Public Leadership

Faculty and Staff

Public Leadership Program Office: 1214 Centreville Hall - UM, College Park MD 20742
Phone: 301 314 8657

jenniferJennifer Littlefield, Director

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Phone: (301)405-4765

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 a 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 and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Maryland School of Public Policy.

kenyattaKenyatta Crenshaw, Associate Director

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Phone: (301)405-7978

Kenyatta Crenshaw serves as the assistant director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership (PL) program and is coordinator for PL Community-Based Learning program. Kenyatta is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership (TLPL) with the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include: the intersections of Technology, Education, and Culture in K-20 learning environments; issues of critical pedagogy and school reform in the implementation of 21st century living and learning skills; issues of identity, equity, and access in schooling systems; and critical pedagogy in urban learning environments. Prior to her position in PL, Kenyatta served in mid-level management with the Department of Resident Life.  Kenyatta brings a strong desire and commitment to utilize knowledge, experience and leadership skills to passionately, supportively serve and collaborate efforts to increase student’s intellectual, social, and communal development in service to others for the common good.

sally picture 2Sally Abd ElMoez, Assistant Director

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Sally Abd ElMoez is the Assistant Director for College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program. Sally has an extensive teaching experience; prior to joining the University of Maryland Sally worked as a teaching assistant at the Public Administration Department of the School of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University and at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. She was also an adjunct lecturer at Future University in Egypt. Since she was an undergraduate student at Cairo University, Sally believed in the importance of student activities and leadership training for a better and richer university education and has actively participated and organized several programs and initiatives at her school. She received an Excellence Award from Cairo University School of Economics and Political Science for her work and efforts in enriching student life and activities on campus. 

Sally’s research and policy interests include governance, public finance, politics of budgeting and fiscal reform, political reform and democratization in developing countries with a focus on the Arab region.Sally has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Cairo University and a Master degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently a PhD student at the School of Public Policy of the University of Maryland College Park.

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.

Adan Garcia Picture 2Adan Garcia – Graduate Assistant

Adan Garcia is a graduate teaching assistant and the assistant coordinator for Community-Based Learning within the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program.  He is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, specializing in social policy.  Adan recently received his bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Arizona and additionally completed the University of Arizona Honors College program.  During his undergraduate career, he was actively involved in Residence Life, serving as a resident assistant in both the Fine Arts and Honors living-learning communities.  Adan has a passion for engaging students from many disciplines in discussions of social justice and human rights, and he is looking forward to connecting PL Scholars with community-based organizations in the pursuit of localized positive change.

Sarah Alonso Pic 2Sarah Alonso – Graduate Assistant

Sarah Alonso is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy specializing in Health Policy. She is a discussion leader and Community-Based Learning 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 oncology areas at two hospitals. 

Brandon Sellers PicBrandon Sellers – Graduate Assistant

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Brandon Sellers serves as a graduate assistant for the Public Leadership program.  He plans and organizes events, maintains the program’s social media presence, and updates the website.   Brandon is a first year graduate student in the School of Public Policy with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  He graduated from Lycoming College cum laude in April 2013 with a double-major in English Literature and Political Science.  While at Lyco, he served for four years in student government, two of those years as senior class president.  He also served as an officer in the English Society and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. 

Brandon has volunteered in many different capacities since high school, including through the Boy Scouts of America, the James V. Brown Library, and for the Baltimore County public school system as a tutor.  He looks forward to engaging with Public Leadership students and understanding their interests so he can plan and organize the program’s schedule of events accordingly.   

teresaTeresa Donaldson, Public Leadership Intern

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Teresa Donaldson is a senior Public Leadership alum majoring in Government and Politics and Family Sciences. While in PL she served on the Public Leadership Council, and after earning her citation she worked as a Staff Intern and colloquium Teaching Assistant. Teresa has additionally been involved in performances of The Vagina Monologues at the University of Maryland as both an actor and a director to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. This year she will be turning her attention to law school applications, but until she graduates, Teresa is looking forward to an exciting final year at Maryland with the Public Leadership staff and students.

beatrice torralbaBeatrice Torralba

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Beatrice Torralba is a junior majoring in Government and Politics and minoring in Public Leadership. She is a staff intern and an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Leadership for the Common Good course (PUAF201). Beatrice is a Public Leadership alumnus (2011 cohort).  While in the Public Leadership (PL) program, she served as President of the Public Leadership Council and a Scholars Ambassador. Beatrice was also a Rawlings Undergraduate Leaders Fellow (2013 cohort). In addition to Scholars-related works, Beatrice is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the Filipino Cultural Association, and the Interfaith Chairperson for the Catholic Student Association. Beatrice is passionate about the development of the Public Leadership program and looks forward to working to cultivate the Scholars commitment to leadership, service, and learning. She is excited to be serving the students, staff, and alumni of the PL program.




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