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Public Service Management - The MPA Program at CCNY

Faculty and Staff Contacts


R. Mark Musell

Director of Public Management Programs
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212 650-6809
Fax: 212 650-6810

Adriana Espinosa

Deputy Director
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212 650-7357

Natalia Trujillo

Assistant Director, Student Programs
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212 650-5826


The MPA program draws the support of faculty and staff from across the CCNY campus. It also benefits from a strong and varied adjunct faculty who represent decades of experience in all aspects of public service.

Matt Bitz

Community Relations Department
Office of NYC Comptroller John C. Liu
212 669-8775

Professor Bitz teaches policy analysis and has been involved with the Public Service Management program at CCNY since Fall 2011. He holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Wagner School for Public Service at NYU and a degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt is currently working for New York City Comptroller John C. Liu in Public Affairs. Last year, he successfully managed the campaign to elect Ron Kim to the New York State Assembly, the first Korean-American to be elected to office in New York State history. In 2010, Matt ran for State Assembly in his native Wisconsin and previously served as Legislative and Budget Analyst for New York City Council Member Inez E. Dickens of Central Harlem.

Kamilah Briscoe

Director of Student Leadership and College Access
Shepard Hall, Room 550
212 650-8551

Professor Briscoe teaches leadership in public service. Briscoe holds a master's degree in postsecondary education from Teacher's College, Columbia University. From 2000 to 2004, Briscoe served as the founding associate director of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, where she shared responsibility for curriculum development, student programming, selection, and program evaluation. She spent the subsequent six years at New York University's Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy; her research focused on issues of access and equity in higher education for underrepresented students. At the Center, Briscoe provides leadership for all aspects of the Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service as well as strategic direction and vision for the Center's college access programming.

Adriana Espinosa

Deputy Director, Public Service Management Program
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-7357

Professor Espinosa holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts research in the areas of immigration, racial preferences in hiring, financial policy, and diversity in public service. She also manages the research and performance evaluation program in the Public Service Management Program. She graduated from CCNY and was valedictorian of her class.

Kevin Foster

Associate Professor, Department of Economics
R 5/103A
212 650-6201

Professor Foster conducts research in the areas of monetary and fiscal policy, financial management, and environmental entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Arturo Garcia-Costas

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Garcia-Costas works for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a strategic partnerships manager. Among his many responsibilities, he develops and implements educational/capacity-building activities related to environmental justice. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University. He teaches capstone for the Public Service Management program.

Dr. Diosdado G. Gica, EdD

Director of Learning and Literacy
Queens Library
212 875-4336

Professor Gica teaches fundraising strategy in the PSM program. He is Director of Learning and Literacy at the Queens Library.  Previously he was the Executive Director for the YMCA's New Americans Initiative, where he provided broad oversight on all aspects of fiscal, programmatic and contractual compliance. Dio received his EdD in 2012 from Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. His dissertation was titled, "Language Policies' Impact on Immigrant Students' Lived Experiences in NYC Public Schools." Dr. Gica is a permanent NYS-certified Teacher of English with an MA in Language Arts and Literature and a graduate of the NYC Fellows Program.

Jay Jorgenson

Professor, Department of Mathematics
NAC 6/290
212 650-5114

Professor Jorgenson completed his PhD in Mathematics at Stanford University. He maintains an active research program in pure mathematics, having published more than 70 articles and monographs, and received many grants supporting his research from the National Science Foundation. Building on his knowledge of statistics, he maintains interest in its applications. Professor Jorgenson has served as a statistical consultant to numerous organizations, including hedge funds, and pharmaceutical firms, and has been accepted as an expert witness in statistical matters by The Court. Professor Jorgenson has designed, implemented and taught numerous statistics and mathematics courses at the City College of New York. He has delivered more than 150 invited lectures, nationally and internationally, on his research, and he is a multiple recipient of the Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Mentor Award at CCNY. He works with the PSM program in developing the quantitative aspects of their curriculum and conducts workshops in SPSS and other statistical software packages.

