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  1. Marilee Adams, Adjunct Professor

    Marilee Adams, Ph.D., is an author, executive coach, facilitator, and professional speaker. She is president and founder of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization and the originator of the QUESTION THINKING™ metho… More

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  2. Ilona Birenbaum, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Ms. Birenbaum is a leadership and organizational consultant/leadership coach with over 20 years of experience and a diverse organizational development background. She is an adjunct professor and coach with American University’s School of Public Affai… More

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  3. William Chadick, Adjunct Associate Professor

  4. Clarence Crawford, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Clarence Crawford is founder and president of the Teach ‘em to Fish. The God-given value proposition for the ministry is to establish a business incubator that helps deserving people get a fresh start and become economically self-sustaining, transfor… More

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    (202) 885-2357

  5. Jeri Darling, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Jeri Darling is President of Darling Global, LLC and has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse organizations in the areas of strategy, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. She is a seasoned consultant, facilitator, and execut… More

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  6. John Driessnack, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  7. Robert Durant, Professor Emeritus

    Professor Durant resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is a founding partner of Emeritus Associates, LLC. His teaching and research focus were focused on executive branch politics, public management, policy implementation, environmental policy, and adminis… More

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  8. James Eisenmann, Adjunct Instructor

    James M. Eisenmann has been the Executive Director of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board since January 2, 2013. Mr. Eisenmann served as MSPB’s General Counsel from January 4, 2010, until January 2, 2013. Between 2005 and 2009, Mr. Eisenmann was… More

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  9. Karen Ellis, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Karen L. Ellis retired in December 2014 as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIG/I) with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She was responsible for conducting investigations … More

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  10. Catherine Fox, Adjunct Instructor

    Catherine Fox is Founder and Principal of an international consulting and coaching practice CJFox Associates to support organizations and their leaders in implementing change. She is consultant to US government and United Nations agencies and has a … More

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  11. Edward Girovasi, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Ed Girovasi is a Senior Consultant with the Acquisition and Product Support Group of LMI in Tysons, VA. LMI is a not-for-profit strategic consulting firm dedicated to improving the management of government programs. He provides his government client… More

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  12. Bethany Hardy, Adjunct Instructor

    Bethany Young Hardy has nearly 20 years of experience in strategic communications across sectors. She currently serves as vice president at C.Fox Communications, where she leverages her extensive experience in message development, political and heal… More

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  13. Angelo Ioffreda, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Angelo Ioffreda is the chief engagement officer and founder of io spark communications, a strategic communication and management consultancy based in Arlington, VA, whose purpose is to help individuals, teams, and organization find their unique spark… More

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  14. Iris Ioffreda, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  15. Janet Ioli, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Janet is an executive coach, leadership and organizational development consultant, and an engaging speaker and workshop leader. Her experience helping people become better leaders and navigate through change spans over twenty five years. During this … More

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  16. Susan Jenkins, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Susan Jenkins currently works as a social science analyst with the US Department of Health and Human Services. She oversees several large scale evaluation contracts and helps to build staff evaluation capacity. Her work also includes completing Priva… More

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  17. Patricia Jensen, Adjunct Instructor

    Patricia K. (Patty) Jensen is Managing Principal of Clear Waters Consulting, LLC. She is a dynamic results-focused coach, consultant and business leader who partners with leaders to facilitate cultural change, create winning business strategies and b… More

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  18. Kenneth Jones, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Ken Jones is a healthcare executive for the US Army. He works full time as a professor at a military medical school where he teaches: statistics, information systems, marketing and strategy. He holds five advanced degrees, including a PhD in Business… More

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  19. Keith Jones, Adjunct Instructor

  20. Joseph Kaplan, Adjunct Instructor

    JOSEPH V. KAPLAN, a founding principal of Passman & Kaplan, P.C., received his BA from Penn State University in 1975, and his JD in 1978 from Gonzaga University. In 1979, Mr. Kaplan received his LL.M. from the George Washington University National La… More

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  21. Elaine Kaplan, Adjunct Professor

  22. Willard Kayser, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Cliff brings 20 years of experience in organization development, leadership coaching, and training. In addition to KEY, he is a faculty member in American University’s Masters in Organization Development program. He is a coaching faculty in the Leade… More

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  23. Vicki Kelsey, Adjunct Instructor

  24. Linda Kimsey, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Linda G. Kimsey is an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine and Biometrics Department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) where she serves as Acting Director of the Health Services Administration Division and … More

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  25. Nancy Kingsbury, Adjunct Professor

    In October 2000, Dr. Kingsbury assumed the newly created position of Managing Director for Applied Research and Methods at the Government Accountability Office (formerly General Accounting Office), where she is responsible for managing GAO’s advanced… More

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  26. Theodore Kniker, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Ted Kniker is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader in organizational performance improvement, with extensive executive leadership roles in the public and commercial sectors. His work as Chief of Evaluation and Performance at the … More

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  27. Christopher Koepke, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Chris Koepke, Ph.D. is the Director of the Strategic Marketing Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He is responsible for all Medicare and Health Insurance Marketplace communication campaigns, strategic planning, and marketing… More

