Partnership Staff



Executive


Max Stier
President and CEO

Max is the founding president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. Under his leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues.

Max has worked previously in all three branches of the federal government. In 1982, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Jim Leach. Max clerked for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992 and clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Between these two positions, Max served as Special Litigation Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman at the Department of Justice.

In 1995, Max joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly where he practiced primarily in the area of white collar defense.

Max comes most recently from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, having served as the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation.

A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, Max is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Administrative Conference of the United States and the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College.


Business Strategy


John Gilbert
Vice President, Business Strategy

John Gilbert joined the Partnership in 2015 as the Vice President of Business Strategy. He is leading an initiative to engage a cadre of private sector companies and executives with the mission and growth strategy of the Partnership. John is also responsible for strategic planning and financial management.

John recently left JPMorgan after a 28 year career with the firm in New York and London.  His most recent role was Managing Director and Senior Country Officer in London where he was responsible for the Benelux and Nordic regions of Europe and also acted as a senior client banker. John is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies.


Center for Government Leadership


Tom Fox
Vice President, Leadership and Innovation

Tom Fox is the Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service where he oversees the Center for Government Leadership (CGL) and the Partnership’s growing portfolio around innovation in government. In this role, Tom leads the CGL team, develops innovative coursework, facilitates classroom activities, and provides one-on-one assistance to rising leaders through the Excellence in Government Fellows program, Annenberg Leadership Seminars, the DHS Fellows program, and our three-year leadership initiative with the Department of Education.

In addition, Tom writes the FedCoach column for The Washington Post, and he serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Tom’s experience included work in the public and private sectors, including Arthur Andersen, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Senate.


Niya Baxter
Senior Manager

Niya is a Senior Manager with the Center for Government Leadership where she leads the Excellence in Government Fellows program. In this role, she provides strategic direction to the program and mobilizes a team of staff and coaches to deliver an experience that strengthens leadership skills, drives innovation and delivers results.

Prior to joining the Partnership Niya worked as a management consultant for six years, primarily focusing on federal human capital engagements and partnering with clients to tackle tough leadership challenges. She also brings several years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector. Niya holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and B.A in Political Science from Goucher College.

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Bryan Bierbaum
Associate

Bryan joined the Partnership in 2015 as an Associate on the Center for Government Leadership team. He works primarily on the Excellence in Government Fellows program, supporting program enrollment and operations and serving as a project consultant for a cohort of Excellence in Government Fellows.

Prior to his time at the Partnership, Bryan had several roles with Volunteers of America creating a public policy agenda, tracking several million dollars in grants and serving as primary liaison for VOA’s nationwide network of affiliates. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa in Political Science and received his Master’s degree in International Administration from the University of Miami.

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Keith Clark
Manager

Keith Clark works with the Partnerships’ Center for Government Leadership team designing and managing the Department of Labor’s senior executive onboarding program as well as the Department of Agriculture’s IT fellows program. He also facilitates custom workshops. 

Keith experience, education and training is focused in leadership development, most recently serving as Director of the Coro Fellows Program in St. Louis. His graduate work includes a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University. 


Victoria Eick
Associate

Victoria joined the Center for Government Leadership team in May 2015 as a fellow. As an Associate, she supports the Excellence in Government Fellows program benchmarking component, which serves to teach program participants leadership best practices in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She also serves as an EIG Project Coordinator for a cohort of federal leaders.

Victoria graduated with a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. 

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Georgia Haddad
Associate

Georgia joined the Center for Government Leadership as a fellow in September 2015. As an Associate, Georgia supports the Excellence in Government Leadership Fellows program with focus on the Results Project component of EIG. 

Georgia graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. 


Virginia Hill
Manager

Ginny manages customized leadership programs and initiatives in the Center for Government Leadership. In this role, she works with federal agency partners and coaches to design and implement programs that aim to strengthen the government workforce. Specifically, Ginny is spearheading the new Executive Master Class and supporting the Partnership’s efforts at the Department of Education.

Ginny joined the Partnership in early 2015 after spending more than seven years at the National Institutes of Health. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), later finding her niche in Human Resources and managing the agency’s PMF program.  Ginny is also involved with the nonprofit, Young Government Leaders as the president of the national board.   


Kevin Johnson
Manager

Kevin Johnson is a Manager with the Center for Government Leadership, where he leads the development and implementation of the Executive Master Class and Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program. He also supports the design of custom programs and seminars as well as business development.

Kevin earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Partnership, he was the Diversity & EEO Specialist for Battelle Memorial Institute where he defined the diversity and inclusion philosophy for the entire organization by leveraging knowledge of organizational behavior, talent management, change management and cultural competence.


Kidane Kinney
Associate

Kidane first joined the Partnership in January 2016 as a Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships fellow. In June 2016 she joined the Center for Government Leadership as an associate. In her role, Kidane supports the Excellence in Government Fellows program as a Project Coordinator for a cohort of federal leaders. She also contributes to the benchmarking component of EIG.

Kidane graduated from Lafayette College with a dual B.A. in International Affairs and Government & Law. 


Rachel Klein-Kircher
Senior Manager, Content and Curricula

Rachel joined the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership team in October 2015. She is bringing together best practices in leadership development across a broad spectrum of programs.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Rachel worked alongside federal government agencies as a management consultant, primarily focusing on leadership support and development. She also partnered with the government as a director in a non-profit disaster relief organization, and as a contract manager. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Political Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Abinaya Manivannan
Associate

Abinaya Manivannan joined the Partnership in August 2015 as an Associate on the Center for Government Leadership team. She supports the Excellence in Government Fellows program on the enrollment side of the program as well as assisting with graduation. In addition, she serves as a Project Coordinator for a cohort of federal leaders.

