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SPA: Public Administration
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SPA: Public Administration
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070


  1. David Baratta, Assistant Registrar for Degree Clearance

    Registrar, Office of the

    David Baratta serves as the Assistant Registrar for Degree Clearance in the Office of the University Registrar, working with the team responsible for degree audits and clearances as well as assisting with commencement logistics. Before that, David se… More

    Send email to David Baratta

    (202) 885-2269

  2. Sheree Brand, Advisement Specialist

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Sheree Brand

  3. Vincent Chapa, Recruitment Specialist


    Vince Chapa is the Recruitment Specialist for the MSOD program in the School of Public Affairs . His professional background is in staff recruitment, marketing and communication strategy development and implementation, human resources and business co… More

    Send email to Vincent Chapa

    (202) 885-6212

  4. Serena Elizondo, Administrative Assistant

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Serena earned her BA in Communication Arts with a focus in Journalism and a minor in Spanish at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to AU she worked as an Event Assistant at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (C… More

    Send email to Serena Elizondo

    (202) 885-2375

  5. Brittnee Gail, Coaching Administrator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Brittnee Gail

  6. Renee Howatt, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Renee has over 30 years of experience in both the higher education and corporate sectors. She was Assistant Director of Central Admission at AU from 1980-1984, and after receiving her MS in Public Relations from AU, she went on to manage the marketin… More

    Send email to Renee Howatt

    (202) 885-3125

  7. Subhiya Idilbi, Assistant Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Sophie Idilbi is the Assistant Director for the key Executive Leadership programs; she joined the Key staff in the fall of 2007 as an advisor for the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Programs.

    Send email to Subhiya Idilbi

    (202) 885-6256

  8. Denise Johnson, Staff Assistant


    Denise Johnson is the Staff Assistant with the American University Master of Science in Organization Development (AU MSOD) program; she joined the program in the summer of 2006. In her role, she manages and provides logistical support to the Director… More

    Send email to Denise Johnson

    (202) 885-2379

  9. Kim Kokich, Advisement Specialist


  10. Jennifer McLean, Program Administrator, MSOD

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Send email to Jennifer McLean

    (202) 885-6494

  11. Janet Nagler, Academic Counselor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Janet Nagler has been an Academic Counselor at American University since 1981, when she began advising adult and nondegree students, both graduate and undergraduate in the (former) Continuing Education Advising Center. In 2000 she transferred to the … More

    Send email to Janet Nagler

    (202) 885-6224

  12. Jennifer Tether, Recruitment Manager

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Jennifer Tether is the Academic Program Coordinator for the Key Executive Leadership Programs. Prior to joining the SPA team, Jennifer served as the Programs Manager for the Libya Diplomatic Training Program and UAE Diplomatic Training Program for th… More

    Send email to Jennifer Tether

    (202) 885-3857

  13. Jessica Townsend, Program Specialist

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Send email to Jessica Townsend

    (202) 885-2316


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First semester students should not schedule an appointment until they have attended a pre-registration workshop. First semester students should schedule appointments no more than three (3) days in advance of assigned registration date.

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