Applications Open August 1, 2019 
Deadlines: March 15, 2020 (International Applications), April 15, 2020 (Domestic Applications)

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EMPL students begin the program in August, fulfilling the requirements for their degree over the course of 16-months. A tentative course schedule is as follows:

Fall Semester (9 Credits)

This course examines the institutions that play major roles in the federal public policy process, including the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the courts. Key stages of the policy-making process are analyzed, including agenda-setting, policy formulation, debate and deliberation, and implementation. Particular attention is paid to the external environment, including the political context that executives must operate in, outside factors (interest groups, the media), the motivations of key institutional players, and the aspects of the process where executives can effect change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Nuku Ofori

Dr. Nuku Ofori is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Faculty Director of the National Urban Fellows program. Prior to his teaching appointment, Dr. Ofori was an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy and American University's Department of Sociology. Dr. Ofori also served as a senior advisor in the Obama Administration to Secretary Hillary Clinton and John Kerry respectively. As an expert specializing in sociology and public policy, Dr. Ofori led a broad range of policy and legislative initiatives pertaining to foreign affairs, international security, international trade, and immigration. Notably, Dr. Ofori was an integral member of the crisis management teams that served as a conduit between U.S. embassies, Congress, and foreign governments for the Yemen Crisis of 2015, the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, and the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Prior to accepting his political appointment, Dr. Ofori served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former appropriator Congressman Chaka Fattah. In addition, Dr. Ofori authored and ghost-authored articles on numerous topics, including an article about fundamental tax reform published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Dr. Ofori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Baylor University, a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, certifications from the United States Naval War College in National Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University.
This course examines the communication needs, styles, and challenges of today’s leaders. It focuses on the value and effectiveness of executive communication within a strategic organizational context as well as across boundaries in the global environment. It explores techniques used by national leaders and C-suite executives to enhance your ability to influence and persuade. The course also offers the opportunity to speak in a learning environment and to receive personalized feedback and coaching. It will sharpen your ability to build credibility and trust with your audience members, and to "gain their ears" such that they will remember what you have said. Building on lessons from psychology, communication, organizational behavior, politics, and cognitive science, this course distills the most important skills and qualities of effective communication in a rapidly changing global landscape.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Robert L. Trayhnam IIFaculty: Robert L. Trayhnam II

Robert Traynham is a respected political veteran and communications expert, who, for nearly two decades, has designed and executed impactful communications, marketing and external campaigns for elected leaders, political organizations, non-profits and Fortune 50 companies such as Wal-Mart, Comcast and currently Facebook. Dr. Traynham is currently the Head of External Affairs for Facebook in their Washington, DC offices where he oversees the external engagement relationships on behalf of the company to reporters, non-profit leaders, universities and other thought leaders across the country. For over 20 years, Dr. Traynham has been at the intersection of communications, technology, politics and public policy. He has revolutionized the integration of data-driven communications with digital and campaign style organizing to improve reputations, manage crises and drive people to action. He has successfully relaunched a news network; restored the reputation of a multinational retail institution; reshaped a national storyline on behalf of a leading United State Senator; and successfully managed an ongoing global crisis in communications for a well-known consumer technology platform. Dr. Traynham is a frequent public speaker and remains active in academia, having served as an assistant dean at Georgetown University and as a lecturer at George Mason and George Washington Universities, and is currently on Faculty at Georgetown University. As an appointed member of the Council of Trustees of Cheyney University, he serves the board of the oldest school of higher education among the country’s historically black colleges and universities. In 2019, Dr. Traynham was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in London, England for his research on Anglo-American Transatlantic research. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Aberdeen, Kings College, Scotland. In his spare time, Traynham enjoys photography, kayaking, biking and good olive oil.


