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School of Public Affairs

Phone: (202) 885-2940

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School of Public Affairs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

SPA Staff

  1. Barbara Romzek, Dean, School of Public Affairs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, Dr. Barbara Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her res… More

    Send email to Barbara Romzek

    (202) 885-2940

  1. Sarah Adler, Staff Assistant

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Sarah joined the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology in November 2015. She has also worked as the Administrative Assistant in the Department of History at AU, and as Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution D… More

    Send email to Sarah Adler

    (202) 885-2373

  2. Ryan Anderson, Events Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Ryan Anderson

    (202) 885-2994

  3. Mohammed Azadniv, Information Technology Services Manager

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Mohammed Azadniv

    (202) 885-2136

  4. Sydney Bair, Business Assistant

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Sydney Bair

    (202) 885-2922

  5. David Baratta, Senior Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    David Baratta serves as the senior administrative assistant in the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs and assists with the budget, event planning, and data collecting for the department. He also acts as the… More

    Send email to David Baratta

    (202) 885-2377

  6. Maria Barra, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Send email to Maria Barra

    (202) 885-6284

  7. Amy Bartley-Vigil, Part Time Staff

    SPA - Marketing and Admissions

    Amy earned her BA in Marketing Communication with a focus on Public Relations from Columbia College in Chicago. Prior to working at AU, Amy worked as a Corporate Recruiter for GEICO Insurance in Washington, D.C.

    Send email to Amy Bartley-Vigil

    (202) 885-2954

  8. Melissa Blanco, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Analytics

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Melissa Blanco

    (202) 885-6407

  9. Crhistian Blanco Otero, Budget Coordinator

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Crhistian Blanco Otero

    (202) 885-6298

  10. Matthew Bourdon, Manager, Budget and Personnel

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Matthew Bourdon

    (202) 885-6153

  11. Sheree Brand, Advisement Specialist

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Sheree Brand

  12. Gloria Brienza, Grants Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Gloria joined WIPAR in January 2016 and serves as the department’s grants coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for supporting and working closely with SPA faculty and staff as they prepare proposal narratives and budgets, as well as coordin… More

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  13. Robert Briggs, Senior Academic Counselor

    SPA - Government

    Bob Briggs is the Academic Counselor to students in the MA programs within the Department of Government. He is, also, the Academic Counselor to students in any/all of the PhD programs within SPA.

    Send email to Robert Briggs

    (202) 885-6204

  14. Rachel Brittin, Associate Director, Communications and Content

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Rachel Brittin

  15. William Brown, Manager, Externally Funded Programs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    William (Bill) graduated from the School of Public Affairs' Master of Public Administration program in 2007 and, after working for the Federal Government, returned to SPA as Budget Coordinator in 2010.  In 2011, Bill was promoted to Financial Operati… More

    Send email to William Brown

    (202) 885-2946

  16. Anna Castro, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Anna Carpo-Castro is from Manila, Philippines and graduated from Assumption College with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Mass Communications.

    Send email to Anna Castro

    (202) 885-2948

  17. Vincent Chapa, Recruitment Specialist


    Vince Chapa is the Recruitment Specialist for the MSOD program in the School of Public Affairs . His professional background is in staff recruitment, marketing and communication strategy development and implementation, human resources and business co… More

    Send email to Vincent Chapa

    (202) 885-6212

  18. Genevieve Citrin, Research Specialist II


    Genevieve Citrin graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with her Master's in Public Policy in 2015. Prior to attending the Ford School, she worked as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the Distr… More

    Send email to Genevieve Citrin

    (202) 885-2875

  19. Steven Collins, Research Specialist III


    Steven Collins is a Research Specialist for the Justice Programs Office. Prior to joining the JPO, he worked as an Intern Investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Steve has a B.A. in Political Science from American U… More

    Send email to Steven Collins

    (202) 885-2875

  20. Caroline Cooper, Director, Justice Programs Office


    Caroline Cooper has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts. She has also been a practicing attorney, an assi… More

    Send email to Caroline Cooper

    (202) 885-2874

  21. Cheryl Davidson, Special Assistant to the Dean

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Cheryl Davidson

    (202) 885-2941

  22. Jeffrey DeLaitsch, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Send email to Jeffrey DeLaitsch

    (202) 885-1464

  23. Serena Elizondo, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Serena earned her BA in Communication Arts with a focus in Journalism and a minor in Spanish at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to AU she worked as an Event Assistant at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (C… More

