Leisha G. LaRiviere
Leisha G. LaRiviereAssociate Director of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech – Richmond campus

Leisha LaRiviere is Associate Director of SPIA for the Virginia Tech Richmond campus. She leads School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) academic initiatives emphasizing community-based research, sponsored programs, and government leadership and management development initiatives. Leisha is Principal Investigator for a multi-million dollar research portfolio, engaging faculty and graduate students in all research phases. Professor LaRiviere is Director of the graduate certificate in Government and Nonprofit Organizations and teaches in the Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP). Working cross-functionally with faculty in Blacksburg, the National Capital Region (Alexandria and Arlington), and Richmond, Leisha develops public partnerships, strategic research opportunities, and special lecture series. Professor LaRiviere is the Director of the Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) program, an innovative training partnership with SPIA and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leisha also leads the Virginia Public Sector Leader (VPSL) program, a theory-to-practice management and leadership program designed for state agencies and NGOs. Leisha directs the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Mentoring Program for CPAP Richmond and facilitates graduate assistantships and internship opportunities. Leisha is a former President & CEO of a major regional nonprofit where she successfully advocated Virginia’s General Assembly for community land trust development law. Leisha currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Virginia, on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Leadership Advisory Council and is a Leadership Metro Richmond Graduate. Her research interests include policy and practice in government and NGO professional development; organizational theory and context; and facilitative and participative leadership. Leisha is a PhD candidate in public administration and policy, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech. Her BS in general business and merchandising is from the University of Montevallo.

Cecily Rodriguez
Cecily RodriguezManager of Applied Research for the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Cecily has been developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and services that seek to reduce service delivery barriers and increase equitable outcomes for more than twenty-five years. At SPIA, she is responsible for designing equity related projects and research, revising and further developing learning and training material and supporting the management of research initiatives related to public sector leadership and governance. Current projects include the development of an Integrated Model of Economic, Environmental, and Social Programs in a public agency and an Equity and Inclusion Assessment and Readiness Project for an international NGO. She came to Virginia Tech from the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) where she was the Director of Refugee Health Services Division. She was responsible for executive leadership of grant and contract-related planning with budgets totaling more than $30 million annually. During previous service to the Commonwealth, Cecily was the Director of the Office of Health Equity Advancement and Workforce Development at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. At DBHDS, she led the agency’s response to disparities in behavioral health and developmental services. Cecily’s other hat in the agency was as the lead planner for the agency’s succession planning strategies. Cecily is a recognized equity and diversity expert with national certification as a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE). She is the Vice President of Communications for the League of United Latin American Citizens Richmond Region Council #4614, serves on the National Network for the Elimination of Disparities (NNED) Steering Committee, on the Board of the Health Brigade, a free clinic serving the greater Richmond area.

Amanda Fawkes
Amanda FawkesProgram Coordinator (SPIA)

Amanda Fawkes is a Program Coordinator in the School of Public and International Affairs. She provides leadership for the business and administrative operations for programs based at the Richmond, VA campus and works with the Director of the School of Public and International Affairs on special projects and initiatives. Amanda leads efforts to coordinate events and programs associated with the Ridenour Faculty Fellowship and the SPIA Applied Lab, a professional practice environment for Virginia Tech Ph.D. students. Amanda has served as a teaching consultant and facilitator for courses in public budgeting and financial management at Virginia Tech and is the coordinator for the Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Management Graduate Certificate and the Public and Nonprofit Financial Management certificate in SPIA. Joining the Virginia Tech community in 2007, Amanda has worked across several areas of the university executive administration. Her immediate past positions managed business affairs for the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, and the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development. Amanda completed her Master of Public Administration degree and Graduate Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Financial Management at Virginia Tech. She completed her undergraduate studies at Laurentian University in Canada with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. Prior to working at Virginia Tech, Amanda worked for six years as a Wilderness Group Leader and Family Worker at the New Dominion School for Boys. Amanda is the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Camden South
Camden SouthOffice & Student Experience Manager - Richmond campus
Your Content Goes Here

Camden South is the Office & Student Experience Manager (OSEM) for the School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA) on the Richmond campus. As OSEM, Camden is responsible for daily management, organization, and coordination of the administrative activities and procedures of the SPIA Richmond Campus. Supporting, coordinating, and participating in faculty research activities is also a part of Camden’s role. Past research activities include service as SPIA Richmond research personnel on two strategic planning efforts for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Camden’s OSESM role includes student services for Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP). Previously, Camden interned for the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, giving him the opportunity to learn about the intersectionality of people and the planned, built environment. Camden began his Master of Public Administration degree program with CPAP. SPIA Richmond faculty and staff look forward to Camden’s MPA degree defense in Spring of 2021.

Jennifer Quam-Howell
Jennifer Quam-HowellSpecial Projects Coordinator
Your Content Goes Here

Jennifer Quam-Howell is Special Projects Coordinator for Virginia Tech’s School of Public & International Affairs on the Richmond campus. Jennifer has a twenty-year career in the hospitality, catering, event production, and event-management industry. Previous roles include Director of Sales at Blue Ridge Catering in Roanoke, Virginia and the Senior Event Designer at Catering by Design in Denver, Colorado. Jenn is committed to public service with a people-focused orientation. She was appointed Social Chair for the Queensmill Recreation Association Board in 2019, serving a three-year term. Jenn holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with Minors in Communications and Sociology from Virginia Tech, and an A.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus. Jenn is a graduate student in the Virginia Tech Nonprofit and N.G.O. Management Certificate program. Originally from Roanoke, Jenn lives in the Richmond area with her husband of 14 years, Paul, with their three sons and three dogs.

Andrea Briceno – Mosquera
Andrea Briceno – MosqueraPostdoctoral Associate - Richmond campus
Your Content Goes Here

Andrea Briceno – Mosquera was appointed as a Postdoctoral Associate for the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) on the Richmond campus. The Postdoc role focuses on quantitative and qualitative analysis protocols related to original research of the SPIA Richmond Principal Investigator. The research includes implementation science studies and longitudinal evaluation of succession management activities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Andrea holds her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs at the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at Virginia Tech. In both her academic and professional trajectories, she has focused on quantitative and qualitative analyses examining policy-making processes and evaluations from an equity and inclusion approach. She has taught courses in economic foundations and policy design and served as a research program coordinator at private Colombian universities. During her professional work with the Colombian government at the national and local levels, she evaluated policies aimed to address several needs from minority groups. At the international level, she interned at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C., supporting the evaluation of projects addressing practices of inclusion, diversity, and equity across Latin American countries. Andrea was named a 2019 Equity and Inclusion Fellow of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).
Andrea holds a master’s degree in Government and Public Policy from the Externado University of Colombia in partnership with the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University, NY, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National University of Colombia.