The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Board of Visitors serves to provide insight and guidance in the school’s strategic planning process. The 22 current board members, 21 of whom are GSPIA alumni, are all distinguished in their fields. Collectively they have professional experience that reflects the broad spectrum of career paths for GSPIA alumni including the federal government (notably the White House, Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, and Congress), state governments, local governments, non-profits and NGOs, foundations, the private sector (including consulting firms) and higher education. Our board members currently reside in the Washington metropolitan area (14), New York (3), Pittsburgh, Virginia, Florida, California and Singapore.
2018 GSPIA BOARD OF VISITORS (* denotes new member)
*Alison Bonebrake (MPA ’99) is currently Director of Health Policy for Sandoz U.S., a major pharmaceutical firm. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow working for two years at the Social Security Administration. She then served as the Legislative representative for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Vice President of The Glover Park Group, Deputy Legislative Director for Senator John Kerry (she was the Senator’s key advisor on health care issues during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act), and Director of Federal Government Affairs and Policy for Sanofi U.S. before joining Sandoz. She has served as an adjunct professor for GSPIA, based in our Washington Center, teaching an annual course on Lobbying and Advocacy for our Spring DC Program.
Sundaa Bridgett-Jones (MPIA ’95), Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation. Sundaa Bridgett-Jones joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2012. She leads the Foundation’s work on the future of international cooperation. She has over 20 years of experience designing and executing high-impact international development initiatives. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, she led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in groundbreaking advocacy on Internet and religious freedoms. Formerly, she managed c-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and devised preventive diplomacy plans in South Asia. As an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, she reflected on U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion after a decade of leading USAID governance initiatives in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia.
David Chavern (Chair—BA ’83) is the new Chair of GSPIA"s Board of Visitors. Chavern has been a member of the Pitt Board of Trustees since 2012. He received his BA in Economics and Fine Arts from Pitt in 1983, then earned a JD at Villanova Law School in 1987 and an MBA at Georgetown in 2003. Recently appointed President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America. Before that he spent ten years with the United States Chamber of Commerce, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1992-2005 he worked for the Export-Import Bank, serving as Deputy General Counsel from 2002-2005. Earlier he was an associate at Buchanan Ingersoll in Philadelphia and served as an intern at the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan in 1985.
*George N. Cretekos (MPA ’70) is currently the Mayor of Clearwater, Florida; he was elected to that position in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He earned an AB degree in Political Science from Davidson College in 1969 and earned an MPA from GSPIA in 1970. Cretekos began his career as a legislative staff assistant for Pinellas County's newly elected congressman, C. W. Bill Young, in 1971. After several years in Washington, D.C., he was asked to assume the position as Congressman Young's district assistant in Pinellas County. Cretekos returned to Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, then in 1986 moved back to Pinellas County, again to direct the congressman's local offices. Following his retirement in May 2006, Cretekos served as a missionary in Medan, Indonesia for the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. In 2007, Cretekos was elected to fill the remaining term of a vacated City Council seat in Clearwater, Florida. He was re-elected to a four-year term in January 2008, was selected to serve as Vice Mayor and then became mayor a few years later. Cretekos has served as President of the Barrier Islands Government Council and of the Pinellas County Mayors’ Council. The Salvation Army awarded its “OTHERS Award” to him in recognition of his service throughout the community and the Tampa Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored him with its "Good Scout Award." He is on the Tampa Bay Area Board of Reference of One Blood, and a volunteer courier for the National Marrow Transplant Program.
Dan Flaherty (MPIA ’99), U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Formerly the Personal Daily Intelligence Briefer for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; served for two years as a State Department representative on the inter-agency team that prepares the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief.
*Amy Forest (MPIA ’85), Program Officer, U.S. Department of State. Forest earned a BA from Georgetown University in 1981 and the MPIA from
GSPIA in 1985. She was named a Presidential Management Intern (now Fellow)
which launched a distinguished career in public service. She began her
federal government career in 1985 with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs (U. S. Information Agency, later Department of State). She is
currently a Branch Chief in the Office of Citizen Exchanges, directing the
Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
high school programs. She previously worked with the International
Visitor Leadership Program as well as EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State
network that informs foreign audiences about U.S. higher education
*Salvatore “Tony” Fratto (BA Economics ’88 University of Pittsburgh; GSPIA alumnus without degree) is a managing partner with Hamilton Place Strategies, a strategic communications and crisis management consultancy based in Washington, D.C. He is also an on-air contributor on the CNBC Business News Network, addressing current economic policy issues. Fratto served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush from September 2006 to January 2009. Fratto represented the Bush Administration on international and domestic economic policy -- including international trade; financial markets; tax policy; banking; and international development. He also served as the White House’s lead spokesman on legal issues, Supreme Court cases, U.S. intelligence issues, terrorist financing and financial crimes. Before moving to the White House, Fratto worked at the U.S. Treasury Department where he initially served as the Department’s spokesman on domestic and international finance, and international development policy, and later as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, responsible for all Treasury issues. Combining his work at the Treasury and the White House, Fratto directed and participated in communications efforts in visits to more than 60 countries around the world. Before joining the Bush Administration, Fratto served as a communications specialist for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, conducting public affairs and issue campaigns on infrastructure investments in Pennsylvania and tax reform. Earlier in his career, he served in senior legislative and communications positions in the United States Senate, and as a political director to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Treasury.
