Advisors to the MPA Program

The MPA program draws on a highly credentialed network of professionals from leading institutions in public service. Our faculty, mentors, and advisors are affiliated with organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Philharmonic, the Open Society Foundation, Planned Parenthood, USAID, the Council on Foreign Relations, and B Lab. In addition to bringing decades of experience in all aspects of public service, they possess rich academic accomplishments and degrees.

Dio Gica

Dr. Diosdado Gica currently serves as Chief Operations Officer at ICD and Chief Program Officer at SAGE. He is responsible for SAGE's direct services in NYC, including healthcare coordination, technology-enabled services, research projects, and service programs for LGBT older adults. He previously served as executive director of the YMCA of Greater New York and as director of learning and literacy at the Queens Borough Public Library. A former NYC Teaching Fellow, 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." 

Danielle Moss-Lee

Dr. Danielle Moss-Lee is CEO of Oliver Scholars and formerly the Chief of Staff of the New York Civil Liberties Union, an historic civil rights organization. She is co-founder of The Ebony Vanguard, an inter-generational collective dedicated to power, progress, and play for women and girls of the African Diaspora. Dr. Moss currently serves on the boards of Eskolta and The New York Women's Foundation. In addition to her roles as co-chair of the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and NYC Commissioner for Gender Equity, she recently served as CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York for five years. 

R. Mark Musell

Mark 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 the 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. Musell is author of Understanding Government Budgets.

Chukwudi Onike

Chukwudi Onike graduated from the MPA program in 2014 and currently serves as associate for innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation. He previously served as a research assistant at the Colin Powell Center and as a World Bank consultant on governance in South Sudan. He has held internships in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Roosevelt Institute. Mr. Onike holds a B.A. in International Studies from The City College of New York.

Lindsay Siegel

Lindsay Siegel is Director of Impact at Company and former ED of the Zahn Center, a startup incubator and hub for changemakers at CCNY that helps students create organizations that effectively and efficiently disrupt the status quo. She has 15 years of executive experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and academic organizations. She previously served as associate director at The Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia's Earth Institute. She is an entrepreneurial strategist dedicated to building partnerships to address gender equity, environmental justice, social inclusion and sustainable development. She holds an MBA in social enterprise and nonprofit management from the Yale School of Management.

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas is ED of the NY Philharmonic. He joined the NY Philharmonic in 1999 and served as senior vice president and chief financial officer before becoming executive director. He previously served as CFO of the Metropolitan Opera and 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, and analyst for the NYS Financial Control Board. He has also served as board chairman of the West Side YMCA. 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 from The City College of New York and an MPA from Columbia University.

Natalia Trujillo

Natalia Trujillo currently serves as managing director of the MPA Program at CCNY, where she has built an innovative curriculum and fellowship program focused on social innovation. A graduate of the MPA program, Trujillo previously served as a budget and management specialist at the Skadden, Arps Program in Legal Studies, a unique public-private partnership that prepares students from low-income and underrepresented groups for successful legal careers in order to enrich and diversify the legal profession in the United States. Before becoming acting director, she served as deputy director and director of social innovation at the MPA program.