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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

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
 

Sheryl Covey

Covey, Sheryl
310.506.7470
Assistant Dean for Administration

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

Christina Ramirez

Ramirez, Christina
310.506.7497
Director of Communication

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

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Davis, Marissa
310.506.7561
Student Services Assistant

  • Admission
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Services
  • Database Management
  • Web Development

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Smith, Kelly
310.506.7490
Assistant Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Data Quality Assurance
  • Program Fidelity
  • Research

Maurice Derrico

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

  • Administrative Services
  • Donor Relations
  • Events
  • External Relations

Cielo Cruzeado

Stanley, Cielo
310.506.7572
Admission Assistant

  • Admissions
  • Campus Tours
  • Database Management
  • Housing
  • Prospective Student Information
  • Recruitment Calendar

Renee Gomez

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

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

Marie Ann Thaler

Thaler, Marie Ann
310.506.7691
Administrative Assistant, Faculty

  • Book Lists
  • Emergency Response
  • Faculty Appointments
  • Faculty Travel
  • Syllabi
  • Textbook Adoption

Mary JoHardman

Hardman, Mary Jo
310.506.7395
Administrative Assistant

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

Ashley Trim

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

  • Administrative Services
  • Events
  • External Relations
  • Research

Janelle Kilson

Kilson, Janelle
310.506.7488
Director of Career Services

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

Melinda van Hemert

van Hemert, Melinda
310.506.7492
Assistant Dean for Student Services

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

Jonathan Kulick

Kulick, Jonathan
310.506.8052
Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Grant Writing
  • Research

Michael Warder

Warder, Michael
310.506.4486
Vice Chancellor & Senior Fellow, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

  • Advancement/Development
  • Donor Relations
  • External Relations
  • Gift Planning
  • Strategic Initiatives

Joshua Lippincott

Lippincott, Joshua
310.506.7369
Student Services Advisor

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Services Support
  • Degree Audits

Yiwen Zhang

Zhang, Yiwen
310.506.7353
Assistant Project Director, Beta Gov

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Research

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