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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.

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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.  

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Jewlya 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 Portuguese Government. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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