Advisory & Emeritus Councils


The Trachtenberg School’s Advisory Council advises on the school’s vision and pursuit of the school mission. The Council works to address issues impacting the growth and development of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

If you are interested in more information about the Advisory Council, please contact Matt Cannella at [email protected].

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Advisory Council

  • Beth Craig, MPA ’83, Deputy Executive Director, EPA Alumni Association
  • Frank DiGiammarino, MPA ’95, Executive VP, Innovation Strategy, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Susie Feliz, MPA ’02, VP, Policy & Legislative Affairs, National Urban League
  • Allison Gurnitz, MPA ’91, CEO, CG Strategy
  • Dominique Harris, MPA ’11, Strategic Account Manager, Cargill
  • Cathy Helm, MPA ’80, Inspector General, Smithsonian Institution
  • Demetra Nightingale, Ph.D ’98, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Cynthia Pierre, Ph.D ’06, COO, EEOC, (ret.)
  • Jay Sher, B.A. ’11, MPA ’13, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Christopher Smith, MPA ’86, President, Summit Global Strategies
  • Aubrey Stephenson, President & CEO, Federal Management Systems
  • Franklin Urteaga, MPA ’97, Co-Founder & CEO, Oigetit Fake News Filter
  • Bill Vantine, Ph.D, B.A. ’84, MPA ’87, President & CEO, Systems Planning & Analysis
  • Kim Vitelli, MPP ’04, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment
  • Kelly Waldron, MPA ’07, Sr. Director, Foundations & Grants, United Way Worldwide (Council chair)


Emeritus Advisory Council Members

  • Admiral Thad W. Allen
  • Grant D. Ashley
  • Robert Neil Goldenkoff
  • Harry Hatry
  • Andrew D. Morris
  • Nancy F. Potok
  • Daniel Fahy Sheehan
  • Len Simon 
  • Esther W. Strongman
  • Nancy E. Tate