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NASPAA Staff

NASPAA Staff Members

  • Angel Wright-Lanier, Ed.D., MPA, MS

    Executive Director (Tel: 202-810-7413)

    Dr. Angel Wright-Lanier brings to the position an extensive executive leadership and public affairs background that is an excellent fit for NASPAA, having held leadership roles in city and municipal government for more than 20 years. She brings to NASPAA experience in working with multiple stakeholder groups, complex budgets and intergovernmental MOUs, grant development, accreditation processes, international municipal initiatives, and partnership development with nonprofit organizations of all types and levels. Dr. Wright-Lanier received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a second master’s degree in Management Information Systems. She received her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College with a concentration in Leadership and Learning.

  • Laurel McFarland

    Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emerita (Tel: 202-810-7405)

    Laurel McFarland has served as Executive Director of NASPAA from 2005 to 2021. 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.

  • Fabiola Bachinelo

    Accreditation Associate (Tel: 202-810-7403)

    Fabiola is responsible for supporting the NASPAA accreditation process, developing volunteers and liaising with NASPAA member schools. She also plays a role in conducting program evaluations and surveys to support quality assurance improvement. As an accreditation associate, she develops expertise on strategic program management and program quality improvement, as it relates to the NASPAA Accreditation Standards, to support programs seeking accreditation and advance practice in the public service education field. Fabiola holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut.

  • David J. Bernstein, Ph.D.

    Accreditation Manager and Director of Evaluation (Tel: 202-810-7406)

    David helps manage the NASPAA accreditation process, which supports a global network of programs bound by a commitment to public service values, programmatic improvement, and educational quality. He is responsible for program evaluation and assessment, data management, operations and management, and other duties. As the Director of Evaluation, David helps ensure use of rigorous quantitative and qualitative data to measure program outcomes, improve processes, and provide support to COPRA and to NASPAA staff. David has experience in public and nonprofit program evaluation, performance measurement, strategic planning, survey research, training evaluation, local government, nonprofit program development and evaluation, social science research consulting, and services for people with disabilities and older adults. He has an MPA and Ph.D. from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University.

  • Martha Bohrt

    Chief Accreditation Officer (Tel: 202-810-7409)

    As Chief Accreditation Officer, Martha 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. Martha came to NASPAA with extensive experience in public service at the local, state, and international levels. Prior to joining NASPAA, Martha served as the City Manager's Fellow in Norfolk, VA. In this role, she managed a variety of programs dedicated to increasing environmental resilience in the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia. Her professional experiences also include work with the Texas State Senate Natural Resources Committee, AmeriCorps, and U.S. and Mexican diplomats. She holds degrees from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas.

  • Stacy Drudy

    Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning and Data Center Director (Tel: 202-810-7404)

    Stacy is responsible for leading the new Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning for Public Service at NASPAA. The IITPLS serves as an online resource connecting students and faculty in public affairs schools around the world with simulations, case studies, data, and service-learning opportunities. Stacy also manages NASPAA's Public Affairs Education Data Center, the authoritative source of data in public affairs education. Stacy is NASPAA's liaison with the Undergraduate Committee, Election Administration Section, Data Committee, and Small Programs Section.  Stacy spent four years on NASPAA's accreditation team, and began her tenure at NASPAA as a graduate intern. Stacy completed a Master of Public Administration at James Madison University.

  • Leigh Anne Elliott

    Director of Events and Conferences (Tel: 202-810-7415)

    Leigh Anne is responsible for NASPAA’s  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. 

  • Monchaya Wanna Lekuthaiphan

    Director of Web Services and Office Manager (Tel: 202-810-7400)

    Monchaya is responsible for managing the NASPAA office, directing all inquiries, and maintaining the NASPAA website. 

  • David Marshall

    Director of Membership Development (Tel: 202-810-7414)

    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 initiatives and professional development opportunities. Additionally he engages with professional staff at our member schools including directors of admissions, career placement, and marketing/communications. This has improved participation from all of NASPAA’s schools, but especially selective schools, small schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). He also manages the onboarding of new member schools. He also recruits and manages NASPAA’s committees and sections, including NASPAA’s award selection committees. In his role as Director of Membership Development, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA). Currently, David is working to create a new NASPAA initiative called NASPAA PhD Pathways, which seeks to encourage and support students of color and those from underrepresented backgrounds to seek doctorate degrees in public affairs/policy/administration and become professors. Finally, David manages the operations of the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society as an 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.

  • Alexander Minkoff

    Conference and Management Analyst (Tel: 202-810-7415)

    Alex is responsible for the virtual 2021 NASPAA  Annual Conference.