As a Harris student you are assigned an academic advisor who will guide and support you as you work toward the completion of your degree. Academic advisors are here as your first point of contact and support you through your academic and personal journey at Harris.

Advisors utilize a comprehensive and holistic advising model, focused on your success. You can go to your advisor for:

  • tracking degree progress;
  • curriculum planning;
  • registration assistance;
  • academic difficulties or concerns;
  • support for personal difficulties, and;
  • general advice.

We encourage you to check in with your advisor often and recommend an in-person meeting at least once per year.

Incoming Students

You will receive your academic advisor prior to the Autumn quarter of your first-year. After receiving your advisor make an intake appointment in late summer or early autumn to discuss your goals and get your initial questions answered. Your academic advisor works with you throughout your program to help you navigate your time at Harris.

Meet the Academic Advisors

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Eman Alsamara

Eman Alsamara, Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Eman advises students in the MPP program. Eman enjoys building relationships and supporting students as they explore their academic and career interests.

Read Eman’s bio here.

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Daisy Cruz

Daisy Cruz, Academic Advising and Financial Aid Specialist

Daisy advises students in the MPP program. Daisy enjoys being able to connect with students and loves being able to provide advice and support to the student when needed.

Read Daisy’s bio here.

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Cynthia Cook-Conley

Cynthia Cook-Conley, PhD Program Academic Advisor and EA Deputy Dean

Cynthia advises all Ph.D. and MACRM students. She enjoys advising students to help them meet their goal. Her greatest joy is when they receive the degree, which means they have completed their goal.

Read Cynthia’s bio here.

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Tempris Daniels

Tempris Daniels, Assistant Director, Evening Master’s Program (EMP)

Tempris advises students in the Evening Master’s Program. Her favorite part about advising is building relationships with all of the students. She finds that she gets her energy from interactions with students as it’s important to her that students feel supported, heard, and know they always have someone in their corner. Tempris feels so much joy and is honored to see students start the program and watch their journey through graduation.

Read Tempris’s bio here.


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Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson, Assistant Dean of Students, Operations and Special Projects

Andrew advises students in the MPP and MA programs. His favorite part of academic advising is seeing his students graduate as the best versions of themselves. He loves to see the transformation of students over their time at Harris as they tackle an exciting new challenge.

Read Andrew’s bio here.

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Ani Gatz

Ani Gatz, Associate Director, Evening Master’s Program (EMP)

Ani advises students in the Evening Master’s Program and loves helping people map out a unique path to success. The Evening Master's Program provides a toolkit that can be used in any sector and our diverse, driven, and astute students use it in surprising and inspirational ways to make the change they want to see in the world.

Read Ani’s bio here.

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Jen Lombardo

Jen Lombardo, Assistant Dean of Students, Academic Services and Advising

Jen advises MPP and joint-degree program students. She loves getting to know her students beyond transactional advising tasks; there is so much to learn about people and the world from the individuals inside of the Keller Center. She also enjoys making complex topics digestible and likes strategy, so she finds it gratifying to talk through complicated problems with students and consider how to make the most of a student’s time at Harris.

Read Jen’s bio here.

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Kathryn Mattie

Kathryn Mattie, Program Director, MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP)

Kathryn advises students in the MSCAPP program. What she enjoys the most about advising is seeing the amount students grow and learn in just two years, and hearing about how they are using the skills they learned in the program to make the world a better place.

Read Kathryn’s bio here.

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Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson, Assistant Program Director, MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP)

Jeff advises students in the MSCAPP program. What he enjoys most about advising is the opportunity to help guide individual students on their unique journeys and to see students overcome the obstacles their journeys bring on the way toward achieving their academic and professional goals.

Read Jeff's bio here.

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Hanna Seferos

Hanna Seferos, Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Hanna advises students in the MPP program. Her favorite part about advising is helping students discover pathways, classes, and resources that they had not previously thought of before, but that enhance their Harris experience. She also enjoys celebrating every win with students, no matter how big or small, as they reach their goals.

Read Hanna’s bio here.

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Alyssa Szynal

Alyssa Szynal, Associate Program Director, MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP)

Alyssa advises students in the MSCAPP program. She enjoys building holistic advising relationships with students and helping them identify opportunities to explore their interests and learn as many new things as possible during their grad school experience.

Read Alyssa’s bio here.

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Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams, Associate Director, Financial Aid and Academic Advising

Barbara advises students in the MPP program. What she enjoys most about advising is helping students identify their priorities and center wellness in their time at Harris.

Read Barbara’s bio here.