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Jennifer Bauer‐Leffler earned a B.S. in sociology with minors in history and psychology, a Bachelor's of interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in applied social psychology and religion and conflict, and a certificate in LGBT Studies from Arizona State University. She has worked as a campaign manager, as a fundraising and development director for an environmental non‐ profit, and as a data analyst. Jenne's research to date has focused on   power   balance   within  and   among   small groups. Using sociofunctional theory and affordance management perspectives, Jenne explores modern social phenomena ‐ in particular the affects changing policy has on the LGBT community, and how the response to these changes by the populace at large changes the social landscape.

Romila Chatterjee is an academic and business professional, with a passion for research in the field of economics and public policy. Starting off with a focus on analytics and problem solving in areas such as finance, infrastructure, technology, consumer products and healthcare, she found her calling in studying and working in the area of economics and adjacent disciplines. Romila received her B.Sc. in Economics in 2001 from St. Xaviers College in India. Subsequently she pursued an M.B.A. to understand the convergence of economics, policy and management to drive successful business strategies. After a brief foray with leading industry bodies, policy think‐tanks and corporates, she returned to her core interest of academic pursuits and went on to get an M.A. in Economics from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2011.

Elijah Herr holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in International Relations and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley. Elijah is currently the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Portland Community College. His academic work focuses on the intersection of education and the market place including: the impact of student loan debt on the economy, financial literacy, behavioral economics and the cognitive learning. In addition to his work on education, Elijah is interested in complex adaptive systems and network analysis of organizational social‐ecologies—in particular, the interplay of organizational concepts of hierarchy, equality and individualism.

Jennifer Martinez attained a Masters of Public Administration from University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in public budgeting and financial management. She later worked as a Financial Analyst for the City of Grapevine, Texas where she helped manage the budget process, capital projects, investment portfolio and facilitated the debt issuance process. In 2015 as a Fellow at the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs at San Diego State University, Jennifer explored how Mexican municipalities’ geographic proximity to the United States relates to their property taxrevenue generating capacity. She is excited to continue exploring municipal public finance and economic development in the United States and abroad.

Christopher Page holds a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arkansas. He has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the past eight years, during which time he has served as an archaeologist and tribal liaison. Most recently, he has been responsible for historic preservation compliance and policy, as well as tribal consultation for the Portland District Corps regulatory program. In addition to his time with the Corps, he spent the first half of 2016 working for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works in the Pentagon on national policy issues related to environmental, tribal and regulatory affairs.  His research interests include organizational theory, tribal policy and engagement, environmental policy and collaborative governance; particularly as these topics relate to large bureaucracies.

Dan Trifone is a program coordinator at the Center for Public Service where he works on leadership development and non‐profit management. Dan received his Master’s in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin in 2014. He has studied and worked in a broad range of policy areas including water use and agriculture, conservation practices, disability advocacy, national service leadership, administrative rule‐making, child welfare, and reducing recidivism. Dan conducted three years of qualitative research at the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee, twice receiving the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Research Fellowship for work with African‐American fathers in the city of Milwaukee. Dan’s research interests focus on cross application of leadership development to under‐served populations.