Yolanda Norton ’04 BA (PSc) now Assistant Professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rev. Yolanda Norton  is now assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to her tenure at SFTS, she served as visiting instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and as adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Norton is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel at Vanderbilt University. More information on Rev. Norton can be found at: http://sfts.edu/academics/faculty/yolanda-norton/

Robert Deal ’85 MA (Hist) releases new book “The Law of the Whale Hunt: Dispute Resolution, Property Law, and American Whalers, 1780-1880”

Dr. Robert Deal recently published his book, The Law of the Whale Hunt: Dispute Resolution, Property Law, and American Whalers, 1780-1880. In the book, Deal offers a historically rich account of how whalers settled disputes in the absence of formal legal institutions and the subsequent formation of property law regulating the American whaling industry. Deal is an associate professor of American history and director of graduate studies at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He specializes in legal and environmental history. More details about the book can be found here: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/early-republic-and-antebellum-history/law-whale-hunt-dispute-resolution-property-law-and-american-whalers-17801880?format=HB


Anne Meyerson Mandeville ’01 MPA is Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at the Children’s Inn at NIH


Anne Meyerson Mandeville has joined the staff as assistant director of corporate and foundation partnership at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Children’s Inn an NIH is a residential home for families with children participating in cutting edge research studies at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Previously, she served as the director of corporate partnerships at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


Burnell Holland III ’11 MPA is now Deputy Director of Programs at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Burnell Holland III has been named as deputy director of programs at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The organization engages the private and social sectors to help create pathways to success for boys and men of color. Previously, Holland was deputy chief for the Males of Color Initiative with the District of Columbia Public Schools.




Maxwell Students Attend 2016 International City/County Management Association Conference


The Maxwell alumni connection with current students continued to grow this weekend as fifteen public administration hopefuls attended the 2016 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) annual conference in Kansas City, MO.  Students had the opportunity to learn from and network with local and state government officials from around the United States and across the world.

While at the conference, Maxwell students had the opportunity to hear from award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and renowned New York Times columnist and author David Brooks.  While both speakers shared experiences through the lens of media, a common theme was found urging public leaders to look deeply into constituents lives and understand different points of views.  Keynote speaker David Brooks challenged each leader to not fear the term `love’ in conversations about public policy.

Maxwell students also had the great pleasure of gaining insight about the possibilities of local government careers from alumni of the Maxwell School who are currently shaping the futures of municipal governments.  Through the generosity of Maxwell’s alumni, a reception was held on Sunday, September 25 and a lunch Monday, September 26, where the students had the opportunity to learn from, network with and receive career guidance from over fourteen wonderful alumni.

Jace Beehler, Lindsey Callahan, Rainea Cumberbatch, Chloe Elberty, Cristian Ernesto, Zhenhao Gong, Briana Graham, Olga Grishina, Kevin Hundelt, Krishna Kesari, Vahid Khatami, Umar Kiyimba, Ronald Mak, Ariana Morrocco, Linnea Powell, and James Tatum would like to thank all of the distinguished alumni who made this such an enriching trip.  They would like to give a special acknowledgment to Wally Bobkiewicz ’89 MPA, City Manager of Evanston, IL.  Wally, along with dozens of alumni, have funded students’ travel to the ICMA conference for over a decade.  Without Wally’s leadership, passion and generosity this trip would not have been possible.

To view more photos from the trip, click here.


DC Alums – Join Dean David Van Slyke for a Maxwell Reception on November 4

Maxwell in Washington
Syracuse University Maxwell School

You’re Invited to a Maxwell School Reception

Please join the new leadership team at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University for an alumni reception at the APPAM Conference.  Newly appointed Dean David Van Slyke and Public Administration and International Affairs Chair Robert Bifulco will be in attendance.  You will also have the opportunity to meet Julia Carboni, Katherine Michelmore and Michah Rothbart, all new members of the Maxwell faculty team.

We hope you’ll enjoy this special opportunity to reconnect with your Maxwell colleagues, local alumni, and faculty* attending the conference.


6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception and networking


Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Georgetown West Room – Concourse Level

Event Details

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.  Light appetizers will be served.

Conference attendees and local alumni alike are invited to join us. You do not need to be registered for the APPAM conference to attend.


Register Now


Contact Norma Shannon at 315.443.5504 or alum@maxwell.syr.edu.


*Other Maxwell faculty attending the conference include:

Julia Carboni

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Yilin Hou

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Len Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs and Director, Center for Policy Research

Katherine Michelmore

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Sean O’Keefe

University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership

Michah Rothbart

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Amy Ellen Schwartz

Professor, Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs and Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs

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Elisabeth IJmker ’15 MAIR is now PMEL Officer of the Transnational Institute

Elisabeth IJmker is now a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) officer for the Transnational Institute in The Netherlands. Her responsibilities include training staff on data collection, managing evaluations, and monitoring and reporting on the organization’s activity. Previously, IJmker was a policy officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where she worked on the implementation of the NGO-subsidy framework entitled “Dialogue and Dissent.”