Abi graduated from George Mason University with a B.S in Marketing and a double minor in Communication and Economics. 


Andrew Marshall
Senior Manager

Andrew Marshall is a Senior Manager in the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership. In this role, he designs leadership development programs, including tailored work with the Department of Labor’s Executive Training program, the Excellence in Government Fellows program and the FedExperience program. In each case he manages contracts, designs programs, leads day-to-day operations, and mobilizes teams of full-time employees and part-time consultants to deliver results. Additionally, he regularly provides training and facilitation to federal leaders—everyone from emerging leaders to experienced executives —with a focus on trust and teams.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Andrew worked as the executive director of Grantwell, a philanthropic consulting organization. He has a BA in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.

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Emily McClintock
Manager

Emily first joined the Partnership in January 2013 as an Education and Outreach fellow. In June 2014, she returned as a Center for Government Leadership Associate Manager. She primarily works on the Excellence in Government Fellows (EIG) program. In this role, she manages enrollment and the program’s Results Projects. Emily also serves as a project consultant for a cohort of federal leaders in the EIG program.   

Emily graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University. 

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Jeff O'Malley
Director

Jeff O’Malley is a Director with the Center for Government Leadership where he manages the Excellence in Government Fellows program and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellows Program. In this role, he directs project plans, designs curriculum and manages a network of coaches and faculty. 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Jeff served as Senior Director of the Institute for Leadership Formation at Prison Fellowship International, Executive Director of the Close Up Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Educational Initiative, and Director of International Programs for the Council of State Governments.

Jeff is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service where he earned a Master’s in International Communications. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science from Messiah College as well as a Certificate in Civic Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.


Jenn Oribello
Manager

Jenn joined the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership team in March 2015 as a Program Manager. In this role she leads the development and implementation of programs for federal agencies that enhance leadership skills, improve employee engagement, and foster collaboration. Her portfolio includes designing and delivering programming to support cultural transformation efforts and leadership development at the Departments of Education and Agriculture.

Jenn earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, with a concentration in Human Resource Development, and a B.S. in Communication Studies from James Madison University.  Prior to joining the partnership, she designed and facilitated leadership development programming at the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation.


Daniel Pearson
Associate

Daniel joined the Partnership in April 2016 as a Program Associate. Daniel primarily works as a Project Consultant for federal leaders in the Excellence in Government program. He also supports program development for the IT Open Enrollment program, conducting market research and stakeholder outreach.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Daniel served two years with AmeriCorps and obtained a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from American University. 


Lindsey Ryan
Associate

Lindsey joined the Partnership in November 2015. Primarily, she serves as a Program Coordinator for the Excellence in Government Fellows program, assisting the EIG coaches with successful execution of their program sessions.  Additionally, she provides similar support to the Executive Master Class program and acts as a liaison for the Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Board and Cohort Ambassadors.

 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Lindsey was a member of the administrative support staff at AFT-Connecticut, the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. Lindsey graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette College in 2012 and holds duel Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government & Law and Philosophy.       


Jarinete Santos
Associate Manager

Jarinete joined the Partnership in December 2014. Jarinete supports the Leading @ Labor, USDA IT Fellows, and other custom programs. She oversees program operations including event logistics, assessments, action-learning team projects, evaluation and site visits. Additionally, she serves as a project consultant for a cohort of federal leaders in the Excellence in Government Fellows program.

Jarinete earned her B.S. in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Courtney Scarbin
Associate

Courtney joined the Partnership as an Associate with the Center for Government Leadership in January 2015. She primarily works on the Partnership Leadership Seminars, which develop participants’ leadership skills and build government agencies’ long-term, in-house capacity to innovate and solve management problems. She also manages the Excellence in Government Fellows program results projects and serves as a project consultant for a cohort of federal leaders.

Courtney graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and The George Washington University with a Master of Public Administration in Federal Policy, Politics and Management.

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Christina Schiavone
Senior Manager

Chris joined the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership team in 2012. She leads an agency-wide cultural change initiative that is focused on improving leadership development and employee engagement. Her portfolio includes advising federal agencies on cultural transformation efforts in the areas of leadership coaching, change management, strategic communication, and innovative problem-solving.

Chris earned her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University and a B.A. in Psychology from Salisbury University. Prior to joining the Partnership, she was a management consultant for the federal government focused on employee engagement, training design and delivery, and program management.

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Alex Schroeder
Associate

Alex joined the Partnership as a Center for Government Leadership Program Associate in August 2015. In this role, he supports custom program engagements by working to develop and cultivate strategic relationships with federal agency partners to expand Partnership collaboration. Alex also helps with communications efforts for our custom program alumni.

Before beginning as a Program Associate, Alex served as a 2-term Partnership fellow on both the Communications and Development teams. He has a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in professional writing from The Ohio State University.

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Catherine Spacciapoli
Associate

Catherine joined the Center for Government Leadership team in August 2015. She supports the Partnership’s leadership efforts with the Department of Labor, leading program logistics for the SES Onboarding Program and assisting in the implementation of Leading@Labor. Additionally, she contributes to other Custom Office Engagements at DOL.

Catherine came to the Partnership in January 2015 as a fellow on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a concentration on Latin America.


