Month: October 2019

Week 9 Recap: It May Be Fall, But We’re Already Thinking Of Spring

Week 9 Recap: It May Be Fall, But We’re Already Thinking Of Spring

Ashley Bodamer, Yahaira Escribano, Philip Hnatowicz, Andrew Bolger, Jameson Foulke
Alumni Career Panel

Lots going on in the DPP networks this week – friendly faces, awards and accolades all around.

  • Course registration for Spring Semester 2020 opened on Monday!
    • For more information about registration requirements, please read the announcements on the UConn DPP HuskyCT site.


  • On Monday, the DPP also hosted a career panel on the Storrs Campus. Check out who was there:
    • Ashley Bodamer, MPA 18′ is a Program Manager for Hartford Healthcare
    • Yahaira Escribano, MPA 19 is a Partner Program Coordinator for Foodshare
    • Philip Hnatowicz, MPP 18′ is a Marketing Associate for Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
    • Andrew Bolger, MPP 18′ is a Data and Research Analyst for Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
    • Jameson Foulke, MPA 18′ is a Special Assistant to Senator Christopher Murphy


  • Tuesday and Wednesday were busy recruitment days for the department. Current students tabled in the Atrium to share their experience with UConn Hartford undergraduates on Tuesday. Our Outreach Coordinator, Lian Kish, presented our programs at a Survey Research and Fast Track Information Session on Wednesday, also in Hartford.


  • The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Annual Conference was held from Monday to Wednesday in Philadelphia, PA. It is an organization which connects and serves universities in urban areas around the world. The conference was attended by Distinguished Visiting Professor and Interim  Director of Sustainable Global Cities Initiative Robert Wilson.


  • Wednesday brought career moves for Jessica Muirhead, MPA Fellow 2020, who accepted the position of Senior Program Manager with the Capitol Region Council of Governments.


  • On Thursday, we heard that Yahaira Escribano, MPA 2019, was selected by the Obama Foundation to attend the 2019 Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, IL. Yahaira is currently working as a Partner Program Coordinator for Foodshare and is a current member of the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps in Hartford. She was also featured on the Obama Foundation’s social media.


Next Week at the DPP:

  • We have two Job Talks on Tuesday (10/29) and Thursday (10/31)
  • Five Steps to Accelerate Economic Growth on Thursday, October 31st from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Hartford Public Library
  • Professional Development: 21st Century Job Search on Friday, November 1st from 12:00pm – 2:30pm in HTB 220.

Week 8 Recap: In the Golden State with Public Service On Our Minds

Week 8 Recap: In the Golden State with Public Service On Our Minds

This week the Department of Public Policy (DPP) championed runners and public servants.

  • Last Saturday members of GAPPS-ICMA volunteered at the Hartford Marathon and cheered on the runners.
  • On Wednesday, Associate Professor Kerri Raissian presented with the School of Social Work Assistant Professor Megan Feely at the Department of Children and Families / Community Support for Families Annual Meeting. Dr. Raissian and Dr. Feely presented their research on the connection between poverty and child maltreatment.

    Mohamad and Dave at the NASPAA 50th Anniversary Luncheon
    Department Head Mohamad Alkadry and Director of Nonprofit Leadership Dr. David Garvey
  • From Wednesday through Friday, members of the UConn DPP faculty and staff attended the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (or NASPAA) 2019 Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years” and our faculty and staff presented on a variety of topics. To learn more about their panel presence, see our most recent Instagram post.
  • On the career front, Carl Goldblatt, MPA 2019 recently accepted a Connecticut Careers Trainee position with the Connecticut Department of Banking. He is training to become a Financial Examiner.

Next Week:

  • On Monday, October 21st we are hosting a Professional Development: Alumni Career Panel in McHugh 308 at 5pm in Storrs. To RSVP please email our Outreach Coordinator Lian Kish at
  • On Tuesday, October 22nd we will be hosting an information table in the Atrium of the Hartford Times Building from 11am until 1pm to share information about our programs and professional opportunities..
  • On Wednesday, we will be hosting an in person information session for our Fast-Track and Survey Research programs from 1pm until 2pm in Hartford Times Building, Room 209. To RSVP to the session please see our info session

Week 7: A Marathon of Fairs, Networking, and, Well, A Marathon

Students and alums at Infinity Music Hall
GAPPS-ICMA and Pi Pi Alpha Networking Event

Week 7: A Marathon of Fairs, Networking, and, Well, A Marathon

This week, the Department of Public Policy (DPP) crossed the state, traveling to meet prospective students and our graduate students held their first networking event.