This course focuses on economic concepts, theories, principles, and tools at the federal level of the US government from a managerial and policy perspective. It explores the problems and challenges of public sector leaders and managers through the lens of both micro and macroeconomic theory. It also focuses on the effect of public sector interventions and the role of the Federal government in the US economy. Through various case studies and student-centered exercises, participants learn a set of economic tools and techniques for approaching critical managerial and policy decisions, to include those addressing market failures, distributional concerns, public sector financing and expenditures, and fiscal decentralization.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Hong J. Kim

Dr. Kim is a Lead Economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) of the Department of Labor. He is leading a group of OASP economists to perform the Department’s regulatory impact analyses, regulatory flexibility analyses, labor market analyses, workplace safety analyses, and policy analyses. Prior to joining the Depart of Labor, he was a senior economist at the Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency. Hong Kim is also an adjunct professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University since 2003, teaching Public Sector Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is an active member of the American Economic Association and the Environmental and Resource Economist Association. His primary field of expertise is regulatory impact analysis of federal regulations and labor economic analyses. He has published economic research articles in Land Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Resource Economics, and Journal of Marine Resource Economics. He received his B.A. in Economics from the Korea University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Spring Semester (9 Credits)

This course is an intensive, skills-based seminar that provides an analytical approach to creating and claiming more value in negotiations while strengthening individual and organizational relationships. Readings, interactive simulations, and class discussions provide students with a theoretical framework to prepare, conduct, and review negotiations in a range of sectors and cultural contexts.  The conflict management component of the course explores the sources of conflict, as well as tools for managing interpersonal dynamics in scenarios such as performance reviews, interdepartmental collaboration, and partnering with external organizations.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Ron ChristieFaculty: Professor Ron Christie

Ron Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, an independent strategic advocacy firm to advise clients on policy and strategic communications. Christie Strategies’ primary client is Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey as well as the head of People and Communications. Before founding Christie Strategies, Ron served as Vice President of Navigators LLC, a strategic consulting and communications firm where he was responsible for multiple Fortune 500 companies. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy. Ron served as senior advisor to former House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich from 1992 to 1999. Ron is an Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. A native of Palo Alto, California, Ron received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University. He is the author of three books: Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal (2012), Acting White: The Birth and Death of a Racial Slur (2010), and Black in the White House (2006). Ron is a frequent commentator on current political events and is a political analyst for BBC World in North America. The BBC will air Ron’s documentary on the first two years of the Trump presidency on January 9, 2019. Ron is SAG-AFTRA eligible as a background actor; you can catch him in the 2015 seasons of House of Cards and VEEP. In 2011, he was commissioned as a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels -- same Order as Colonel Sanders.

Rachel Milner GillersFaculty: Professor Rachel Milner Gillers

Rachel Milner Gillers is a conflict management consultant, mediator, and trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Mediation at the McCourt School of Public Policy and at Georgetown’s Law School, and she has trained mediators at the Harvard Mediation Program. Rachel has helped clients including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, and to identify and overcome interpersonal and organizational barriers to reaching agreement. Her areas of special interest and expertise include international development, workplace conflict, and gender and negotiation.  She has worked extensively within the United Nations system to train senior staff in negotiation and conflict management and has assisted the International Monetary Fund with conflict resolution capacity building for managers in both domestic and foreign mission contexts. Rachel has facilitated complex multi-stakeholder consensus building processes, including the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a cross-sector effort driven by representatives from the extractive industries, government, and civil society. She holds joint Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School.
This course focuses on budgeting and financial management at the federal level of the US government from a managerial and policy perspective. It highlights the players, the process, and the politics of the fiscal and budgetary systems and the relationships to public policies. Students will explore practical applications of budgeting, strategic planning, financial reporting, management controls, and performance measurement to gain knowledge for planning, controlling, monitoring, and analyzing federal government operations and programs.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Adrienne L. Ferguson

Ms. Adrienne L. Ferguson is the Acting Department Chair, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Academy and Professor of Practice at the National Defense University (NDU), College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair military base in Washington, DC. She teaches Federal financial management courses to senior civilian and military leaders within the government in areas such as Federal budgeting and accounting; enterprise risk management, auditing, and internal controls; financial reporting and policy development; and performance management and strategic planning. Prior to working at NDU, Adrienne was an Assistant Vice President at Yale University, supporting the Yale CFO by implementing finance policies and strategies for the University. Before joining Yale, Adrienne served in a series of leadership positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters; the Department of Defense; and the Department of the Navy. She has over 35 years of government service. Adrienne is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers, where she lectures several times a year to hundreds of participants on various topics of interest to government leaders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, DC.
This course focuses on program evaluation and policy outcomes. Sound program evaluation is the bottom line for judging the success or failure of initiatives, and determines whether leaders are effective in a world of constrained resources and limited policy options. An ability to understand and apply time-tested methods will help EMPL students make well-informed choices and recommend the most effective course of action. The course examines evaluation methodology and tools, presenting both theoretical underpinnings as well as vexing real-world examples. As future public, private, and non-profit executives, EMPL students will learn how to ask probing questions and determine what methods to use when weighing the value of programs. Moreover, the course will also help students communicate alternative options when choosing which programs to fund, modify, discontinue, or expand.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Dr. MeaFaculty: Dr. William Mea

Dr. William (“Billy”) Mea is a program examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Security Division, overseeing Navy and Marine Corps budget and policy, Defense financial management, and Department of Defense civilian pay and policy. Previously he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a consultant at KPMG focusing on change management and IT project management in manufacturing. Dr. Mea was also a psychologist in the Navy for nearly three decades (active duty and reserves), serving most recently in Fallujah, Iraq, and at the Walter Reed Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury unit. He earned his BS at Loyola University of Chicago and an MA at Xavier University in Cincinnati before earning his doctoral degree in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Mea has over two dozen professional publications, presents regularly at professional conferences and seminars, and is currently on sabbatical at the National Defense University as the OMB Chair of the Eisenhower School where he teaches economics and industry analytics.

Summer Semester (6 Credits)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to lead effectively in today’s interconnected, dynamic and global environment. Recognizing that both the public and private sectors will continue to evolve at a faster and faster pace, executives and leaders must continue to learn and grow in order to lead their own organizations effectively. The course explores the competing demands on leaders, including politics, institutional constraints, and agendas of multiple parties. It examines strategies for leading change, motivating and driving mission and organizational success, and building coalitions and partnerships both within and across boundaries. Finally, the course presents each student with the opportunity to examine his/her own capacity for change and leadership.
ECQ Alignment: Leading People, Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions

Andres Marquez-LaraFaculty: Professor Andres Marquez-Lara

Professor Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage collaboration, trust, and communication to create sustainable solutions to today’s complex challenges. Professor Marquez-Lara is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Transformative Leadership at Georgetown University. He has collaborated with multiple national and international organizations to include the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the US Office of Personnel Management, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DC Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Professor Marquez-Lara was named one of the emerging social innovators in North America by Ashoka/American Express; in 2011, he received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his team’s exceptional curriculum development. Professor Marquez-Lara earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
This course focuses on strategies and frameworks for decision making in today’s world of interconnection and dynamic change. It examines the relationships between strategic thinking, strategic planning, and decision making, recognizing that the wicked problems of today often cross disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders. Traditional approaches to decision making such as the analytic model and cost benefit analysis are compared to new approaches such as intuition and systems thinking. The course also examines the information rich world of executives, and addresses strategies for leveraging the abundance of information rather than being overwhelmed by it. Recent findings in cognitive and neuroscience are discussed and their implications for effective decision making explored.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Jeffrey GlickFaculty: Dr. Jeffrey Glick

Dr. Jeffrey Glick has over thirty years of senior management experience working across the governmental, private sector and international communities developing and directing a wide range of emergency management and national security programs. In addition, he has extensive experience leading and participating in response and recovery operations from natural and technological disasters as well as acts of terrorism and special events. Currently, Dr. Glick is a Senior Advisor to the Director of Cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is also chief of the Interoperability Communications and Technical Assistance Program where he directs communications experts across the United States to develop and strengthen communications and emergency response and recovery capabilities at all governmental levels and with non-governmental organizations, critical infrastructures, and first responders. Previous to his current position, Dr. Glick worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Emergency Programs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. Earlier he was responsible for the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection, DHS, responsible for developing and coordinating emergency communications across federal agencies and private sector critical infrastructures in response to disasters or terrorism events. Dr. Glick worked for 20 years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in various managerial positions developing plans, operational and response concepts and capabilities. To stay in physical shape for disaster work, Dr. Glick is an avid bicycler, biking 20 miles a day. Dr. Glick holds a PhD in Engineering Management from the George Washington University, an MA in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Geoff SeaverFaculty: Dr. Geoff Seaver

