Who We Are

Kathy Postel Kretman, Ph.D.

Kathy Postel Kretman, Ph.D., is the Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership; Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy; and Research Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She has devoted most of her career to the development of leaders in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. One of the highlights of Dr. Kretman’s career has been directing Georgetown’s nationally recognized nonprofit executive certificate program, which now has more than 1,400 alumni across the globe. Additionally, she has directed customized leadership programs for organizations such as the USAID, the Qatar Foundation, United Way International, the International Monetary Fund, National Urban League, the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the Prosperity Now’s Racial Wealth Divide Initiative. Earlier in her career, Dr. Kretman advised chief executive officers on corporate social responsibility; researched community and economic development issues in New York City; and investigated discriminatory practices in employment, voting rights, and municipal service delivery for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University, and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Luisa Boyarski, Ph.D.

Luisa Boyarski, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. She is involved in developing and executing the Center’s many executive education and customized programs and representing the Center at Georgetown University and in the broader community. She recently researched and wrote Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations. Dr. Boyarski frequently conducts workshops and gives keynote addresses on NGO Management and High Impact NGOs to international delegations, including trainings in China, Colombia, Hungary, Mongolia, Panama and Romania. She has also co-taught an undergraduate course on Philanthropy and Social Change. Prior to working at CPNL, she was the Executive Director of a D.C. based nonprofit working on global warming prevention with Arctic indigenous people. She currently leads a coalition of grassroots groups in Virginia, representing over 10,000 citizens. Dr. Boyarski received her Ph.D. in Comparative Government from Georgetown University, with a research focus on the role of nonprofit coalitions in public policy advocacy.


C. Nicole Mason
 C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D.

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. is a visiting scholar at the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. Dr. Mason is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Women’s Foundation. At the Foundation, she heads up research focused on poverty and women’s economic security and a leadership initiative focused on women of color in the social sector—Lead the Way. Over the past two decades, Dr. Mason’s research and work has focused on understanding the impact of race, class, gender on public policy outcomes at the state, local and federal levels; building the economic security of low-income women and families, labor market segmentation, educational equity, and employment; civic engagement, political participation, and leadership development and retention. She is one of the nation’s foremost intersectional researchers and scholars.


Andreas Kern, Ph.D.

Andreas Kern is visiting Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. He teaches in the areas of international political economy and development economics. His research mainly concentrates on the political economy of macroeconomic and financial governance in developing and transition economies, and has been published in internationally renowned journals. Previously, Dr. Kern has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration at Freie Universität Berlin. In this role, he has been engaged in various scientific and consultancy projects for the European Commission and the German government. Andreas Kern earned his Ph.D. in Political Economy from Freie Universität Berlin and holds an M. A. in economics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich.


Adrienne Dittman
Adrienne Dittman

Adrienne Dittman is the Office Assistant at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. Adrienneis pursuing a B.A. in Government with certificate in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Before joining the Center, she completed internships with the U.S. Department of State, served as the Citizen Security Intern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, worked on the Cuba Desk for the U.S. Department of Commerce and interned for the office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray. She has been a member of UNA Georgetown and Hoyas for Immigrant Rights since 2015.


Ashley Pollard
Ashley Pollard

Ashley Pollard is a 2018-2019 Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. Her work with the Center involves researching racial equity training strategies that education nonprofit and public organizations implement among their staff. Ashley is pursuing her MPP at the McCourt School of Public Policy, where she will further develop her research and analytical skills to explore how American governments can develop strong public school systems that will mitigate racial inequities that students of color face. Ashley attended Duke University where she received her B.A. in Public Policy Studies and her North Carolina K-6 Teaching License. Upon graduation, she taught 2nd grade for three years in Durham Public Schools where her passion for early childhood education deepened. Ashley was named Pearsontown Magnet Elementary School’s 2016-2017 Beginning Teacher of the Year. She believes that all students, especially those of color, deserve a high-quality K-12 education.


Steven Swann
Steven Swann 

Steven Swann is a 2018-2019 Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. Steven’s engagement in social justice has ranged from being a leader in the efforts to protect diversity in recruitment, retention, and cultural studies programs at the university level, to his work to advance the cause of racial equity in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors in Washington, DC and across the country. His primary policy concern is urban inequality, with a particular focus on ensuring safe, healthy, and affordable housing for residents living with very low incomes as a foundation for a stable and prosperous life. He is also interested in advancing an ethos of extensive collaboration between policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and the members of communities affected by existent and prospective policy.Originally, from Silver Spring, MD, Steven earned his B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Stratification and Inequality, from the University of Maryland-College Park, and is now pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.


Erica Elliott Turner
Erica Elliott Turner

Erica Turner is the2018-2019 Waldemar A. Nielsen Fellow in Philanthropy at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. In this role, she will research the role of philanthropy in the 2020 Census and how it relates to racial equity. Erica has spent many years in the world of nonprofits, most recently as a research assistant at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, where she worked on a number of issues at the intersection of science, business, and government including space policy, microelectronics security, and infrastructure policy. She looks forward to expanding her skill set beyond science policy and into the worthy arena of racial equity.Erica is pursuing her MPP at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She holds two Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland, one in Political Science and one in French Language and Literature.