  • We kicked of the week by attending the UConn Grad School Fair on the Storrs Campus. In a room filled with UConn departments we emphasized opportunities to pursue electives with others in the room.
  • On Wednesday we traveled back to Storrs for the UConn Majors Fair. Not everyone knows what they want to major in when they first come to college, and the ACES program allows students to explore. Not everyone knows what they want to do after graduation, but the DPP has been training students to develop transferable skillets to be successful in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
  • Thursday afternoon was spent in Stamford where we held information sessions for UConn Stamford undergraduate students. We also participated in the UConn Stamford Career Fair, along with the School of Social Work and UConn Law. Did you know our entirely online Survey Research degree has a Fast-Track?
  • Later on Thursday, GAPPS-ICMA co-hosted their annual alumni networking event with Pi Pi Alpha at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford. The group spent the evening enjoying pizza and conversation, getting to know their fellow student cohorts and DPP alums!

Next up for the DPP:

Look out for GAPPS-ICMA at the Eversource Hartford Marathon tomorrow October 12th volunteering with hundreds of others to make the marathon a success! Come out and cheer on the runners, marathon begins at 8AM.

Two Encore!Connecticut Fellows Become Nonprofit Executive Directors

Two Encore!Connecticut Fellows Become Nonprofit Executive Directors

Two Encore!Connecticut graduates have recently been selected as Nonprofit Executive Directors. Encore! Connecticut is a program designed to assist corporate and public sector professionals transition their skill-sets and experience into successful professional and managerial opportunities in the Connecticut nonprofit sector.

Craig Adler
Craig Adler, Director of The Thomas Merton Center

Craig Adler, Encore! Fairfield County, 2016

The former finance securities trader became Director of Development for the Norfolk Housing Authority upon graduating Encore! Fairfield in 2016. In September, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County announced that Mr. Adler will become the Director of The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport. The Thomas Merton Center addresses issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk in the Bridgeport area

Stacy Goodwin, Encore! Hartford, 2016

Stacey Goodwin
Stacey Goodwin, Executive Director of Horizons Bridgeport

Former GE Capital Risk Management Officer, Stacey Goodwin became the Director of Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement at The Child and Family Guidance Center upon graduating Encore! Hartford in 2016. On October 1 she will become the first Executive Director of Horizons Bridgeport. Horizons provides summer academic and enrichment programs to students from under-resourced communities. There are more than 60 Horizons programs nationally, including three serving Bridgeport students. Horizons Bridgeport is a brand-new entity formed to expand program capacity to serve up to 1,000 students in Bridgeport in the future.

Week 6 Recap: Alumni News and a Career Panel

Week 6 Recap: Alumni News and a Career Panel

Week six has arrived and so have our first round of exams! Between studying and taking assessments, we have been interacting with undergraduates and sharing network updates!

  • We kicked of the week by congratulating Sarah Croucher, MPA 2020 on being named the new Director of Academic Policy here at UConn!
  • On Tuesday we held an information session specifically for UConn Hartford’s undergraduate student government.
  • Thursday morning was spent in Storrs where DPP alums spoke on a career panel. The panel consisted of UConn PhD student Tony Patelunas (MPP 2019), Town Administrator of Bolton, CT Josh Kelly (MPA 2019), Lobbyist Nicole Tomassetti (MPP 2018), and Hartford Healthcare Program Manager Ashley Bodamer (MPA 2018).
  • The week ended with a congratulations to Daniel Ray who was recently named an Associate at Huron in the Healthcare-Performance Improvement Implementations department.

Interested in attending our next career panel? On October 21st in McHugh 308 in Storrs, we will have DPP alums from industries from healthcare, financial investing, housing policy, food policy, and the U.S. Senate. Interested in attending? Please RSVP and see our events page.

This coming Monday is our second GAPPS-ICMA meeting of the semester. The meeting will be held in HTB 406 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.