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Meet the Staff

The School of Public Policy staff are dedicated to serving the needs of students in a variety of areas. These administrative staff with extensive experience at Pepperdine, broad exposure to policy and student service, and exceptional commitment to the mission and success of the school are identified below with job functions and service areas.

James R. Wilburn

Wilburn, James R.
310.506.7490
Dean

  • Administration
  • Development
  • Faculty
  • Strategic Planning
  • University Academic Committee
  • University Education Council

Jonathan Kulick

Kulick, Jonathan
310.506.8052
Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Grant Writing
  • Research

Sheryl Covey

Covey, Sheryl
310.506.7470
Assistant Dean for Administration

  • Academic Affairs
  • Administrative Services
  • Budget Management
  • Information Technology
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Student Affairs

Pete Peterson

Peterson, Pete
310.506.8054
Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

  • Consulting, City/Regional Participation
  • Consulting, Online Engagement
  • Training, Public Engagement Skills
  • Writing/Speaking, Public Engagement

davis

Davis, Marissa
310.506.7561
Director of Student Services

  • Academic Advising
  • Admission
  • Financial Aid
  • Database Management
  • Student Services

Christina Ramirez

Ramirez, Christina
310.506.7497
Director of Communication

  • Community Relations
  • Creative Services
  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Media Advisor
  • Public Relations

Maurice Derrico

Derrico, Maurice
310.506.7686
Executive Assistant to the Dean/Project Coordinator

  • Administrative Services
  • Donor Relations
  • Events
  • External Relations

Kelly Smith

Smith, Kelly
310.506.7490
Assistant Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Data Quality Assurance
  • Program Fidelity
  • Research

Renee Gomez

Gomez, Renee
310.506.8552 (Advancement)
310.506.7353 (Research)
Administrative Assistant

  • Administrative Services
  • Advancement
  • Alumni Relations
  • External Relations
  • Research

Ashley Trim

Trim, Ashley
310.506.6878
Assistant Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

  • Administrative Services
  • Events
  • External Relations
  • Research

Mary JoHardman

Hardman, Mary Jo
310.506.7395
Administrative Assistant

  • Donor Relations
  • Events
  • External Relations
  • Room Reservations
  • Student Affairs

Melinda van Hemert

van Hemert, Melinda
310.506.7492
Assistant Dean for Student Services

  • Admissions
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Internship Services
  • Recruitment
  • Student Counseling

Janelle Kilson

Kilson, Janelle
310.506.7488
Director of Career Services

  • Assessment (Myers-Briggs)
  • Career/Internship Services
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • Interviewing
  • Resume Writing

Yiwen Zhang

Zhang, Yiwen
310.506.7353
Assistant Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Research

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