For Immediate Release
January 12, 2022
Karen Garrett
Chief of Communications & Marketing
(202) 585-4313

ASPA Selects 2022 Founders’ Fellows

Washington, D.C. - The ASPA Founders’ Fellows program recognizes outstanding students and new professionals (within three years of their graduation) in the field of public service and public administration.

Following a competitive review process, Founders’ Fellows present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, and are paired with a seasoned scholar or practitioner who serves as their mentor for their Fellowship year.

The following individuals have been selected to comprise the Class of 2022:

  • Romeo Abraham (University of North Carolina—Wilmington)
  • Marc Isaac Boyd (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development)
  • Whitney Brown (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Weston Burrer (Pueblo County, Colorado Department of Public Works; the Maxwell School at Syracuse University)
  • Adam Croft (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Renzo de la Riva Agüero (Indiana University—Bloomington)
  • Fangda Ding (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Rebecca M. Entress (University of Central Florida)
  • Dalten Fox (Boise State University)
  • Dongfang Gaozhao (Florida State University)
  • Brittany D. Houston (Florida State University)
  • Tyresa Jackson (Teachers College, Columbia University)
  • William T. Jackson (Florida International University)
  • Bo Li (Georgia State University)
  • Ryan J. Lofaro (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Lauren H. Loyless (University of Texas at Dallas; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Hanjin Mao (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Alina Maria Pavelea (Babeș-Bolyai University)
  • Valencia Prentice (University of North Texas)
  • Huiting Qi (Penn State Harrisburg)

The 2022 Founders’ Fellows will receive a complimentary 2022 Annual Conference registration, a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and professional development opportunities throughout their year as a Fellow.

“ASPA’s Founders’ Fellows program is a terrific and meaningful way for public administration students and early-career practitioners and scholars to expand their networks, participate in groundbreaking work and learn from some of the most significant names in the field,” said Founders’ Fellows committee co-chairs Steve Condrey and Rachel Emas. “The selection committee is pleased to introduce the 2022 cohort as one of our most dynamic classes yet. We look forward to their year ahead in this exciting program and can’t wait to see the difference our Fellows make within the discipline.”

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