Career Chat: Government Affairs and Public Policy featuring Jennifer Sweeney and Brian J. Flaherty - Friday, September 7, 2018
Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and friends were invited to participate in a lunch career chat featuring Jennifer Sweeney, Senior Manager, State and Government Affairs and Political Programs at the Campbell Soup Company and Brian J. Flaherty, Senior Vice President, Public Policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Our lunch career chat featured roundtable discussion of careers in public policy and government affairs, specifically within the private sector.
New Student Orientation and MPA Kickoff Picnic: Sunday, August 19, 2018
18th Annual MPA Dinner: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Speaker: Adam Thiel, MPA, Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
On May 16, 2016, Mayor James Kenney appointed Adam Thiel to serve as the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,800-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting our Nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
Commissioner Thiel previously served as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also served as the Governor of Virginia’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). In addition, he was the fire chief for the City of Alexandria, Virginia from 2007-2014 and chaired the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) Steering Committee.
Commissioner Thiel’s 26 years’ experience spans five states (MD, NC, VA, AZ, and PA) as a chief fire officer, incident commander, company officer, fire and emergency services instructor, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter, swiftwater rescuer, and rescue SCUBA diver; he has directly participated in planning, response, and recovery efforts for multiple Presidentially-declared disasters and National Special Security Events (NSSEs), including the 9/11 tragedy, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, an earthquake, major blizzards, international sporting competitions, and political events.
Commissioner Thiel completed doctoral coursework in Public Administration and Public Policy at Arizona State University (ABD) and George Mason University, respectively; earned his M.P.A. degree from George Mason University; received his B.S. in Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College; and earned his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ICMA Chapter Event - Macros Meet Metros: How Innovation and Technology are Shaping Local Government - Wednesday, February 21st
The ICMA Chapter event featured a lively panel discussion followed by a welcoming recpetion. The panel was moderated by ICMA Chapter President and MPA student, Nick Valla. Prof. Fran Burns also welcome participants and panelists to the event. The panel featured:
- Rosetta Carrington Lue: White House Exec Fellow and VA Senior Contact Center Advisor; Former City of Philadelphia Chief Customer Service Officer and Philly 311 Director
- Michael Daniel: President and CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance
- Jeff Friedman: Manager, Highland Consulting
- Rick Mellor: Township Manager, Whitemarsh Township
- Amanda Serock: Township Manager, Concord Township