Anna Taleysnik-Mehta
Manager

In her role as Program Manager with the Center for Government Leadership, Anna manages the Excellence in Government Fellows program. She works closely with federal government leaders, leadership coaches and cross-sector partners to deliver this year-long program, helping prepare federal government managers for leadership roles. 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Anna managed programs and operations for a variety of non-profit organizations, focusing on educational resource management, leadership development and executive education. She holds an M.S. degree in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Politics from New York University.


Lydia Van Sant
Senior Manager

Lydia joined the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership team in March 2015 as a Senior Manager. In this role, she manages the team’s internal operations and supports business development activities to grow its offerings.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Lydia worked as a management consultant for over ten years, primarily focusing on federal human capital engagements within Defense and Healthcare agencies. She graduated magna cum laude from Mary Washington College with a B.A. in Classics: Latin and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Jessica Weinfurter
Associate

Jessica joined the Center for Government Leadership in September 2015. As an Associate, she serves as a speaker and training lead for the Delivering Outcomes for Communities course. She also supports the Excellence in Government Fellows program as a Program Coordinator and with benchmarks.

Jessica graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Monica Wilder
Manager

Monica works on the Partnership’s leadership initiative with the Department of Education, specifically with the Investing in Leadership Program for supervisors and managers, Federal Student Aid First Class Managers Program and the ED Cohort of the Excellence in Government Fellows program. This work is part of a unique three-year collaboration between the Partnership and ED to strengthen leadership at all levels of the Department.

Monica graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a B.A. in Political Science and Media Arts/Journalism.


Communications


Bob Cohen
Writer and Editor

Bob Cohen joined the Partnership in November 2008 as a writer and editor.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Bob was a Washington correspondent for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, and Newhouse News Service.  He spent many years reporting on national politics, Congress, government departments and agencies, and a wide range of  public policy issues.

Bob graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana, S.A.


Olivia Cox
Associate

Olivia joined the Partnership in September 2015 as an Associate on the Communications team. In this role she supports the organization’s communication efforts through social media, event coordination, media relations and marketing.

Olivia graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in History.


Samantha Donaldson
Communications Director

As a Communications Director, Samantha is responsible for assisting in the development and execution of the Partnership’s media relations strategies to effectively communicate the organization’s priorities, programs, research and events to key audiences and the public. In addition, she also oversees the organization’s nine social media channels.

Samantha graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications Studies from Furman University and an M.M.C in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the federal government and nonprofit sectors.

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Bevin Johnston
Creative Director

Bevin leads the Partnership’s creative strategy, branding, marketing, graphic design and web development. She also helps manage the Partnership's operating plan process, working directly with senior management to align projects with strategic priorities, resources, and budgets; and with department heads to review project performance.

Bevin has more than fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining the Partnership, Bevin worked at Ruesch International/Travelex, where she was responsible for directing the company’s creative strategy and marketing in the U.S. and five international markets. She graduated magna cum laude with honors from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Katie Koziara
Associate

Katie joined the Partnership in May 2015 as a summer Public Service Fellow on the Communications team. Returning as a full-time staff member in August 2015, she now supports the Partnership’s communications efforts through social media, media relations and assisting with the marketing of Partnership events.

Katie graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and minored in writing.


Courtney Liss
Associate

Courtney joined the Partnership in December 2015 as a Communications and Events Associate working on the Ready to Govern program. Courtney supports the communications goals of the Ready to Govern program by assisting with event preparation and management, media outreach and social media strategy. 

Courtney graduated from Tulane University with majors in Political Science and History, and had previously worked for Congressman Alan Lowenthal, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson and McBee Strategic Consulting. 


Amy Mayer
Associate

Amy joined the Partnership in November 2015 as the Communication and Events Associate. She focuses primarily on the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, but also assists with managing logistics for the Partnership's many events.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Amy was the Preparedness Manager for the American Red Cross Central California Region. She acted as a member of the Volunteer Services team for two years before that. Amy graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Business Administration, Management in 2012.


Ellen Perlman
Staff Writer

Ellen joined the Partnership in February 2011 as a writer and editor for Communications, and works closely with the research team on reports and other projects.

She earned a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University, studying at Exeter University in England her junior year.


Audrey Pfund
Associate Design Manager

Audrey serves the Partnership for Public Service as the Associate Design Manager. In this role, she is responsible for the design and execution of the Partnership’s print and digital projects. Additionally, she maintains the organization’s websites and designs marketing campaigns.

Audrey graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design and minors in Leadership & Social Change and Art History.

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Jim Seymour
Director, Programs and Events

Jim Seymour serves the Partnership for Public Service as Director of Programs and Events for the Communications team. In addition to managing logistics for a wide variety of press conferences, workshops and other special events, Jim oversees the Partnership’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) awards program and gala.

Jim joined the Partnership in May 2003 following ten years of nonprofit management and event production for the American Canoe Association, a national conservation and recreation organization. Jim holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.


Erika McManus Walter
Press Secretary

Erika is the press secretary for the Partnership. In this role, she serves as the voice of the nonprofit by communicating its mission of making government more effective. As press secretary, she answers media inquiries, crafts press releases, pitches the Partnership’s priorities, initiatives and research results, and facilitates the narrative of improving the federal government for the betterment of the American people.

 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Erika served her state as a press secretary for a Louisiana Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before her service in Congress, she produced written and on-air content for national and local news. Erika is a proud alum of Louisiana State University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and an M.B.A., specializing in finance. 