*Robert Gattie (MPIA ’67) is the Chairman of The Working Capitol, the leading Co-Working company in Singapore, and a Director of TWC Ventures and the Bamboo Group, a family real estate development and lifestyle company based in Singapore. He is also Group Chair, EGN Executives Global Network and a member of the Advisory Board of IMAAsia. Gattie has worked extensively in Africa, Brussels, and Singapore, covering areas like financial services and over 30 years extensive experience setting up and running Executive Search companies. He has helped establish new firms across the world, and currently is also involved with family real estate and lifestyle. Born in England, but now Singaporean, Bob has studied and worked in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. He earned a BA in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 1965and then went on to earn an MPIA from GSPIA in 1967. Following his graduation from GSPIA, he was a pioneer of The African Enterprise Programme (the financing of private sector SMEs) based in Abidjan and working through the Development Banks of five West African countries. In 1979 he acquired 50% of a boutique executive search firm in Brussels which was then acquired by a Swiss firm for which he opened an office in Singapore in 1989. Striking out independently in 1991, he subsequently merged Bob Gattie and Associates with Tan Soo Jin Management Consultants Pte Ltd under the worldwide umbrella of Amrop, one of the world’s leading executive search firms. As Asia Regional Chairman, he successfully helped to establish Amrop Partner Firms in India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
*Ellen D. Glover (MURP ’78) is currently Executive Vice President and Group Leader for ICF International, a multibillion dollar company based in Fairfax, VA, that provides professional services and technology-based solutions to government, commercial and international clients. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Pitt in 1976 and then a MURP GSPIA in 1978. She began her career with a two-year appointment as a Presidential Management Intern (now Fellow) with the federal government. In 1983, she joined Advanced Technology Systems, a provider of information services to the U.S. Department of Defense and Civilian Agencies. Glover quickly rose through the ranks with an appointment in 1990 as Director of Operations in 1994 as President and Chief Operating Officer, positions she held until 2002. She then became President of Impact Innovations Group, a provider of information technology services to federal and commercial markets. In 2004 Impact Innovations Group was acquired by Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC), with Glover becoming Vice President and General Manager of the largest unit in DRC. Glover is the recipient of numerous awards including the Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Eagle Award, the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award, Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award, and the PSC Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2015, Glover was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).
Andrew R. Hoehn (MPIA ’86), Senior Vice President for Research and Analysis, the RAND Corporation. Previously: Vice President of RAND Corporation and Director of Project Air Force; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy.
Robin Klaus (MPIA ’67), Former CEO of Club One; Chair of Planet Fitness; former Chair of the American Sports Institute. Has served on numerous public and private company boards.
Nitin Madhav (MPIA ’92, MPH ‘94), Program Development Officer for Afghanistan, U.S. Agency for International Development. Previously: Officer in Charge for Burma, China & Vietnam--USAID; Officer in Charge for Pakistan--USAID; worked on child immunization in Rwanda for Doctors of the World. Received presidential commendation for work on reopening schools in Afghanistan after overthrow of Taliban regime. Featured in Washington Post as “Federal Player of the Week” in January 2011.
*Felipe Macia (MPIA ’93) is an entrepreneur in carbon offsetting certificates. Macia was born in Colombia and lived throughout the world while his father was in the diplomatic service for that country. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1989, then earned his MPIA at GSPIA in 1993. In 1998 he was appointed Vice President, Co-Head of Loan Origination and Syndication for BBVA. In that role he was responsible for loan syndication origination, execution, and distribution in Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. In 2005 he was named Director, Emerging Capital Markets-Latin America-Structured Finance for UniCredit. In 2007 he was named Managing Director, Regional Head of Loan Syndication for the Americas for Standard Chartered Bank. In that role he led syndicated loan origination, execution, and distribution into primary and secondary markets, including obtaining business, credit, and underwriting committee approvals. Felipe’s family owns 20,000 hectares in Colombia, land that belonged to his grandfather, and the family trust is exploring how to use the land for carbon offset certificates.
