SPAA MPA Advisory Board Members
James Blaney Jr. (MPA'10)
De Lacy Davis (MPA’12) is executive director of The Family Support Organization of Union County.
Danny Gonzalez-Bosques (MPA'13) is the director of community planning and initiatives for the Newark Housing Authority and has raised over $25M of grant funding. She has taught grant writing and management as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers and serves as secretary on the Workforce Development Board and the Branch Brook Board of Trustees.
Natasha Hemmings (MPA'16) , is the chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey and is the first African-American women in the council’s history to lead the organization. Previously she served Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey as their chief marketing and communications officer.
Farha Northover (MPA'18) is CEO at Mortgage First Direct and is responsible for the management of its diverse and inclusive environment where she is a catalyst for creating and sustaining environments to nurture racial equity and to build career and economic opportunity for all employees and new recruits.
Irene O'Brien (MPA'05) is vice chancellor for advancement for Rutgers University–Newark and vice president for advancement for Rutgers University Foundation, serving on the leadership teams for both. She currently oversees fundraising and alumni engagement for RU-N.
Jeff Shulman (MPA'17) supports the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Research and Information at the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development with labor related research and special projects.
Sharon Stroye (MPA'06) is the director of public engagement at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. She has over 20 years of higher education experience working with students in pursuit of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.
Michael Vorgetts (MPA'08) is an expert in policy and administration of state-run social insurance programs (e.g., paid family leave, unemployment insurance), and public finance. He held senior management positions with state labor departments in Maryland and Rhode Island. He is the president of WildFig Partners, a public sector consulting company.