Rochelle Haynes and Kelly Jin at the Management Conference

Management Conference 2024: Public Sector Leadership and Management in the New Normal of Work from Home and Ubiquitous AI

2024 Public Sector Management Conference Logo
Date & Time Apr 12 2024 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Various Locations
40+ Invited Speakers!
Audience Restricted to SPIA students, faculty, and fellows

Join us for the 8th Annual Public Sector Management Conference: Leadership and Innovation in the New Normal of Work from Home and Ubiquitous AI. The Conference starts on the afternoon of Thursday, April 11th and continues all day on Friday, April 12th (the outline for the events is shown below).

All events will be held in Robertson Hall. If you are interested in attending, please see the links below to register.

 A final schedule will be sent to all registrants.

Friday, April 12th:

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Welcome and Introductions

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Session 1: The New Normal: One Year Later

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Networking break

10:45 AM - 12 Noon - Sessions 2A, 2B, 2C

  • Session 2A:   AI and Elections Administration
  • Session 2B:  What is the future of Urban America in the New Normal?
  • Session 2C:  Leading through Uncertainty: Navigating Public Sector Challenges Beyond Management

12 Noon - 1:30 PM - Lunch Roundtable Topic Discussions

  • Lunch Roundtable A:  Building Resilient Regional Economies in the Digital Age
  • Lunch Roundtable B:  The Future of Civic Engagement: Digital Tools and Strategies
  • Lunch Roundtable C:  Navigating the Shift: Public Sector Leadership Technology Leadership in the New Normal
  • Lunch Roundtable D: Venture Capital's Role in Shaping the New Normal

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM - Session 3

  • Session A: Beyond Novelty: Practical Innovation in Government
  • Session B: Preparing Tulsa for the New Normal
  • Session C: Harnessing AI for Economic Growth : New Jersey's Strategic Vision

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Networking break

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Dean Amaney Jamal Remarks

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Alumni Panel: Will the New Normal be Good, Bad or Indifferent for Public Sector Diversity?

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM - Closing Remarks/End of Conference


SPIA Graduate Students - Register through SPIAConnect

Faculty/Staff/SPIA Alumni - Registration Link

SPIA Undergraduates - Registration Link


If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact SPIA Graduate Career Development at

Faculty Lead: Professor Steven Strauss, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: SPIA Graduate Career Development & Graduate Program Office

Agenda from Previous Years:

Speakers and Panelists

James Anderson

James Anderson, Head of Government Innovation Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Scott Andes

Scott Andes, Program Director, Recompete Program and Policy Advisor, Regional Tech Hubs Program, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Alex Kelly Berman

Alex Kelly Berman, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, Cortico

Eduardo Bhatia ’86

Eduardo Bhatia, John L Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Tyrance Billingsley

Tyrance Billingsley, Founder and Executive Director, Black Tech Street 

Christine Blumauer

Christine Blumauer, MPA '18, Executive Director of Policy, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Melisa Breda

Melisa Breda, Strategy and Public Innovation Consultant, formerly with Buenos Aires City Government

Francesco Brindisi

Francesco Brindisi, Executive Deputy Comptroller, New York City Office of the Comptroller

Amaya Capellan

Amaya Capellan, AB ’03, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Daniel Chenok

Daniel Chenok, Executive Director, The IBM Center for Business of Government

Dave Cole

Dave Cole, Chief Innovation Officer, New Jersey Office of Innovation

Martha Coven

Martha Coven, Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University

Kathleen Coviello

Kathleen Coviello, Chief Economic Transformation Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Ileana Cruz-Marden

Ileana Cruz-Marden, MPA '19, Deputy Director, Americas & Global Strategy, Americas at the Tent Partnership for Refugees

Joe DeLaTorre

Joe DeLaTorre, MPA '20, Innovation Fellow – Customer Support Modernization Lead, New Jersey Office of Innovation

Lane Dilg

Lane Dilg, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Global Affairs, OpenAI

Ted Egan

Ted Egan, Chief Economist, City and County of San Francisco

David Ehrenberg

David Ehrenberg, Principal, Sterling Development P3 Advisors

Elena Fortuna

Elena Fortuna, Senior Director of Client Success, Code for America

Ernesto Freire

Ernesto Freire, Chief of Staff and Head of Operations, Bloomberg Associates

Santiago Garces

Santiago Garces, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

Daniel Goetzel

Daniel Goetzel, Senior Advisor, Department of Commerce and Director, National Science Foundation

Jill Gutierrez

Gillian (Jill) Gutierrez, MPA '06, Senior Advisor/Director, Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Justin Harlan

Justin Harlan, Managing Director, Tulsa Remote

Rochelle Haynes

Rochelle Haynes, MPA '06, Managing Director, What Works Cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Lesley Hirsch

Lesley Hirsch, Assistant Commissioner of Research, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Xavier Hughes

Xavier Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Governor’s Office and NJ Chief AI Strategist, New Jersey Office of Innovation

Nigel Jacob

Nigel Jacob, Visiting Scholar, Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism - MIT

Amaney Jamal

Amaney Jamal, Dean, Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

Josh Lawson

Josh Lawson, Director of AI & Democracy, Aspen Institute

Jim Loter

Jim Loter, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle

Akshay Malik

Akshay Malik, Smart Cities Director, SmartCityPHL

Stacey Matlen

Stacey Matlen, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Partnership for NYC

Kate Maxwell

Kate Maxwell, Worldwide Education Industry Lead, Microsoft

Karen McGuinness

Karen McGuinness, MPA '85, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

Jennifer Morrell

Jennifer Morrell, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, The Elections Group

Alaa Moussawi

Alaa Moussawi, Chief Data Scientist, New York City Council

Taylor Nelson

Taylor Nelson, MPA '19, Manager, Partnerships & Internal Management, Bloomberg Associates

Larry Norden

Lawrence Norden, Senior Director, Elections and Government Program, Brennan Center

Jeffrey Oakman

Jeffrey Oakman, MPA/URP '03, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of NJ Governor Phil Murphy

Helaine Olen

Helaine Olen, Reporter in Residence, Omidyar Network

Ulili Onovakpuri

Ulili Onovakpuri, Managing Partner, Kapor Capital

Dustin Palmer

Dustin Palmer, MPA '16, US Country Director, GiveDirectly

Amy Pszczolkowski

Amy Pszczolkowski, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development, Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

Dave Shideler

Dave Shideler, Chief Research Officer, Heartland Forward

Terrance Smith

Terrance Smith, Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow, The John Hopkins University

Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart, Managing Director, GKFF

Steven Strauss

Steven Strauss, Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, Princeton University

Stacy Taylor

Stacy Taylor, MPA '11, VP, Policy, Propel

Anthony Townsend

Anthony Townsend, Urbanist In Residence, Cornell Tech

Rayna Truelove

Rayna Truelove, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

Tina Walha

Tina J. Walha, MPA '09, Chief Partnerships Officer, U.S. Digital Response

Jennifer Widner

Jennifer Widner, Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, Innovations for Successful Societies, Princeton University

Raylene Yung

Raylene Yung, Chief of Staff, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)