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Chelsea Hill

Data Services Manager, CAWP

Data Services Manager, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP); B.A. communication arts, Marymount Manhattan College, M.A. women and gender studies, Rutgers University. Chelsea Hill is the data services manager at the Center for American Women and Politics. She manages research, collection and organization of current and historical information about women’s political participation. She responds


Claire Gothreau

Research Associate, CAWP

Claire Gothreau is a Research Associate at the Center for American Women and Politics. She works on data collection and analysis at CAWP. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA and her Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. At Temple, she was the Assistant Director of the Behavioral


Salma Elakbawy

Data Services Assistant, CAWP

Salma Elakbawy is the Data Services Assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics. Salma received her M.A. in Political Science: UN and Global Policy Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a concentration in women’s rights, environmentalism, and public health. Her graduate research explored the different ways global policies disproportionately impact women and the


Jean Sinzdak

Associate Director, CAWP

As associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Jean Sinzdak is responsible for developing strategic initiatives and projects, as well as general administrative oversight. An experienced program director with a strong background in women’s leadership development and civic engagement initiatives, she directs CAWP’s Program for Women Public Officials, which aims to


Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson

Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH. MA. is an expert on the intersection of race, class and gender in health, health care and social policy. She is extremely well versed in the tools and applications of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in multiple spheres and venues. As the Director for the Center for Women in Politics and


Muna Killingback

Assistant Program Director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Muna Killingback, Assistant Program Director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy manages the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program and works on CWPPP communications and special programs. She is co-director of NEWL-MA. Muna has a long track record of working with women’s organizations. For more than 14 years, she


Pallavi Khurana

Pallavi Khurana is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She holds an MBA in Marketing and HR from Bangalore University, India, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, India. Her research interests are


Dina Refki, D.A.

Executive Director, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS)

Dina Refki, D.A. is the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) and Clinical Associate Professor at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, CWGCS, an academic research and education center. Prior to assuming leadership at the Center for Women in


Sue Faerman, Ph.D.

Academic Chair, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society’s Women’s Leadership Academy

Sue Faerman is the Academic Chair of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society’s Women’s Leadership Academy and a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita at the University at Albany. Before retiring from the University at Albany in 2016, she served as Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education (1999-2013) and Dean of University at


Jaci Kettler, PhD

Co-Director, NEW Leadership Idaho

This is my first year as Co-Director of NEW Leadership Idaho. I’ve really enjoyed being part of the program in previous years and am excited to be more involved this year. I grew up on a small farm in Kansas, spent six years in Houston while earning a Ph.D. from Rice University, and joined the