Development


Christine Carroll
Vice President, Development

Christine Carroll joined the Partnership in August 2009 as Vice President for Development. In addition to serving as a member of the Partnership’s Senior Leadership Team, Christine manages board relations and leads the organization’s development strategy and efforts.

Throughout her 20 year career, she has worked in development across a range of national and international nonprofits. Christine holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from The Catholic University of America.


Annette Germana
Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Annette Germana re-joined the Partnership in November 2014 as the corporate partnership manager. In this role, she works closely with senior leadership to lead the Partnership’s corporate strategy and grow corporate support.

Prior to this, Annette spent five years as a human capital consultant for Fortune 500 companies and various government agencies. In addition to that experience, Annette previously worked at the Partnership on the Center for Government Leadership team. Annette holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Amali Liyanarachi
Manager, Foundation Relations and Donor Stewardship

Amali Liyanarachi joined the Partnership in May 2014. She is responsible for foundation relations and stewardship of the Partnership’s donors. 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Amali worked for three years at American Rivers, a national environmental nonprofit. Amali holds a B.A. in English and a M.P.P. specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland. 


Kylie Rotton
Associate Manager

Kylie joined the Partnership in May 2014 as a summer Public Service Fellow on the Development team. Returning as a full-time staff member in September 2014, she now supports the Partnership’s fundraising efforts through donor outreach, sponsor communications and assisting with the execution of regularly sponsored events such as Events of Excellence and the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals gala.

Kylie earned a B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Government at Wofford College in South Carolina. She is currently pursuing an M.P.A. with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Finance at George Mason University.

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Julie Taylor
Senior Manager, Operations and Donor Stewardship

Julie Taylor joined the Partnership’s Development team as the Senior Manager for Operations and Donor Stewardship in February 2016. In this role, she supports fundraising activities to grow the Partnership’s charitable support. 

Across her 24-year career Julie has worked as a front line fundraiser for universities and conservation nonprofits, with an emphasis on individual giving, board and volunteer relations and special events. Julie received her B.A. in Political Science and French from Albion College in Michigan.


Erika Weingarten Cupples
Senior Manager, Major Gifts

Erika Weingarten Cupples joined the Partnership for Public Service (Partnership) in May 2011. As major gifts manager, she works closely with the CEO and senior leadership to help grow the Partnership’s individual donor base of support. She has worked in resource and donor development at national and international non-profits for 12 years, and has extensive experience cultivating priority relationships.

Before joining the Partnership, Erika served as Senior Manager of Leadership Gifts & Events at Women for Women International. Erika is fluent in Spanish and attended the American University in Washington, DC.


Education and Outreach


Caleb Campbell
Manager

Caleb joined the Education and Outreach Team in August 2013. In his role, he manages the Partnership’s Call to Serve Network overseeing strategy and relationship management for the over 1000 member network. In addition, he is responsible for business development for the Federal Student Ambassadors program, serving as the primary point of contact for federal agencies. 

Prior to the joining the Partnership, Caleb worked at several nonprofits in the DC area as a research and communications assistant. He also worked in Florida organizing college campuses during the 2012 Presidential election. He graduated cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Public Policy

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Margot Conrad
Director

Margot leads key legislative initiatives on behalf of the Partnership, including efforts to develop and strengthen federal leaders and ensure agencies can attract and hire mission-critical talent. In this role, Margot works closely with congressional staff, Members of Congress, the administration and other good government organizations to advance Partnership priorities on Capitol Hill. Margot also leads a Partnership-wide initiative to strengthen the Senior Executive Service, which includes developing and advancing the Partnership’s strategy and serving as a liaison to the administration on reform efforts. 

Prior to her time at the Partnership, Margot worked for an urban design firm in Philadelphia, PA. She was also an intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Philadelphia and a fellow with United Leaders: Institute for Political Service. Margot graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics. 


Ella Holman
Associate Manager

Ella joined the Partnership in October 2015 as an Associate Manager on the Education and Outreach team. In her role, Ella develops and leads in-person agency workshops and virtual webinars to reach federal employees across the country. These are designed to help federal agencies recruit and hire the talent needed to fulfill their missions. In addition, she supports various custom agency engagement work as well as the Federal Student Ambassadors program. Further, Ella assists in the Call to Serve Network by supporting students and jobseekers looking for federal opportunities.

Prior to the Partnership, Ella worked as an HR Specialist on the Recruitment and Staffing team at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) internal Human Resources office. She graduated from American University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration.

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Emily McConnell
Manager

Emily joined the Education and Outreach Team in November 2012. In her role, she develops custom engagements and offerings to help federal agencies recruit and hire the talent needed to fulfill their missions, with a focus on internships and entry-level talent.

Emily graduated with a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Adriana Morquecho
Associate

Adriana joined the Education and Outreach team in January 2016. In her role, she leads the Partnership’s Call to Serve school-focused webinars and trainings. In addition, she supports agency workshops and virtual webinars, which engage federal employees from various agencies. 

Adriana graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. 

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Kari Rea
Associate Manager

Kari joined the Education and Outreach team in July 2015. She manages the Partnership’s Federal Student Ambassadors program, designed to leverage students' consistent on-campus presence and unique knowledge of their campus culture to actively promote opportunities with federal agencies. Additionally, she works on communications strategy for the Call to Serve Network, including a monthly e-newsletter and Go Government social media efforts. 

