A Message from the Dean
As of July 2023, I am honored to serve as the 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. Our 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. Our award-winning researchers conduct vital studies on important questions in criminal justice, political science, and public policy, helping us both to understand the world of public affairs better and to propose solutions for urgent problems. The faculty’s broad knowledge and expertise attract outstanding students from the undergraduate level through doctoral studies, including certificate training. Their work generates ideas that promote and sustain positive social change.
Students provide the inspiration and the hope for a better future. We aim to give students the expertise and knowledge they need to shape their passion, enthusiasm, and talent into the directed purpose and capacity they will need to change our communities and our world for the better.
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. These life-altering experiences help to integrate 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 in ensuring our students’ successes.
I am excited about what the College has accomplished and about where we will go together. As a public institution, we operate in a special space. We provide a rich selection of opportunities to students who have historically used them to transform their personal futures. Many have also gone on to careers in public affairs and related fields with the sense that they can and should make the world a better place. 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!
Julie Novkov, Dean
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
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
Program Director, Juvenile Justice
National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
Joe Bonilla, BA ’11
Managing Partner, Senior Media Director
and Co-Founder, Relentless Awareness
Donald E. Boyce, III, BS ’06, MPA ’08
Regulatory Relations, Fannie Mae
Lola Brabham, BA ’96, MPA ’00
President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)
Peter W. Brusoe, BA ’03, MA ’04
Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science, SUNY Delhi
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
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
Rose Gallagher, BA ’15, MPA ’16
Associate Director, Government Affairs and Policy,
Heather Hart, BA ’11
Director, Capital Introduction Division, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking
Rochelle Haynes, BA ’02
Managing Director, What Works Cities-Bloomberg Philanthropies
Frank Jazzo, BS ’80
Heald & Hildreth, PLC (retired)
Lawrence J. Korb, PhD ’69
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Jennifer A. Manner, BA ’86
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar Corporation
Tanya Meisenholder, PhD ’13
Director of Gender Equity,
The Policing Project, NYU School of Law
Cara Pace, BA ’93
Chief Administrative Officer,
United Hospice of Rockland
Cecelia F. Pelkey, MPA ’95
Advisory Board Co-Chair,
Director of Government Affairs, Capitol City Group, Ltd.
Attorney, Harrington & Vitale, Ltd.
John D. Porcari, MPA ’85
Managing Partner, 3P Enterprises,
President, Axilion Smart Mobility
Operating Partner, Corsair Infrastructure Partners
Catherine Provost, BA ’05
Director of Constituent Services,
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen
Nic Rangel, BA ’06, MPA ’11
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY)
Thomas Roach, BA ’83
Mayor, White Plains, NY
Gregory Serio, BA ’83
Managing Director, Park Strategies, LLC
Gary Striar, MPA ’79
Advisory Board Co-Chair,
Regional Chief Executive Officer American Red Cross, Eastern New York Region (retired)
Alicia Tambe, BA ’11
Head of International Organizations for Connectivity & Inclusion, Meta
Michael Tobman, BA ’95
Principal, Tobman Strategies LLC
Barbara VanEpps, MPA ’92
Deputy Director, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
Please visit our internal resources page for links to resources of particular use to the faculty, staff, and current students of Rockefeller College.