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Staff | Executive Council

Crystal Calarusse
202-628-8965 ext. 103
Chief Accreditation Officer
As the Chief Accreditation Officer, Crystal has responsibility for academic quality and development. She directs accreditation efforts with the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), a specialized accrediting body dedicated to quality assurance in professional graduate education in public affairs and public policy. Crystal received a Master of Public Policy degree (with an environmental specialty) from the University of Maryland College Park. 
Stacy Drudy
202-628-8965 ext. 104
Data Center Director
Stacy is responsible for managing NASPAA's Public Affairs Education Data Center, which is building the authoritative source of data in public affairs education. Stacy previously spent four years on NASPAA's accreditation team, and began her tenure at NASPAA as a graduate intern. Stacy completed an MPA at James Madison University.
Leigh Anne Elliott
202-628-8965 ext. 115
Education and Events Manager
Leigh Anne is responsible for NASPAA’s Student Simulation Competition, Annual Conference and other events. She brings over 10 years of professional experience in event management and donor relations roles with nonprofit institutions. Leigh Anne earned an MPA at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Bloomington.
Ryan Etzcorn
202-628-8965 ext. 119
Global Accreditation Associate

Peter Green
202-628-8965 ext. 107
Director of Finance
Peter is responsible for the financial, budgetary, and human resources functions at NASPAA. He is also the staff liaison to NASPAA's Nonprofit Section and provides support for the Finance committee. Peter earned a Master's in Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Wisconsin.
Heather Hamilton
202-628-8965 ext. 106
Director of Assessment & Accreditation Manager
Heather is responsible for supporting the accreditation process and implementation of NASPAA’s Accreditation Standards, including managing the training of site visitors. She completed a Master’s in Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
David Marshall
202-628-8965 ext. 102
Director of Membership Development

As Director of Membership Development at NASPAA, David is charged with building productive relationships with deans, directors, and faculty members, and matching them to NASPAA's projects and volunteer responsibilities.  Through this effort he seeks to significantly improve participation of selective schools, small schools, HBCUs, HSIs, and other underrepresented programs. He also recruits and manages NASPAA’s committees and sections, including NASPAA’s award selection committees. Finally, David manages the operations of the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society as a new ad hoc committee of NASPAA. 

David brings a variety of professional experience to NASPAA including undergraduate college admissions, government relations, and management consulting.  David completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He earned a Master's of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master of Arts in Advertising also from the University of Texas.

Laurel McFarland
202-628-8965 ext. 105
Executive Director
Laurel McFarland has served as Executive Director of NASPAA since 2005. She brings a wide portfolio of previous experience: management of accreditation and quality assurance; professional experience in the economics of higher education and the strategic positioning of institutions in higher education; academic work in economic policy history; and active involvement in local government and nonprofit ventures.

She holds degrees in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and in graduate economics from Oxford University. At NASPAA, she has been responsible for:

  • Directing NASPAA’s accreditation and quality assurance efforts, including a once-a-decade standards revision in 2007-09.
  • Promoting the MPA and MPP in a crowded graduate marketplace through extensive research and marketing efforts; 
  • Advancing public service through partnerships with other organizations, including projects to reform the Presidential Management Fellowship and contributing to the annual Public Service Recognition Week. 
  • Enhancing NASPAA’s leadership position in international public affairs education, through such efforts as the Conference on International Quality in Public Affairs Education, held in Dubai and Sharjah in 2007.
  • Spearheading an advocacy effort to reform the federal hiring of graduate students.
  • Overhauling data collection and establishing a data warehouse effort in public affairs education in order to enhance understanding and competitiveness of the sector. 

Above all, Laurel possesses a great respect and enthusiasm for public service and the role schools of public affairs can play in changing the world. 

Monchaya Wanna
202-628-8965 ext. 100
Director of Web Services and Office Manager
Monchaya is responsible for managing the NASPAA office, directing all inquiries, and maintaining the NASPAA website. She also is leading multiple technology updates, such as a redesign of the NASPAA website and transitioning to an association management system database.

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