Deans Maria Aristigueta and Ian Solomon Join the Public Service Education Accelerator Advisory Board

Friday, November 13, 2020
The Volcker Alliance

The Volcker Alliance is thrilled to announce two new members of the Public Service Education Accelerator Advisory Board: Dean Maria Aristigueta of the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and Dean Ian Solomon of the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Deans Aristigueta and Solomon will add impressive expertise and important perspectives to the Public Service Education Accelerator Advisory Board.

The central objectives of the Public Service Education (PSE) Accelerator are to catalyze innovation to strengthen public service curricula, impart public service values to a broader group of students across all disciplines, and amplify the capacity of Schools of Public Service to inspire and prepare the next generation of public servants. The Volcker Alliance selects PSE Accelerator pilots in consultation with an advisory board comprised of leading experts in public service education as well as with input from NASPAA and the Deans Summit. Most recently, the advisory board has provided guidance on evaluation and expansion of the Next Generation Service Partnership initiative, discussed ways to leverage the Curriculum Project, and shared ideas on new ways the Alliance can support innovation in Schools of Public Service in 2021. The group will formally welcome Deans Aristigueta and Solomon to the board at their upcoming November 19 meeting.

Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than twenty years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than forty countries. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident fellow on Africa for the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. Previously, Solomon was the founder and chief executive of SolomonGlobal, LLC, vice president for global engagement at the University of Chicago, US executive director for the World Bank Group, senior advisor to US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and associate dean of the Yale Law School.

Maria Aristigueta is the first dean of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration. A member of the University of Delaware’s (UD) faculty since 1997, Aristigueta is the Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration and has served as director of the Biden School since 2007. Previously, she served as president of the American Society for Public Administration, was elected to the National Academy for Public Administration, and served on the executive council of NASPAA. Before joining UD, she taught in the University of Central Florida’s department of public administration and was a senior management analyst for the cities of Orlando and Miami. She started her career as an evaluator for the US General Accounting Office. She has written extensively on public sector organizational behavior and performance management and is a frequent speaker on public service and governance topics throughout the US and around the world.

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