Kari graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies. Originally from Ohio, Kari worked at ABC News prior to joining the Partnership.

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Government Affairs


Kristine Simmons
Vice President, Government Affairs

As the head of the Government Affairs team, Kristine leads the Partnership’s education and advocacy work on Capitol Hill, oversees the Center for Presidential Transition and serves as a member of the Partnership’s senior leadership team. Her responsibilities include developing and executing strategies to improve presidential transitions and reform the civil service system. 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Kristine spent 11 years working in a senior capacity for House and Senate committees and served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush on the White House Domestic Policy Council. She graduated cum laude from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Professional and Technical Communication.


Shannon Carroll
Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

Shannon Carroll joined the Partnership in 2010 and has held various operations role. She is currently managing stakeholder engagement for the Center for Presidential Transition.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Shannon served as Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s Congressional Assistant in her district office in Walnut Creek, CA, where she worked with federal agencies to tackle constituents’ casework issues and planned community outreach events. Previously, Shannon interned in both Congressman Honda’s Washington, DC and Campbell, CA offices.

Shannon is native of San Jose, California. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


David Eagles
Director, Center for Presidential Transition

David Eagles joined the Partnership in 2015 as the Director of the Center for Presidential Transition and leads the Ready to Govern initiative to assist the presidential candidates in navigating the transition process, promote presidential transition reforms, develop management recommendations for the next administration, and train political appointees to lead effectively.

David previously led strategic initiatives, operational transformations and major transitions spanning the private, public and political sectors most recently serving as Vice President and Chief of Staff at Waste Management and as a Vice President and consultant for private equity owned portfolio companies. David was a leader for the Romney presidential transition team in 2012 and was appointed in both the Bush and Obama Administrations serving at the senior executive service level and winning the distinguished service award.

David received a MPP in Business and Government from Harvard University and a BS in Finance from the University of Alabama.

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Catie Hargrove
Senior Manager for Operations

Catie Hargrove is a Senior Manager with the Center for Government Leadership, where she leads the design and implementation of the Partnership’s Senior Executive Service (SES) development activities, including executive coaching and action-learning programs for executives.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Catie was the Director of the Kinship Center Education Institute. Catie earned a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Resource Development from James Madison University.


Dan Hyman
Associate Manager

Dan joined the Partnership in January 2016 as an Associate Manager in Government Affairs. He supports the organization’s Center for Presidential Transition to assist presidential candidates in navigating the transition process, promote presidential transition reforms, develop management recommendations for the next administration and train political appointees to lead effectively.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Dan advised clients in the Public Policy and Regulatory practice of Dentons US LLP. He graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Chinese.


Andrew Lobel
Manager

Andrew supports the Partnership’s efforts in Congress to improve employee engagement and develop strong federal leaders. His responsibilities include promoting the use of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings on the Hill, working to improve presidential transition planning, and ensuring that the Partnership stays well-informed of legislative developments that affect its work, including government transparency, performance, and IT management issues.

Before joining the Partnership, Andrew interned in the office of U.S. Representative Christopher Van Hollen and worked as a research assistant on the Initiative for Military Families at the America’s Promise Alliance. He graduated cum laude from American University with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. 


Wayne Palmer
Senior Manager, Congressional Relations

Wayne joined the Partnership in 2016 and focuses on Capitol Hill advocacy, executing strategies to improve the presidential appointments process and congressional stewardship of the executive branch.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Wayne spent 13 years in Congress, lastly as Chief of Staff to his home-state Senator, followed by senior roles at the UK’s second largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a boutique consulting firm. He earned his BA in Political Science from Penn State and Master of Government Administration from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, subsequently launching his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Commerce.


Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships


Tina Sung
Vice President, Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships

Tina Sung brings to the Partnership years of multi-sector executive leadership experience and a track record of innovation and accomplishment in every phase of her professional career. Prior to joining the Partnership, Tina founded and served as President of Synergy Works LLC, which provides strategy and performance improvement consulting services to the federal government, state and local governments, NGOs, and Fortune 500 companies. She also founded a second company, Experience Matters:  the Executive Transition Experts, helping senior executives facing reorganization, a new job, or retirement to make a smooth transition to the next stage of their lives.

Tina graduated cum laude from Princeton University. She later completed Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Managers and the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership and Management Program. She was also a participant in the President’s Executive Exchange Program sponsored by the White House.

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Mollie Allers
Manager

Mollie joined the Partnership and the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in March 2012. Mollie now manages the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program. In addition, Mollie supports the Federal Human Capital Collaborative and the Emerging HR Leaders Forum.

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Mollie earned a B.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of Portland. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mollie was the State Associate for Environment Montana, a nonprofit environmental organization in Missoula, MT.

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Jennifer Close
Senior Manager

Jennifer manages a portfolio of programs and events designed to help federal agencies recruit and hire the talent needed to fulfill their missions, as well as coordinates the Partnership’s efforts to prepare new political appointees to effectively lead their agencies. She has experience designing and implementing strategic initiatives, overseeing projects and teams, and building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Jennifer earned her B.A. in International Studies with honors from Boston College. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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Nicole Coletti
Associate

Nicole joined the Partnership in June 2016 and primarily supports the Emerging HR Leaders Forum and the Federal Human Capital Collaborative. In this position, she is the communications and logistics lead for the virtual cohorts of the Emerging HR Leaders Forum.

Before joining the Partnership, Nicole graduated cum laude with a double major in Communications and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She previously worked at the House of Representatives, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the University of Maryland Office of Administration and Finance. 


