Carol Dwyer ’99 MA (PA) appointed director of mayoral initiatives for City of Syracuse


Carol Dwyer has been appointed director of mayoral initiatives by Syracuse mayor Stephanie A. Miner. This is not the first time Dwyer has taken on the role of director: for over 19 years, she has served as the director of the Community Benchmarks Program at the Maxwell School–a program that received the Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in 2007. In addition, Dwyer has received many other awards, including the award for Meritorious Community Service by Thursday Morning Roundtable in 1996, and the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award from the Onondaga Citizens League in 2014.

More information about Dwyer’s new appointment as director of mayoral initiative can be found here.

Vernon Dale Jones ’95 PhD (PA) appointed chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre


Vernon Dale Jones is now Chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre. In his new role, Jones brings experience from a long and distinguished career in higher education. In 2011, he  joined Hampden-Sydney College as vice president for strategy, administration and board affairs. Before his tenure at Hampden-Sydney College, he was an associate professor of public administration at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2011. While at VCU, he chaired the master of public administration program, served as president of the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Council, and was the director of the university’s National Homeland Security Initiative. Previously, he held faculty positions in public administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he served as director of research for the Center for Homeland Security; Syracuse University, where he directed the Government Performance Project, a $4.8 million research project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts; and the United States Air Force Academy, where he served as deputy head of the political science department. In 2003, Jones also served as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, who represented Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. More information on his recent appointment as chancellor can be found at:


Jason Cole ’98 MPA named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University


Jason Cole has been named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University. Cole has more than 16 years of experience in government and government relations, with a broad background in organizational leadership, public policy development and advocacy, media relations, and political, issue, and brand campaigning. He currently serves as vice president of federal government relations at MetLife in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current position, Cole served as chief of staff for Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and as legislative director for former Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Mary Daly ’91 MPhil (Econ)/’94 PhD (Econ) appointed executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Mary Daly has been appointed executive vice president and director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Daly will oversee research that supports the development of monetary policy and that helps to further the understanding of the economy nationally and globally. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daly was senior vice president and associate director of Economic Research at the San Francisco Fed. Currently, she serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers and is a research fellow at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee, the governance group in charge of strategic direction and policy for the Twelfth District, and chairs the Bank’s Diversity Council. More information can be found at:

Judith Douglas ’77 BA (AmSt)/’81 MPA now Chair of the Institute for Innovation Advisory Board



The American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) announced that Judith Douglas is now Chair of the Institute for Innovation Advisory Board after serving as Vice Chair for 3 months. ACT-IAC created the Institute for Innovation to provide “an objective, non-partisan forum for strategic thought leadership to advance government missions through the innovative application and management of information technology.” Douglas is a client industry executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where she utilizes her expertise in public service at the federal, state, and local levels. The press release can be found here:



Timothy Mahar ’06 MA (PA) is now executive director at Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

alum-news-buttonTimothy Mahar is now the executive director at Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse New York. In his role as executive director, Mahar works with the board of trustees to set priorities and strategic directions for the foundation, manages the foundation’s board of trustees and development program, helps develop staff in Catholic schools and charities, and supports fundraising initiatives for all the parishes in the diocese. Previously, he served assistant dean of alumni affairs and development at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.

Kerri Raissian ’08 MPA/’13 PhD (PA) wins Raymond Vernon Memorial Award

alum-news-buttonKerri Raissian won the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management’s (JPAM) Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for her paper, “Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides?” The paper was first published in the Winter 2016 issue of JPAM. The Vernon Memorial Award, created by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 1985, seeks to annually recognize excellence in research through the selection of a paper published in the current volume of JPAM. Raissian’s paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of the 1996 expansion of the federal Gun Control Act on domestic homicides. She is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut.