About Rockefeller College

A Message from the Dean

R. Karl Rethemeyer, PhD

Since March 2015 it has been my honor to serve as first interim dean and now permanent dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

I believe that universities have a dual mission: to teach and to discover in the service of helping societies solve these pressing challenges. Rockefeller College seeks to achieve this mission by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective participants and leaders in political and policy processes while also producing new research that helps citizens and institutions govern societies more efficiently and effectively. The goal is to help create freer, fairer, more sustainable, more inclusive, and more bountiful outcomes for everyone.

Faculty are the cornerstone of our efforts to realize this mission. As researchers exploring the “bleeding edge” of new ideas and approaches to knowing the world, it is the faculty’s knowledge and expertise that attracts outstanding students and generates ideas that promote and sustain positive social change.

Students provide the inspiration and the hope for a better future. At our best, we shape student passion, enthusiasm, and talent into purpose and capacity for leadership of change.

To help students make this transformation, Rockefeller College has invested deeply in partnerships with organizations in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors to provide internships and career experiences that help to weld together ideas, knowledge, and skills into professional practices and habits of mind that make our students successful on day one of their career. Our alumni networks in Albany, New York City, Washington, and around the country and world are a critical component of our approach to experiential learning.

I’m excited about where the College is and even moreso about where we can go together. Whether you are a prospective student thinking about a degree, an alum seeking to pay it forward, or an interested citizen of the world, please let us know how we can get you involved in the exciting things happening at Rockefeller College!



R. Karl Rethemeyer, Dean
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Office of the Dean

R. Karl Rethemeyer
Milne 102 | kretheme@albany.edu | 518-442-5283

Lizzie Barlow
Director of Communications and Marketing
Milne 117 | 518-442-5264 | ebarlow2@albany.edu

Zakhar Berkovich
Director of Undergraduate Student Services
Humanities B-16 | 518-442-3113 | zberkovich@albany.edu

Shelley Friel
Director of Development
Milne 119A | sfriel@albany.edu | 518-442-5286

Janine Gestwick
Contact Office Assistant
Humanities B-16 | jgestwick@albany.edu | 518-442-3112

Kelly Hammond
Director of Alumni Relations
Milne 111 | khammond@albany.edu | 518-442-3862

Sheena Loughlin
Director of Student Affairs
Milne 107 | sloughlin2@albany.edu | 518-442-3248

Joan Marso
Undergraduate Internship and Career Coordinator
Humanities B-16 | jmarso@albany.edu | 518-442-3112

Barbara Mathews
Assistant to the Dean and Chairs
Milne 115 | bmathews@albany.edu | 518-591-8767

Jaclyn Napoleon
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Milne 110 | jnapoleon@albany.edu | 518-442-5247

Yalitza Negron-Rivera
Director of Internships and Career Services
Milne 105A | ynegron@albany.edu | 518-442-5253

Joan Nellhaus

Assistant Dean                                              
Milne 121C | jnellhaus@albany.edu | 518-442-5426

Renee Wallingford
Assistant Dean
Milne 122B | rwallingford@albany.edu | 518-442-5246

Dyana Warnock
Director of Graduate Student Services
Milne 108 | dwarnock@albany.edu | 518-442-5249

Stephanie White
Milne 102 | sawhite@albany.edu | 518-442-5244

Rockefeller Advisory Board
The Board is comprised of distinguished Rockefeller College alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the College and the University.

Vincent J. Abramo, BA ’67
Construction Safety & Occupational Health Manager, Overseas Buildings Operations
U.S. Department of State

Angela Albertus, BA ’88
Division Chief, Family Court Division,
New York City Law Department

Rose Avellino, BA ’15, MPA ’16
Grassroots Advocacy Manager,
National Organization for Rare Disorders

Joe Bonilla, BA ’11
Managing Partner, Senior Media Director
and Co-Founder, Relentless Awareness

Donald E. Boyce, III, BS ’06, MPA ’08
Vice President, Regulatory Relations, Barclays

Peter W. Brusoe, BA ’03, MA ’04
Campaign Finance and Lobbying Data Analyst, Bloomberg L.P.

