welfare policy and the well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of material hardship. In a recent project, Dr. Heflin analyzed how specific shocks to family stability, such as unemployment or becoming disabled, lead to particular kinds of material hardship, such as medical or housing hardship. Other recent projects have examined how the population using food stamps and unemployment insurance has changed with the Great Recession; how the experience of material hardship affects couples’ decisions to marry; how children’s participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) affects their households’ overall food insecurity; and how veterans’ well-being and social program participation compares to that of other groups. Colleen received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 2002.
Sarah Hamersma is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. She taught at the University of Florida before coming to Syracuse University.Much of her most recent research focuses on health and nutrition programs, examining their consequences for food insecurity, health outcomes, and labor supply. New work funded by the Cornell Population Center and Center for Aging Policy Studies (Syracuse) will investigate food assistance and labor market decisions over the life cycle in New York State. An additional new project, funded by the USDA through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to study the intergenerational transmission of food insecurity and the role of higher education and food assistance in breaking such transmission. Sarah received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in2004.
Julia L. Carboni (Ph.D. Management, University of Arizona) is an Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she teaches courses on nonprofit management and fund development. Her research focuses on collaborative arrangements designed to address large-scale social issues and social media use and management by nonprofit organizations. Dr. Carboni serves on national committees for several professional associations including the Academy of Management, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Indy Food Council. Prior professional experience includes managing youth mentoring and graduate education programs and alumni fundraising for academic units. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Saba is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Siddiki was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research focuses on policy design, collaborative policy making, and regulatory implementation and compliance. She has studied these topics in the contexts of food, transportation, and energy policy. Her research has been published in leading public affairs journals, including thePolicy Studies Journal,Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,Public Administration Review,Public Administration, andReview of Policy Research, among others. Siddiki received her Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011. She currently serves as Associate Editor forPolicy Design and Practice.
Dr. Alfonso Flores-Lagunes is a Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research as of August 2014. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), an international network of researchers around labor market research and policies, since 2008. Dr. Flores-Lagunes has held faculty appointments at the State University of New York at Binghamton, University of Florida, and University of Arizona. He has been a visiting fellow at the Industrial Relations Section and the Department of Economics of Princeton University, and visiting scholar and lecturer at Cornell, Ohio State, CEPS/INSTEAD (Luxembourg), and the Central Bank of Mexico. He holds a B.A. in economics from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from The Ohio State University.
Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Maxwell School,Professor Michelmorewas an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include family and social policy, economics of education, and labor economics. She has published inThe Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,Demography,Journal of Marriage and Family,andReview of Economics of the Household,among others. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked as a research assistant at The Urban Institute in Washington D.C. Katherine received her Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2014.
John Yinger is a Trustee Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs, Director of the Education Finance and Accountability Program, and Associate Director of theCenter for Policy Research. He has published dozens of articles in professional journals on the topics of education finance, discrimination in housing and mortgage markets, and urban economics.His most recent book,Housing and Commuting: The Theory of Urban Residential Structureis forthcoming. His edited volume,Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity, published in 2004, and his co-authored book,The Color of Credit: Mortgage Discrimination, Research Methodology, and Fair Lending Enforcement, appeared in 2002. Professor Yinger has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin; served as a senior staff economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and co-directed several state-level tax of aid studies.
Peter Wilcoxen is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, an Ajello Professor in Energy and Environmental Policy, and a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. He also serves as Director of the Maxwell School's Center for Environmental Policy and Administration. Pete’s principal area of study is the effect of environmental and energy policies on economic growth, international trade, and the performance of individual industries. He has published numerous articles and co-authored two books: one on the design of an international policy to control climate change, and one on the design and construction of large-scale economic models.Since 1995, he has served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Pete received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1989.
Masood Hyder joined Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, in 2017 as its newest Professor of Practice. He offers courses on Humanitarian Action, Food Security, the UN, and Development Aid.
Professor Hyder has 28 years' experience in development and disaster management, in progressively responsible positions at the United Nations (with the World Food Programme, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). He has first- hand experience of dealing with humanitarian and development operations and projects at country level, having lived and worked in Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Djibouti. He has experience of cooperating with and advocating for communities striving to overcome the effects of poverty and disaster. He is familiar with UN System Headquarters in New York, Rome and Washington D.C. having also worked in those locations. Prior to joining the UN, he served for five years as Senior Research Officer in the Civil Service College, Civil Service Department, London. In 2011 and 2012, he taught graduate-level courses on humanitarian affairs at Syracuse University and lately at Fordham University, New York.
