Leadership & Staff

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Samantha Silker

Professor Kathy Quick

Kathy Quick

Academic Co-Director
Associate Professor and Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Area
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Professor Myles Shaver

Myles Shaver

Academic Co-Director
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Corporate Strategy, Carlson School of Management
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Vanessa Laird

Vanessa Laird

Senior Fellow
Graduate Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota Law School
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David Weerts

David Weerts

Director of Graduate Studies, Integrative Leadership Minor
Faculty Director, Academic Planning and Programs, Office for Public Engagement
Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development 

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Amy Dorman

Amy Dorman

PhD Research Assistant

Amy Dorman is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Amy has led research projects for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the U.S. Human Rights Network, and Anoka County, where she continues to contribute to cross-sector violence prevention policy, practice, and evaluation. Amy is a researcher at the Minnesota Justice Research Center and is currently conducting program evaluation for a cross-sector housing initiative in partnership with the City of St. Paul.

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Erin Bocock

Graduate Research Assistant

Erin is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota. Prior to being in graduate school, Erin worked in interprofessional outreach for the adoption and foster care populations. She holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas in Financial Management. Erin's educational interests include adolescent mental health and cross-sector collaboration to address mental health.