Anne Khademian, Presidential Fellow, Virginia Tech
Professor Anne M. Khademian is the director for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and professor with the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP). Her research interests focus on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and financial regulation. She is the author of numerous articles on public management and public policy, and the books Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (CQ Press, 2002), Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (Brookings, 1996), and The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise Before joining Virginia Tech, Professor Khademian was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a co-editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and is a member of several editorial boards for public administration and policy journals. She is the incoming editor of the Administrative Profiles section in Public Administration Review. In 2009, she was named a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration. Anne holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science.
Jim Woodell, Higher Education, Economic Development, Community Engagement
Jim Woodell helps higher education institutions and their partners—in communities, business and industry, and government—to deepen, strengthen, and communicate economic and societal impact.
Focusing on key impact domains, Jim guides clients in defining and achieving outcomes through critical success factors. He provides a variety of research, planning, implementation, and assessment services.
Peter Sforza, Director for the Center for Geospatial Information Technology, Virginia Tech
Peter Sforza provides leadership for the center's research and sponsored projects, management and operations. Initiatives include a broad range of geospatial research and applications for safety and security, health IT, 3-D, context-neutral data mining and visualization techniques. Sforza brings a wealth of interdisciplinary experience in the geospatial research arena across multiple units at Virginia Tech, including: Virginia Tech Information Technology Strategic Initiatives, Center for Geospatial Information Technology, Center for Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing, and the Department of Geography.
Pace Lochte, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, University of Virginia
Pace Lochte serves as assistant vice president for economic development at the University of Virginia. In this capacity, Pace partners with government, academia, and the public and private sectors to bring positive change to Virginia by leveraging UVA's unique assets and capabilities. Recent work has included linking UVA faculty, industry, and economic developers with opportunities related to autonomous vehicles, industrial hemp, biotech, and new venture creation.
Prior to coming to UVA, Pace worked in the energy industry and also served as an engineering consultant for several privately held firms. She received a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed. in higher education administration from the Curry School of Education, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business.
John Accordino, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
John Accordino's extepertise is in commerical and neighborhood revitalization methods, impacts of community revitalization policies, and comparative urban revitalization policies. He began his career at VCU in 1986 as an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He later served as chair of the department. More recently, he was director of the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA). He served as interim dean and then dean from July 2016 until April 2018. He is a professor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program and also directs partnerships with universities in Italy and Germany. He has written books, monographs and articles on urban revitalization and related topics, as well as applied-research reports and plans for government agencies, retail merchants associations and community-based development organizations in economic development, commercial revitalization and workforce analysis. He has established student exchanges with two German universities, and he directs VCU’s partnership with the University of Messina, Sicily, which supports both scholarly and student exchanges.
Jonathan Morgan, Association Professor of Public Adminstration and Government, University of North Carolina
Jonathan Morgan joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. He has also served as director of economic policy and research for the NC Department of Commerce, as well as research and policy director for the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development. Currently Morgan serves as course director for the annual Basic Economic Development Course. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Economic Developmentand Popular Government. He is a member of the NC Economic Developers Association, ACCRA–The Council for Community and Economic Research, and the International Economic Development Council. Morgan earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MPA from Clark Atlanta University, and a PhD in public administration from North Carolina State University.
Elli Travis, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech
Elli Travis works to connect communities across Virginia to resources within the university through applied research programs and introductions of businesses and community members to faculty. She is passionate about working with organizations to plan and evaluate their work in a way that is consistent with their mission and goals, especially in the areas of agricultural and community development. Examples of her work at OED include economic impact analyses, strategic planning for non-profit organizations and economic development authorities, and visioning and feasibility studies. She is also the lead evaluator of Catalyst, a program that connects VT faculty and students with regional business owners around technology commercialization and proof of concept services.
Prior to moving to the New River Valley in 2013, Travis coordinated international development projects in the areas of economic training, health, monitoring and evaluation, disaster management, and gender and social inclusion for an international development consulting firm. A native of Washington, DC, Travis received a Master’s from Virginia Tech in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Russian from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education with a focus on program impact evaluation.
Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State
Leslie Boney leads the Institute’s efforts to identify key issues of importance to the state and develop consensus for action to address. Prior to joining the Institute, Leslie was Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement at the UNC system office, coordinating efforts to extend university expertise and services throughout the state.
While serving in the NC Department of Commerce and Governor’s Office, Leslie coordinated the state’s efforts to redesign rural development policy, increase volunteerism, and reform welfare. At the nonprofit MDC, he managed a two-state effort to help rural communities recover from manufacturing job loss. A former teacher and reporter, Leslie serves on the boards of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Rural Economic Development Center. He received a B.A. from Amherst College.