Masood Hyder has a B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and M.Sc. (Strategic Studies) from the University of Wales.
Robert B. Murrett is a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and serves as the Deputy Director of theInstitute for National Security and Counterterrorism(INSCT). He holds a courtesy faculty appointment with theForensic and National Security Sciences Instituteand is on the Advisory Board of theInstitute for Veterans and Military Families, both at the University.In 2016, Murrett was the recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship atthe Maxwell School.In addition, he is a staff member at the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses, and chairs the MITRE Intelligence Advisory Board. His areas of specialty include:National security, international relations, military and defense strategy, leadership.
Jamie Winders is a Professor and Chair of the Geography Department at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Her research areas of specialty include: urban, cultural and social geography; race/ethnicity, gender; international migration; qualitative and historical research methods; and social reproduction. Recent articles include: "Immigration and the 2016 Election", in Southern Geographer (56.3: 291-296): "Finding a Way into (Feminist) Economic Geography" from Environment and Planning (A.48.10: 2081-2084); and "New Immigrant Destinations in Global Context" in International Migration Review (48.s1: S149-S179). Dr. Winder teaches graduate seminars on Feminist, Urban and Cultural Geography, as well as one on Race and Space. She earned her Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Kentucky and a MA in Geography from University of British Columbia. She has been teaching at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University since 2004.
Assistant Professor Matt Young with the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs joined Syracuse University in 2017. He teaches public organizations and management, and electives on technology and innovation in the public sector.
Prior to joining Maxwell, Professor Young was a graduate student at the University of Southern California. In addition to his research agenda, Dr. Young worked as a data scientist for the USC project team on an NIH-funded grant project to create a contextualized data resource for the Health and Retirement Study. He also has over ten years of private sector experience in both hardware and software technology startups, and consulting. Previously, he was a Marketing Manager at Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG); Product Manager and Software Quality Assurance Manager at L2, Inc.; and a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Rendition, Inc. and Micron Technologies, Inc.
His primary research interests include public management; public sector innovation and technology; public service delivery; governance; civic engagement; and social justice.
Professor Young has won numerous awards including the Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award from the University of Southern California, Outstanding Achievement Award from Sol Price School of Public Policy, Price School Ph.D. Fellowship from the University of Southern California and the Dean’s Merit Scholar, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. During his time in graduate school he served as the Vice President for the PhD student association at the Price School of Public Policy and on the Student Advisory Committee for the Association of Public Policy and Management.
Dr. Young has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Carmen Carrion-Flores is a Research Assistant Professor in Economics and a Senior Research Associate within the Center for Policy Research. She specializes in environmental economics, regional and urban economics, labor economics and applied economic analysis. Her research interests include land use policy, energy efficiency, air pollution and migration. She uses spatial and dynamic econometric models to answer questions that are relevant for policy analysis. A critical aspect of her research is to tackle relevant policy questions using an interdisciplinary approach. Her work has been published in a mixture of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic journals, including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, IZA Journal of Migration and Development. She holds a PhD from the University of Arizona.
Len Burman is the Paul Volcker Chair of Behavioral Economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. He co-founded the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, in 2002. Len was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the Treasury from 1998 to 2000 and Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1988 to 1997. Additionally, he is past-president of the National Tax Association (NTA) and 2016 recipient of the NTA’s Davie-Davis Award for Public Service. Burman is the co-author with Joel Slemrod of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know and author of The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Tax Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed, and co-editor of several books. He is often invited to testify before Congress and has written for scholarly journals as well as media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Len received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1985.
Michah W. Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. His research and teaching interests are in public finance and financial management, particularly in the field of education policy. His current research includes studying the impact of school choice on school budgets, the effect of school finance reforms on district funding, the consequences of food safety compliance grades in New York City, and the impact of universal free meals on student outcomes. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from New York University and his MPA and BS degrees from Cornell University.
Robert Bifulco is Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His research has focused on the evaluation of educational policies including whole-school reform, school accountability programs, charter schools, magnet schools and student assignment policies. He has prepared analyses of school finance issues and the design of state aid formulas for Governor M. Jodi Rell’s Commission on Education Finance and for the plaintiffs in the Connecticut school finance caseCCJEF v. Rell. His work has appeared in theAmerican Economic Journal, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, andEducation Finance and Policyamong other academic journals.