David Bartha

David Bartha is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. David supports the Center’s mission by researching issues related to national security policy.

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Alison Carter


Operations Director
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Allison is the Operations Director for the Center for Effective Lawmaking. She is responsible for growing and overseeing the programs and activities of the Center. Her primary focus is on cultivating awareness, building relationships, securing funding, and strategic planning. 

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Anne Carter Mulligan

Carter Mulligan

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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Anne Carter Mulligan joined Batten in January 2019 as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. She’s held multiple roles in higher education, most recently as Director of Strategic Initiatives in Enrollment Management at Longwood University, where she led projects designed to enrich the student experience and provide a seamless path from recruitment to graduation.

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Amanda Crombie


Director of Academic Programs

Amanda Crombie is the Batten School’s Director of Academic Programs and is responsible for academic advising, course scheduling and enrollment as well as curriculum management for the School. Originally from Florida, Amanda completed her undergraduate work at Florida State University in Environmental Science before coming to Virginia to work and study at the University. Amanda holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the Architecture School here at UVA. Crombie is passionate about how environmental degradation and habitat destruction effect biodiversity, and decreasing the negative effects of human activity on the environment. Prior to coming to the Batten School six years ago, she worked for 11 years with the Department of Intramural Recreational Sports here on Grounds serving faculty, staff and students in various roles promoting healthy lifestyles. Amanda and her husband Jack have two children Jack Jr. and Jensen.

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Steve Hiss


Director of Career Services and Alumni Engagement

A lifelong public servant, Steve’s interest in the Batten School not only stems from his own career in the public service, but also the former and current Batten students with whom he has worked in his position as the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Virginia.

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Project Manager
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Rafa Kouki holds a PhD in Administration Sciences from Laval University, Canada, an MBA and a B.Com in Operations Management and Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa. Her research interests lie in the areas of digital innovations, strategic use of IT, IT and Supply Chain Management, and Agile Project Management.

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Erinn Lauterbach

I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Effective Lawmaking in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. I received my PhD in American Politics from the University of California, Riverside, in June 2020.

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Craig Lindqvist


Associate Dean for Administration
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With an outstanding record of accomplishment in strategy, finance, technology, and other administrative functions, Lindqvist comes to the Batten School from CFA Institute, a global association of investment management professionals, where he served in a variety of senior leadership roles overseeing organizational planning and financial management, financial operations, market intelligence and business analytics, procurement, payroll, and other functions.

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Jieun Pai


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jieun Pai researches social hierarchy and conflict resolution. Specifically, her research seeks to provide insight into how people can satisfy their need for status in teams and organizations harmoniously. Pai received her Ph.D. in Management and Organization from Anderson School of Management at UCLA and holds M.A. in Human Resources from University of Minnesota and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from KAIST, South Korea.

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Brooke Ray


Operations Manager, Global Policy Center

Prior to joining the Global Policy Center, Brooke Ray served as the Senior Manager of Food and Agriculture Programs for the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. For six years she developed their New Roots program into a multifaceted food and agriculture initiative for refugees and other vulnerable populations. During her tenure, she partnered with UVA’s Batten School, Humanitarian Collaborative, School of Medicine, and Morven Farm on several student applied learning initiatives. Brooke studied Community and International Development at the University of Vermont with a focus on food systems. She has worked in Central America and the U.S. on food, agriculture and health development projects. As a community advocate, Brooke has worked to expand awareness of equity and refugee interests in local, state and national arenas and is a founding member of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.

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Jill Rockwell


Senior Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services

Jill oversees the administrative units of student affairs, and career services, working with the other members of the student services team to strengthen students’ co-curricular and career-related experiences at the Batten School.

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Ian Solomon


Dean and Professor of Practice of Public Policy
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Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. 

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Starrie Williamson


Assistant Director of Web Design and Development

Starrie Williamson is a native of the Mid-atlantic region of the United States and has worked at design agencies, educational software companies, and universities in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, VA.

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