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Gwendolyn Sykes

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Public Administration and Policy

Gwendolyn Sykes is the United States Secret Service Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the execution, development and stewardship of the Secret Service’s resources and currently manages a financial team that includes budget, financial management, relocation and financial systems experts. Ms. Sykes began working with the Secret Service in May 2012, bringing with her a wealth of financial management skills and talent for organizational transformation and enhancement. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Sykes is the first African American female to serve as the Chief Financial Officer at NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate, she was responsible for the financial management and health of this $16 billion agency. Ms. Sykes led more than 500 finance professionals, located across ten geographically dispersed locations throughout the United States, in the development and execution of financial policies, processes and procedures. She has also served as Yale University’s Chief Financial Officer, the first in that university’s 306-year history, and Chief Financial Officer for Morehouse College. Previous government experience includes working within the Department of Defense and in the office of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. She has been recognized for her achievements by Black Enterprise, Newsweek, the Today Show and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
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  • Spring 2017

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  • Fall 2017

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    • PUAD-624 Budgeting and Financial Mgmt: Budgeting and Fin Mgmt Key 51
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Area of Expertise:

The presidency; presidential elections; executive-legislative relations; media politics; women leaders and women in politics; national government and politics in the U. S., U. K., Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

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In both her teaching and her research, Patricia Sykes focuses on the U.S. presidency, comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development. She is the author of two scholarly books – Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in the Anglo-American Tradition and Losing from the Inside: the Cost of Conflict in the British Social Democratic Party.Sykes has also written numerous book chapters in texts edited by internationally renowned scholars, and her articles appear in distinguished, peer-reviewed journals such as Studies in American Political Development and Presidential Studies Quarterly.She has delivered expert testimony before the Committee on Rules in the U.S. House of Representatives and provided political analysis on CBS, NBC, CNN, the BBC, and for other national and international news organizations. She is a past recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly Endowment. She is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar in political science at Trinity College Dublin, a former visiting research fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University, and the 2008 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science in Australia. In 2010, the Canadian government granted Sykes a Faculty Research Award for her research on female leaders in Canadian politics. She is currently writing a book on women as executive leaders in Anglo-American systems.

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