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Brittany Keegan, Ph.D., the Wilder School’s director of research promotion and engagement, was selected as the 2023 recipient of the esteemed Section On International And Comparative Administration (SICA) Jeanne-Marie Col Leadership Award. This award is offered to SICA members who are dedicated to furthering an international perspective in the field.
News / March 30, 2023

L. Douglas Wilder School brings diverse range of expertise to 2023 ASPA Annual Conference

The Wilder School brought together a group of nearly 20 presenters to share their expertise at the recent 2023 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference.

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Nancy Toscano is the first female president and CEO of UMFS, a nonprofit that offers services such as foster care, residential treatment, specialized schools and mental health services.
News / March 28, 2023

Alumni Changemaker: Nancy Toscano builds on career marked by dedication to vulnerable families and children

As CEO of UMFS, Ph.D. alumna Nancy Toscano ('15 PPA) builds on career marked by dedication to vulnerable families and children.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder receives Ambassador Karen Pierce at the VCU Scott House.
News / March 23, 2023

British Ambassador to the U.S. selects the Wilder School for diplomacy tour

Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States of America, recently joined Wilder School students for an insightful discussion exploring US/UK relations, the challenges of global diplomacy and her extensive international career ranging from the United Nations to Afghanistan, and beyond.

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Melissa Assalone oversees the day-to-day operations of the Virginia Food Industry Association and serves as the organization’s primary lobbyist at the General Assembly.
News / March 17, 2023

VIDEO: Melissa Assalone explores trends in rising food prices

During a recent Wilder School Lunch and Learn virtual presentation, Melissa Assalone, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the Virginia Food Industry Association and serves as the organization’s primary lobbyist at the General Assembly, shared key factors contributing to rising food prices in Virginia and across the country.

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As an alumna, Amy Atkinson maintains close relationships with the Wilder School. Left to right: Amy Atkinson, Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden.
News / March 17, 2023

Alumni Changemaker: Amy Atkinson serves the commonwealth's youth and families

Amy Atkinson’s (MPA ’00) career in public service began with embracing “open doors” that led her to unexpected professional opportunities. Now the executive director of the Virginia Commission on Youth, she has served in state government for nearly three decades and remains committed to opening doors for others.

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News / March 13, 2023

Democracy and Diplomacy: Cultivating Our Future

Join Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States of America for an insightful discussion exploring US/UK relations, the challenges of global diplomacy and her extensive international career ranging from the United Nations to Afghanistan, and beyond. The event will feature Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce DCMG and fellow British diplomats Paul Rennie and Phil Dickinson.

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Sisters Sesha Joi Moon and Enjoli Moon.
News / March 13, 2023

Out of the Past: Sisters Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon are using their nonprofit, the JXN Project, to explore the lost grandeur of Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood

Sisters Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon are using their nonprofit, the JXN Project, to explore the lost grandeur of Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood

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News / March 9, 2023

Wilder School insights explore racial equity implications of COVID-19 during a national conversation on pandemic response

The National Academy of Public Administration recently hosted a panel discussion which explored the geopolitical tensions caused by COVID-19 and showcased how countries learn from one another when dealing with "local" impacts of common global challenges.

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Governor Wilder met with Richard Price and Virginia University Union alumni.
News / February 27, 2023

Gov. Wilder joins Virginia University Union Chapel to share leadership experiences

66th Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder recently joined Virginia Union University dean of the Chapel and minister Richard Price for a lecture. Gov. Wilder spoke about leadership and shared some key moments from his life that helped grow his approach to pushing boundaries to achieve the impossible.

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The book represents a collaborative research undertaking that includes contributions from 16 Wilder School faculty, three alumni and three Ph.D. students. The volume was edited by Wilder School faculty Elsie Harper-Anderson, Jay Albanese and Susan Gooden.
News / February 13, 2023

Available now: “Triple Pandemic” book showcases the breadth of Wilder School research

Published by Routledge, the book represents a collaborative research undertaking that includes contributions from 16 Wilder School faculty, three alumni and three Ph.D. students.

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