Associate Professor, Director of Academic Programs, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
Birthplace: Woodbury, N.Y.
Family: Wife, Shira Siegel; and three kids, Galya (7), Avital (4), Tova (1)
High school: Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale N.J.
College/post grad degrees: SUNY Albany (B.A. in English); University of Vermont (MPA) Rutgers Ph.D. Public Administration
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Your professional goals should not be limited or self-evaluated based on your current organization and position. Your goals should be meaningful across your profession and your achievements should be valued beyond the walls of your organization. Your goal is to establish yourself as a contributor to your profession as a whole.
Why did you choose your profession?
I believed it offered me the greatest opportunity to live a balanced life with lasting impact.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
There is tremendous need in the world today both locally, nationally, and internationally. I am motivated by addressing these needs and taking steps towards solutions that create a more equitable world for all of its inhabitants.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Life is not a sprint. It is a slow jog at best. Take your time. Keep your feet moving and remember to breathe.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Knowing about it. To me, New Hampshire is one of the best-kept secrets and Dover is a perfect city to raise a family. Living on the Seacoast I am an hour drive to two major metropolitan areas, the mountains, and very close to the ocean. It is not clear to me how any place becomes more attractive.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Haha – something pretty similar I imagine.
Volunteer activities: Most of my formal volunteer activities are to serve my profession. I have been the chair of numerous conferences, and serve on boards of a series of professional organizations. I speak at a number of events locally, primarily focused on local government and nonprofit management. I am the past president of Northeast Conference on Public Administration and brought the organization’s conference to Portsmouth in 2014. We hosted over 200 people in Portsmouth to discuss issues of governance in the public and nonprofit sectors. I served as the Chair of the Transatlantic Dialogues in 2016. Established in 2005 as a joint venture between the European Group for Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration, the Transatlantic Dialogues (TADs) is a series of conferences that was initiated to address contemporary issues and challenges in public governance, public administration and public management arising from both sides of the Atlantic. We hosted this conference at the Federal Reserve in Boston bringing together scholars from the U.S. and Europe to discuss many of these challenges.
Last major achievement: My achievements are rarely mine to hold alone. Professionally, I work with a number of scholars and together we conduct research and publish work of which we are collectively proud. Most recently, we published a study examining citizen perspectives about police-body worn cameras both here in New Hampshire and nationally. This work was published in Public Administration Review – the highest ranked journal in the field of Public Administration. I work with students on a daily basis each of whom goes on to accomplish amazing things. Lastly, my wife and I co-pilot our family and while it may not be a professional achievement, raising three kids together sure feels like my biggest accomplishment yet.