Comprehensive Education

Board of Visitors

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.


Chavern, David (Chair—BA ’83).  Our new Chair, 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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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