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Jeffrey Cooper (L'75)
Vice President

Jeff leads the University's efforts to build constructive relationships with government officials, community groups, and other stakeholders. As Vice President, he has positioned OGCA as a resource for the University community and encouraged increased collaboration with Penn's peer institutions. Jeff previously served in the administration of Governor Edward G. Rendell as the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and Executive Deputy General Counsel to the Governor.

Jeff earned a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and holds a J.D. from Penn Law.

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Hugh O. Allen
Senior Director of Commonwealth Relations

Hugh directs strategic activities involving state government to advance the University's educational mission and to build greater awareness of Penn's important role in Pennsylvania through collaboration and coordination with staff and external stakeholders. Hugh's long record of experience with large institutions and legislative bodies has provided him with a keen ability to identify emerging legislative trends and to successfully navigate the political climate in Harrisburg.

Hugh holds a Bachelor's degree in Government and Politics and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Widener University.

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William G. Andresen
Associate Vice President for Federal Affairs

Bill manages the University's relationship with stakeholders in the federal government, applying his broad understanding of Congressional politics and detailed knowledge of the legislative process to cultivate and maintain interest in Penn's research, higher education, and service initiatives. Bill has more than 20 years of Capitol Hill experience, serving as Chief of Staff to Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman from 1992-2003.

Bill holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

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Glenn Bryan (C'74, SW'76)
Assistant Vice President of Community Relations

Glenn directs the University's comprehensive community relations program, representing the University in local engagement initiatives, especially those related to public education, healthcare, and economic development. Serving OGCA for nearly 20 years, Glenn has cultivated meaningful relationships with Penn's neighboring civic networks and community-based organizations.

Glenn received a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work from Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice.

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Dawn Maglicco Deitch
Executive Director

Dawn advises the Vice President on the design and implementation of strategic initiatives related to all levels of government and key stakeholders. As Director, she leads communications and public affairs collaborations across the University, especially as related to public policy and advocacy strategies. She also supervises OGCA's budget and administrative operations.

Dawn earned her Bachelor's degree in English and minor certificate in Women's Studies at West Virginia University.

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David B. Glancey
Director of Special Projects

David serves as Penn's liaison with the City of Philadelphia and its boards, commissions and agencies. He advises the University community on matters relating to local government. Active in the regional political scene for many years, David has broad knowledge of the City's legislative and regulatory activities.

David received a Bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University and holds a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

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Ira Harkavy (C'70, Gr'79)
Associate Vice President and Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Ira Harkavy founded the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships in 1992, developing Penn's signature service learning and academically-based community service programs. A member of the Penn community since the late 1960s, he is a national leader in building models for colleges and universities to establish democratic partnerships with local public schools and their communities.

Ira received his Bachelor's degree and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Valerie V. Johnson
Coordinator, Community Relations

Valerie coordinates administrative operations, programs and special events involving city and community stakeholders. She has been a part of the campus community for more than 25 years, developing relationships with neighboring institutions, civic leaders and election officials representing West and Southwest Philadelphia.

She is currently completing her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

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Gina L. Lavery (C'09)
Associate Director

Gina manages a variety of special projects for the office, including implementation of voter registration and Election Day programming for the University, coordination of Penn's sponsorship of the Philadelphia Science Festival, and execution of special events. Previously serving as Penn's Coordinator for Federal Affairs, Gina supports OGCA's strategic initiatives to more extensively collaborate and interact with campus constituencies.

She earned her Bachelor's degree from Penn in Political Science and European History and is currently enrolled in Penn Design's Master of City Planning program.

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Erica Dowell
Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Erica monitors policy developments across higher education and research issues and represents Penn's priorities to congressional offices and federal agencies. In this position, Erica draws on previous government affairs experience in international business development and national advocacy for small business policy such as healthcare, energy, and access to credit.

Erica holds Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and History from the University of Virginia and is currently enrolled in Penn’s Organizational Dynamics program.

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Jessica McIlhenny
Administrative Coordinator

Jessica performs an array of administrative duties such as managing budget transactions, monitoring subscriptions and memberships, and supporting special office projects. Her previous experience in higher education focused on development and alumni relations.

Jessica has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and French from Ursinus College. As a student, she studied Turkish politics as her honors thesis and received a Critical Languages Scholarship in the study of Turkish.

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Jordan Gallo
Administrative Coordinator

Jordan provides administrative support to the office, and performs a variety of duties such as maintaining the budget, managing subscriptions and memberships, and helping to organize special projects.

Jordan has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Delaware County Community College and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient History from Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies.