Nina Harris


Nina Harris serves as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. A skilled administrator with over 25 years of higher education experience, specializing in developing and administering successful undergraduate and leadership development programs at major universities, Dr. Harris provides direction to all current and developing undergraduate initiatives in the School. Additionally, she manages the School’s undergraduate course offerings in Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Harris teaches several undergraduate leadership courses and has developed and taught a graduate course, “Ethical Dimensions of Public Leadership”.

A passionate educator who focuses on self-awareness, social and emotional intelligence, personal development, and ethics as tools to develop leaders for a pluralistic society,

Nina joined the University of Maryland community in 1999. Prior to coming to Maryland, she spent 12 years at the University of Delaware, where she helped develop the University's first formal leadership education curriculum, planned leadership development programs as leadership program coordinator in the activities and programs office, and provided leadership to more than 150 registered student organizations.

Dr. Harris is a leader and a manager whose blend of academic and student affairs experience ensures a holistic approach to program design, implementation and delivery.

Her current interests include understanding the development of ethics and integrity in student leaders; and, the role involvement in co-curricular activities and organizations plays in African American students' adjustment to life during and after college.

Nina has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, a master’s degree in liberal studies, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

Jennifer Littlefield


Dr. Jennifer Littlefield is the Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program and the Associate Director of the Do Good Institute. Jennifer has been involved with the Public Leadership Program since 2007, serving as both Assistant and Associate Directors prior to her appointment as Director.  Her career began in the area of fundraising and program development for nonprofits and universities. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, she served as the assistant director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. In this role, Jennifer assisted with all areas of the Institute, including working with their two undergraduate leadership programs, planning and coordinating a study abroad program to Tanzania, Africa, and working with various corporate and community partners of the ILA.  She assisted in the planning and implementation of the Georgia Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for high-level executives in state government.  Jennifer has also been heavily involved in civic engagement and service-learning initiatives at both the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia.  Over the past 10 years, she has taught numerous courses in the area of leadership, philanthropy and career development. For four years Jennifer served as a research consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  She has also conducted extensive research in the area of cross-sector collaboration and effective grant making.  She has authored numerous articles and presented in various conferences on this topic.  Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Georgia, as well as a Ph.D. from the Maryland School of Public Policy.

Susannah Washburn


Susannah Washburn directs iGIVE, a new program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in which students live together and learn about philanthropy and social change through research, writing, grant making, and social action projects. Washburn is also a lecturer in the School, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in philanthropy and nonprofit management, and affiliated with the SPP Do Good Institute.

Prior to teaching, Washburn spent 20 years helping social service organizations meet community needs through strategic planning, grant making, and public policy formulation and execution. She served in political appointments under both the Bush and Obama Administrations at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, where she held various positions, including program officer, senior advisor, and acting chief of staff. She was appointed as executive director of the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2012.

In 2009, Washburn co-authored the Stanford Social Innovation Review cover story, “The New Volunteer Workforce."  She currently serves on the Global Advisory Board for George Mason University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship and is an adjunct professorial lecturer for the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Washburn speaks on national service, AmeriCorps, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and leadership development at various conferences and student meetings.

Eric Luedtke


Eric Luedtke serves as Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies, helping to administer the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program as well as the Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial Fellowship and the Senator John Cade Scholarship for Public Leadership. A Ph.D. student in social policy, Eric also serves as an elected member of the Maryland General Assembly and has an extensive background in environmental and education advocacy as well as public policy. In the General Assembly,he has been active on a broad range of issues, including public education, ocean conservation, gaming and horse racing, and taxation.

Before his return to College Park to work on his Ph.D., Eric worked for more than a decade in two high needs schools in Montgomery County teaching social studies. He has a bachelors degree in government and history and a masters degree in education, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Marie Milligan


Marie Milligan has been with University of Maryland, School of Public Policy Undergraduate Studies the last 4 years as an Administrative Assistant.

She has over 30 years’ experience as an Administrative Assistant, mostly working with senior level management. Seventeen of those years were spent in various positions with the National Association of Realtors, starting as a secretary and the last ten as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Then moved onto The Washington Post as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Revenue Accounting and the Manager of Credit and Collections.

Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lincoln University and is a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Also, is a licensed Notary Public in the State of Maryland.