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M.P.A. students awarded Founders’ Forum Fellowship

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M.P.A. students Liana Kleeman and Ryan Henderson awarded Founders’ Forum Fellowship

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) recently selected Ryan Henderson and Liana Kleeman, both graduate students in the Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program, as 2012 Founders’ Forum Fellows. A nationally competitive program for students of public affairs and related fields, the fellowship provides complimentary registration for the 2012 ASPA annual conference, a one-year ASPA student membership and the opportunity to attend special conference sessions and events while networking with public administration students, faculty and professionals.

Henderson and Kleeman will travel to Las Vegas to participate in the 2012 annual conference, where they will present their papers: “Improving the Public Administration Brand in an Anti-Government Culture” and “Moving Toward a More Transformative Vision of Open Government,” respectively.

Henderson is in his first year of the public administration program after serving one year in West Virginia as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Originally from Charlottesville, Va., he received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2010. Henderson is pursuing a career in local government administration with an emphasis in financial management. A student member of the ASPA, Hampton Roads Chapter as well as the Virginia Local Government Management Association, he also served as an intern in the Charlottesville Office of Budget and Performance Management.

Kleeman entered the public administration program in the fall of 2011 with three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. After graduating from the College of William and Mary in 2008, she worked for ConnectRichmond and ConnectNetwork, two local nonprofits aimed at fostering community-driven change through online platforms. Kleeman is also currently a Wilder Fellow. Her fellowship with The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia targets research on the digital divide in the Richmond region. Kleeman’s academic interests include technology, public policy and social change.

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