The Center for Effective Government leadership team includes William Howell, Sadia Sindhu, and Marc Farinella.

William Howell, Director & Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics
William Howell, Director; Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics

William Howell
Director; Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics

William Howell is the Director of the Center for Effective Government, the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, and chair of the political science department. He holds additional appointments in the Harris School of Public Policy and the College. William has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Relic: How the Constitution Undermines Effective Government–And Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016, with Terry Moe), The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013), and Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003), among others. His next book, Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy (University of Chicago Press), written with Terry Moe, will be released in the summer of 2020.

William is the recipient, among other academic awards, of the Legacy Award for enduring research on executive politics, the William Riker award for the best book in political economy, the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress, the Richard Neustadt award for the best book on the American presidency, and the E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American Politics. Before coming to the University of Chicago, William taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. He received a PhD in political science from Stanford University and a BA from Wesleyan University.

Sadia Sindhu
Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director

Sadia Sindhu
Executive Director

Sadia Sindhu is the Executive Director of the Center for Effective Government. She has served in a variety of strategy roles in the public and private sector. Most recently, Sadia was the Director of the UChicago Civic Leadership Academy. In this role, she served as the lead strategist on all matters related to the execution, enhancement, and growth of the Civic Leadership Academy at Harris and across the University.

Sadia has also worked at Rothschild Global Advisory, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Human Capital Research Corporation. She holds an MS in higher education policy from Northwestern University and a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University.

Mark Farinella, Senior Advisor for Strategy and External Relations
Marc Farinella, Senior Advisor for Strategy and External Relations

Marc Farinella
Senior Advisor for Strategy and External Relations

Marc Farinella is the Senior Advisor for Strategy and External Relations for the Center for Effective Government. Marc is also the Executive Director of Harris' Center for Survey Methodology. Marc joined Harris in 2012 as the school's first Chief Operating Officer and has served as the Executive Director of the UChicago Project on Political Reform.

Prior to coming to Harris, Marc was a political communications and management consultant and held senior leadership roles in both the policy and political arenas including serving as Chief of Staff for the Governor of Missouri and North Carolina State Director for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Marc holds an MA in public policy from the University of Chicago, an MA in political science from the University of Illinois, and a BA in political science from Northwestern University.

Joushlyn Jones
Joushlyn Jones, Program Coordinator

Joushlyn Jones
Program Coordinator

Joushlyn Jones is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Effective Government. Prior to joining the Center, Joushlyn worked as an Elementary Special Education Teacher through Teach For America and served as an intern for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. 

Joushlyn is a recipient of the Posse Foundation Leadership Scholarship, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Scholarship, and the Gilman International Education Scholarship. Joushlyn holds her B.A. in Political Science from Agnes Scott College. 

Dylan Schaeffer
Dylan Schaeffer, Graduate Assistant

Dylan Schaeffer
Graduate Assistant

Dylan Schaffer is a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Effective Government. Dylan is a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where his studies focus on urban policy, political campaigns, and progressive advocacy.

Most recently, Dylan was Planning and External Affairs Manager at Ascend Public Charter Schools, a network of innovative, high-performing K-12 public schools in central Brooklyn, New York. Dylan has previously served as a Policy Intern for Democrats for Education Reform; as Legislative Campaign Assistant for MAYDAY.US, a campaign finance report advocacy group; and as Podcast Producer for Sense and Sustainability, an organization focused on sustainable development and policy. A Rhode Island native, Dylan holds an A.B. in government from Harvard College.