It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of introduction as the new director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management underwent a significant transition in 2017 as I became its newest director when I joined the faculty of the School of Public Administration. My research focuses on management and policy issues of state and local governments, particularly related to taxation, revenue diversification, and urban economic development, as well as the interconnectedness of the public and nonprofit sectors and the implications for tax policy, nonprofit management, and public service provision. I am treasurer for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. Locally, I serve as president-elect of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. I earned my B.A. in political science and philosophy, an MPA emphasizing financial management, and a Ph.D. in political science emphasizing American government/politics and public administration, all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to obtaining my Ph.D., I worked as a budget and policy analyst for the city of Milwaukee, where I was born and raised.
With my educational background combined with my professional and volunteer experience, I am confident and enthusiastic to be at the helm of the CPNM, which serves as the research arm of the School of Public Administration. In my role as director, I work to support sponsored faculty research in the areas of public administration, policy analysis, nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration, and emergency management. In addition, in pursuit of the CPNM’s mission and that of UCF, I work with community partners throughout Central Florida to improve our society and the lives of individuals. To that end, the CPNM has received funding in the past year from the City of Orlando, Clarcona Improvement Association Inc., National Institute of Agricultural Science, National Science Foundation, Orange County Board of Commissioners, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Inc., among other agencies.
Locally to globally, the CPNM is achieving a high return on engagement. I look forward to reaching new heights through a combination of my leadership, the dedicated efforts of our faculty and students, the impeccable work of our staff, and the unwavering commitment of our community partners — past, present and future.