Laura Bloomberg became dean of the Humphrey School in June 2017. She previously served as associate dean since January 2013 during which time she led efforts to launch a Master of Human Rights degree, support the global expansion of the School, establish a Foundations for Success summer prep program for all incoming students, create a national pipeline program for college students underrepresented in public affairs programs, and develop the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to support young leaders from countries across Africa. Bloomberg serves on the executive council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), considered the global standard in public service education. She chairs the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, which reviews and accredits public affairs degree programs in the United States and in a dozen countries across the globe. Read more
Carissa Slotterback assumed the role of associate dean in June 2017. She has been a member of the Humphrey School faculty for 13 years and previously served as director of research engagement in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), as well as director of the Resilient Communities Project and Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Known for her important work on collaborative engagement, Slotterback has initiated and led University-wide efforts to advance cross-disciplinary and engaged education and research. Her research and teaching have focused on public and stakeholder engagement and decision making related to environmental planning, impact assessment, and sustainability. She is actively engaged with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and will begin her second term as secretary in fall 2017. Read more.