Nina Harris serves as the Associate 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.
Dr. Jennifer Littlefield is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Public Policy. She previously served as the Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program and Associate Director of the Do Good Institute. Dr. Littlefield was involved with the Public Leadership Program from 2007 - 2017, 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, Dr. Littlefield 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. Dr. Littlefield has also been heavily involved in civic engagement and service-learning initiatives at both the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia. Dr. Littlefield has taught numerous courses in the area of public policy, ethics, leadership, philanthropy and career development. For four years Dr. Littlefield 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.
Patricia Bory is the Director of iGIVE, a living-learning program at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy where she uses applied learning practices to teach leadership, innovation, and social change to incoming students.
For 20 years Patricia has focused on building strong and diverse leaders, teams and systems. Most recently she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor for the Department of Labor in the areas of disability employment policy, diversity and inclusion, and workforce equity; and before that she led public engagement at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps.
During the first decade of her career, with help from committed mentors who recognized her leadership potential, Patricia progressed from being an AmeriCorps member to becoming the Director of BAYAC AmeriCorps, one of the largest and longest standing AmeriCorps programs in California. Her passion for developing young leaders comes from her desire to provide similar leadership opportunities and access to all emerging leaders regardless of race, gender, or zip code.
Patricia taught leadership and social movements as an adjunct professor at American University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in organization development from American University.
As a queer white woman with a disability, Patricia brings an expansive understanding of how identity and cultural awareness can lead to leadership success and the social change we seek. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her 2-year-old daughter.
Eva Morgan serves as the academic advisor for Undergraduate Studies where she supports students as they make the School of Public Policy their academic home. She believes that the collegiate experience is about exploration and transformation, and she is extremely passionate about collaborating with students to design academic plans that incorporate their personal interests while maximizing their strengths. She comes to the University of Maryland with an eclectic professional background, which includes six years as a Senior Editor at PRNewswire Service, eight years as a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher at Clayton County Public Schools, and four years as academic advisor at Trinity Washington University.
Ms. Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and earned a master’s degree in education from Mercer University.
Mary E. Lopez
In her current role as Manager of Operations and Outreach for the University of Maryland School of Public Policy’s undergraduate program, Mary Lopez draws upon nearly two decades of experience in higher education to manage a broad portfolio combining program administration, marketing and communication, and partnership development.
Mary has been with SPP since 2008 and most recently served as Executive Assistant to the Dean. Over the years her duties included managing the Dean’s calendar and front office operations, as well as the School’s faculty recruitment and APT (appointment, promotion and tenure) process. She also coordinated the event calendar for the School and served as part of the special events team. She came to SPP from American University, where she was Director of Marketing for the Washington Semester Program. At American she supervised a staff of four and managed program brand awareness, as well as recruitment and admissions.
Ms. Lopez is originally from New Orleans and, prior to relocating to the Washington area, she served as Assistant Director for University Publications for the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Editor of the University of New Orleans Magazine. She helped found the University Chapter of the UNO International Alumni Association, which was comprised of alumni working on campus. In 2003 she was awarded the University’s Outstanding Staff Award for her service.
Earlier in her career Ms. Lopez worked in the UNO Chancellor’s Office, where she served as the assistant to the Director of Federal Affairs/Assistant to the Chancellor. She formerly held marketing and media positions in the private sector.
She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from UNO, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Mass Communication. She has a passion for public service, she is a two-time alumna of the Close Up Program, and she credits her interest in government and politics to her high school civics teacher who inspired her to be an active and informed citizen.
Kelly Brower serves as the Program Coordinator for the Public Leadership College Park Scholars living-learning program. She believes in holistic student support and success, and as such, uses her role to help students both in and out of the classroom. Kelly earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences with a minor in Leadership Studies from UMD, and has a M.A. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. Before returning to UMD, Kelly worked as a resident director at George Mason University, where she supported the develoment of two new living-learning programs and co-chaired a committee to create, implement and assess a new department-wide residential curriculum. As a graduate student, she studied the effects of living-learning program participation on student learning and served as the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers -- International) Learning Community Graduate Intern at St. Louis University, where she learned the administrative and relational complexities that go into supporting a large living-learning program. Kelly brings passion, enthusiasm and a broad range of personal and professional experiences to this position.