Arsene Frederic Jr, Editor-in-Chief
Arsene Frederic Jr. is an Associate Academic Coordinator within Prince George County Public Schools. His work specifically focuses on Project Management with the Maryland Academic Validation Program and Organizational Development within the Special Education Department.
He currently is a second year Master of Public Administration Student at American University School of Public Affairs where he serves as the Editor in Chief of the peer reviewed Public Purpose Academic Journal and a Contributor for Black Politics Today Magazine. His sophomore year of high school, he organized a student led initiative for equal justice under the law for Trayvon Martin and this led to his interest in Public Policy and Public Administration. Inspired by the public service of Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm, Arsene interned with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development preparing technical reports for the Single-Family Housing program policies and procedures.
As an Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fellow, Arsene aspires to cultivate a career of scholarly research and practitioner-oriented work complementary to each other to support practical ideas with evidence-based ideas. When he is not busy writing about Afro-Futurism, he enjoys taking Hip-Hop dance class and delivering political seminars about organized interests.
Sandra Mansour, PPJ President
Sandra is a second year MPP student with a focus in social policy, specifically the intersection of urban policy, poverty, and race. Previously a Resident Editor, she is currently the President of the PPJ, where she hopes to engage students from all across SPA in sharing their ideas and celebrating their work.
She completed a double degree in Government & Politics and History from the University of Maryland in 2014, with regional focuses in Latin America and the Middle East. After that, she worked for 5+ years in the nonprofit sector in the DC area, ranging from legal services to community organizing to fundraising for international development organizations. She became especially interested in domestic policy issues because of her work and internship experiences and decided to focus on how policy can improve the lives of neighbors right here at home. After graduation, Sandra hopes to work in federal or local government or conduct research at a think tank. In her free time, she likes to explore museums, read, and hang out with her husband and quarantine puppy.
Tom Lebert, Finance Director
Tom Lebert is a Financial Specialist Co-op at the Defender Services Office in the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. He works on the administrative team for the office behind the federal public defender system and supports a number of financial and administrative operations within the office.
Tom is currently a second-year Master of Public Administration student in the School of Public Affairs with concentrations in Public Financial Management and State and Local Management. As an undergraduate at American University, he was involved in a variety of student organizations in financial and administrative roles, gaining an interest in administration of services and programs. During this time, Tom worked with a variety of student organizations and the university’s administration to change the dining service provider and improve food quality and options for students and staff. He has a strong interest in economics and financial operations, and particularly in how government programs can combat inequality and improve economic conditions. In his free time, Tom enjoys baking, perfecting his coffee and espresso-making skills, and listening to and playing music from all across the spectrum of punk and metal.
Gaspard Delaoustre, Communications Director
Gaspard Delaoustre is a French first year Master of Public Policy student at American University’s School of Public Affairs. While studying for a European Studies degree during his undergrad at King’s College London, he became interested in the question of gender, and especially gender in politics. This allowed him to participate in the creation of the GlobalGirl Film Festival in London, which originated from a need to give women from minority backgrounds more visibility in the film industry.
At AU, he focuses on social policy and housing reform, and is also very interested in exploring the relationship between advocacy organizations and government in the United States, where he plans on starting a career in advocacy. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Public Purpose Journal. In his free time, he loves to create collage artworks, and recently got into graphic design!
Amanda Hermans, Managing Online Editor
Amanda Hermans is a Master of Public Policy candidate at American University and Managing Online Editor of the Public Purpose Journal at American’s School of Public Policy. She’s interested in exploring the intersections between environmental and urban policy in the United States, with a special eye towards environmental justice.
Prior to her time at American, she worked for several years as a journalist and editor, researching and writing about a variety of topics from Medicaid expansion to urban development to outdoor recreation. She also has extensive experience in multimedia story-telling and social media management, and produced a short documentary film that was nominated for several U.S. film festivals. She is active in her community, especially regarding issues of sustainability and housing, and co-wrote a fossil fuel divestment ordinance for the city of Chicago while volunteering with the Chicago branch of environmental nonprofit 350.org. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the backcountry, reading non-fiction and playing flute.