Dr. Seaver is a full professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where he has held multiple key roles in creating, building, and leading executive education programs. Dr. Seaver is a recognized subject matter expert in enterprise strategic performance management, futures and foresight planning, and systems and design thinking. He has taught a wide variety of in-person, hybrid, and distributed learning courses, and has mentored multiple students through their capstone thesis or Master’s degree. During his twenty year career as a U.S. Naval Officer (active-duty and reserve), Dr. Seaver served as a strategic and operational logistics planner for both Naval and Joint military forces. He held a variety of leadership positions, including Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Department Head for several Naval Reserve Units. He earned his PhD in Public Administration from the George Washington University. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, an Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor in General Studies (Computer Science) from the University of Kansas. Dr. Seaver is frequently an invited speaker on the topics of foresight, systems thinking, and real-world scholarship; he presents regularly at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Fall Semester (6 Credits)

This course examines professional ethics and values for leaders working in and around the public sector. It first explores prescriptive aspects and frameworks for ethical decision making. It then builds on those frameworks with an examination of the social, cultural, perceptual, and political influences on ethics and value systems. The course makes extensive use of case studies, “stories”, interactive student-centered activities, and invited speakers. Contemporary ethical issues addressed include: the possible results of biotechnology; the appropriate use of drone warfare; artificial intelligence applications to everyday life; life and death “decisions” by driverless cars; the use of cyber technologies for persuasion and communication; and animal rights.
ECQ Alignment: Leading People, Leading Change, Building Coalitions

Bradley Holst PhotoFaculty: Dr. Bradley Holst

Dr. Bradley Holst has taught ethics for the McCourt School since 2007 and advised capstone projects since 2018. He teaches ethics as a mode of inquiry that complements quantitative analysis in politics. His seminars begin by shining a light on the normative issues that permeate the policy process. He has a particular interest in modeling how policy makers should decide among different courses of action. Dr. Holst earned a B.A. in General Studies from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Georgetown University. When not teaching, he puts his problem solving skills, and his hands, to work renovating houses.
Delivered on Capitol Hill, the first three days of this course provide students with an exceptional learning experience focused on the integration and synthesis of previous courses in the EMPL. The course includes lectures and discussions about the processes, culture, and political dynamics at play in Congress; interactions with long-time congressional aides; and opportunities to observe Congress in action. Following the three days on the Hill, students return to the main Georgetown University campus to present the finding of their 10-month capstone projects. These projects are designed through consultation with a faculty advisor, and serve as a second integrative learning experience for EMPL students. The week concludes with a graduation ceremony and the awarding of diplomas.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Kristin Nicholson

Professor Kristin Nicholson became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute in February 2017. Prior to joining GAI, she spent two decades on Capitol Hill, where she served for sixteen years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security. She spent her first four years on the Hill serving in senior staff positions for Rep. Glenn Poshard (D-IL) and Rep. David Phelps (D-IL). Kristin was selected as a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow in the 109th Congress. She spoke frequently for GAI’s courses on Capitol Hill before joining the organization. Professor Nicholson holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Nadhal Eadeh

Nadhal Eadeh, EMPL'18

Special Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary for Benefits at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

 I have been really impressed with the faculty. They are very engaging. They are invested in your education and career growth. The faculty actively encourage EMPL students to get involved in the extracurricular policy related events on campus. They are world renowned and assist you in stretching your thinking capacities.  


  Justin Carder

Justin Carder, EMPL'16

Supervisory Auditor at Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

 Students in the EMPL program can expect to be challenged by professors who are experts in their field, leverage their cohort network to strengthen each other, all while developing new skillsets and strengthening their abilities throughout the course of the program.