Faculty and Staff

The MPA program draws on a highly credentialed network of public service professionals and social impact leaders who bring experience in leading institutions and organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Philharmonic, the Open Society Foundation, Planned Parenthood, USAID, the Council on Foreign Relations, and B Lab. Several have founded their own nonprofit organizations and social impact consulting companies, as well. They are dedicated to preparing students to be civically engaged professionals, and the deep experience they bring into the classroom ensures a rich, evolving, and relevant curriculum.

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. Professor 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. He was one of an early vanguard of professionals who applied mathematics and engineering skills to the delivery of public services. Professor Altman 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 is co-founder of Green Squash Consulting and 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. Professor Ashraf previously served as a special advisor to the Open Society Foundation. She holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MPH from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Ofronama Biu

Ofronama Biu is a research manager for worker education at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. Her research interests include labor market and workforce development policies and racial stratification. Professor Biu brings extensive experience in project management, program evaluation, partnership building, employer engagement, and direct service to participants. Previously, as a senior research associate at the Building Movement Project, Professor Biu worked on national projects focused on leadership, including Race to Lead reports, service and social change, and movement building, as well as place-based projects in Detroit and New Mexico. She was also a senior research associate at the NYC Labor Market Information Service at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she directed research projects on trends impacting the social services and middle-skill healthcare workforce. Meanwhile, she has co-founded a nonprofit organization that connects youth to media professionals for skill-building and mentoring opportunities. Professor Biu holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the NYU College of Arts and Science and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Professor Biu can be reached at obiu@ccny.cuny.edu

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 is founder of Tallawah Consulting and host of the #TallawahTalks podcast. 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 previously served as a program manager on WeWork's Global Policy team in their headquarters and as a special advisor for Harlem Tech Village, an inclusive incubator and education lab for tech entrepreneurs in Harlem. Professor Davis 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, Hallock 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. Professor Hallock 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. He worked in the Projections Unit of the Congressional Budgeting Office for 26 years, overseeing 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. Professor Holland 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.

Gara LaMarche

Gara LaMarche is President of the Democracy Alliance (DA), providing overall leadership, strategic vision and management capacity for the organization. Prior to joining the Alliance, he served as Senior Fellow at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and previously, as President and CEO of the Atlantic Philanthropies. At Atlantic, he led the foundation’s efforts to embrace a social justice framework for grantmaking, and spearheaded the largest-ever grant made by a foundation for an advocacy campaign – over $25 million to press for comprehensive health care reform in the U.S. Before joining Atlantic in 2007, he served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Foundations (OSF), launching the organization’s pivotal work on challenges to social justice and democracy in the United States. A longtime advocate for human rights at home and abroad, he has held various positions with Human Rights Watch, PEN American Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). LaMarche is also a frequent commentator on progressive issues in the news and has taught courses on philanthropy, public policy, and non-profit leadership.

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. 

R. Mark Musell

Mark Musell spent twenty-five years serving the US 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. 

Staff

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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