College Park Scholars

Public Leadership

Faculty and Staff

Public Leadership Program Office: 1120 Cumberland Hall - UMD, College Park MD 20742
Phone: 301 314 8657

Dr. Jennifer Littlefield, Director

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Phone: (301)405-4765

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Dr. Jennifer Littlefield is the Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program and the Associate Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Jennifer has been involved with the Public Leadership Program since 2007, serving as both Assistant and Associate Directors prior to her appointment as Director.  Her career began in the area of fundraising and program development for nonprofits and universities. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, she served as the assistant director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. In this role, Jennifer assisted with all areas of the Institute, including working with their two undergraduate leadership programs, planning and coordinating a study abroad program to Tanzania, Africa, and working with various corporate and community partners of the ILA.  She assisted in the planning and implementation of the Georgia Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for high-level executives in state government.  Jennifer has also been heavily involved in civic engagement and service-learning initiatives at both the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia.  Over the past 10 years, she has taught numerous courses in the area of leadership and career development. For four years Jennifer served as a research consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  She has also conducted extensive research in the area of cross-sector collaboration and effective grant making.  She has authored numerous articles and presented in various conferences on this topic.  Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Georgia, as well as a Ph.D. from the Maryland School of Public Policy.

James Stillwell, Assistant Director

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StillwellJames Stillwell is the Assistant Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program (PL), where he plays a key role in instructing, mentoring, and developing programming and opportunities for PL students both inside and outside the classroom.  Prior to joining PL, James served as Undergraduate Studies Program Coordinator for the Maryland School of Public Policy, where he managed both the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program and the Public Leadership Internship Program, and also instructed courses on leadership and public policy.  A native Marylander and passionate advocate for social justice and environmental conservation, James earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Harvard University, and an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and an M.P.P. in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland.  By leveraging PL students’ unique capabilities, experiences, and leadership skills, James is dedicated to promoting their intellectual and social development in service to others for the common good.

 

Ricco HallRicco Hall – Adjunct Professor

His professional experience covers the areas of education, psychology, program management, health and human services, and criminal justice. He began his 15 year career providing counseling and intervention services in a state mental health institution as a psychiatric technician while completing his undergraduate degree. Shortly after receiving his undergraduate degree, he took on the duties of outpatient counseling and case management services for the adult mentally ill population as a case manager. He quickly observed that there were children involved in the lives of most of his adult clients and became interested in the needs of children as well. Enthused by his insight, he began performing crisis intervention services for youth in at-risk communities on inpatient and outpatient terms. In efforts to serve the adult and youth populations in low-socioeconomic, disadvantaged communities, he has worked on the local, state, and federal levels.

For close to two years as the site director/lead teacher, he managed a 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program, serving Pre-K to 8th grade students, located in downtownD.C. For three and half years, he worked as a program specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services, Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program and he currently serves as a program manager for the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Education Specialist and Master of Education degrees in education from Tennessee Technological University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Currently, he is pursuing an education doctorate in the Human and Organizational Learning Program at The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

 

Sarah Alonso Pic 2Sarah Alonso – Teaching Assistant

Sarah Alonso is currently a second-year graduate student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy specializing in Health Policy. She is returning for the second year as a teaching assistant in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Mathematics. After graduation, she worked as a project manager and implementation coordinator at Epic, a healthcare software company, where she led electronic medical record implementations in inpatient and outpatient oncology areas. Most recently, she spent the summer of 2014 as an intern for Sage Policy Group and the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, Maryland.

hauwaHauwa Iman Ahmed, Teaching Assistant

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Hauwa Iman Ahmed is a rising junior, a Government and Politics major and Law and Society Minor.  Hauwa will be receiving her Public Leadership citation this fall.  During her time in the  Public Leadership Program she has served as a PL ambassador and Peer mentor.  She is also passionate about education and was a mentor at STARS and America Reads America Counts.   This Spring she interned at Teach For America.  She is originally from Yola, Nigeria, and is passionate about education, nonprofit work and all things West Africa.  Hauwa is excited to be joining the Scholars Staff in her capacity as a second year Colloquium Teaching Assistant

chunwooChunwoo Baik, Student Liaison

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Chunwoo Baik is a junior majoring in Marketing and Finance. He is a staff intern and a a Public Leadership alumnus. As a former Public Leadership scholar he was the president of the Public Leadership Council and is currently a Scholars Ambassador. In addition to his work in Public Leadership he has studied abroad in Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and Nicaragua, where he has learned about doing business in different cultures.

