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Phone: (202) 885-2940

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Public Affairs, School of
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

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    (202) 885-2940

  1. Colette Abichaker, Grants Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Colette Abichaker

    (202) 885-6557

  2. Waseem AbuRakia-Einhorn, Information Technology Services Manager

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Waseem has over ten years of experience in technical support, customer service, system administration, and electronics repair. In his role at the HelpDesk he actively supports the faculty, staff and students at American University. He originally hail… More

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    (202) 885-2136

  3. 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

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    (202) 885-2373

  4. Ryan Anderson, Events Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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    (202) 885-2994

  5. Sydney Bair, Manager, Externally Funded Programs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Sydney Bair

    (202) 885-2922

  6. Victoria Black, Associate Director of Development, SPA

    Development, Office of

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  7. Melissa Blanco, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Analytics

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Melissa Blanco

    (202) 885-6407

  8. Matthew Bourdon, Manager, Budget and Personnel

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Send email to Matthew Bourdon

    (202) 885-6153

  9. Sheree Brand, Advisement Specialist

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  10. 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

  11. Rachel Brittin, Associate Director, Communications and Content

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  12. Gabriela Calderon, Senior Administrative Assistant

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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    (202) 885-2910

  13. 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

  14. 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

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    (202) 885-6212

  15. Genevieve Citrin, Research Specialist III


    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

  16. Kenny Clark

  17. Steven Collins, Research Specialist III


    Steven Collins is a Senior Program Associate at American University’s Justice Programs Office. He currently manages the office’s National Drug Court Resource Center project and previously worked on the Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance project. P… More

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    (202) 885-1582

  18. Cheryl Davidson, Special Assistant to the Dean

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Cheri joined the School of Public Affairs in the spring of 2013.

    Send email to Cheryl Davidson

    (202) 885-2941

  19. Jeffrey DeLaitsch, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Send email to Jeffrey DeLaitsch

    (202) 885-1464

  20. Ashley Dorsey, Academic Counselor

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  21. Alexandra Dvoriantchikova, Office Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Alexandra joined JPO in December 2016. Prior to becoming part of the team, she worked as a Special Assistant at University of Arizona Office of Federal Relations in Arlington, VA. For years before that, Alexandra lived and worked in Miami, Florida, d… More

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  22. Omnia El-Gendy, Business Assistant

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Omnia El-Gendy

    (202) 885-2946

  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

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    (202) 885-2375

  24. Julian Escarraga, Staff Assistant

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  25. Alexandra Ferrera, Program Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  26. Jennifer Forney, Assistant Dean, Graduate Enrollment

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  27. Monica Fuhrmann, Research Specialist II

    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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  28. James Helms, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Government

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    (202) 885-6203

  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

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    (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

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    (202) 885-2379

  33. Kim Kokich, Program Advisor


  34. Anna Koozmin, Research Specialist I

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Anna Koozmin graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with a B.S. in Community Health. During her undergraduate career, Anna was an intern at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). While at CESAR, she worked on the Ma… More

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    (202) 885-2875

  35. Edith Laurencin, Director, Financial Operations

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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    (202) 885-6298

  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. Alice Lee, Senior Administrative Assistant

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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    (202) 885-2377

  38. Lisa Manning, Events Manager

  39. Jennifer McLean, Program Administrator, MSOD

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Jennifer McLean

    (202) 885-6494

  40. Preeti Menon, Senior Research Associate / Project Coordinator


    Preeti P. Menon is the Interim Director 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 and … More

    Send email to Preeti Menon

    (202) 885-2875

  41. Crystal Mills Ward, Part Time Staff

  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. Kelsey Murphy, Administrative Assistant


    Kelsey Murphy graduated from Catholic University in 2015 with a B.A. in Drama, Honors in Humanities and was a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. She has previously worked as Production Coordinator, Social Media Manager and … More

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    (202) 885-2875

  44. Janet Nagler, Academic Counselor

    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

  45. Saul Newman, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

    SPA - Government

    Saul Newman is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. Since then he has taugh… More

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    (202) 885-6240

  46. Bonnie Norris, Business Manager

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Send email to Bonnie Norris

    (202) 885-3648

  47. Richelle Plater, Certificate Program Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Richelle Plater

    (202) 885-3217

  48. Tyler Poling, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Government

    Send email to Tyler Poling

    (202) 885-2540

  49. Rebecca Prosky, Program Coordinator

    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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. Ana Sobalvarro, Coaching Administrator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Ana Sobalvarro

    (202) 885-3262

  53. Blaine Stum, Research Specialist I


    Blaine Stum graduated from Gonzaga University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing his Master's in Political Science at American University School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Justice Programs Office, Blaine w… More

    Send email to Blaine Stum

    (202) 885-3831

  54. 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

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    (202) 885-3857

  55. Jessica Townsend, Program Specialist

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Send email to Jessica Townsend

    (202) 885-2316

  56. Mallori Twyman, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Dean's Office

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    (202) 885-2940

  57. Sydney Upchurch, Research Associate

    SPA - Government

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  58. 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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  59. Rosie Walker, Director, Graduate Enrollment & Recruitment

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

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  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. Nathan Williamson, Director, Undergraduate Advising

    SPA - Government

    Nathan Williamson is the Director of the SPA Undergraduate Advising Team. He works with students whose last name begins with A - D, all students admitted to the Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) program, and all SPA Leadership students.

    Send email to Nathan Williamson

    (202) 885-6142

  63. Kierra Zoellick, Research Specialist II


    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

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    (202) 885-2875