Faculty and Staff

The MPA program draws on a highly credentialed network of professionals from leading institutions in public service. Our faculty and staff 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.

Current Faculty

Stan Altman

A tireless innovator with vast knowledge across disciplines, Stan Altman has been a seminal figure in higher education both as an administrator and teacher. A former interim President of Baruch College, where he's currently Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, he has initiated interdisciplinary programs among branches of CUNY and the private sector, including the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project. These projects connect technology, business, social services, and the arts with the goal of promoting student empowerment. Dr. Altman graduated from City College in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and earned an MS from Purdue University and a doctorate in systems science from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NU Tandon School of Engineering). His early career involved research into the design of parallel computers, computer-based information systems and transportation systems. Dr. Altman was one of an early vanguard of professionals who applied mathematics and engineering skills to the delivery of public services. He has served as a consultant to the RAND Corporation, the Institute for Defense Analysis, Citicorp and numerous New York City and non-profit agencies, and he was awarded the Townsend Harris Medal in 2016 by the City College of New York’s Alumni Association. 

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.

Mustapha Camara

Professor Camara teaches 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.

Marissa Davis

Professor Davis teaches social entrepreneurship in the MPA program. She has spent the last decade at the intersections of social entrepreneurship, law, public policy, and business, all in service of building bridges across sectors for the sake of nurturing more sustained social impact in historically disenfranchised communities. She is the Program Manager on WeWork's Global Policy team in their headquarters and is also Special Advisor for Harlem Tech Village, an inclusive incubator and education lab for tech entrepreneurs in Harlem.  She graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors and received her Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, with a concentration in social and urban policy.

Ryan Hallock

Professor Hallock teaches program evaluation. Since being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Ryan has focused on helping nonprofit organizations build their monitoring and evaluation capacity, including at the World Federalist Movement and International Crisis Group. He currently works at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in the Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics Department. Ryan holds an MPA from the City College of New York and expects to earn an M.A. in program evaluation from Michigan State University in December 2019.

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.

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.

Micah Lasher

Micah Lasher has been a leader in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, focused on public policy and communications. Most recently, he was Head of Policy and Communications for Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company focused on innovation in technology and urban design to address challenges facing cities across the world. Previously, Micah served at all three levels of government, including as Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Director of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York, Executive Director of External Affairs for the New York City Department of Education, and as an aide to Congressman Jerry Nadler. He was also a founding partner of the communications consulting firm now called SKDKnickerbocker. Micah serves as trustee of several nonprofit organizations, including the Community Service Society, where he is the Vice Chair; Everytown for Gun Safety, where he is the board treasurer; and the Riverside Park Conservancy, where he is the chair. 

Steven Malin

Professor Malin teaches Economics in Policy Making. Since 2013, Dr. Malin has been the Senior U.S. Investment Strategist for Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), the world’s third largest asset manager. Before joining AllianzGI, Steve was the Director of Research for Wealthstream Advisors, a financial advisory firm, and an in-house consultant to AJO Partners, a quant-based asset management firm. For 16 years, Dr. Malin served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York responsible for the external communications of the bank and board of director relations. Dr. Malin has taught macroeconomics, statistics, industrial organizations and risk management as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer in 18 universities, including Columbia University and Barnard College, the U.S. Army War College, and five colleges of the City University of New York. He was the 1997 winner of the President’s Award for Excellence in College Teaching. Steve was appointed by three Presidents of the United States to various commissions on U.S. competitiveness, has testified before Congress twice and before the legislatures of 7 states as well as the New York City Council, served as an advisor to the N.Y. State Assembly, and was a consultant to the Governors of three states.

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 MPA Program at CCNY. 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.

Eric Schnurer

Eric B. Schnurer, President of Public Works LLC, is a problem solver, rethinker of government and champion for fairness and common sense. He has been advising governors, Senators, and other high-level public policy decision-makers since 1993, when he served as chief-of-staff to the acting governor of Pennsylvania. He also has served as a speechwriter, policy advisor, and/or legal counsel to dozens of governors, U.S. senators, and presidential candidates. Eric is a prolific writer and speaker on public policy and a widely recognized expert on government effectiveness, efficiency and reinvention. Eric founded Public Works LLC in 1995 and since then it has become one of the leading public sector management consulting firms in the country, guiding state and local governments to improve services while reducing costs. 

Affiliated Faculty

Carolyn Allwin

Professor Allwin 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.

Rene Aubry

Professor Aubry 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.

Anusuya Banerjee

Professor Banerjee is a systems thinker with global experience, she has served in management roles for supranational organizations and non-profits in Bangladesh, India, and Kenya. Formerly a permanent staff member with the United Nations, in 2017 she launched Artha Consulting to help mission-driven organizations achieve their social impact vision. Anusuya holds Masters degrees in International Education Policy and Comparative Social Policy, from Harvard University and Oxford University respectively. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Jules Dasmariñas

Professor Dasmariñas has more than 15 years of experience in designing and leading the monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiatives of programs focused on rural development, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, climate action, and human rights in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, MENA, Latin America, and the United States. He holds M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. (candidate) degrees in Sociology from the New School for Social Research.

Cassie DeWitt

Professor DeWitt works to help cities and organizations solve business challenges through technology and data. Her work combines a utilization of data strategy, current and emerging technology, analytics and solution implementation.Ms. DeWitt has received several awards for her previous accomplishments. These awards include recently being recognized by the EMS Safety Foundation as 2018 Technical Expert. For her work with the Detroit Fire Department, she has been recognized by the American Statistical Association and as a member of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Most Innovative Government Practitioners. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Adriana Espinosa

Professor Espinosa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and is Principal Investigator at the ARHAMP research lab. She received a PhD in Economics from The University of California, Berkeley. In 2014, she joined academia as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The City College of New York. Prior to that, she worked as market research analyst and statistical consultant for various organizations. Professor Espinosa's research interests center on the role of social and environmental stressors on the health (i.e., physical and mental) and adaptation (e.g., educational and job attainment) of marginalized populations.

Kevin Foster

Professor Foster is Associate Dean at the Colin Powell School and Assistant Professor in the Economics Department. 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

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.

Dio Gica

Dr. Diosdado Gica 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." 

Jheri Hardaway

Professor Hardaway 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.

Amanda Kizer

Professor Kizer is a former Presidential Management Fellow and 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

Professor Konig 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

Professor Krasno is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and serves as director of the Master's Program in International Affairs at CCNY. She previously 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.

Joseph Lamport

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.

Joel Mentor

Professor Mentor 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. 

Bhakti Mirchandani

Professor Mirchandani has spent 18 years engaging with investors, social enterprises, and non-profits domestically and overseas first on microfinance and then impact investing.  Ms. Mirchandani pioneered micropensions and long-term microsavings at Women’s World Banking, co-founded the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (later Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards), sourced and marketed the first microfinance CLO without a public investor or subsidy while at Lehman Brothers, and led the first microinsurance investment in India--LeapFrog Investments' investment in Shriram--while at Unitus Capital. Ms. Mirchandani advises a number of social finance organizations and has written numerous social finance articles.  She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Economic Club of New York.  She holds a BA, MPA, and MBA from Harvard.

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. 

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.

Robyn Rowe

Professor Rowe 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.

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 is a senior advisor for strategy and social innovation at the Colin Powell School. She is also the former deputy director of the MPA Program at CCNY, where she 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.

Brett Whysel

Professor Whysel has 26 years of 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.


Bobby Derival

Executive Director
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Janet Kyle

Student-Faculty Advisor
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James Suggett

Program Coordinator
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