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Faculty

The MPA program draws a highly-credentialed network 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, USAID, UN-Habitat and B Lab. In addition to bringing decades of experience in all aspects of public service, they possess rich academic accomplishments and hold degrees from universities like Oxford, Columbia, Yale, the Kennedy School at Harvard, and the London School of Economics.

Carolyn Allwin

Professor Allwin teaches Strategic Management of Social Impact Organizations. Carolyn possesses a unique combination of consulting, impact investing, and legal experience. She is the co-founder and the managing director of Elysian Advisers, an impact investing consultancy that helps companies build sustainable and impactful business models. Carolyn previously served as an Associate Tax Counsel at  Goldentree Asset Management and as a Tax Attorney at Ernst & Young. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Bard MBA for Sustainability, serves as the Chair for the Impact Capital Forum, and is on the steering committee of the NEXUS Impact Investing. She speaks fluent French and Korean. Carolyn received her MBA from the Wharton School, LLM from Boston University School of Law, JD from Boston College, MA in European Studies from NYU, and BA in International Relations & French from Johns Hopkins University.

Fatima Ashraf

Professor Ashraf teaches Public Policy and Non-profit Management and Fundraising. Fatima has in-depth knowledge of and experience with governments, NGOs, public and private foundations, and academia. She has identified opportunities for new policy initiatives, and developed policy proposals and strategic initiatives for the Office of the Deputy Mayor. She served as the chair of the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, and as a data analyst at the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She currently serves as a special advisor to the Open Society Foundation. Fatima holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MPH from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Rene Aubry

Professor Aubry teaches social entrepreneurship course and leads two modules of our Authentic Leadership Workshop. He holds a JD and MBA from Columbia University and earned an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.  He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ciel Partners, LLC, which provides startup, management, strategic and execution services to new entrepreneurs. Previously, he held a variety of positions at private equity and investment banking firms, including JPMorgan Asset Management and Citigroup.  Professor Aubry is a licensed attorney in NY and DC and has visited, studied or worked in over 50 countries.

Mustapha Camara

Professor Camara teaches Advanced Quantitative Methods. He is an economist with extensive teaching experience in macroeconomics, microeconomics, marketing management and accounting. He previously served as a research assistant and as an adjunct lecturer in the Economics Department at City College and at Borough of Manhattan Community College.  He serves as the president of the Young Gambian Business Association and was awarded the Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship. Professor Camara has a very keen research interest in macroeconomics, monetary economics, labor economics and international economics. He received his BS (Hons) in economics from the University of Gambia and his MA in economics from the City College of New York.

Jheri Hardaway

Professor Hardaway teaches the Art of Storytelling elective course. She is a writer, adventurer, educator, podcast host, blogger and proud alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BA English and Global Studies Certificate) and Kingston University London (MA Creative Writing and the Creative Economy). Jheri Hardaway or Ms. Jheri Worldwide is the founder of MJWW Ventures LTD., an organization that inspires adventure through education and written language. Her educational endeavors include studying multilateral diplomacy, Spanish and French language, and post-colonial studies in over 20 countries from Australia to Croatia. Ms. Jheri Worldwide has published two books sharing her stories and experiences: M.E.E.T. me for Cheese and Chocolate and M.E.E.T. me for Tea in London. Ms. Jheri Worldwide also works in large scale event operations including Film Life’s American Black Film Festival and NBCUniversal Olympics at London 2012 and Sochi 2014.

Jeff Holland

Professor Holland teaches Public Budgeting and Finance. Jeff worked in the Projections Unit of the Congressional Budgeting Office for 26 years. He oversaw the data compilation, writing, and production for a large part of CBO’s most widely-read publications. He now serves as the Vice President of Research at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing long-term fiscal challenges to ensure a better economic future. Jeff received his MS in Public Administration and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and BA in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Maryland.

Susan Konig

Professor Konig teaches communications in the MPA program. Susan has taught English Composition and Literature at CUNY and served in top communications management roles at Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College. A former radio host and experienced editor and writer, she has worked for the Washington Post, Seventeen Magazine, and the New York Post. In 2014, Susan published her third book, and she recently founded the publishing company Willow Street Press. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Janet Kyle

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 Resources Management.

Joel Mentor

Professor Mentor teaches American Government and Public Administration Theory and Essential Skills for Public Servants. He has worked as an intelligence analyst and team lead at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), where he worked on issues such as critical infrastructure protection and Middle Eastern political and security affairs. Joel has also worked as the deputy of the geopolitical intelligence team at Barclays, the global investment bank. He is a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and he holds a B.A. in Political Science from Long Island University and an M.A. in International Relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

Robyn Rowe

Professor Rowe teaches Leadership and Governance and Public Administration in the MPA Program. She holds a doctorate in social policy from the London School of Economics and will bring her expertise in maternal and child health and welfare policies, bureaucracy and administration, and research methods, among other areas. She has worked as a teaching assistant at LSE, a high school teacher, and an instructor at Project Renewal, a nonprofit homeless services organization. She has also presented at the conferences of the Political Studies Association and Social Policy Association, among others.

Brett Whysel

Professor Whysel teaches Public Economics and Decision Making and mentors the capstone in the MPA program. He has 26 years’ experience as an investment banker to municipalities and nonprofits, during which he built a reputation as a leading quantitative analyst, new product developer and manager. In 2016, he founded Decision Fish LLC, a social enterprise with a mission to empower consumers to make wise financial decisions. He earned a BS in managerial economics/French from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in philosophy from Columbia University.