Staff Announcements: New Faces

December 14, 2021

CPS administration is happy to report we have hired six new staff members. Congratulations to all. Please join us in welcoming our newest CPS staff members to the GW community!

CPS Office of the Dean:

Thomas Mastro serves as the Executive Special Assistant to the Dean for CPS. Tom's role with the college is to manage the day-to-day operations of the Dean's suite, while also assisting with special projects and strategic initiatives for the Dean. Prior to joining CPS in September, Tom was the Director of Academic and Student Affairs within the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University (SUNY). He can be reached at [email protected].

Tom Mastro

Sydney C. Smith started as the college's new Accountant in November. Most recently, she was an Accounting Assistant at the Investment Company Institute in Washington, D.C. for two and a half years. Sydney attended Willamette University for her undergraduate degree and is currently pursuing a Master's in Accountancy at the GW School of Business. She can be reached at [email protected].

Sydney Smith

Kristian Maldonado is the new part-time Administrative Assistant with the CPS Dean's Office. After recently graduating from the University of Nevada-Reno, he is now pursuing his master's degree in Sustainable Urban Planning. Kristian can be reached at [email protected] or the main CPS phone number (202) 994-2083.

Kristian Maldonado

Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM):

Shawn Knecht is an Admissions Offer supporting recruitment, and admission efforts for GSPM programs. Prior to joining the team at GW, Shawn was a student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During this time, he interned with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and studied Public Policy Analysis. He can be reached at [email protected]

Shawn Knecht

Benjamin Evans is the new Admissions Officer supporting admissions and recruitment efforts for GSPM programs. Prior to working at GW, Ben worked at a few non-profits around DC, supporting marginalized communities and building grassroots support for statewide policy initiatives. He is excited to recruit people to GSPM who want to come to Washington to change policy and make a difference for underrepresented groups. He can be reached at [email protected].

Ben Evans


Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL):

Alison Hayden recently joined CEPL as the part-time Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Coordinator. In this role, Alison supports CEPL faculty and participants in all aspects of program logistics and management including onsite support during program sessions. She is also a full-time graduate student at GW, pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. She can be reached at [email protected]

Alison Hayden