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MPA Annual Dinner

Each spring semester students, faculty, alumni and alumnae are invited to attend the MPA Dinner. Our first annual MPA Dinner was held in Spring 2001. The dinner is a chance to honor the students graduating that academic year as well to welcome back our alumni and alumnae for a visit.  A special feature of the event is to hear a talk from a public sector leader who has a distinguished record of service.

The list of previous speakers include:  

2018: Adam Thiel

Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia 

2017: Susan Campbell

Executive Director of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

2016: Maureen Byrnes

Lead Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and Senior Policy Advisor to PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2015:  Elisa Basnight

Director, Center for Women Veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

2014: Bonnie Svrcek

Deputy City Manager of Lynchburg, VA and ICMA Past President

2013: Willie C. Taylor

Director for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office

2012: Lester A. Salamon, Ph.D.

Professor at The Johns Hopkins University & Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.

2011: MaryAnn E. Tierney

Regional Administrator for the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III office (Philadelphia, PA)

2010: Camille Cates Barnett, Ph.D.

Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia

2009: Arthur Haywood

Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel of Esperanza, one of the largest Hispanic Faith-Based networks in the country.

2008: Basil L. Merenda

Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs; Villanova alumnus (Undergraduate & School of Law).

2007: Ms. Karen Kaskey

Executive Director of PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service; Villanova alumnus (School of Law).

2006: The Honorable Marwan Kreidie

Chair of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission; Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation.

2005: Mr. Robert Gest III

Air Force Colonel (retired); More than 43 years managerial experience with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Federal Executive Institute, and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

2004: Dr. John DeFlaminis

Executive Director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania; Retired Superintendent of the Radnor Public School System.

2003: The Honorable John Gartland

Director of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Villanova alumnus (Undergraduate).

2002: Mr. Sam Katz

CEO of Greater Philadelphia First; Republican Mayoral Candidate in Philadelphia.

2001: The Honorable John T. Martino

Superintendent of the United States Mint in Philadelphia 1989-1993.

MPA Faculty and Susan Campbell
MPA Student Earvin Faust
Students at MPA Dinner 2016
MPA Dinner Speaker
Group photo
Maureen Byrnes
Speaker Photo
Group Photo