Mark Doboga
Director

Mark Doboga serves as a Director on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships Team.  In his role, Mark leads teams responsible for assisting federal agencies in developing and implementing strategies to improve management systems and workforce management.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Mark’s experience includes extensive work in federal human resources with emphasis on innovation and transformation. Mark received numerous awards during his federal service, including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, and he retired from the Department of the Air Force in 2012.

Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Central Missouri State University and his Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University. 


Lydia Holmes
Associate

Lydia joined the Partnership as an Associate on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in May 2016. She supports the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Advisory Services program. In this role Lydia works to increase employee engagement through improved agency action planning and training.

Lydia holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rhodes College.


Shela Jeong
Associate Manager

Shela joined the Partnership and the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in March 2015. She helps facilitate leadership development and collaborative problem-solving among federal HR managers through the Emerging HR Leaders Forum and Federal Human Capital Collaborative.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Shela served with Music National Service, managing music intervention programs for high-need populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


Sondra Kahawaii
Manager

Sondra assists a broad audience of government leaders, providing agency services to help them use their Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® data to positively impact workforce satisfaction and commitment, improve recruitment and retention and drive performance. Additionally, Sondra contributes to the Partnership’s Ready to Govern program aimed at helping political appointees prepare to effectively lead their agencies.

Sondra graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and later went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Organization and Management from the Marriott School of Management. She completed her Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 2013.


Cameron Kober
Associate Manager

Cameron Kober works with the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Advisory Services program. In this capacity, he creates and provides training to support government agencies in developing innovative solutions for their challenges with employee engagement. 

Cameron graduated with a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Most recently he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. 


Lindsay Laferriere
Manager

Lindsay joined the Partnership in May 2011 and currently serves as a Manager on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team. In this role, she manages the Federal Human Capital Collaborative and the Emerging HR Leaders Forum.

Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs. Lindsay’s previous work experience includes internships at the Stimson Center and the Washington, DC office of Senator Susan Collins.

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Natalie Martino
Manager

Natalie joined the Partnership in April 2014. Her work includes leadership development of human resource professionals and federal acquisition professionals through the Emerging HR Leaders Forum and the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program. In addition, Natalie works on the Shared Services Roundtable, collaborating with public and private sector experts to help improve the federal shared services marketplace.

Natalie earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland with a double-degree in Political Science and Anthropology in 2012, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 2014.

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Catherine Miller
Associate Manager

Catherine supports the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Advisory Services program, assisting in the team’s efforts to drive employee engagement by working with agencies to create successful action planning efforts. She has primarily done so through custom agency engagements, but also helps coordinate interagency workshops and webinar session.

Catherine received her B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, and a minor in Anthropology. Prior to joining the Partnership, Catherine also received a business certificate through the Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Lynn Mugodo
Associate

Lynn joined the Partnership in July 2016 as an Associate on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships Team. She primarily supports the Emerging HR Leaders Forum and the Federal Human Capital Collaborative.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Lynn attended Binghamton University. She received both her MPA and BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Law; and Political Science from this institution. 


Eden Murrie
Director

As the Director for the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships, Eden leads teams assisting federal agencies in developing and implementing strategies to improve workforce management.

Prior to her current position, Eden worked as a consultant assisting clients with organizational transformation and legislative advocacy. Previous to that, Brigadier General Murrie culminated a 29-year Air Force career as the Director of Air Force Services.  She has senior executive experience including working on the National Security Staff, serving on the staff of a member of Congress and leading multinational organizations.

Her graduate work includes a Master’s in Political Science from University of South Dakota, a Master’s in National Security Strategy from USAF Air War College and in July 2016, a Master’s in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. 


Nathan Pace
Associate

Nathan joined the Partnership in November 2015. He supports the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Advisory Services program. In this role, Nathan works to improve employee engagement across a broad group of agencies through action planning and training. 

Before joining the Partnership, Nathan worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center in their Charlottesville, Virginia headquarters supporting the Finance and Development teams. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  


Colleen Rasa
Associate

Colleen joined the Partnership as an Associate on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in January 2016. In this role, she supports a number of programs that work to prepare leaders at multiple levels in government to succeed, including the Ready to Govern Initiative and Emerging HR Leaders Forum.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Colleen worked at Atlantic Media for the publication Government Executive. At Government Executive, she served as the Digital Events Coordinator and managed all of the organization’s online events. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism. 


Emily Taylor
Associate

Emily joined the Partnership as an Associate for the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in May 2016 after previously serving as the spring term Development fellow. In her current role, she supports the Shared Services Roundtable, where she helps facilitate working group discussions in order to increase the use of shared resources for more efficient and effective delivery of support and mission services.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Emily served as the Deputy Finance Director for a U.S. Senate campaign in Kansas. She graduated with honors from the University of Kansas, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science.


Brittney Vevaina
Associate Manager

Brittney joined the Partnership in April 2014. She supports the Ready to Govern program by preparing and onboarding political appointees and senior executives to succeed in government. She began her tenure at the Partnership as a Research Fellow before transitioning to the Center for Government Leadership team, where she managed a component for the Excellence in Government Fellows program.

Brittney graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining the Partnership, she served as a fellow for the United Nations Information Center.

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Chris Wingo
Senior Manager

Chris serves as a Senior Manager on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team, working primarily with the Excellence in Government Fellows (EIG)program, a nationally recognized year-long, hands-on, results-based leadership development training program that focuses on the leadership challenges specific to the federal government.