Jean Krasno

Director, International Relations Program at CCNY and Adjunct Lecturer
NAC 4/136
212 650-5468

Professor Krasno is the Director of the Multilateralism and International Organization Initiative at the Colin Powell Center. She also organized and edited the papers of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. She has taught courses on the UN, peacekeeping, and international organization. She was Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System from 1998 to 2003 when the organization was housed at Yale. She holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Ira Krawitz

Director of Marketing
Communications/Public Relations
Phone - 7581 Fax - 7584

Professor Krawitz is a senior and seasoned marketing and communications professional.  He has extensive experience analyzing a wide range of marketing, promotional and branding issues and formulating comprehensive communications programs to achieve objectives.  Most recently as Director of Marketing at The City College of New York, Ira is tasked with meeting the communications needs of a renowned 166-year old institution with unique offerings in architecture, engineering and medicine and a strong legacy in liberal arts.  Reaching a diverse population along with the prospective students and parents, the local community, the media, the public-at-large and other constituencies with a clear coherent message is a constant challenge.  Prior to arriving at CCNY, he was in charge of global marketing at PR Newswire, the international news distribution service, overseeing advertising, marketing and the website, and contributing to the expansion of its user-base and developing innovative products and services. Earlier in his career he was Director of Marketing at both the American and New York Stock Exchanges.

John Krinsky

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
NAC 4/138B
212 650-5236

Professor Krinsky chairs the Department of Political Science. His research interests include labor, social justice, civil service, and urban affairs. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Janet Kyle

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room1
212 650-5095

Professor Kyle has more than 20 years of experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors driving organizational change through strategic talent management. She holds a Master of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a Master of Science degree from Pace University's School of Education. She teaches Strategic Human Resource Management.

George Mitchell

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
NAC 4/136
212 650-5468

George E. Mitchell is an assistant professor of political science and an affiliate of the Public Service Management program at the City College of New York. He directs the Public Policy/Affairs undergraduate minor. Before joining City College he worked in the post-conflict reconstruction sector in the Middle East and was a founding member of the Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He specializes in transnational NGO/international nonprofit management and leadership, international relations, and research methodology. His research has been published in the American Review of Public Administration, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press) and The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work (CQ Press). Professor Mitchell earned his Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Danielle Moss-Lee

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Moss-Lee is the Executive Director of the New York City YWCA.  Previously she served as CEO of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. She has significant experience in curriculum development and program design and a commitment to expanding educational enrichment opportunities for underserved students. She teaches courses in urban youth policy and also manages capstone projects for the graduate program.

R. Mark Musell

Director of Public Management Programs, and Adjunct Lecturer Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-6809

Professor Musell spent twenty-five years serving the Congress as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington.  He is one of the founding leaders of both Rangel Center and the Graduate Program in Public Service. He holds an MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. His areas of research and expertise include government budgeting and public personnel management.

Mensur Purisic

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
City College of New York

Professor Purisic teaches quantitative methods for the PSM program. Purisic has been working as an adjunct lecturer for the mathematics department at CCNY since 2007. Purisic received his B.S. in Pure Mathematics at CCNY in February 2007, and he completed his master's in pure mathematics at City College in February 2008. Professor Purisic is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Andrew Rich

Resident Scholar in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy, Division of Social Science;
Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science
NAC 4/136
212 650-5468

Professor Rich is the Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation. He has also served as the CEO of the Roosevelt Institute and Deputy Director of the Colin Powell Center at CCNY. He received both his Master's Degree and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Professor Rich is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise. He has written widely on think tanks, interest groups, foundations, individual donors and the role of experts in public policy.

Bill Thomas

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, New York Philharmonic
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-6809

Professor Thomas teaches Strategic Management in the PSM program. Mr. Thomas joined the NY Philharmonic in 1999 and also served as CFO of the Metropolitan Opera. Previously, Mr. Thomas served as Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library, Commissioner of Finance for the City of Yonkers, Deputy New York City Finance Commissioner, Budget Director for the Manhattan Borough President, Associate Director of Research and Negotiations for DC 37, AFSCME, and Analyst for the NYS Financial Control Board. He has also served as Board Chairman of the West Side YMCA, and is presently a Board Member of Delta Dental of New York as well as a Trustee of the American Federation of Musicians Pension Fund. Mr. Thomas has served as a faculty advisor at the New School, and has lectured at NYU's graduate program in arts management. Mr. Thomas holds a BA in American History, Magna Cum Laude, from the City College of New York, and an MPA from Columbia University, where he was a Public Service Fellow.