Frank Douma

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Director of State & Local Policy and Outreach
Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Phone: (612) 626-9946
Email: douma002@umn.edu

Frank Douma manages research projects related to several different areas of transportation policy, including telecommunications and urban corridor development. He has broad experience in the legal aspects of transportation policy and in policy making for multi-modal urban and rural transportation systems.

Douma holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and a Law Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Grinnell College. Before joining the University of Minnesota, he held positions with the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Twin Cities' Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Camila Fonseca Sarmiento

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Director of Fiscal Research
Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Phone: (202) 817-4870
Email: fonse024@umn.edu

Camila Fonseca-Sarmiento is the Director of Fiscal Research at the Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF), where she is engaged with research related to evaluating economic impacts of policies and public budgeting and finance. Her research focuses on how state and local governments generate revenue under increasing constraints, and how fiscal structures affect the pattern and effectiveness of public service delivery. Camila holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). Before joining IURIF, Fonseca consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank and worked in her native Colombia in the financial sector.


Tom Horan

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Visiting Scholar, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Phone: (909) 748-8748
Email: Thomas_Horan@redlands.edu

Dr. Horan is Dean of the School of Business at the University of Redlands. Dr. Horan has been an active leader in research and training related to policy and consumer dimensions of health information technology and digital infrastructure systems. This role has included service to the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), American Health Information Community (AHIC), as well as providing research expertise, consultation and policy advice to the US Congress, US Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Transportation, and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Horan has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Horan received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University (1988) and then spent five years as a Senior Analyst for the US General Accounting Office in Washington, DC. Following a two-year engagement as a Senior Fellow with George Mason University, Dr. Horan returned to Claremont Graduate University in 1995.


Adeel Lari

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Director and Researcher
Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Phone: (612) 624-7746
Email: larix001@umn.edu

Adeel Lari is the Director of Innovative Financing in the State and Local Policy Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He joined the University after more than 30 years with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Lari's education includes a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has earned certificates in Mediation from the William Mitchell College of Law and in Strategic Public Sector Negotiations from Harvard University.

Lari has spent years studying, championing and implementing innovative transportation initiatives in Minnesota. His initiatives have won numerous awards including the President’s Modal Award from AASHTO and the Distinguished Project Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.


Raihana Zeerak

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Research Associate
Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Email: zeera001@umn.edu

Raihana Zeerak is a research associate at the Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF), where she is engaged in applied research in public policy, public management, and finance. In this role, she is involved in the institute’s several research projects on budgeting practices and economic impacts of infrastructure investment, particularly intergovernmental fiscal arrangements in highway and transit projects. Raihana holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pune, India.

Zhao holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Georgia and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in urban planning from Tongji University, Shanghai (China). In his earlier career as an urban planner, he consulted for many local governments across China and published journal articles in New Architecture and Urban Planning Forum, as well as book chapters on historical preservation. As a public administration scholar, his publications have appeared in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Transportation Research Record, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, and the Chinese Public Administration Review.


Barb Rohde

Research Fellow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Email: rohde006@umn.edu


Zhirong “Jerry” Zhao

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Founder and Advisor
Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Phone: (612) 625-7318
Email: zrzhao@umn.edu; jerryzhao@zju.edu.cn

Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao is a Professor of Urban Development & Management at Zhejiang University. He specializes in the field of public administration. His research focuses on local and nonprofit financial issues, in particular the mechanisms used by local governments and nonprofit agencies to generate sufficient revenues; how the financial structure of public or nonprofit organizations affects the pattern and effectiveness of public service delivery; and how public and nonprofit organizations interact—vertically or horizontally—in budgetary and service decision making.

Jerry holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Georgia and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in urban planning from Tongji University, Shanghai (China). Jerry was a faculty member at the Humphrey School during 2007-2021, and once served as DGS (Director of Graduate Studies) of the MPP program. He founded the Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF) in 2017. Dr. Zhao was the Gross Family Professor of Public & Nonprofit Management before he left his tenured position in the Humphrey School. As a visiting scholar, he participates in some research projects, and provides advice on academic writing and dissemination.


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