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  28. Robert Lapidus, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Bob Lapidus has worked as a consultant in organization development and human resource management for the past 30 years. As a senior consultant to key managers and Chief Executive Officers, he has implemented a wide variety of interventions including … More

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  29. Patrick Malone, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Malone is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches courses in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, action learning, leadership ethics, and publ… More

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    (202) 885-6271

  30. Robert Marshak, Executive in Residence Emeritus

    Dr. Marshak has taught organization dynamics and change leadership in SPA since 1977. His areas of expertise include: organizational change and development, dialogic organization development, organizational discourse, and organization theory and beha… More

  31. Mark Maxin, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Mark Maxin has over 30 years’ experience in federal sector employment law addressing critical issues involving equal employment opportunity, diversity, civil rights, bargaining and grievance rights, performance and conduct problems in the workplace. … More

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  32. Matt Minahan, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Public Admin SPA

    Matt Minahan, Ed. D., is President of MM & Associates, an international consulting firm specializing in strategy, structure, leadership development, and communications. Matt's clients are in the private and public sectors, implementing enterprise-w… More

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  33. William Paxton, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    William Paxton is a leading expert on ethics and the law. He counsels government officials, corporations, and their leaders on a wide range of issues including bet-the-organization ethical dilemmas, crisis management, strategic counseling, and public… More

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  34. David Pekoske, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    David Pekoske is Group President of the National Security Group of A-T Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining A-T Solutions in 2010, he was the Vice Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard. In this key leadership position within the Department of Homeland Secu… More

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  35. Meredith Persily Lamel, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Meredith Persily Lamel, MBA, P.C.C., is CEO of Aspire@Work. For 15 years, she has explored the frontiers of aspirational leadership, human behavior, and organizational development. As an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and instructor who s… More

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    (202) 885-6388

  36. Richard Phillips, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  37. Andrew Rahaman, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Rahaman has over 25 years working nationally and internationally in diverse leadership positions building teams to design and implement both technical projects and overseeing geographically dispersed programs in a variety of private and governmen… More

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  38. David Rosenbloom, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to the field and a National Academy of Public Adminis… More

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    (202) 885-2361

  39. Alioune Samb, Executive in Residence

    Pape Samb is President of Exeleadmen, a consulting firm that focuses on providing leaders and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and network to create economic value. With over 17 years of experience in program development, entrepreneurship, fun… More

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  40. Roger Schwarz, Adjunct Professor

    Roger Schwarz, Adjunct Professor Roger Schwarz has been teaching leaders and consulting to organizations since 1980. His area of expertise is leadership and teams. His writing, speaking, and consulting focuses on helping leadership teams shift their … More

  41. Carl Shapiro, Adjunct Professor

    Carl Shapiro has been an economist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for over 25 years. Currently, Dr. Shapiro is the Science Impact Program Coordinator. The Science Impact Program is a focused effort to increase the use and value of natural sci… More

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  42. Neil Stroul, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professionally, Neil is first and foremost a leadership coach. Trained originally as a psychologist, Neil blends more than 25 years of experience in organizational consulting and the perspective of applied psychology to helping executives build their… More

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  43. Gwendolyn Sykes, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    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… More

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  44. Jane Tamagna, Adjunct Professor

    Jane Tamagna is a business consultant with 20 years experience consulting for the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors.  She focuses her work on two outcomes:  Helping leaders solve chronic problems and helping leaders define and move in… More

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  45. Robert Tobias, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Robert Tobias teaches courses in public sector leadership in the Key Executive Leadership Programs. He also teaches facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, and managing labor management relations. Fi… More

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    (202) 885-6271

  46. William Valdez, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Bill Valdez retired from Federal service as a career Senior Executive in July 2014 and is now a Senior Vice President at an international consulting firm that specializes in energy, environment and science/technology policy. In addition, he is an Adj… More

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  47. Scott Ward, Adjunct Instructor

    Scott Ward is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in all aspects of communications, including advocacy communications; new media; social marketing; communications training; risk and crisi… More

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  48. Reginald Wells, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Reginald F. Wells was named Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Human Resources effective July 15, 2002 after serving short tenures as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Disability Program Policy and Senior Advi… More

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  49. Carol Willett, Adjunct Instructor

    After thirty-five years of Federal Service in the USAF, Central Intelligence Agency, White House and Government Accountability Office (fifteen of which were spent in Senior Executive Service positions), Carol became a full-time sculptor. She has tau… More

  50. Patricia Williams, Adjunct Professor

    Patricia Day Williams transitioned from practicing family medicine to consulting in organization development (OD) 25 years ago. She maintains a broad-based OD practice that includes team building, diversity management, leadership training and coachin… More

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  51. Brian Williams, Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Brian Williams, Ed.D. is a senior training specialist and the owner of Awzom Technology & Management. He is an Organizational Development Professional, Executive Coach, Professional Speaker, Author, Trainer, Facilitator, and Consultant with 25+ years… More

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  52. Catherine Wright, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  53. Ruth Zaplin, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Dr. Ruth Zaplin is an Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director of International Programs, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advis… More

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  54. Donald Zauderer, Associate Professor Emeritus

    Dr. Donald G. Zauderer is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at American University, where he directed the Key Executive Program for emerging leaders in public service. Upon retiring from American, Dr. Zauderer served as Senior Advisor at Th… More

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