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Board of Advisors

The purpose of the School of Public Affairs Board of Advisors is to help the School of Public Affairs achieve its central mission of providing the highest quality public affairs education in both undergraduate and graduate programs. To achieve this purpose, the Board of Advisors will:

  1. Advise and counsel the dean regarding SPA's objectives, strategies, goals, problems and opportunities;
  2. Participate in and contribute to the academic life of the School through interaction with students and faculty;
  3. Assist the School in seeking public and private philanthropic support that will enable SPA to achieve its mission;
  4. Serve as an advocate for the School, publicly and privately, to enhance the reputation of its programs, faculty and graduates, and to increase public awareness of its accomplishments and needs.

The Board of Advisors serves as a forum for exchange of facts and perspectives among its members, the Dean, faculty and the administrative staff of the School.

Board Members

How to Join

If you are interested in being considered for the SPA Board of Advisors, please email


  • Jean AcciusJean Accius
    SPA/PhD '08

    SVP, Thought Leadership & International Affairs, AARP

  • Larry CeislerLarry Ceisler
    SPA/BA ’80
    Principal, Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy

  • Samuel CargillSamuel Cargill
    SPA/BA ’83

    CEO, Aon Private Risk Management, AON Risk Solutions

  • Stephen DaoustStephen Daoust
    SPA/BA ’85

    VP Legal Contracts & Compliance, Iridium Communications, Inc.

  • Pamela DeesPamela Deese*
    SPA/BS ’80

    Partner, Arent Fox, LLP

  • Michael EckhardtMichael Eckhardt
    SPA/BA ’97

    SVP & General Counsel, Wawa, Inc.

  • Erin FullerErin Fuller
    Board Chair, SPA/BA ’93, MPA ‘94

    President, MCI-USA

  • Gary JacobsGary Jacobs
    SPA/MPA ’76

    President, Village@Home

  • Julie JensenJulie Jensen
    JD/WCL ’02

    Founder & Co-CEO, Jasper Advisors

  • Betsy MangoneBetsy Mangone*
    SPA/BA ’65

    Board of Directors, The Denver Foundation

  • Richard Martino head shotRichard Martino
    SPA/BS ’80

    Principal, Populus Advisors LLC

  • Nicole NasonNicole Nason
    SPA/BA ’92

    Advisor, Maniv Mobility 

  • Kate PringleKate Pringle
    SPA/BA ’90

    Partner, Friedman, Kaplan & Adelman LLP

  • Gwendolyn SykesGwendolyn Sykes
    SPA/MPA ’01

    CFO, U.S. Secret Service

  • Rita TuzonRita Tuzon
    Proud SPA Parent

    Former General Counsel, Fox Networks Group and Fox Corporation

  • Kimberly VogelKimberly Vogel
    SPA/BA ’94

    Founder and Managing Director, Beckley III, LLC

  • Shai WaismanShai Waisman
    SPA/BA '93

    President, Kroll

*Serves on American University Board of Trustees