Frank Douma

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Director, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: 295 Humphrey School
Phone: (612) 626-9946

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.

Lee Munnich

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Senior Researcher, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: 280 Humphrey Center
Phone: (612) 202-9511

Lee Munnich brings more than 20 years of state and local government experience to the study of public policy issues at the University of Minnesota. His research encompasses transportation's role in the community, congestion pricing, rural transportation safety, and economic development. Munnich was director of the national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety established under SAFETEA-LU and has led research, outreach and education projects on congestion pricing and mileage-based user fees. Munnich co-chairs the Transportation Research Board's Congestion Pricing Committee.

Munnich received a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1967 and has done post-graduate work in economics and computer science at the University of Minnesota. He served as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), and chaired the research division of the National Association of State Development Agencies (NASDA) from 1986 to 1990. Munnich's experience also includes serving as research director for the Minnesota Business Partnership, economic consultant for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and manager of Midwest Research Institute's Center of Economic Studies. Munnich was also elected twice to the Minneapolis City Council in the 1970s.

Adeel Lari

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Director of Innovative Finance, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: 295 Humphrey School
Phone: (612) 624-7746

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.

Tom Horan

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Visiting Scholar, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: 280 Humphrey Center
Phone: (909) 748-8748

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.

Zhirong “Jerry” Zhao

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Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: 246 Humphrey School
Phone: (612) 625-7318

Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao 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.

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.

Camila Fonseca Sarmiento

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Research Associate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Office: Humphrey School, Cube 59
Phone: (612) 301-1362

Camila Fonseca-Sarmiento is a research associate 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, in particular how local governments generate sufficient 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. While working for these organizations, she gained experience in quantitative analysis of public policies, budgeting, and data management, including data collection and visualization.

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