The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Board of Visitors was formed to provide insight and guidance in the school’s strategic planning process.
The 26 board members, 23 of whom are GSPIA alumni, are distinguished in their fields. Each member serves three years and provides both diversity and expertise relevant to all facets of the school.
“We are grateful to these accomplished professionals for enthusiastically and graciously giving their time to GSPIA,” said Dean John Keeler. “They will help us strengthen the school in every way.”
GSPIA board members have served in the federal government (5), foreign governments (4), international organizations (1), state government (3), city government (3), nonprofits (5) and corporations (7). They are based in Pittsburgh (7); Washington, D.C. (4); New York (2); the West Coast (3); and abroad (5). Of the GSPIA alumni on the board, 11 hold an MPIA, 8 have an MPA, 4 have a PhD and 1 a MURP.
GSPIA BOARD OF VISITORS
Al-Barrak, Abdulrahman (MPA ’83, Ph.D. ’89). Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Barrak Industrial Group. Formerly: Minister for the Civil Service, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; member of the Shura Council (2001-11), the consultative assembly of Saudi Arabia, where he rose to the position of Vice-Speaker and then Assistant Chairman; Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Deputy Director, King Saud University. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Brown, Kay (MPA ’84). Director of Education, Workforce and Income Security at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumna Award.
Campbell, John (MPA ’75). President of Aspen View Consulting LLC of Santa Fe, N.M. Former Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office, analyst for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Director of Environmental Programs for GE Capital Corp.
Flaherty, Dan (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.
Hafer, Tom (MPIA ’78). Retired. Formerly head of the Budget Coordination Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, Programs and Resource Department; 32-year career in financial management within the Department of Defense. Recipient of the Superior Civilian Service Award from the US Marine Corp. Member, 1787 Society.
Hoehn, Andrew R. (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.
Jeffries, Lynsey Wood (MPA ’00). National CEO of Higher Achievement, which serves more than 1000 middle school students in four states with year-round expanded learning and mentoring. Previously served as program officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation, and congressional liaison/special assistant to the CEO, NeighborWorks.
Jones, Sundaa (MPIA ’95). Associate Director, International Development, Rockefeller Foundation. Previously: Acting Director for Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; Director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative at Princeton University; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs for Asia and the Middle East at the United Nations. Member, 1787 Society.
Klaus, Robin (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.
Madav, Nitin (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.
Namkoong, Keun (Ph.D. ’89). President, Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech). Formerly Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy and Information Technology; member of the faculty of Gyeongsang National University; and Assistant Director of the Economic Planning Board, Government of Korea. Pitt Medallion awardee. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Orr, P. Welles (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.
Rich, Daniel (MPIA ’67). University Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware. Formerly: Provost, University of Delaware; Dean of Delaware’s College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Rogers, John (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.
Rossman, Beth (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.
Ruggiero, Anthony (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.
Siddhanti, Smita (Ph.D. ’88). President and founder, EnDyna, providing multidisciplinary consulting services to numerous U.S. government departments and agencies. Nationally recognized expert in risk assessment and management and has supported the US Environmental Protection Agency's radiation, waste management, Superfund, drinking water, and pesticide programs. Served on the Virginia Governor's Air Quality Board.
Stanley, Victoria (MPIA ’96). Senior Rural Development and Land Specialist, the World Bank, Washington, DC. She has worked in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region and Latin America and Caribbean Region on land administration and management projects; has also worked on rural municipal development, information technology, and strategic planning and budgeting.
Tillman, Vickie (MPIA ’76). President, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. Formerly: Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability Business Development, The McGraw-Hill Companies; Executive Vice President and Chief Ratings Officer for Standard & Poor’s. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumna Award.
Velte, Lawrence (MPIA ’68). Associate Professor, National Defense University. Retired after 37-year career as an Army officer and Department of Defense civilian. Formerly Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division in the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; Middle East Foreign Area Officer with tours of duty in Jerusalem, Tunisia, and Jordan; and FAO assignments in Washington, including Chief of the Middle East/Africa/South Asia Branch.
Wheatley, Jake (MPA ’00). Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Democratic Chair of Finance Committee; Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus; Deputy Majority Whip for the House Democratic Caucus; decorated Marine combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
Williams, Ethel (MPA ’72). Director of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of Public Administration. Former President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Served on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the state of Nebraska and on numerous other local boards and commissions. Recipient of the GSPIA Distinguished Alumna Award.
Zapinski, Ken (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.