WPS Team

WPS Team

Co-Founders

Nicole M. Rishel EliasNICOLE M. ELIAS

Nicole M. Elias is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and co-founder of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College.  Dr. Elias earned her MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, she also received the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificateand served as managing editor of Administration & Societyfor three years. 
 
Her research, teaching, and service falls under the broad umbrella of diversity and representation in public administration and policy, with three sub-streams that target the following topics: women in public service, sexual orientation and identity in public service, and means of fostering diversity and representation in public administration.
 
Dr. Elias teaches courses on human resources management, public administration theory, organizational theory, and public policy. Dr. Elias works with students on independent research projects both within and beyond the classroom. As a Faculty Partner of the Prisoner Reentry Instituteat John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she developed and teaches an independent study course for The David Rockefeller Fund Fellowship. 
 
Dr. Elias regularly collaborates with practitioners at the federal level. She is a Research Fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). She held a Research Fellowship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office and served as the Lead Faculty Advisor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on the 2016 Government-wide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan.  
 
Dr. Elias is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, government reports, and practitioner training modules.  Her recent work appears in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy and Public Integrity.  She is the co-editor of a symposium on the future of women in public administration appearing in Administration & Society.   
 
 

Maria D'AgostinoMARIA J. D’AGOSTINO

Maria J. D'Agostino is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. D’Agostino’s recent research has focused on women in public service including a co-edited book, Women and Public Administration: Theory and Practice. Maria D’Agostino is a recipient of the Section for Women in Public Administration Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award. She is also a member of the UNDP roster of experts in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Public Administration and co-founder of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College. Maria D’Agostino is currently working on a solo authored book that aims to understand the difference that women make in New York City Public Administration. She is also the co-editor for the forthcoming Administration & Society Women and Public Administration symposium and a recipient of the Faculty Mid-Career Research Award.

 

Graduate Assistants

Shanelle Greenidge

Shanelle Greenidge is a graduate student in the Masters of Pubic Administration (Public Policy and Administration) with a specialization in Management and Operation. She has earned an Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science at CUNY Medgar Evers College with Cum Laude degree honors. During her undergraduate career, she has gained experience working with New York State and City organizations on projects to enhance methods in which public service is provided. These government entities include the Kings County Clerk, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Transit, and New York City Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications. Upon graduating, she intends to pursue a doctorate degree in Organizational Theory and a long term administrative career in operations within a government agency.

Tyresa Jackson

Tyresa JacksonTyresa Jackson is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Administration program (Public Policy and Administration), with a specialization in law and public management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Prior to matriculating into John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she earned a Bachelor of Art in International Political Economy and Diplomacy with a minor in Mass Communications from the University of Bridgeport. While living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, she served on the Juvenile Review Board, which provided restorative justice recommendations to at-risk-youth in the Bridgeport community.  Later, she moved to Chicago, where she served as a board member on Illinois Collaboration on Youth Advisory Board (ICOY).  Her passions include, closing the education-to-prison pipeline, education reform, and increasing the number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, and participating in 5K runs. 

Stephanie Jaquez

Stephanie Jaquez is third year Master of Public Administration student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in Investigation and Operational Inspection. After her first year in the MPA program, Stephanie was welcomed by CUNY School of Law as a dual degree student. Now entering her third year of law school she has served on the executive boards of the Latin Law Student Association as the Scholarship Chair and Parents Attending Law School as the Events Coordinator. Stephanie has interned at the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice where she gained courtroom and investigation exposure. This past summer Stephanie presented to an audience of law students and professors at the National Lawyers Guild Law for the People Convention in Washington, DC where she discussed racial and gender disparities in the legal profession. Upon graduating, Stephanie hopes to obtain a position in an Inspector General’s office as legal counsel, apply for a PhD program and launch a nonprofit organization for young women in her community.