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Maxwell selected to partner with APPAM to host one-day Public Policy Camp, Sept. 28th

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Moving Beyond Activism to Good Public Policy:  Having a Voice at the Table


This past April a committee of faculty, administrative staff and students worked on a proposal to APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management), to co-host a one-day public policy camp designed to address the lack of diversity in the Public Policy community by increasing the pipeline of promising students of color into the field by exposing them to the policy community earlier in the undergraduate careers.  We were delighted to one of two schools selected to partner with APPAM on this critically important initiative!  2018 APPAM POLICY CAMPS

The 2018 APPAM / Maxwell School Public Policy Camp is designed for promising undergraduate (sophomore – senior) students of color who want to make a difference in their communities.  We are working with upstate NY Colleges and invite enaged and interested students to be our guests for a one day Public Policy Camp on Friday, September 28.   Registration is FREE.   


APPAM/Maxwell School Policy Camp Website
(Agenda, Registration and Full Listing of Faculty and Alumni Speakers)

APPAM / Maxwell School Public Policy Camp Registration Form – 2018

Because we know that having diverse perspectives at the policy table leads to better, more effective and inclusive, public policy.  There continues to be a lack of trained policy professionals of color in leadership positions in the public policy community.  We must work collectively to address this problem….

Policy Camp participants will:

  • engage with students from across NY State, Maxwell School faculty and our alumni on public and social issues,
  • learn about the skills that can transform social activism into good public policy,
  • meet leaders who live and work in the policy field,
  • explore the career possibilities gained by having a public policy and administration skill set,
  • leave excited about public policy as an academic, personal and professional pathway.

Our hope that all participants will leave the 2018 APPAM/MAXWELL Public Policy Camp  armed with not only new knowledge and a network of fellow students sharing their public service/activist spirit, but also a host of alumni and faculty contacts for continued advice and mentorship, as well as resources for next steps so they can be successful in achieving their public service goals.  


In addition to the many faculty who will be involved in the Public Policy Camp, we pleased to have strong support of many wonderful Maxwell School/SU alumni in these efforts.  We are delighted to welcome back to campus the following alumni to engage with our policy camp participants…


Lloyd BlanchardLloyd Blanchard

Dr. Lloyd Blanchard currently serves as the University of Connecticut’s Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Interim Associate Vice President of Budget and Planning and an Associate Professor in Residence for the Department of Public Policy.

He is a seasoned public administrator with wide-ranging government and academic leadership experience. He has been a senior White House budget official, chief operating officer of two public organizations, deputy chief financial officer at NASA, and an academic executive at Louisiana State University and the Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York. He has also served on the public administration faculty at the University of Washington and Syracuse University, and directed a consulting practice in performance management for a risk management consulting firm.

Dr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and MPA and PhD Degrees in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Dr. Blanchard’s research and published work has centered on social capital, education policy and finance, racial and ethnic disparities in education, and disparities in small business lending.

Naomi Barry-PerezNaomi Barry-Perez

Naomi M. Barry-Pérez has served as the Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2012.  In this position, she directs DOL’s civil rights enforcement and compliance programs. Ms. Barry-Pérez serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor and Departmental leadership on civil rights and equal employment opportunity (EEO) with regard to entities receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor as well as employment with the Department of Labor.

Additionally, Ms. Barry-Pérez held the position of Chief of Internal Enforcement where she oversaw the investigation and adjudication of complaints of discrimination within the Department. She also served as Acting Chief of the Office of Compliance Assistance and Planning, the entity dedicated to providing Departmental stakeholders with information on how to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Ms. Barry-Pérez was also responsible for coordinating efforts that pertain to persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and migrant/seasonal farm workers.

Ms. Barry-Pérez served as a Budget Examiner in the Education Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President in 1999-2000. She also served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Fellow in the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 1996-1997.

Ms. Barry-Pérez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics (cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition, she held a Public Interest Law Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center where she received a Juris Doctor Degree.

Ms. Barry-Pérez is the recipient of numerous National awards, including a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumnae Achievement Award, Secretary of Labor Exceptional Service Awards, the inaugural Federal Employee Leadership Award given by the National Farmworker Conference, a National Hispanic Scholarship, a Harry S Truman Scholarship for Public Service, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Public Policy.

Parah MehtaParag Mehta 

Parag Mehta is the Executive Director of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. He leads a team of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring fair and lasting economic growth around the world and who work to leverage the core competencies and assets of Mastercard to achieve the same. As Executive Director, he is responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the Center and overseeing its global programs, data & research initiatives and strategic engagement.

For nearly two decades, Parag has been a leader in creating positive social impact. From shaping evidence-based public policies to organizing large-scale social change movements, he has worked with diverse groups of stakeholders to advance the common good. He joined the Center in 2017 as Vice President for Strategic Engagement and was charged with building a community of global influencers to support Mastercard’s position as the leading private sector voice on inclusive growth.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Parag served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy. In that capacity, he organized a series of campaigns to address some of the most pressing public health issues of our time. Parag also spent more than four years directing communications for a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor and served on Barack Obama’s presidential transition team as a liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and to LGBT Americans.

