2022-23 Management Fellows


​Yusuf Dirow – earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). His recent work as an intern with the State of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families included data analysis and coordination to improve foster care and adoption outcomes. He also served as a Graduate Research Assistant at UCONN, conducting research on gun policy and contributing to the successful award of a $224,000 grant to study gun violence prevention. He has further served his community as an outreach coordinator to immigrants and by providing math tutoring and peer coaching. A Somali-American, Yusuf holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and in International Studies and Political Economy from The Ohio State University​.
Nina Fader – earned her Master of Science in Community Resources and Development: Parks and Recreation from Arizona State University. She has previously worked with multiple nonprofit organizations, including as an e-Learning Counselor with the Salvation Army Kroc Center and a Cultural Orientation Specialist with Catholic Charities. She also has experience at the governmental level, both with the City of Phoenix as a Library Assistant and with the National Parks Service as a Park Ranger and Americorps member. She has published research on the impact of youth sports on refugee youth, and she enjoys volunteering in the community. An Indiana native, Nina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.

Danielle Vermeer – earned her Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, she worked both as a Program Assistant supporting diversity programs at the Trotter Multicultural Center, as well as a Communicators Writer with the S​chool for Environment and Sustainability. She has further supported sustainability work as a Content Creator for the Sustainability Teachers Academy, developing materials for K-12 teachers, and as a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Intern with the National Wildlife Federation. She also has experience with the City of Phoenix, having served as an intern with the Housing Department. An Arizona native, Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science in both Urban Planning and Sustainability from Arizona State University.​

​​​​​​​ Grant Harrison

Grant Harrison – earned his Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in Participatory Governance from Arizona State University (ASU). Among several honors, he was awarded the Jacques Avent Scholarship by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, named after former City of Phoenix Deputy City Manager Jacques Avent. Grant has worked in the Arizona House of Representatives for the last four years, most recently as Lead Page. He has also served Phoenix residents through community organizing and voter outreach efforts. A Phoenix native, Grant earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy from ASU.

Cooper Payne

Cooper Payne – earned his Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in Leadership, Ethics, and Service from Arizona State University (ASU). During his graduate work, he was awarded the Marvin Andrews Fellowship, interning with the Maricopa County Workforce Development Division, focusing on workforce development boards. He also assisted with the Coconino County Health and Human Services response to the COVID-19 pandemic. His public sector service has also included work with the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and serving as an AmeriCorps intern. An Arizona native, Cooper earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Public Service from ASU.

Sara Ann del Valle

Sara Ann del Valle – earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia (UGA). During her time at UGA, she served as president of the university’s International City/County Management Association (ICMA) chapter and worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant. ICMA has named her a 2021 Local Government Management Fellow. She brings experience from multiple levels of government, including internships with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Urban Area Security Initiative and the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department. She also served in the office of Delaware Governor John Carney. A Colorado native, Sara graduated with honors from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Management.