sarahcohenSamara Cohen, Teaching Assistant

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Samara Cohen is a junior double degree candidate in Government and Politics and Spanish from Baltimore, Maryland. Samara is an undergraduate teaching assistant for PUAF 201: Leadership for the Common Good. She represents the South Campus Commons for SGA, and completed the Public Leadership Scholars program where she worked as a Scholars Ambassador. Samara is a representative on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Samara has interned at the Ready for Hillary PAC and the Maryland General Assembly, and looks forward to serving the Public Leadership community as a teaching assistant! 

danielleDanielle Farmer, Graduate Assistant

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Danielle Farmer is a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy specializing in Education Policy.  As the Public Leadership Program Activities and Communications Coordinator, she works on programming and communications for the School of Public Policy, and specifically the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program.  Danielle graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in History and minoring in Political Science.  Following graduation, she joined Teach for America and spent two years as a high school teacher in Weldon, North Carolina.  From there she worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica, serving as the Teen Services Director where she piloted a college-and career-readiness program for teen members.  

chyannelondonChyanne London, Teaching Assistant

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Chyanne London is a rising junior born in Queens, NY and raised in Baltimore, MD. She is majoring in Resource Economics with a concentration in Business Management and minoring in Global Poverty. Since September of 2011, Chyanne has been working as an Office Assistant for the United States Department of Defense and will now be a teaching assistant for College Park Scholars, Public Leadership sophomore colloquium class. In her short two years at The University of Maryland, Chyanne has been extremely active on and off campus serving as a Public Leadership student mentor, Financial Committee member of W.E.B DuBois National Honors Society and former President of the Society of African American Studies. In addition, Chyanne is an Agriculture and Resource Economics Student Ambassador, former Treasurer of Students Towards Educational Progress and Philanthropy (STEPP) and now serving as the current Vice President of STEPP. Chyanne has immense Terp Pride and loves to be a part of all aspects of the UMD Community. Chyanne is an advocate for community service working as a volunteer for Hillside Work Foundation and Food For All DC. Chyanne is passionate about giving back to her community and looks forward to working with the PL staff to develop new programs and encourage a healthy and prosperous learning environment for PL Students.

jenniferonyimbaJennifer Onyimba, Teaching Assistant

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Jennifer Onyimba is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Maryland, specializing in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. She is a teaching assistant in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program. Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. During her time at UMBC, she conducted research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After graduation, she attended the University of Washington for a year in the Immunology graduate program. She then taught high school science courses at Washington Christian Academy for one year. This past summer, she had the privilege of working with the Education-Based Latino Outreach organization, giving her an exciting introduction to the non-profit world. In the future, Jennifer hopes to develop residential and community-based programs to bring assistance to low-income individuals and families.

chrisquachChris Quach, Teaching Assistant

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Chris Quach is a senior Sociology major with a certificate in LGBT Studies and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy through the BA/MPP Program. A Public Leadership alum, he is currently a Teaching Assistant for PL's Colloquium for second-year students. Throughout Chris's time in PL, he was active in UMD's LGBT campus community, co-facilitating a discussion and support group for gay, bisexual, and transgender male students. His engagement with LGBT issues motivated him to pursue an internship with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute, where he researched employment discrimination against the transgender community. Chris has also been fortunate enough to study abroad, spending his junior year in Guildford, England, at the University of Surrey. While abroad, Chris worked at the US-UK Fulbright Commission in London, advising British students on US undergraduate and postgraduate study. This year, Chris is looking forward to giving back to PL and interacting with current PL students as they progress through the program.

allysonwinburnAllyson Winburn, Teaching Assistant

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Allyson Winburn is a junior majoring in Government and Politics and minoring in International Development and Conflict Management. She is one of the undergraduate teaching assistants for the Leadership for the Common Good course (PUAF201). She received her Public Leadership citation in Spring 2015. While in the Public Leadership program, Allyson interned with One Million Bones, an arts activism nonprofit with the goal of raising awareness of genocide across the globe. More recently, Allyson was a Philanthropy Fellow through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in conjunction with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, a position she served with The Community Foundation for Montgomery County. In the winter of 2013, Allyson studied Human Rights, Security, and Development in Morocco with Dr. David Crocker and students from the School of Public Policy. This past summer, Allyson also worked as a Finance Intern with the Ready for Hillary PAC. She is very excited to get to work with the First Year PL students and help them gain as much from the program as she has.
 

 

 

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