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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.

Fatima Ashraf

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Ashraf teaches 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

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.

Anusuya Banerjee

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095
abanerjee@arthaconsulting.co

Professor Banerjee teaches Strategic Management in the MPA program. 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.

Cassie DeWitt

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor DeWitt teaches Advanced Quantitative Methods. She 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.

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.

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.

Bhakti Mirchandani

Lecturer
Shepard Hall, room 1
212 650-5095

Professor Mirchandani teaches public budgeting and finance. She 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. 

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.

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.