Month: December 2018

Veronica DeLandro


DPP alumna, Veronica T. DeLandro, has been named District Director for Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes.  Veronica is a New Britain resident, who has proliferated her passion for mentoring and helping students, at ESPN for six years.  She has been leading nonprofits for over 15 years, and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.  We are confident that Veronica will excel in her role as District Director.

New Britain Herald- Veronica DeLandro


DPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer


Jason Giulietti


DPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti was named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer in North America on November 30th.  Jason works for Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), and provides insightful advice to new leaders in the field.  Check out what Jason had to say below about leaders in the industry, and the future of economic development.

Jason G. Giulietti’s Advice to Future Economic Leaders

Adjunct Professor, Kate Rotella, Wins State Representative


Congratulations to Kate Rotella on her recent election as state representative from the 43rd House District comprised of the towns of Stonington and North Stonington.  Long involved in local politics, Kate is the first woman to serve as first selectman in the town of Stonington’s history where she also serves on the Stonington Board of Selectman and the K-12 School Building Committee.  Kate currently holds the position of purchasing manager for the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford.


Alumni Alyssa Goduti Accepts President/CEO of Adelbrook Position


Alyssa Goduti

Congratulations to DPP alumni, and Adjunct Professor, Alyssa Goduti, as she assumes her new leadership role at Adelbrook, a multi-service agency that provides behavioral and developmental services with a special focus on meeting the unique needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Prior to accepting her new position, Alyssa served as President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies, a statewide association of human services providers.  She brings a wealth of experience in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector to her new position at Adelbrook.

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Governor-elect, Ned Lamont Names Alumni, Melissa McGraw to Top Job at the State Office of Policy and Management

Governor-elect, Ned Lamont Names Alumni, Melissa McGraw to Top Job at the State Office of Policy and Management

DPP is proud to announce that Melissa McCaw, MPA ’14 and 2017 recipient of the DPP Distinguished Alumni Award, has been named by Governor-elect, Ned Lamont to serve in his administration as the state’s budget chief at the Office of Policy and Management.  Ms. McCaw brings more than 17 years of budget experience at the state, city and university levels, notably her current position for the City of Hartford as Chief Financial Officer and Budget Director for the past three years.  We are sure that Melissa will be missed in Hartford as she brings her skills and experience back to the state level. Congratulations, Melissa!

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UConn Department of Public Policy Joins PPIA

UConn Department of Public Policy Joins PPIA

DPP is pleased to announce that we have recently become a member of PPIA, Public Policy & International Affairs Program. ” The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.”  DPP is looking forward to working with PPIA and its membership.

Check out the featured article on DPP in the PPIA Winter Newsletter.