Thank You To Our Fall 2020 Guest Speakers

The UConn Department of Public Policy faculty are hosting several guest speakers in their classes and in the Department this semester. We are honored to host such distinguished professionals and scholars who will add much value to our students’ learning experience. Some of these presentations will only be available as part of a class but others are open to all DPP students. On behalf of our community of students and faculty, we thank our speakers for accepting our invitations to speak to our students.

A view of the UConn Hartford campus on Aug. 22, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
A view of the UConn Hartford campus on Aug. 22, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)


Saturday 9/12 – Open to MPA Fellows

Albert Ilg, Retired City/Town Manager, Politics-Administration Dichotomy from a City Manager’s Perspective

Richard C Box, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska and Omaha, Public Policy and Administration: Intellectual Foundations


Saturday 9/19 – Open to MPA Fellows

John Russotto, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney, State of Connecticut, Administrative Responsibility, Policy Development, Accountability & Implementation

Tia Gaynor, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, New Public Administration, Social Equity, and Administrative Reforms


Tuesday, 9/22 – Current PP 5340 MPA & MPP students

Jason Jakubowski, President & CEO, Foodshare, Food Insecurity, Public Policy, and Foodshare’s Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Saturday 9/26- Open to MPA Fellows

Janice Castle, Director of Community Engagement, City of Hartford, Role of Citizens in Decision-making

John Selman, Vice President for National Security Programs, LMI, Performance Measurement & Management


Monday, 9/28 – Current PP 5340 MPA & MPP students

Dom Piccini, Logistics Manager, Foodshare, Leading Foodshare’s Rentschler Field Food Distribution Project



Saturday 10/3– – Open to MPA Fellows

Professor Sebawit Bishu, University of Colorado at Denver, Gender & Public Policy and Administration

Professor Thomas Craemer, DPP, University of Connecticut, Cultural Competence, Reparations and Public Policy


Monday, 10/5- Current PP 5340 MPA & MPP students

Mike Schrier, Director of Design & STEM Projects, UConn, Managing Project Time and Schedules


Tuesday, 10/6 – Current PP 5340 MPA & MPP students

Brandi Blessett, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Returning Citizens and Disenfranchisement


Tuesday, 10/13 – Current PP 5340 MPA & MPP students

Lloyd Blanchard, Associate Vice President of Budget, Management and Institutional Research, UConn and Franklin Tuitt, Chief Diversity Officer, UConn, Unpacking the Racist History of Policy and Creating an Anti-Racist Future


Saturday 10/17- Open to MPA Fellows

Professor Susan Gooden, Dean, Wilder School of Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Race, Cultural Competence and Social Equity

Andrea Headley, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Unpacking Police Violence and Race

Lyle Wray, Executive Director, Capital Region Council of Government, Collaborative Governance



Friday, 11/6 – All current DPP students

Connecticut State Representative Jillian Gilchrest and Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, Gun Policy Reform in Connecticut



Friday, 12/4 1pm-2:30pm – Open to DPP students and Nonprofit Organizations

Prof. Leslie Lenkowsky, Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Social Entrepreneurship in the Time of Pandemic