Prior to coming to the Partnership, Chris worked for a defense contracting company providing management support to the Marine Corp’s Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) Program and the Navy Ship Inactivation Program.  Chris has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.


Operations


Tim McManus
Chief Operating Officer

As Vice President of Education and Outreach, Tim leads the Partnership’s efforts to ensure that government has the talent it needs to meet the country’s critical needs. This includes overseeing Call to Servea vibrant network of more than 770 colleges and universities dedicated exclusively to promoting federal service—and working directly with federal agencies, the Administration and Congress to improve federal recruitment and hiring. Tim has testified on the need to improving the hiring process, greater utilization of internships and creation of pathways into federal service. and is a frequent contributor to Federal News Radio. Tim also serves as the Vice President for Operations. In this role, he oversees the Partnership’s finances, office management and human resources. 

Tim has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, as well as experience working in government for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Tim is a graduate of St. Olaf College.


Jade Cherry
Receptionist

Jade Cherry joined the Partnership in April 2012 and is currently the receptionist.

Prior to joining the organization, Jade worked as the Administrative Assistant II to the Executive Director for the Washington DC LISC program.


Heather Cruz
Human Resources Generalist

Heather joined the Partnership in January 2016 as the Human Resources Generalist.  In this role, she manages the organization’s talent acquisition efforts, coordinates new hire onboarding, and supports benefits administration.

Heather has had 15 years of experience in higher education student affairs administration in a variety of student support roles at various colleges and universities.  Prior to the Partnership, she most recently served as a Training, Development and Human Resource Manager at George Mason University.  Heather earned her BA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The College of New Jersey and her MA in Counseling Services at Rider University.


Thomas Good, CPA
Controller

Thomas Good currently serves as the Controller for the Partnership.

Before joining the Partnership Tom spent over 20 years working in the Certified Public Accounting industry. He was a partner in a local public accounting firm in the D.C. metro area specializing in the nonprofit industry before joining RSM McGladrey as a senior manager in the IT consulting practice. The last 7 years Tom worked as the Chief Financial Officer for a local Non-profit and Government Contractor.

Tom graduated with a BS degree in accounting from Frostburg State University and received and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Ralph Huber
Operations Manager

Ralph Huber joined the Partnership in September 2001 and takes care of the day-to-day operations, IT and Facilities Management. In addition to serving as the Partnership’s Office Manager, Ralph helps with conference services and logistical support for all of the Partnership programs.

Ralph has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector and is an active member of the International Facility Management Association.


Ashton Kunkle-Mates
Executive Assistant

Ashton came to the Partnership in February of 2016 and supports Max Stier as his Executive Assistant.  

Ashton holds an M.A. in international relations with a concentration in nuclear non-proliferation from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in political science from Earlham College. Prior to joining the Partnership, she worked as the Administration Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO at JINSA. She also worked as a Program Assistant at the Bipartisan Policy Center, as a Special Assistant to former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman at the Gilman Group and as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff for DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty.


Clare Lanigan
Conference Services Coordinator

Clare joined the Partnership as Conference Services Coordinator in August of 2015. She supports all in-house event operations and external rentals of the conference spaces. She also supports all space and logistic related aspects of the Excellence in Government Fellows program.

Clare first joined the Partnership in May 2015 as a Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships fellow. Prior to joining the Partnership, she served as a research and finance assistant for a Virginia State Delegate campaign. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas.


Megan Marra
Conference Services Manager

Megan first joined the Partnership as an Education and Outreach fellow in September of 2013. Later that fall, she joined the Partnership full-time as the Conference Services Manager. In her role, Megan works on several operational aspects of the organization. Megan manages all in-house event operations as well as external rentals of the conference spaces. She also handles all space and logistic related aspects of the Excellence in Government Fellows program both on-site and off-site.

Megan graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy and minors in Education and Child Advocacy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2013. She also earned both her New York State Early Childhood and Special Education teaching certifications while in school.


Amiko Matsumoto
Director of Talent

Amiko Matsumoto is the Director of Talent. In this role, she’s focused on all aspects of talent management. Amiko ensures that the Partnership has the staff necessary to execute their mission, do their best work, and be a great employer. Prior to this role, she served as the Partnership’s Director of Education and Outreach.

Amiko graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Westmont College, an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She has more than 20 years’ professional experience in higher education, federal government and nonprofit sectors.

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Chad Tragakis
Strategic Advisor

Chad serves as a strategic advisor to the Partnership for Public Service providing counsel and support on a range of issues. He previously served as the Partnership’s Vice President of Communications.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Chad spent 15 years at Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations and communications agency, where he served as Senior Vice President and also as the firm’s Chief Talent Officer. He has managed communications and advocacy efforts across a wide spectrum of sectors for a variety of influential organizations and leading companies.

Chad holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from George Mason University. He serves on the advisory board of the George Mason University Communication Department and the advisory board of the Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility.


Research and Evaluation


Mallory Barg Bulman
Research and Evaluation Director

Mallory Barg Bulman serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation. In her role, she leads the Partnership’s thought leadership agenda, which includes overseeing the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings. Mallory is also responsible for leading the Partnership’s evaluations of key programs.

Mallory has more than ten years of experience overseeing the conceptualization, design, analysis and production of quality research products designed to improve government operations. Mallory has delivered presentations before Congressional staffs, agency officials, academic leaders, and private sector officials on topics such as interagency collaboration, shared services, human capital management, organizational transformation, performance management, implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act, pandemic response, and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mallory was a Senior Analyst in the Strategic Issues team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ analytic and investigative arm.

