Dean’s Office Staff

Location: McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 625

David Cash, Dean

David Cash has spent his career trying to understand and better harness knowledge to solve pressing policy challenges. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in environment and natural resources. Before joining the McCormack Graduate School in July 2015, Cash spent a decade in catalytic roles in Massachusetts state government helping to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape.

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Connie S. Chan, Associate Dean 

Professor Chan has held several leadership positions on campus including acting dean of the McCormack Graduate School, interim dean of the College of Public and Community Service (CPCS), co-director of the Asian American Institute, and chair of the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs.

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Dean's Office Staff

Rashelle Brown, Events and Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Christopher Brindley, IT Specialist

Barbara Graceffa, Director, Marketing and Communications

Lisa Greggo, Assistant Dean for Budget and Administration

Chayaphon "Pom" Klinthong, Staff Assistant

Justin Maher, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs

Shaleah Rather, Administrative Assistant 

Elizabeth Sanchez, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Rashelle Brown, Events and Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Rashelle Brown joined the UMass Boston community in 2006 as an administrative assistant working in the Departments of Mathematics and Economics. She was promoted to her current position after joining the McCormack Graduate School dean’s office staff in January 2013.

She will coordinate, promote, execute and evaluate all of the dean’s office events, as well as, provide guidance and support events for the college’s research centers, institutes and academic programs.  She will plan and manage social media marketing coordination for all dean's office events. Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree in studio art, with a concentration in photography from UMass Boston.

Christopher Brindley,  IT Specialist
cell: 617.857.9351;

Providing technical support to all staff and students across the graduate programs and research centers at the McCormack Graduate School, Christopher Brindley administers our school’s computer systems, databases, and network. Mr. Brindley is also trained as a Microsoft systems engineer and previously worked as a network operator at Stream International in Canton, MA.

Barbara Graceffa, Director, Marketing and Communications

After more than 25 years managing graduate programs at UMass Boston, Barbara Graceffa now oversees the marketing and communications activities for McCormack Graduate School. Ms. Graceffa has an MSM from Emmanuel College in Leadership Development and Organizational Change and holds a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from UMass Boston.

Lisa Greggo, Assistant Dean for Budget and Administration
617.287. 5773

A UMass Boston alumna, Lisa Greggo joined the McCormack Graduate School in February 2015 as our first assistant dean of budget and administration. Most recently, she served as the assistant dean for personnel in the College of Liberal Arts overseeing the preparation and processing of faculty contracts and managing all major personnel reviews for the college's 225 tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Chayaphon "Pom" Klinthong, Staff Assistant

Pom Klinthong joined the dean's office staff in 2012 after having worked in the Gerontology Institute and Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development as a financial assistant. Here, he assists the business and grants manager as he tracks and manages procurement and accounting activities, personnel actions, and distribution of monthly reports.

Justin Maher, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs

Justin Maher returned to his alma mater in 2014 as assistant dean for academic programs, bringing nine years of experience in graduate enrollment management, academic affairs, and student services at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Maryland. He earned a PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland where he gained research expertise in urban studies and critical theories of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Maher has also taught interdisciplinary courses, advised students, and developed various strategic initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.

Shaleah Rather, Administrative Assistant

Shaleah Rather joined our team in 2011 after working as an administrative assistant in the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management. Previously handling event management and general clerical and communications needs, Ms. Rather now assists with grants and contracts, faculty and staff searches, and faculty promotion and tenure cases for McCormack Graduate School.

Elizabeth Sanchez, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Elizabeth Sanchez was hired in July 2010 but has worked on campus for more than twenty years, most recently at the College of Education and Human Development. In her previous role at McCormack Graduate School, she assisted the budget and grants manager with financial, grants, and human resource management. Today, she serves as the dean's aide, providing administrative support & expertise as the point person of special projects and events. Ms. Sanchez is the primary contact person and liaison for the college with outside groups, agencies, various community contacts, and partners.

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