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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kerri Raissian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy, published “Why Low Income Working Parents Need More Than Jobs” on the Scholars Strategy Network. Dr. Raissian addressed how employment can raise the self-esteem of parents and enable them to be positive role-models, but it also has its negative ramifications. Certain kinds of employment can be harmful to the parent’s mental health, and single-parent households need extra support. Dr. Raissian described policy solutions for working parents that would help parents be financially independent, while mitigating children suffering in the process. Read Kerri’s article below on the Scholars Strategy Network:
Assistant Professor In-Residence, and Program Director of the Graduate Program in Survey Research, Dr. Jennifer Dineen, was featured on UConn 360 to discuss how voters should view polls leading up to elections. Dr. Dineen describes the outcomes of polls to be like taking the temperature of what a race looks like at a particular moment in time, and they do not indicate what the race will be like at the end. Polls are a reflection of likely voters, and participants are carefully selected to reflect a true sample of the population. She discusses that when citizens are reviewing polls, they should pay attention to the body of work that it is reflecting, and not to put too much stock in one poll. Sometimes, poll outliers are an indication of movement, and other times, their estimates are just not close to the final election outcome. Finally, Dr. Dineen concludes that it is important to look at national trends, and the way things are moving in general, not just one poll.
In his session, Dr. Garvey presented findings from his research of Connecticut nonprofit strategic partnerships. The study is based on interviews with Connecticut nonprofit leaders who have been identified by their peers as having strong skills in developing and managing strategic partnerships. Those interviewed represented a cross section of Connecticut towns and cities, and various positions held in the state’s nonprofit sector. The core aspect of the finding of the qualitative study was based on two questions asked of the practitioners: 1) describe the dynamics of nonprofit collaboration that you were engaged in that in your opinion worked and explain why. 2) describe the dynamics of nonprofit collaboration that you were engaged in that in your opinion did not work and explain why. The collaborations described by the study participants ranged from nonprofit to nonprofit and cross-sector (nonprofit and government) collaborations. The data from the individual interviews was coded and then aggregated to identify common dynamics that occurred in effective and non-effective strategic partnerships from the study of participants’ perspectives.
The study respondents when describing the dynamics of collaborations that worked consistently noted eight traits.
Belief in the value of collaboration by all parties
Trust between partners
Clarity of purpose of the collaboration
Equal value of the desired outcome of the collaboration by all parties
Appropriate voice and power within collaboration
A mutually agreed and defined governing/decision-making structure for the collaboration
Diversity of skill-sets and expertise between partner members (organizationally and individual)
Partners having strong soft-skill sets for team building (collaborative competency)
An additional ninth finding, especially relevant for long-term partnerships between organizations, is the strategy of engaging collaborative partners in the succession planning, when one organization is seeking to fill a position of senior staff, in which that staff role has been intrical to the collaboration.
Seth Brohinsky, MPA 2007, Project Director, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA discussed the results of a national WGBH News poll on attitudes and perspectives that Americans have towards higher education with Jon Mathieu, WGBH’s Morning Edition anchor. Seth shared that the poll addresses a variety of issues from whether colleges should factor race into their admissions process to higher education’s role in protecting students from sexual assault. Findings indicate that of the 1,002 Americans who participated in the poll, two-thirds believed in attending college. Seth notes that the results of the poll offers positive views of colleges and universities and the impact they have on society.
Dr. Lloyd Blanchard, UConn’s Department of Public Policy Associate Professor in Residence and UConn Associate Vice President of Budget, Management and Institutional Research, gave the Featured Alumni Plenary Talk at the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Camp at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University on September 28, 2018. Dr. Blanchard addressed the need for diverse perspectives at the policy table. He shared his experiences as a person of color in a variety of leadership positions of sectors including academia, government, nonprofit, private, and policy areas. Dr. Lloyd Blanchard earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Congratulations to alumna Chelsea Ross on her new position as Associate Director for New England, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the Source for Housing Solutions. Chelsea has been with CSH for the past four years most recently serving as a CSH Senior Program Manager. In her new leadership position, Chelsea will continue to expand her work in the area of supportive housing providing both CSH’s and her expertise in the field to the New England region.