David Buck
Principal, Government and Public Services,
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Michael T. Cassidy, BA ’08, MPA ’10
Senior Advisor, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC

Gerard Citera, BA ’77
Senior Policy Adviser, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Securities and Exchange Commission

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott, BS ’89
Senior Advisor for Public Health Oversight,
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (retired)

Jonathan Doh, MA ’86
Associate Dean of Research and Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business, Villanova University, School of Business

Deborah Eichhorn, MA ’88
Recruitment Program Manager,
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Rochelle Haynes, BA ’02
Vice President of US Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

Frank Jazzo, BS ’80
Advisory Board Co-Chair, Member, Fletcher,
Heald & Hildreth, PLC (retired)

Lawrence J. Korb, PhD ’69
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Joel B. Korn, BA ’80
State Reform Specialist,
Inter-American Development Bank

John F. Malitzis, BA ’89
Managing Director and Global Head of Surveillance, Citi

Jennifer A. Manner, BA ’86
Advisory Board Co-Chair, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar Corporation

Laura Masse, BA ’86
Partner, DemandWerks

Robert Mauro, PhD ’09
Director, Global Leadership Institute, Boston College

Cara Pace, BA ’93
Chief Administrative Officer,
United Hospice of Rockland

Cecelia F. Pelkey, MPA ’95
Director of Government Affairs, Capitol City Group, Ltd.
Attorney, Harrington & Vitale, Ltd.

John D. Porcari, MPA ’85
President, U.S. Advisory Services,
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Catherine Provost, BA ’05
Director of Constituent Services,
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen

Thomas Roach, BA ’83
Mayor, White Plains, NY

Gregory Serio, BA ’83
Managing Director, Park Strategies, LLC

Gary Striar, MPA ’79
Regional Chief Executive Officer American Red Cross, Eastern New York Region

Alicia Tambe, BA ’11
Public Policy Manager, Global Connectivity and Access, Facebook

Michael Tobman, BA ’95
Principal, Tobman Strategies LLC

Barbara VanEpps, MPA ’92
Deputy Director, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials

Internal Resources

Please visit our internal resources page for links to resources of particular use to the faculty, staff, and current students of Rockefeller College. 

Rockefeller College Quick Facts


A Brief History of the Rockefeller College

The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy originated in 1947 as the Albany Graduate Program in Public Administration, a joint program of New York University and Syracuse University.

The new graduate program provided the rapidly expanding post-WWII state government of Governor Thomas E. Dewey with academic training in public administration. The State University of New York began to subsidize the training program in 1950, and in 1962 the State University of New York formally took over the program and renamed it the Graduate School of Public Affairs. The new school offered MA and PhD programs in public administration and political science, and an MA in public affairs.  An MPA was quickly added. The school affiliated with the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) in September 1966. As part of SUNYA, the Graduate School took over the University’s department of political science, adding undergraduate programs, and in 1981 created a department of public administration and policy.  These departments are the academic heart of the college. The current name of the school, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, was adopted in 2000 to honor the contributions of Governor Nelson Rockefeller who served from 1959-1973.

Today Rockefeller College offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral level degree programs. Students are able to benefit from academic and experiential learning opportunities in the Capital Region and beyond to develop a strong foundation for careers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors as well as careers in teaching and research.

The Centers and Institutes that are part of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy conduct state-of-the-art research and policy analysis, improve the knowledge and skills of employees in public and nonprofit agencies through professional development, and work with government at all levels in the United States and abroad to strengthen democracy and promote effective governing.

Academic Departments
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration and Policy
Degrees Offered

Please visit our program pages for a full listing of available academic programs. 

Tuition Value

Rockefeller College is proud to offer the most affordable tuition among its peers. Whether you already qualify for in-state tuition or are an out-of-state student who will get in-state tuition the following year, Rockefeller College has the best tuition value among all top 25 public affairs schools.

2019-20 Tuition and Fees

In state     Out of state  
Undergraduate $10,236 Undergraduate $27,616
Graduate $13,463 Graduate $25,043




Please visit the Office of Student Accounts for more information on cost of attendance.

  • 60 faculty members
  • $1.7 million in faculty led research in 2018-19

Fall 2019

Bachelor’s 532
Master’s 172
Doctoral 67
Graduate Certificate 29
Identify as Female 55%
Identify as Male 45%
White, non-Hispanic 54%
Black or African American 15%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Race & ethnicity unknown 2%
American Indian or Alaskan <1%
International 7%


Graduation Rate

Our MPA program graduation rate is approximately 89%. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full time study. Over 65% of our students complete the degree within two years. The University allows students to switch between full-time and part-time study at any time, as long as their degree is completed within six years; this allows students the flexibility to pursue relevant internship and employment opportunities. For a detailed breakdown of program completion rates, based on our most recent NASPAA self-study (SSY) report, please see here:

  Initially Enrollled Graduated within 2 years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years Total Students Graduated and Persisting to Graduation
Total Number of Students in the SSY 2014-15 Cohort 63 42 51 55 56
Total Number of Students in the SSY 2013-14 Cohort 85 59 75 76 76