Dr. Scott Mendelsberg '12
Dr. Scott Mendelsberg is executive director of Colorado GEAR UP, a
pre-collegiate access program serving low-income and minority students.
Colorado GEAR UP is seen as a national leader in education innovation,
launching initiatives such
as the Early Remediation Project, which places middle and high school
students in college remedial classes and transcripts their success to
ensure they’re college-ready when they graduate high school. Dr.
Mendelsberg also was cited as a “cage-busting leader”
for his use of CLEP testing with GEAR UP students, a practice he
initiated in 2010. More
recently, Dr. Mendelsberg helped create the Colorado Challenge, a
partnership of three pre-collegiate access programs and four college
campuses, which seeks to create an effective, cost-efficient and
replicable model of four-year college completion for traditionally
underserved students. Before joining GEAR UP, Dr. Mendelsberg was
principal of Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, where he helped
create the state ASCENT program.
Dr. Bryon Gustafson '12
Bryon G. Gustafson is Chief of the Standards, Evaluation,
& Research Bureau at the California Department of Justice, Commission on
Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), where he has worked since
2005. He is responsible for hiring
standards and testing for approximately 100,000 peace officers and public
safety dispatchers in California. His
research interests focus on effects of regulatory policy, constitutive
processes of policy formation, and economic justifications of regulation and
policy—specifically as they relate to policing.
Gustafson is a graduate of the 218th FBI National Academy and was the
113th President of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of
Southern California (USC). He holds a
Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, is a Pi Alpha
Alpha MPA graduate of USC, and also holds a Magna Cum Laude BS in Psychology
from Excelsior College.
Dr. Jewlya Lynn 10'
Lynn is the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, a
nationally-recognized change agent that helps communities and
policymakers to find and implement innovative solutions to complex
problems. Her work at Spark focuses on bringing many different
stakeholders together to collaboratively address some of society’s most
pressing and difficult-to-solve issues. Dr. Lynn’s facilitation, policy
research and evaluation areas of expertise cut across a broad range of
substantive areas including health care and health systems, education,
human services, juvenile and criminal justice, disparities, and natural
resources and the environment. Dr. Lynn developed Spark's unique
Strategic Learning model, a process that allows for understanding and
responding to ongoing lessons learned through systematic data collection
and immediate feedback loops. She is also at the forefront nationally
in developing an evaluation framework for advocacy field building in
partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation.
Dr. André Corrêa d’Almeida '10
André Corrêa d’Almeida is the Program Manager for the
Master of Public Administration in Development Practice and Adjunct
Faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public
Affairs. André is also an expert of the Earth Institute in the fields of
capacity building and international education programs in sustainable
development. André is a Visiting Professor of Public Policy Analysis and
Implementation at the University of Saint Joseph (Macao, China) and at
Pratt Institute (New York, U.S.). He has experience at the management
level in the U.S., Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
André has had research published in several areas of Social Economics
and Institutional Development and has received research awards from the
University of Colorado at Denver, George Washington University, and the