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.

  • Fabiola Bachinelo

    Interim Chief Accreditation Officer (Tel: 202-810-7403)

    Fabiola is responsible for supporting the NASPAA accreditation process, which supports a global network of programs bound by a commitment to public service values, programmatic improvement, and educational quality. In her role as Interim Chief Accreditation Officer, Fabiola liaises 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, in collaboration with the COPRA Chair, to fulfill the charge of the Commission and advance NASPAA’s mission and strategic goals. She also serves as a resource to programs seeking NASPAA accreditation and strategically manages efforts toward the advancement of practice in the public service education field. Fabiola holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the School of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut.

  • Stacy Drudy

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

    Stacy leads 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.

  • Shaun Gabrielli

    Accreditation Associate (Tel: 202-810-7406)

    Shaun attended Florida State University, where he received undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and Russian. From there, he has been involved in multiple philanthropic efforts to provide relief to members of the LGBTQ+ community in Eastern Europe. Shaun spent the last four years working in Boston, including working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' apprenticeship agency, where he helped expand the apprenticeship work model to different industries and sought to increase diversity and inclusion within registered apprenticeship programs. 

  • Ja'Nell Henry

    Director of Events and People Systems

    Ja'Nell Henry is responsible for bringing to life NASPAA’s signature annual events, including the Career Professionals Conference, Annual Conference, and the Admissions Professionals Meeting. Through events, she creates essential networking and knowledge-sharing spaces to contribute to the innovation and continuous improvement of high-quality public service education. Ja'Nell serves as a liaison for the Diversity and Social Equity Committee, supports Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), and implements HR strategies to help the NASPAA team daily. Ja'Nell has extensive experience in project management, nonprofit management, and fundraising. She also brings the team over 14 years of event planning and implementation experience. Ms. Henry is a proud honorary PAA member and a Guilford College graduate with a BA in Spanish and minors in business management and nonprofit management. 

  • Alexander Minkoff

    Senior Membership Manager

    Alex is responsible for the management of membership development and the operation of membership programs, including but not limited to annual awards, leadership development, committee and section administration and the job board. Alex is also responsible for the yearly simulation competition event and for implementing improvements to NASPAA's use of performance evaluation best practices. Alex began at NASPAA as an intern in the fall of 2019 while completing his MPA at American University. After completing his program in the fall of 2021, Alex started at NASPAA full-time.