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


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. candidate in the Maryland School of Public Policy.

James Stillwell, Assistant Director

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Phone: (301)405-8560

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.

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





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