Dean’s Office Staff
Contact the McCormack Graduate School
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 William T. Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617.287.5550; Fax: 617.287.5544
Location: McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 625
David W. Cash, Dean and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
David W. 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.
Rita Kiki Edozie, Associate Dean, Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Carlos Henriquez, Assistant Dean for Budget and Operations
Christopher Brindley, IT Specialist
Chris has provided technical support to the McCormack Graduate School's faculty, staff, and students for 12 years. Previously, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a historical writer for The Canton Journal, Stoughton Journal, and The Sharon Advocate. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, he worked as a Microsoft certified Operating Systems Support and Networking trainer.
Shaleah Rather, College Business Coordinator
Elizabeth Diaz, Executive Assistant to the Dean
Liz Diaz has worked at the University of Massachusetts Boston for almost 25 years in several departments and colleges on campus in many capacities. She joined the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies in 2010. In her role as Executive Assistant to the Dean, she is responsible for a wide range of complex organizational, administrative, and professional duties. She provides support to the dean through schedule and calendar coordination, communication with University leaders and external entities, correspondence preparation and management, and various executive office support activities and special projects.
Rashelle A. Straker, Director of Academic Programs and Events
Rashelle Straker is an alumna of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor's in fine art, concentrating in photography, art administration, cultural appropriation and representation of the Caribbean Diaspora, and the use of art as self-preservation. For the past 12 years, Rashelle has made a commitment as a higher education professional covering multiple aspects such as academic programs, events management, marketing, and recruitment. She has used her educational training and creative and leadership skills with acquired institutional knowledge to maintain and assist in the evolution of educational programs and students' experiences at reputable academic organizations. As the Director of Academic Programs and Events, she works closely with the dean, associate dean, department chairs and directors, faculty, staff, students, and university leaders in supporting the college’s academic affairs and programming responsibilities. Additionally, she supports the planning, promoting, executing, and evaluating for all events while providing guidance and support to the college’s 14 research institutes and 3 academic departments.
Robert Turner, Research Fellow
Bob Turner is a Research Fellow at the McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office. He helps with public relations and communications initiatives, which includes organizing and managing elements of the annual Robert Wood Lectureship and public debates for candidates running for office. He previously worked as the Deputy Editor of The Boston Globe's editorial page and State House Bureau Chief and was an op ed columnist for 15 years. He is a graduate of Columbia College and holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School.