2019 Founders' Fellows

The following individuals have been selected to comprise the 20-member class for 2019:
  • Michael Bednarczuk (Ohio University—Chillicothe)
  • Christopher Burks (University of Alabama—Birmingham)
  • Edgar Bustos (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)
  • Wendy Chen (George Mason University)
  • Donwe Choi (Florida State University)
  • Suparna Dutta (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Nuri Heckler (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Emmy Hicks (Louisiana State University)
  • Victoria Martin-Nammour (University of Central Florida)
  • Joseph Maya-Rodriguez (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Assel Mussagulova (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Amy Owen (Tennessee State University)
  • Pooja Paswan (Jamia Millia Islamia)
  • Cimone Philpotts (University of Delaware)
  • Amelia Pridemore (Florida International University)
  • Mustafa Sen (Mississippi State University)
  • Jennifer Swann (The City of Oklahoma City Planning Department)
  • Jie Tao (University of North Texas)
  • Shahrin Upoma (The University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Nara Yoon (Syracuse University)

The 2019 Founders’ Fellows will receive a complimentary 2019 Annual Conference registration, a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and complementary lodging in the conference hotel.

We are now accepting financial support for this program. Click here to donate to the Founders' Fellows program and support these rising stars!

More details about their panels at the Annual Conference are on their way. Check back on this page for more details shortly.

Founders’ Fellows Panels

Below are the four panels that will feature the 2019 Founders' Fellows at this year's conference. Make sure to stop in on these sessions and listen in on these rising stars' presentations!

All panels will take place in Virginia.

Friday | 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Promoting Excellence in Education and Nonprofit Organizations

Cimone Philpotts
Doctoral Student, University of Delaware
How School District Secession Impacts the District Left Behind

Christopher Burks
MPA Student, University of Alabama—Birmingham
Public Partnerships in STEM Education

Wendy Chen
Doctoral Student, George Mason University
Advocacy, Activism and the Academy

Suparna Dutta
Doctoral Student, Virginia Commonwealth University
How does Nonprofit Board Inclusion Impact Effectiveness

Nara Yoon
Doctoral Student, Syracuse University
The Drivers and Consequences of Nonprofit Board Interlocks

Saturday | 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Citizen Participation and the Creation of Public Value

Jennifer Swann
Administrative Coordinator, The City of Oklahoma City Planning Department
Moving the Needle Forward in the Right-to-Food Discourse: Consumer Empowerment as the Realization of Substantive Justice

Michael Bednarczuk
Adjunct Instructor of Political Science, Ohio University—Chillicothe
The Bureau Voting Model in Africa

Donwe Choi
Doctoral Student, Florida State University
Social Enterprise and Public Value Creation

Amelia Pridemore
Doctoral Student, Florida International University

Jie Tao
Doctoral Student, University of North Texas
Do Traditional Citizen Participation and E-Participation Make A Difference in Terms of Their Effects on Citizen Satisfaction? Evidence from Local US. Governments

Sunday | 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Improving Service Delivery in Public Sector Organizations in the U.S. and Abroad

Pooja Paswan
Assistant Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
Challenges of Low-Income Democracies in Public Service Delivery

Victoria Martin-Nammour
MPA Student, University of Central Florida
Solutions to Issues Affecting the Public Administration Landscape Today

Assel Mussagulova
Doctoral Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Twenty-Eight Years Later: A Cross-Country Analysis of Development Divergence and Bureaucratic Institutions in Post-Communist States

Amy Owen
Doctoral Student, Tennessee State Board of Education
Role Theory in Public Education Governance

Shahrin Upoma
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas at Dallas
Do Civil Service Reforms Increase the Accountability of Public Service Personnel and Organizations? A Comparative Analysis

Monday | 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Public Human Resource Management Practices and Strategies

Nuri Heckler
Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Denver
Camaraderie, Color-Blindness and Work Trends: Whiteness in Public People Management

Edgar Bustos
Doctoral Student, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
The Effect of Reputation on Recruitment: The Case of the Constitutional Autonomous Agencies in Mexico

Emmy Hicks
MPA Student, Louisiana State University
Utilizing Collaborative Efforts across Multiple Disciplines in Higher Education as an Engine to Promote Social Change while Generating Interest in Higher Education Programs

Joseph Maya Rodríguez
MPA Student, Rutgers University—Newark
Representation and Technology: Challenges for Public Administration

Mustafa Sen
Doctoral Student, Mississippi State University
How Do Emergent Strategies Affect Strategic Planning in Public Sector?

Founders' Fellows Donors

Thank you to our 2019 Founders' Fellows Donors:
  • ASPA Evergreen Chapter
  • ASPA LGBT Advocacy Alliance
  • ASPA Massachusetts Chapter
  • ASPA New Jersey Chapter
  • ASPA North Texas Chapter
  • ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management
  • ASPA Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR)
  • ASPA South Florida Chapter
  • ASPA Southern California Chapter
  • ASPA Student and New Administration Professionals Section
  • ASPA Suncoast Chapter
  • Association for Budget and Financial Management
  • J. Paul Blake
  • Michael Brintnall
  • CIDE
  • Paul Danczyk
  • Demircioglu Mehmet
  • Janice Lachance
  • Louisiana State University
  • Midwest Public Affairs Conference
  • Mississippi State University
  • Public Administration Quarterly
  • Grant Rissler
  • Steve Rolandi
  • Allan Rosenbaum
  • Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA)
  • Kendra Stewart
  • Loretta Tillery
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Shilpa Viswanath
  • Aziza Zemrani