Parag has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service and held a number of leadership positions in advocacy organizations and political campaigns. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Lorraine CollinsLorraine Collins

Lorraine Y. Collins is the Director of Public Policy and External Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. New York Office.  In this capacity, Lorraine is responsible for working with the office’s Executive Team and Program Leaders to build and effectively execute a public-policy strategy to address affordable housing and community development issues across the New York Market. Lorraine also oversees the Office’s advocacy and lobbying activities, as well as its communications function.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Lorraine spent over a decade in New York State government working on affordable housing policy at Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Division of Budget. Lorraine played a critical role in the State’s fair housing planning efforts by launching HCRs Fair and Equitable Housing Office.  Additionally, at HCR Lorraine served as a Regional Director and Policy Advisor, leading efforts to address affordable housing and community development needs in areas such as health and housing, resilience, education and employment inequalities. Lorraine also had a five-year career in the private sector, working as a financial analyst at Carrier Corporation.

Lorraine received her BBA in Accounting from Howard University and her MBA and MPA from Syracuse University.

Michael MitchellMichael Mitchell

Michael Mitchell is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Fiscal Policy division, where he focuses on criminal and juvenile justice reform and reinvestment as well as state higher education funding and affordability.

He is also the Program Director for the State Policy Fellowship Program — a two-year Fellowship opportunity for recently graduated Masters students interested in conducting research and analyses on critical state budget and tax policy issues.

Prior to joining the Center, Mitchell was himself a State Policy Fellow for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, where he conducted research on state taxes and borrowing, the effects of budget cuts on communities of color, and the impacts of the recession on young adults.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Connecticut and an MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.  Michael was a PPIA Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and served two congressional internships with Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Jim Himes.

Charlene Cordero(1)Charlene Cordero

Charlene graduated with an MPA/MAIR and a Certificate in Advanced Study in Security from the Maxwell School. While at Maxwell, Charlene focused on human security in the Western Hemisphere and was able to complete a year exchange at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po) in Paris, France and courses in Rome, Italy and Washington, D.C.  Charlene currently serves as an Excelsior Fellow in Albany, New York. First at the New York State Intelligence Center and now in the New York State Office of Public Safety. Her current portfolio includes issues such as hate crimes, MS-13, and the opioid crisis, among others.


Prior to attending Maxwell, Charlene served as a Policy Assistant with the Human Rights Campaign and as Special Correspondence Coordinator in the Washington, DC office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).  Charlene was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow from 2012-13 where she served as Hispanic Affairs Fellow and Interim Foreign Affairs Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Robert Menendez (NY).  CHCI is the premier Hispanic leadership development organization in the country. Though born in Brooklyn, NY, Charlene grew up in the Dominican Republic and still wonders why she keeps moving to places that are just not as warm. She enjoys cold brew coffee and exploring the NYS Capitol.

Alejandro AmezcuaAlejandro Amezcua

Alejandro S. Amezcua, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He researches new venture strategy by adapting theories on organizational sponsorship and population ecology to evaluate whether new ventures that accept government support outperform their peers.  His dissertation—Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy—investigates the effectiveness of incubation policy and examines which features of incubators contribute to business success. Additionally, this work earned the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Previously, Dr. Amezcua worked for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations as Associate Director for Communications and Outreach where he improved public understanding of the nonprofit sector and forged stronger alliances with government, corporations, and foundations. He also worked for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he supported grant making that addressed race relations and the management capacity of the nonprofit sector.

Dr. Amezcua holds a Ph.D. and an MPA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is also a former Jane Addams Fellow in Philanthropy where he studied nonprofit management and fundraising at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.

Jeralyn CaveJeralyn Cave

Jeralyn is a Senior Communications Associate with Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign. In this role she provides strategic communications support to grassroots organizations working to end the school to prison pipeline. Jeralyn joins Advancement Project from Collaborative Communications Group where she served as a Communications Specialist, managing a portfolio of communications projects for education non-profits and foundations. Jeralyn previously served as a Community Outreach Specialist in the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) were she developed and implemented outreach and communications strategies for agency initiatives and events. As a Public Information Officer she managed agency publications and OSSE’s internal and external digital platforms.

As a political organizer, Jeralyn has worked on numerous issue and candidate campaigns, leading direct voter contact programs and successfully electing candidates at the state, local, and federal level. In 2010 she worked with the Service Employees International Union in support of health care reform legislation. She has additionally worked on Capitol Hill monitoring and researching education and justice legislation.

Jeralyn holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.


The Public Policy Camp is an APPAM initiative aimed at introducing the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, and increasing the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.  The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is both pleased and honored to partner with APPAM to host a 2018 Policy Camp in support of this vital mission.

We know that only by having all voices at the table can we be successful in our efforts of improving critical public policies for all.


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