*Evelyn McGill (MPA ’82) is the Executive Director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission in Richmond. She earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979, then went on to earn an MPA at GSPIA in 1982. In 1991 she earned an MBA at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. From 1992-1994, Evelyn served as the Vice President for Financial Affairs/CFO for Saint Paul's College, a private, historically black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia. She then served for four years (1994-1998) as Director, Virginia State University where she managed administration and finance functions for operating, auxiliary enterprises and capital funds and also managed all human resources functions, position control, training, employee career development. In 1998, Evelyn was appointed Deputy Chief, Administrative Services, for the City of Richmond (VA) Police Department. She was the first civilian to be hired as the Deputy Chief of Police Administration and in that role she functioned as the Chief Administrative/Finance Officer for Chief of Police. In 2011 she was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Richmond Police Department, a position she held until 2012. She then served as the Human Resources and Finance Administrator/Interim Audit Director for Richmond City Sheriff's Department from 2012-2013. In 2013 she was appointed to her current position, Executive Director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
*Michael Midden (MPIA ’95) is currently the Chief Financial Officer, Pfister Energy. Midden earned his undergraduate degree and an MBA as well as an MPIA at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career as Assistant Vice President for Mitsubishi UFJ in 1996 where he co-developed marketing strategy to independent power producers (IPPs) throughout the US. In 1999 he was appointed Assistant Vice President for ANZ Investment Bank where he managed international electric generation and distribution project finance accounts for IPPs in the US and South America. In 2001 he was appointed Co-Head of Energy for Dexia Credit Local, where he co-led marketing and origination for investments in power generation and energy infrastructure. In 2012 he established Neu Energy LLC, a consulting company advising leading power developers, construction companies, and energy financial investors. In 2013 he was named Senior Director of SOL SYSTEMS LLC, a 100MM solar project debt fund. In 2014 he was named Head of Power and Renewables for Energy & Infrastructure Capital LLC. In 2016 he was appointed Vice President of Finance for Petra Systems, Inc., a leading global technology provider for the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed power generation markets. In early 2017, he was named Chief Financial Officer of Pfister Energy which specializes in the design and construction of turnkey solar and renewable energy systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.
*Shelby Oakley (MPA ’01) is a Director in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Contracting and National Security Acquisitions team. In her role, she oversees GAO’s portfolio of work examining the most complex and expensive acquisitions within the federal government. Her portfolio includes Navy Shipbuilding and Nuclear Triad recapitalization programs as well as GAO’s annual work to assess the cost, schedule, and performance of DOD’s entire portfolio of major weapon system development programs – almost a two trillion dollar investment. In addition, her portfolio also includes oversight of contracting activities of the Veterans Affairs Department and whistleblower protections. Ms. Oakley previously served as Director in GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team where she led teams reviewing a range of nuclear security, policy, and nonproliferation related issues. In her role as Director, Ms. Oakley has testified before Congress multiple times. From 2004 to 2015, Ms. Oakley led teams reviewing the activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a focus on helping NASA improve its acquisition management practices. Her reviews covered key aspects of NASA’s operations, such as Space Shuttle workforce transition and sustainment of the International Space Station, as well as reviews of all major NASA systems including in depth reviews of NASA’s human spaceflight programs and the James Webb Space Telescope. Ms. Oakley earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2001 and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1999.
P. Welles Orr (MPIA ’84), Senior International Trade Advisor, Miller Chevalier. Previously: Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Congressional Affairs in the Executive Office of the President in the George H.W. Bush Administration; Chair of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) which coordinated the Administration’s legislative trade policy agenda; and U.S. Department of State—Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
John Rogers (MPIA ’85), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Formerly: launched KPMG’s Applied Economics consulting group in DC; foreign service officer in Indonesia and Czechoslovakia; served on consulting staff of Price Waterhouse—Tokyo.
Beth Rossman (MPA ’87), Vice President, Global Government Relations-Aerospace, Honeywell; formerly an official at the Office of Management and Budget. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumna Award.
Anthony Ruggiero (MPIA ’99), Director of Global Affairs, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at U.S. Department of the Treasury. Previously, U.S. Department of State - Chief of the Defensive Measures and WMD Finance Team.
*Christopher Shorter (MPA ’04) is Director, Washington, D.C. Department of Public Works. Shorter earned a BS in Economics from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2001. He then enrolled in GSPIA and earned the MPA in 2004, where he was an Urban Affairs Fellow. He began his career as a Senior Management Analyst with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He served as Senior Operations Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington from 2007-2008. In 2008 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services where he was then promoted to Chief of Staff (2010) and then to Chief Operating Officer (2012). In 2012 he was named Deputy Director, Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington D.C., where he provided strategic leadership to the Customer Service, Fiscal and Contract Management, Fleet Management and Internal Investigations divisions within the Department of Special Education Transportation. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer, DC Department of Health. In that role he provided day-to-day oversight for all administrative operations within the Office of the Director. In 2015 he was named Director of Agency Operations, Executive Office of the Mayor in the District of Columbia, where he provided day-to-day strategic support and leadership of the offices of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Performance Management and Agency Operations. In 2015 he moved to his current position as Director of the Department of Public Works.
Ken Zapinski (MPA ’93), Senior Vice President, Energy & Infrastructure, Allegheny Conference on Community Development. He helps manage the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a partnership of corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations, and others with the mission of increasing the scale of the region’s energy industry while continuing to advance Greater Pittsburgh’s global leadership in improving the environment.