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Terri L. Schreiber





Terri L. Schreiber is a PhD student at the University of Colorado, School of Public Affairs (SPA). Prior to attending SPA, Terri earned a Master's in Public Administration (MPA), a Master's in Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor's degree (BA) in World Political Economy. Her interests span both the private and public sector.
After earning an MBA and while working in the corporate sector, Terri volunteered for non-profit boards. Following her role as a Microsoft "Loaned Executive" for United Way of King County, Terri left the corporate sector to study public administration at Harvard's Kennedy School (HKS). While at HKS, Terri studied leadership development and worked as a course assistant and employee for HKS's Center for Public Leadership (CPL).
Terri has remained a community volunteer throughout her career, which began in the Domestic Violence and Mental Health units of the Denver Legal Aid Society. She currently serves as a mentor for Byrne Urban Scholars, a program dedicated to helping low income at-risk students reach their full potential with the goal of graduating from high school and college.
While completing her course work, Terri spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 working with the Department of Defense, Fort Carson.  As an intern, she developed a "Community Needs Assessment" survey instrument to understand the leisure needs, preferences, and priorities of active duty personnel and their affiliates.  The results were compiled to inform the Chief of Marketing and other Fort Carson leadership how to allocate shrinking budget dollars towards services, activities and programs for Army personnel experiencing multiple deployments to support the Global War on Terror (GWOT). 
Terri is also a mother and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.




    1. Policy entrepreneurship and understanding the differences between the roles of “leaders” v. “policy entrepreneurs” in a public sector setting
    2. Evaluating whether policy entrepreneurs are undervalued or underrepresented in the literature for their role in the policy change process
    3. Learning how to utilize quantitative methods to inform the policy change process without undermining potential opportunities to improve budgeting practices when the risk of political resistance is imbedded in institutional design, hierarchical control models, and other institutional paradigms
    4. Learning how to identify and manage impediments to the policy change process (i.e., the creation of workarounds developed to unwind ineffective public policy initiatives) in the context of the TABOR Amendment
    5. Evaluating attempts to use short term ballot initiatives to solve long term public policy problems (i.e. the use of mill levies to "de-Bruce" the impact of the TABOR Amendment on public school budgets)


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