Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) Staff

Dina Refki, D.A., is the Executive Director of CWGCS. She oversees implementation of the Center’s mission, vision and objectives. Dr. Refki provides leadership in developing the Center’s strategic planning, and in preparing operational and financial plans. She establishes partnerships with stakeholders, including: community groups, nonprofits, state agencies and regional businesses to advance the Center's goals. She represents the Center and its programs with agencies, organizations and the general public. She received a doctorate in Humanistic Studies and a Master of Arts in Africana Studies from the University at Albany. She is an adjunct faculty, teaching world history, women's studies and immigration studies. Her research is focused on advancing gender equity in leadership positions and facilitating the integration of immigrant women. Dr. Refki is a 2000 Fellow on Women & Public Policy. Email Dina

Bilge Avci is a Research Assistant at CWGCS. Bilge previously worked for the Center as a Graduate Assistant. She received her M.S. in Economics from the University at Albany. Email Bilge

Sue Faerman, Ph.D. is Academic Chair of the Women's Leadership Academy and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany – SUNY. Her teaching and research interests focus on the paradoxical nature of managerial and organizational performance. Within this area, she has focused on leadership, including managerial transitions and management education and development; and conflict and interorganizational collaboration, particularly under conditions where organizations are, by definition, in an adversarial or competitive position. She has authored or co-authored several books, articles, and book chapters that develop the notion of paradox in managerial or organizational performance. In 2000, Dr. Faerman received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2003, she received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. She received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, her M.S. in Applied Mathematics from George Washington University, and her Ph.D in Public Administration from the University at Albany – SUNY. Email Sue

Judith Saidel, Ph.D is a Senior Research Associate at the Center. Dr. Saidel served as the Center's Executive Director for 18 years. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration, University at Albany. Dr. Saidel is a renowned expert in nonprofit management and governance. Her research focuses on gender, race and ethnicity of appointed policy makers in state government and understanding the factors that influence advancement of women to leadership positions in appointed policy making and influencing positions. Email Judith

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