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Faculty and Staff Contacts

Faculty

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. For information about course requirements, instructional support, and logistics for faculty, please see our faculty guide.

Interested in teaching? Our program offers an inspirational and rewarding opportunity to apply all you have learned in your career to helping prepare a motivated, deserving, and appreciative group of students for public service. Please submit our prospective faculty form.  
 

Rene Aubry

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
raubry@gmail.com

Professor Aubry teaches our 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.countries.

Kevin Foster

Associate Professor, Department of Economics
R 5/103A
212 650-6201
kfoster@ccny.cuny.edu

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

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
arturo@galileoconsulting.org

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
diogica0912@gmail.com

Professor Gica teaches fundraising strategy in the MPA program. He has had many years of experience working as an educational leader for the public school system and non-profit organizations, 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.

Amanda Kizer

GIIRS Manager at B Lab
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Kizer teaches program and policy evaluation in the MPA program. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Amanda served as an economic policy officer and regional energy analyst at the U.S. Department of State. She also brings expertise in quantitative analysis and evaluation and currently works to promote the burgeoning sector of B Corporations. She received her BA from Cornell and her master’s in nonprofit management from the New School.

Susan Konig

Author, Editor, and Publisher at Willow Street Press
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

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.

Jean Krasno

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
NAC 6/146D
212 650-5244
jean.krasno@gmail.com

Professor Krasno is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at CCNY. She also holds the position of Director, Multilateralism and International Organization Initiative at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. 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.

Janet Kyle

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room1
212 650-5095
jkyle@ccny.cuny.edu

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.

Joseph Lamport

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
Joe.lamport@gmail.com

Professor Lamport has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and extensive experience as a reporter and editor. He spent years working in international development as Communications Manager with CARANA Corporation/USAID West Africa Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana. He has designed and implemented successful communications strategies in a variety of contexts. He has worked with leading media outlets on a variety of stories, and with the U.S. Government and major private sector companies. He has extensive experience analyzing a wide range of marketing, promotional and branding issues and formulating comprehensive communications programs to achieve objectives.

Danielle Moss-Lee

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
danielle.r.moss@gmail.com

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

Senior Advisor to the MPA Program
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-6809
rmusell@ccny.cuny.edu

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.

Robyn Rowe

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

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.

Bill Thomas

Executive Director, New York Philharmonic
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Thomas teaches Strategic Management in the PSM program. Mr. Thomas joined the NY Philharmonic in 1999 and until recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 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, 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.

Brett Whysel

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
bwhysel@ccny.cuny.edu

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.

Staff

R. Mark Musell

Senior Advisor
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212 650-6809
Fax: 212 650-6810
rmusell@ccny.cuny.edu
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Natalia Trujillo

Acting Director
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212 650-5826
ntrujillo@ccny.cuny.edu
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James Suggett

Career Services Advisor and Program Manager
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
212 650-5810
jsuggett@ccny.cuny.edu
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Salome Gvinianidze

Scholarship Program Manager
Shepard Hall Room 1
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
212 650-7357
sgvinianidze@ccny.cuny.edu
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