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2018 Founders' Fellows

The following individuals have been selected to comprise the 25-member class for 2018:

  • Ian Adams (University of Utah)
  • Jessica Alcorn (University of Georgia)
  • Saud Alotaibi (University of North Texas)
  • Lyndsay Bates (University of Baltimore)
  • Neomi Frisch Aviram (University of Haifa)
  • Yuliya Harris (Wayne State University)
  • Josephine Hazelton (California State University—Stanislaus)
  • Nuri Heckler (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Trang Hoang (University of Texas—Dallas)
  • Vaiva Kalesnikaite (Florida International University)
  • Hannah Lebovits (Cleveland State University)
  • Zehavit Levitats (University of Haifa)
  • Sarah McGuire (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)
  • Monica Yamel Naime S Henkel (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)
  • Julius Nukpezah (Mississippi State University)
  • Blanca Rand (Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and George Mason University)
  • Wen-Chi Shie (Florida State University)
  • Iuliia Shybalkina (Syracuse University)
  • Cristina Stanica (University of Delaware)
  • Nathan Teklemariam (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Maren Trochmann (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Shilpa Viswanath (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Nicole Wesley (Louisiana State University)
  • Chaitanya Yadav (University of Texas—Dallas)
  • Sasha Zapata (Rhode Island Quality Institute)

The 2018 Founders’ Fellows will receive a complimentary 2018 Annual Conference registration, a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and complementary lodging in the conference hotel.

More details coming soon!

Founders' Fellows Panels

Financial Management in the Public Sector

Saturday, March 10 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Granite A

Trang Hoang
Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
Unfunded Liabilities and Public Pension Reform

Julius Nukpezah
Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Response and Recovery from Financial Emergencies: Lessons from Michigan

Wen-Chi Shie
Doctoral Student, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative Governance Networks and Innovative Coproduction for Sustainable Community Capacity and Economic Development

Iuliia Shybalkina
Doctoral Student, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Participatory Budgeting: Is It a Solution to Unequal Political Participation and Influence?

Social Equity: A Pillar of Public Administration

Saturday, March 10 | 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Granite A

Lyndsay Bates
Doctoral Student, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Developing Inequality: How Re-Development Decisions Contribute to Community Inequality

Josephine Hazelton
Graduate Student, California State University—Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
Designing Men: Gender Bias in Transportation Design and Infrastructure Standards

Nuri Heckler
Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Masculinity and Whiteness in Public Organizations: Managing Institutional Race and Gender in Federal Agencies

Maren Trochmann
Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Deliberative Democracy, Rulemaking and Social Equity: An Exploration of Formal Rulemaking as Green Tape

Engagement and Collaboration as a Tool for Public Service Delivery

Saturday, March 10 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Granite A

Zehavit Levitats
Doctoral Student and Super Fellow, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Emotionally Engage Civil Servants: Toward a Multi-Level Theory and Multi-Source Analysis in Public Administration

Saud Alotaibi
Doctoral Student, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
The Effect of Person-Organization Fit on Public Service Motivation to Determine Public Managers’ Outcomes

Sarah McGuire
Community Outreach Specialist, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Greensboro, NC
Building Collaborative Relationships: Citizen Engagement and Local Government

Sasha Zapata
Project Manager, Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI
Challenges We Face as Public Administrators

Public Policy Challenges

Sunday, March 11 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Granite A

Cristina Stanica
Doctoral Student, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
New Public Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

Neomi Frisch Aviram
Doctoral Student, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Policy Entrepreneurship Behavior: A Meta-Review

Monica Yamel Naime S. Henkel
Doctoral Student, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City, Mexico
When Public Administration Causes Wicked Problems: Challenges for Public Policy

Shilpa Viswanath
Doctoral Student, Rutgers University—Newark, Newark, NJ
Toward a Theory of Local Government Employees: Understanding Municipal Labor through Collective Bargaining Efforts During State Takeovers

Nicole Wesley
Graduate Student, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Skepticism of Scientific Evidence: The Implications of Human Behavior on Policymaking

Research on Emergency Management and Public Safety

Monday, March 12 | 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Centennial A

Ian Adams
Ph.D. Student, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Police Body-Worn Cameras: Transparency and Exposure

Jessica Alcorn
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Keeping the Lights on After a Hurricane: The Economics of Grid Resilience Infrastructure in Georgia’s Coastal Communities

Vaiva Kalesnikaite
Doctoral Student, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Explaining Horizontal Collaborative Activity for Sea Level Rise Preparedness in U.S. Cities

Blanca Rand
Research Assistant, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Influential Variables That impact Emergency Preparedness in the District—Cyclone Problems and Hurricane Solutions

Sustainability as a Conceptual Focus for Public Administration

Monday, March 12 | 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Centennial A

Hannah Lebovits
Doctoral Student, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
The Suburban Struggle: Toward a Theory of Governance in Suburban Spaces

Yuliya Harris
Graduate Student, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Social Sustainability and Public Values in the Context of Urban Public Transit: The Case of QLINE Rail in Detroit

Nathan Teklemariam
Doctoral Student, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Challenges of Rapid Urbanization and Housing in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of the Integrated Housing Development Program in Ethiopia

Chaitanya Yadav
Graduate Student, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
Content Design and Development for Early Education: Implications for Learning Outcomes in Rural India

Thank You

Thank you to the following for your contributions in support of the Founders' Fellows program:

ASPA Gold Coast Chapter
ASPA New Jersey Chapter
ASPA North Texas Chapter
ASPA Rhode Island Chapter—Roger Williams University
ASPA South Florida Chapter
ASPA Suncoast Chapter
Rashmi Chordiya
College of Charleston
Paul Danczyk
Ana-Maria Dimand
Peter Federman
Florida International University
Louisiana State University
Mark Landahl
Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC)
Yali Pang
Public Administration Quarterly
Grant Rissler
Stephen Rolandi
Rutgers University—Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration
San Diego State University
Section on Complexity and Network Studies
Section for New Administration Professionals and Students
Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA)
Kendra Stewart
Thomas Stanton
Texas Southern University
University of Baltimore
University of Haifa
University of Texas at Dallas
Virginia Commonwealth University

Interested in supporting the Founders' Fellows program? Visit our sponsorship page and download our sponsorship brochure for more information!