Meet Our DC Faculty & Staff

 

With a presence in Washington, Heinz College D.C. recruits accomplished practitioners who have been and remain directly involved in the policy making process. They offer students a unique perspective and learning experience by bringing years of relevant policy work and expertise to the classroom. These faculty members teach to students in the D.C. program, and several offer their courses to Heinz College students in Pittsburgh and Adelaide via video conferencing.

Distinguished Service Professors

Professor John A. Flaherty
Professor Flaherty has been at the intersection of public policy, business, and politics for over three decades. His experience in government includes chief of staff roles in both the executive and legislative branches – and with both Republicans and Democrats. His private sector experience includes senior positions in Washington D.C. public affairs firms and Wall Street private equity. His foreign policy experience includes participating in official delegations overseas and overseeing rebuilding teams in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In his Policy Analysis Capstone class, Professor Flaherty enhances students’ professional development through high-level discussions and networking opportunities as well as table top exercises which allow students to learn about the challenges of decision making through weekly presentations and debates on current policy and management topics.
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John Flaherty

Ambassador Jack C. Chow
Ambassador Chow is recognized as a pioneer in global health diplomacy. He served under U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and led American diplomatic efforts to establish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Chow also served as assistant director-general of the World Health Organization. Ambassador Chow teaches students in Pittsburgh, DC and Adelaide and has developed a high impact class that challenges students to analyze, write and speak about complex policy issues with high level policy makers.
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Jack Chow

Adjunct Faculty

Tony Cheesebrough
Chief Economist, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Course: Cost-Benefit Analysis
Past: Director, Risk and Capability Analytics Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Analyst in Charge, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Office of Management & Budget
Expertise: Economic impact analysis, benefit-cost analysis, econometrics, risk analysis, modeling and simulation, research, and quantitative policy analysis
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Tony Cheesebrough

Dr. Earl Crane
Senior Principal, Promontory Financial Group
Course: Cybersecurity Policy
Past: Director for Federal Cybersecurity Policy, White House National Security Council; Director of Cybersecurity Strategy and Chief Information Security Architect, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Expertise: Risk-management strategy, enterprise-wide security architecture, intrusion detection and response, security operations, threat intelligence, cloud computing security, data-loss prevention
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Dr Earl Crane

George Krumbhaar
Consultant
Course: Federal Budget Policy
Past: Founder, USBudget.com; Minority Counsel, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee; Director of Domestic Policy, U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-OH); Chief of Staff, Representative Bill Orton (UT-3rd); Associate Staff, House Budget Committee
Expertise: Legislative issue areas that overlap with budgeting, taxation and appropriations
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George Krumbhaar

Jeffrey Kupfer
Fellow, Asia Society
Course: Energy Policy
Past: Chevron; Acting Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Energy; Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, The White House; Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Treasury; Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee; Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Expertise: Innovative energy technologies (nuclear, fossil, renewables, and vehicles), fiscal issues, tax policy
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Jeffrey Kupfer

Denise Lawson
Consultant
Course: Systems Synthesis
Past: Senior Vice President of Strategy, Oak Grove Technologies; Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Expertise: Management consulting, business strategy, eLearning, strategic communications, information architecture, data strategy, data analysis, web/mobile application development, business process redesign, performance improvement, competency modeling, occupational analysis, workforce planning
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Denise Lawson

Robert Novy
U.S. Secret Service
Course: Cybersecurity Policy
Past: Director for Federal Cybersecurity Policy, White House National Security Council; U.S. Department of Treasury; U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; U.S. Navy
Expertise: Cyber protection, critical infrastructure, digital forensics, investigations, and information security
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Susan Reichle
Counselor to the Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Course: International Development Policy
Past: Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID; Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia; Deputy Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, U.S. Department of State; Career Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Expertise: Policy planning, democracy, conflict transitions, international development
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Susan Reichle

Andrew Richman
Partner, Product Savvy
Course: Systems Synthesis
Past: President, Matrix International; Co-President, College Measures
Expertise: Product innovation, technology policy, consultancy for education, media, health, and government
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Andrew Richman

Dr. Christopher Spera
Vice President, U.S. Health Division, Abt Associates
Course: Program Evaluation
Past: Director of Research and Evaluation, Corporation for National and Community Service; Vice President, ICF International
Expertise: Research and evaluation on studies pertaining to behavioral health, health policy, public health and epidemiology, military quality of life
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Chris Spera

Dr. Deborah Stine
Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy; Associate Director for Policy Outreach, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Course: Practical Policy Analysis
Past: Executive Director, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at The White House; Science and Technology Policy Specialist, Congressional Research Service; Associate Director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, The National Academies
Expertise: Science and technology policy, energy innovation, environmental policy, economic policy
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Deborah Stine

Dr. Beverley Wheeler
Consultant
Course: Systems Synthesis
Past: President & CEO, Center City Public Charter Schools; Executive Director, District of Columbia State Board of Education; Chief of Staff to Councilmember Phil Mendelson, D.C. City Council
Expertise: Education policy, city management, economic development, management consulting, sustainable development, affordable housing
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Beverley Wheeler

Staff

John Flaherty
Director and Distinguished Service Faculty
In addition to serving on the faculty, John oversees strategic relationship building and overall leadership for Heinz College Washington DC. See his full bio above.

Marie F. Coleman
Executive Director
Marie oversees administration and management of Heinz College Washington DC and the MS-DC program. Prior to moving to DC to establish the Washington office, Marie served as Senior Director of Development & Special Projects and Co-Director of the Institute for Social Innovation at Heinz College in Pittsburgh. Marie has over 20 years of non-profit management experience having held advancement positions for the Japan Society, the Central Park Conservancy and Chatham College. Prior to this, she worked as a tax consultant for KPMG in New York City. Marie earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Cole
Program Coordinator
Robin Cole is the Program Coordinator of the Heinz College, Washington, D.C. Robin has over 16 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, including the RAND Corporation and the Washington Hospital Center.