Erin Williams, Managing Print Editor
Erin Williams is a second year Master’s student in the Justice, Law, and Criminology program and serves as the Managing Print Editor with the Public Purpose Journal.
Before moving to DC, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. While earning her Bachelors, Erin worked for the State of Oklahoma as a Juvenile Case Manager, handling cases of child abuse, child neglect, and juvenile delinquents. She now works as a Graduate Research Assistant, primarily researching domestic violence and sexual assault. She also serves as a Program Assistant with CASA for Children of DC, working with youth who are in both the juvenile justice and foster care systems.
Erin’s primary research interests include child welfare, domestic violence, and violence against women in rural communities. After her current Master’s program, Erin hopes to continue advocating for children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, with the potential of furthering her education in a PhD program. When Erin’s not working or in the classroom, you can find her reading a science fiction novel or playing with her cats.
Solai Sanchez, Resident Editor
Solai Sanchez is a first year MPA student with a special interest in the nonprofit management concentration. She is from Allentown, Pennsylvania and earned a BA in archaeology from Dickinson College in 2015. Solai is currently the coordinator of membership and meetings at the Society for American Archaeology and a board member of a DC-based nonprofit, Archaeology in the Community. She is interested in working in the nonprofit sector with a focus on education, community impact, and racial justice.
Mary Gens, Resident Editor
Mary Gens is a second year MPP student with an interest in U.S. health care reform. She is originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Public Health. Since coming to DC, Mary has worked in the Government Affairs space, and is currently a Legislative Fellow on AARP’s State Health Government Affairs team. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, lifting, painting and catching the latest Marvel movie. After graduating, she hopes to contribute to work that increases affordability, accessibility and equity within the U.S. health care system.
Ryan Fisher, Resident Editor
Ryan Fisher is a first-year student in the Master of Public Policy program at American University’s School of Public Affairs and serves as a Resident Editor at the Public Purpose Journal
Prior to joining AU, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minor concentrations in Political Science and Spanish from Roger Williams University. As an undergraduate student, Ryan interned for the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s safe drinking water policy program, and he worked with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island to research local women’s history in the state. His studies centered on American social and political history, culminating in a thesis on conservative gun culture in the U.S
As a graduate student, Ryan focuses on the intersections between environmental policy and economic development, and more broadly, on the capacity of government to reduce inequality and increase welfare while addressing public policy challenges. Currently, he works as a Graduate Research Assistant in SPA’s Department of Public Administration and Policy. In his free time, Ryan enjoys bread baking, improving his Spanish, and obsessively re-watching Star Wars films.
Stephon Bradberry, Resident Editor
Stephon Bradberry is a writer, scholar, and organizer. Their work focuses on the intersections of Race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class. Specifically, how marginalized folk navigate in the carceral democracy and American empire.
Stephon is a former policy staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked on a broad Veterans’ health portfolio. They hold a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of North Texas. Currently, he attends The American University in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Political Communication. They live in Washington, D.C. with amazing roommates and a standard poodle puppy, Jimi B.
Wade Suddreth, Resident Editor
Wade Suddreth is a first year graduate student pursuing his Master of Public Administration and Policy degree at American University’s School of Public Affairs. He is from Stafford, VA and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University.
After graduating, he has since worked with Stafford County local government organizations serving on several advisory committees focusing on transportation policy issues, school health policies, and capital improvement planning. He also completed an internship on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked on government appropriations issues, legislative research, and helped prepare constituent casework and correspondence. Following his internship, he has also helped work on several political campaigns in Stafford County. With his MPAP, Wade hopes to further his education by pursuing a law degree to focus on public affairs and legislative oversight. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, listening to music, and reading.