Mallory holds a MPA in Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis and a BA in Human Services from the George Washington University.


Amanda Blatnik
Associate

Amanda first joined the Partnership as a Development Fellow in January 2015 before transitioning to the research team as an Associate. She supports the Partnership’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® program by conducting analysis of federal employee survey data and related research. In addition, she assists the Advisory Services team in supporting federal agencies’ understanding of their Best Places to Work scores.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at George Mason University.


Kevin Brady
Evaluation Manager

Kevin Brady Kevin serves as Evaluation Manager on the Research and Evaluation team, where he directs the Partnership’s program evaluation efforts across the organization. Kevin is responsible for measuring the quality and impact of the Partnership’s strategic priorities, implementing an effective evaluation system across a broad range of teams and activities, and collaborating with federal agencies and other partners to strengthen the Partnership’s impact.

Kevin holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, a Bachelors in Policy Studies from Syracuse University’s Maxwell school, and is a member of the American Evaluation Association.


Emily Connelly
Associate Manager

Emily joined the Partnership in November 2014 as a research associate. She supports a variety of research activities including data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and report writing.

Emily holds a MPA from George Mason University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and Religion.


Judy England-Joseph
Strategic Advisor

Judy has served as a senior consultant with the Partnership for Public Service on a range of federal performance management and measurement issues since 2006.

Judy was previously a managing consultant with CPS Human Resources, a self-supporting public agency that provides human resources consulting services to government and non-profit agencies. Judy is a retired federal executive. She was with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 26 years and led GAO’s work in the Housing, Community and Economic Development, Small Business, Emergency Management, Telecommunications and Energy areas. 

Judy is a graduate of American University.


David Garcia
Manager

David Garcia joined the Partnership as a Research Manager in December 2015. David works on the Partnership’s research aimed at strengthening the Senior Executive Service.

Prior to joining the Partnership, David did research at Publish What You Pay – United States, an NGO in Washington DC. David holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Maryland, College Park.


Kelsey Goetz
Associate

Kelsey joined the Partnership in June 2016 as an Associate on the Research and Evaluation team. In her evaluation role, she focuses on data analysis and assessment for the Partnership’s Excellence in Government Fellows program and the Department of Labor programs.

Kelsey holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin.


Peter Kamocsai
Associate

Peter Kamocsai joined the Partnership in August 2015 as a Research Associate. Supporting ongoing research projects, he collects and analyzes data and writes reports.

Peter earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Corvinus University of Budapest. He has prior work experiences in both the private and non-profit sectors.


Eric Keller
Senior Manager

Eric joined the Partnership in October 2013 as a research manager. He manages a portfolio of high-visibility research activities and products, from project conceptualization and design, budgeting, staffing, data collection and analysis, and report writing. 

Prior to joining the Partnership Eric worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Presidential Management Fellow and Grants Policy Analyst. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Wake Forest University.  

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Don Kettl
Nonresident Senior Fellow

Don Kettl serves as the Partnership’s first nonresident senior fellow, providing counsel on a wide range of issues related to government and public management.

Don Kettl is a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He served as the dean of the school from 2009–2014. Kettl is also the author or editor of a dozen books and monographs, including his most recent, “Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America’s Lost Commitment to Competence.” Kettl has consulted for a broad array of public organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury; the Forest Service, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Commission on the Public Service (Volcker Commission), and the National Commission on the State and Local Public Service (Winter Commission). He has advised the White House during both Republican and Democratic administrations and has worked with the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Kettl earned his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Yale University.


Brandon Lardy
Associate

Brandon joined the Partnership in August 2015 as a Research Associate. He supports the Partnership’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® program and shared services research.

Brandon holds a Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and sociology from The College of William and Mary.

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Amanda Patarino
Associate

Amanda joined the Partnership as a Research Associate in May 2016. She supports the Ready to Govern team and other research projects. 

Amanda graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a B.A. in Government and International Politics and minors in Spanish and Data Analysis. Prior to becoming Research Associate, Amanda served two terms as a Partnership fellow on the Center for Government Leadership and Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® teams. 


Lexi Quinn
Associate

Lexi returned to the Partnership as a Research Associate with the Research and Evaluation Team in May 2016 after spending the previous summer as a Research Fellow. In this role, she supports ongoing projects on the Research and Evaluation Team, including the shared services work.

In May 2016, Lexi graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration and a minor in Economics. While at the Partnership, she will be pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University. 


Beth Schill
Manager

Beth joined the Partnership in April 2013 as a Manager for Research. In this role, she manages a portfolio of research projects – from project scoping and design, data collection and analysis, report writing, to managing day to day interactions with sponsors and other stakeholders. She also oversees the Partnership’s current work tracking political appointees.

Beth graduated with a dual B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Theory from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, and a M. Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She has over six years professional experience in human capital consulting for Fortune 500 companies and various government agencies. 

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Kathryn Wilkinson
Associate Manager

Kathryn works on the Research and Evaluation Team, where she analyzes programmatic data and impact, helps develop evaluation strategies for the Partnership’s various programs and works with internal and external stakeholders to continuously improve the organization’s programs. Kathryn also leads the evaluation strategy for the Excellence in Government Fellows Program, where she works to measure the program’s impact and make data-driven process improvements.

Kathryn graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in History.