RICHMOND – CPAP students quickly filled all available spots for the brand new MPA mentoring program, the first of its kind at CPAP, which launched on March 23rd 2015. The initial meeting was a great success and students, faculty, and mentors alike are very much looking forward to what is already shaping up to be an enlightening and inspiring experience. Spearheaded by CPAP MPA alum Leisha LaRiviere — now on the faculty at CPAP — the program pairs early and mid-career MPA students with working public service professional mentors to make important connections, pass on knowledge, and further the professional development of students and mentors alike.

CPAP would like to thank its inaugural cohort of mentors for volunteering their time and expertise to help early and mid-career students in their professional development, and would also like to congratulate those lucky 5 students who landed a spot in this year’s pilot program.

The first training session featured a dinner with students and mentors, along with a very special training session presented by Dr. Melissa Lubin entitled “Understanding Mentoring and Coaching. The students also discussed program expectations, completed a professional writing exercise, and worked through mentoring program agreements and documents.

Students and mentors enjoy a presentation from Dr. Melissa Lubin - Richmond Mentoring Program - Center for Public Administration and Policy

Students and mentors enjoy a presentation from Dr. Melissa Lubin

The Spring 2015 MPA Mentoring Program Cohort:

Student Mentor
Kaci M. Easley Director of Communications – Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services – Maria Reppas
Leslie J. Frazier State Superintendent – Virginia Department of Education – Steve Staples
Kathleen L. LaRiviere Director of Government Relations – Virginia Association of Counties – Erik Johnston
Ryan O’Toole Director of Corporate Communications – Federal Reserve Bank – Cheryl Moore
Lindsey Watson Secretary of Commerce and Trade – the Honorable Maurice Jones
The new mentoring program is the first of its kind at CPAP - Richmond Mentoring Program - Center for Public Administration and Policy

The new mentoring program is the first of its kind at CPAP

Students, faculty, and mentors enjoy dinner and conversation - Richmond Mentoring Program - Center for Public Administration and Policy

Students, faculty, and mentors enjoy dinner and conversation

CPAP would also like to thank the faculty and staff who made this program possible, including but not limited to:

  • MPA Program Director: Joe Rees, PhD
  • MPA Mentoring Program Director, Leisha LaRiviere, MPA
  • Trainer for first meeting: Melissa Lubin, PhD
Program director Leisha LaRiviere and presenter Dr. Melissa Lubin take time out after the session to snap a selfie! - Richmond Mentoring Program - Center for Public Administration and Policy

Program director Leisha LaRiviere and presenter Dr. Melissa Lubin take time out after the session to snap a selfie!