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Villanova on the Hill – Applications due April 18th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Villanova on the Hill (VOH) program. VOH will provide an immersive experience that explores aspects of  the policymaking and political ecosystem of Washington DC, and how individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and in a broad range of professions, make it work.  The theme for the week is Finding Common Ground: Moving from Political Gridlock to Discovering Policy Solutions.

The program will take place from Monday, October 9, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017. By the end of the week, these students will have a clear grasp on how to forge a path toward a career in DC, and also learn from young alumni how to live and thrive in the district.

Applications are due April 18th!


Philadelphia Social Impact Career Fair – 3/23

This Philadelphia Social Impact Career Fair is March 23rd – great for anyone interested in a career in public service!

Past non-profit fairs have attracted 500+ students/alumni from over 40 area colleges and universities. More than 75 non-profit organizations, representing issues ranging from the arts to human services/education to environmental concerns, have participated each year.

You can register for this event through Handshake – learn more here!

Villanovans in Public Service: Meet our Featured Alumni!

On Tuesday, March 7th from 12:00-1:30 pm EST, the Department of Public Administration and Villanova University Alumni Association are hosting “Villanovans in Public Service,” a virtual event where you can have one-on-one networking conversations with alumni! This is your opportunity to speak individually with MPA alumni from a variety of fields and organizations!

This is not just for members of the MPA community – students and alumni across Villanova are invited to attend! Register for the event here.

Let’s meet some of our wonderful MPA alumni who will be participating!


Michelle Alfaro

Michelle Alfaro is currently a City Planner for the City of Omaha, a goal she has had since 2005 when she was introduced to City Planning. She currently reviews plans for commercial, residential, industrial and recreational development projects for code compliance, safety and urban design standards. She is a non-traditional student, as she attended school in online communities for both my undergrad and graduate programs. She has worked full time while tending to her three children and husband and going to school full time. She is the first person in her lineage to graduate with a college degree.

Throughout her school experience, Michelle has learned a lot about herself and discovered she has a passion for people, which is why she is starting a doctoral program to obtain her PhD in Human Capital Management. Her new goals are to be a leader in an organization that utilizes methodologies and techniques to build up employees and allow them to utilize the knowledge, skills and abilities they have to fulfill their goals and the organization’s goals.

Michelle is forever a Wildcat and proud to have been part of the Villanova family. She hopes to return to Nova later in her career and work with students and alumni in the future.

Sarah Galbally

Sarah currently serves as the Secretary of Policy and Planning for Governor Wolf where she oversees the development and implementation of the governor’s policy agenda both within the governor’s office and at the agency level. She previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, focusing on health, human service, and education policy. Prior to joining the Wolf Administration in January 2015, Sarah served as the policy director for the Wolf for Governor Campaign.

Sarah has prior experience in both the government and nonprofit sectors. As a graduate student, she worked for the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority focusing on municipal financial policy and as a mayor’s Intern for the City of Philadelphia where she performed a functional audit of in-kind services provided between the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia. Prior to that, Sarah ran the community volunteer programs, family initiatives, and special projects for a children’s literacy organization in Philadelphia. A Pennsylvania native, Sarah has a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from Villanova University.

Ralph Gigliotti

Ralph A. Gigliotti (PhD, Rutgers University) is assistant director of the Center for Organizational Development & Leadership at Rutgers University, where he is also a part-time lecturer in Communication. Ralph’s research and consulting interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, and crisis communication, particularly in the context of higher education. Ralph’s research appears in numerous books and journals, including the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Journal of Leadership Education, and Atlantic Journal of Communication. Ralph is also the co-author of A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (Stylus Publishing, 2017) and the forthcoming Leadership: Social Influence in Personal and Professional Settings (Kendall Hunt Publishing). Ralph also serves as an adjunct instructor in the online Public Administration graduate program at Villanova University.

Fran Lynch

Fran Lynch is the director of public affairs, research and education communications for Mayo Clinic located in Rochester, Minnesota.  In her current role, Fran is the senior communications partner and advisor to Mayo Clinic Research physician-scientists and the executives and administrative staff of Mayo Clinic Medical School and graduate schools. She also leads the Research and Education Communications team whose members are located in every U.S. time zone. Her job is to drive forward Mayo Clinic’s scholarly mission through communications that inform, inspire and engage people by bringing the message of hope worldwide.

Prior to this role, Fran worked in the global pharmaceuticals industry across clinical research and development, commercial, and manufacturing organizations in assignments of increasing responsibility. Her most recent leadership roles were as director, North America Communications Lead for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals following the largest pharmaceutical merger in U.S. history and as the change communications leader for the Global Serialization Program at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Fran earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Holy Family University, an MS in Public Affairs and Marketing for Nonprofits from Drexel University and an MPA from Villanova University.  In 2015, she was elected to Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, Villanova University chapter, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate as well as graduate students in public administration, public policy, and public affairs.

Sarah Mandes

Sarah Mandes serves in the federal civil service as an energy program manager at the Headquarters, Department of the Army, in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.  Her responsibilities include managing the Army’s Energy Conservation Investment Program, building and defending budgetary requirements for utility services, reporting on the Army’s renewable energy program, and developing policy and guidance on energy conservation and renewable energy.

Sarah’s career in public service began as an active duty civil engineering officer in the Air Force.  She spent 15 years in various active duty and civil service positions in the Air Force, including construction project management, project programming and funding, emergency management, and energy management.  She continues to serve in the Air Force Reserves, in the Civil Engineer Expeditionary Engineering office in the headquarters.  Sarah graduated from Villanova’s MPA program in 2014, has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.  She enjoys running, triathlon, and spending time with her friends and family.  She currently resides in Arlington, VA.


Other MPA alumni you can network with during this event are:

  • Erin Kuchar: Director of Development, New Yorkers for Children
  • Ansa Yisdom: Senior Director of Professional Services Procurement, Pfizer

When Public Administration and Music Collide: Jordan Falciani and Whaler

When Jordan Falciani isn’t being a dedicated student in our MPA program, he’s playing with his band, Whaler. His time in the MPA program has paralleled in various ways with his musical career! Here’s what he had to say when reflecting on his MPA/music crossover:

“Ive often said that a band is a bit like a start up: Some friends have an idea (songs), they get some office space (a studio, or in our case a basement), they develop a product (a record), and share that product with people who are passionate about it (your friends, and people you meet at shows who become fans). Ive been playing music with some friends since 2013, Whaler is the name of our current iteration. Whaler developed concurrent to my studies as an MPA candidate and over the past couple years Ive used a few of the skills I learned in public administration courses to help Whaler be an effective project:

●     Lateral Hierarchy- No one person is in charge so we all have to hold each other accountable for sharing responsibility, especially for big projects.

●     Branding- Any organization today has to develop a brand. As a team everyone spends a little bit of time each week fielding emails or crafting social media posts.

●     Development- Always talk to people at shows, thank them for coming. Everyone gets people to come out to shows.  Everyone sells a few tapes and you do that by meeting  people.

●     Strategic Planning- Everybody has busy lives and if you don’t plan certain things well in advance they’re never going to happen. We recently went on tour. To do that we all sat down and planned out the steps of how to get there (I covertly got the rest of the guys to use SMART goals). Then you follow-up and check in on progress along the way (you always need to evaluate your programs right?).

 Check us out at the Barbary in Philadelphia. Sunday November, 20th!”

Nice work, Jordan! PS – you can check out Whaler’s music here!


Governor Huntsman Event 10/17

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host a special event featuring Jon M. Huntsman Jr.—former governor of Utah, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, and 2012 Presidential candidate—titled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics,” on Monday, October 17 from 12-1 pm.

Governor Huntsman will share his views on how citizens and lawmakers can fix the broken politics of Washington, DC, by working together and putting the needs of the nation above the needs of their respective parties.

The event is free and no registration is required! Learn more about the event here.