    Send email to Serena Elizondo

    (202) 885-2375

  24. Julian Escarraga, Staff Assistant

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Julian Escarraga

  25. Monica Fuhrmann, Research Specialist I

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Prior to joining the JPO, Monica was an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement for the Legal Services Corporation, ensuring fiscal and regulatory compliance with federal funding guidelines for civil legal aid grantees. M… More

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  26. Brittnee Gail, Coaching Administrator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  27. James Helms, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Government

    Send email to James Helms

    (202) 885-6203

  28. Kerwin Henderson, Research Specialist II

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Kerwin Henderson graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2012, and received his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Quincy University in Illinois in 2011, where he also played football. Kerwin was a studen… More

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  29. Mary Margaret Herman, Communications & Outreach Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Mary Margaret Herman is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Key Executive Leadership Programs. Miss Herman has a background in managing internationally, culturally, and socially focused educational programs in the non-profit, private,… More

    Send email to Mary Margaret Herman

    (202) 885-3675

  30. Renee Howatt, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Renee has over 30 years of experience in both the higher education and corporate sectors. She was Assistant Director of Central Admission at AU from 1980-1984, and after receiving her MS in Public Relations from AU, she went on to manage the marketin… More

    Send email to Renee Howatt

    (202) 885-3125

  31. Subhiya Idilbi, Assistant Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Sophie Idilbi is the Assistant Director for the key Executive Leadership programs; she joined the Key staff in the fall of 2007 as an advisor for the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Programs.

    Send email to Subhiya Idilbi

    (202) 885-6256

  32. Denise Johnson, Staff Assistant


    Denise Johnson is the Staff Assistant with the American University Master of Science in Organization Development (AU MSOD) program; she joined the program in the summer of 2006. In her role, she manages and provides logistical support to the Director… More

    Send email to Denise Johnson

    (202) 885-2379

  33. Kim Kokich, Advisement Specialist


  34. Tenzing Lahdon, Part Time Staff


    Tenzing Lahdon graduated with M.S degree in Criminal Justice (Justice, Law and Criminology) from American University and has received her bachelors in International Business Management from Luther College. She works primarily on the JPO’s Drug Court … More

    Send email to Tenzing Lahdon

    (202) 885-2873

  35. Sam Larsen, Research Specialist II

    SPA - JLC

    Sam Larsen is a Research Specialist at the Justice Programs Office. Working on the JPO's Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, Sam engages directly with problem solving courts, utilizing the extensive research of the School of Public Affairs and t… More

    Send email to Sam Larsen

    (202) 885-3832

  36. My-Lien Le, Assistant Director, WPI

    SPA - Government

    My-Lien completed her M.A. in Comparative Politics of Gender & Development from American University in 2010. In 2008, My-Lien received her graduate certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership (WPPL) from the Women & Politics Institute. She co… More

    Send email to My-Lien Le

    (202) 885-3103

  37. Matthew Le Brasseur, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Government

    Matthew G. Le Brasseur, who counsels undergraduate students with last names from He-Ro, joined the School of Public Affairs in April of 2013. Prior to that, Matthew served as a Resident Director for McDowell, Leonard, and Centennial Halls. Before joi… More

    Send email to Matthew Le Brasseur

    (202) 885-2543

  38. Daniel Mackeben, Chief Development Officer, SPA

    Development, Office of

    Dan Mackeben has served as Director of Development for the School of Public Affairs since 2007. Prior to joining AU, he served as Director of External Relations for the School of Management at George Mason University (Virginia) and Director of Colleg… More

    Send email to Daniel Mackeben

    (202) 885-3968

  39. Erin Mann, Program Manager, PPIA

    SPA - Dean's Office

    The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. Thanks to a partnership with American University, the PPIA National Of… More

    Send email to Erin Mann

    (202) 885-1545

  40. Lisa Manning, Events Manager

  41. Preeti Menon, Senior Research Associate / Project Coordinator


    Preeti P. Menon is a Sr. Research Associate at the Justice Programs Office. She has extensive experience in justice system policy development and criminal justice program operations as well as project management. Ms. Menon has also provided training … More

    Send email to Preeti Menon

    (202) 885-2875

  42. Shelley Morris, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Shelley Morris serves as the graduate advisor for the department of justice, law, and criminology. As the advisor for JLC, she is here to help you make the most of your JLC experience by providing information, answering academic inquiries and conne… More

