WPS Team

WPS Team



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. Her research, teaching, and service fall under the broad umbrella of social equity, with the following three sub-streams: women in the public sector, sexual orientation and identity in public service, and means of promoting greater representation and inclusion in public administration and policy. 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 co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award examining gender equity in municipalities. She 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 andPublic Integrity. She is the co-editor of a symposium on the future of women in public administration appearing in Administration & Society.   


Maria J. D’Agostino is an Associate 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. D’Agostino’s recent research has focused on women in public administration including two co-edited books, Governing in A Global World (2018) and Women and Public Administration: Theory and Practice (2011). Her recent work appears in Review of Public Personnel Administrationand American Review of Public Administration. She has collaborated as a guest editor for the Women and Public Administration symposium published in Administration and Society.

Maria J. D’Agostino is the co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award examining gender equity in municipalities.  She is also the recipient of the Section for Women in Public Administration Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award, the Faculty Mid-Career Research Award. She serves as the American Society of Public Administration District II National Representative and the John Jay College Campus Delegate for the Italian American Faculty and Staff Advisory Council.

Graduate Assistants

 Evana Alam

Evana Alam is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Administration Program (Public Policy and Administration), with a dual specialization in Human Resource Management and Management & Operations. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from East West University from Dhaka, Bangladesh and is certified by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) as a Supply Chain Analyst.  As a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), she participated and assisted Women in the Public Sector in the 2018 ASPA Annual Conference at Denver, Colorado. Currently, Evana also works as an administrative assistant in the Teaching and Learning Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her hobbies are photography, traveling, painting and learning about different cultures.  After graduating, she plans to launch an organization that will empower the economic and social development of Bangladeshi women.


 Kelbelin Polanco

Kelbelin Polanco is a graduate student currently enrolled in her last semester in the Masters of Public Administration Program, specializing in Human Resources Management and Operations and Management. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication from one of the top schools in Dominican Republic. Kelbelin is currently interning as a Human Resources Associate for a mechanical engineering company.

During her graduate studies, Kelbelin has gained experienced working as an intern for NYCHA’s Anti-Narcotic Strike Force Department, where she gained investigative, research and policy analysis skills. Upon graduating, Kelbelin hopes to obtain a position in an organization as Human Resources Manager or Operations Management and will be applying for law school admission in the Fall 2019 semester.


Julia Balkaran

Julia Balkaran is an undergraduate student in International Criminal Justice and Public Administration. During her time at John Jay, she has learned investigative and in-depth research skills. In Spring 2020, she will begin her graduate studies in Criminal Justice specializing in counter-terrorism studies.

Julia believes in equal right for everyone regardless of skin, color, creed, religion and so on. Everyone is entitled to fair opportunities. Coming from an Indo-Caribbean household and being a first generation college student. She believes if you put your hard work into anything, it can be accomplished.


Tatyana Matsko

Tatyana Matsko came to the United States of America in 2014 from Uzbekistan. She studied law in her country and then worked as a legal adviser (civil law) for more than seven years. When she came to America, she decided to re-learn – not only because English was new to her, but also due to the fact that the legal system in the US is quite different. In 2016, she graduated from Kingsborough Community College after four semesters with an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. In September of 2017, she began her education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she changed her major to Law and Society. In Spring 2019, she will graduate from John Jay with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  

After graduating, she plans to work in the law field – ideally, in a court system.  After a few years of work experience, her plan is to enroll in law school and to continue her studies. Her goal is to become a professional in the field of family, labor, or contract law, and eventually to provide pro bono services to the disenfranchised populations of New York City.  This group includes newly arrived immigrants and others who are unable to afford the fees generally charged by attorneys, as well as those who have been wronged by the actions of unscrupulous individuals in the legal industry.