    Send email to Shelley Morris

    (202) 885-6456

  43. Janet Nagler, Adjunct Instructor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Janet Nagler has been an Academic Counselor at American University since 1981, when she began advising adult and nondegree students, both graduate and undergraduate in the (former) Continuing Education Advising Center. In 2000 she transferred to the … More

    Send email to Janet Nagler

    (202) 885-6224

  44. Richelle Plater, Certificate Program Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Richelle Plater

    (202) 885-3217

  45. Rebecca Prosky, Senior Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Government

    The senior administrative assistant at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies assists director with research projects, press, and publications. In addition, the SAA organizes all Center events and coordinates faculty teaching schedul… More

    Send email to Rebecca Prosky

    (202) 885-3491

  46. Anders Rosen, Digital Communications Manager

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Anders is the digital communications manager for the School of Public Affairs. He develops and manages strategic communication initiatives in collaboration faculty and staff at SPA. Initiatives include marketing and outreach campaigns, media relation… More

    Send email to Anders Rosen

    (202) 885-6297

  47. Anne Schmitt, Faculty Affairs Coordinator

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Anne is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College. She spent much of her childhood in Germany, but has lived most of her adult life in the DC area. Her interests include foreign travel, classical music, gardening, and cycling. Her husband is a hi… More

    Send email to Anne Schmitt

    (202) 885-6201

  48. Julie Stokes, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Send email to Julie Stokes

    (202) 885-3261

  49. Jennifer Tether, Recruitment Manager

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Jennifer Tether is the Academic Program Coordinator for the Key Executive Leadership Programs. Prior to joining the SPA team, Jennifer served as the Programs Manager for the Libya Diplomatic Training Program and UAE Diplomatic Training Program for th… More

    Send email to Jennifer Tether

    (202) 885-3857

  50. Rachel Trello

    Rachel joined WIPAR in the summer of 2013 and serves as the department's program coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for assisting faculty in their search for funding and promoting existing faculty research by hosting research related event… More

    Send email to Rachel Trello

    (202) 885-6454

  51. Mallori Twyman, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Mallori Twyman

    (202) 885-2940

  52. Tracy Velazquez, Associate Director

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Tracy Velázquez received her A.B. from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from Montana State University. She has significant experience in criminal justice reform, having served in various roles at the Vera Institute of Justice,… More

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  53. Jessica Waters, Associate Dean, School of Public Affairs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Jessica Waters is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in American University’s School of Public Affairs and is also a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology and an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College … More

    Send email to Jessica Waters

    (202) 885-2427

  54. Briana Weadock, Senior Academic Counselor

    SPA - Government

    Briana Weadock (she/her/hers) is the Senior Academic Counselor for undergraduate students in the School of Public Affairs. In addition to her work in SPA, she has also taught courses for the Department of Sociology and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality… More

    Send email to Briana Weadock

    (202) 885-6205

  55. Geoffrey Wickes, Research Specialist I


    Geoffrey C. Wickes is a Senior Research Assistant at the Justice Programs Office. Geoff has worked and volunteered in and around the criminal justice system continuously since he was sixteen years old, when he became a cadet with the Eugene, Oregon P… More

    Send email to Geoffrey Wickes

    (202) 885-2875

  56. Vicky Wilkins, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Vicky M. Wilkins is the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy; bureaucratic discretion; gender… More

    Send email to Vicky Wilkins

    (202) 885-6443

  57. Justin Williams, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Recruitment & Retention

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Justin is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Retention for the School of Public Affairs. In this role he meets with any prospective and admitted students interested in any of the undergraduate majors offered. He also works closely … More

    Send email to Justin Williams

    (202) 885-6480

  58. Nathan Williamson, Director, Undergraduate Advising

    SPA - Government

    Nathan Williamson counsels graduating seniors in the Department of Government and the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. He also works with students with last names beginning with A and B, Politics, Policy and Law Scholars, and Fall 2015 Lead… More

    Send email to Nathan Williamson

    (202) 885-6142

  59. Kaitlin Winters, Academic Counselor

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Kaitlin (she/her/hers) joins the School of Public Affairs after working as a Resident Director at the University of California, Berkeley. Before her time at Berkeley she completed her B.A. in Telecommunications at the University of West Florida and r… More

    Send email to Kaitlin Winters

    (202) 885-2540

  60. Kierra Zoellick, Office Coordinator


    Kierra Zoellick graduated from American University's School of International Service with a Master's in International Development in 2014. She also earned a Bachelor's degree in both Political Science and American Studies from the University of Iowa … More

    Send email to Kierra Zoellick

    (202) 885-2875