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

McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office Staff
David W. Cash

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.

Professor Rita Kiki Edozie

Rita Kiki Edozie, Associate Dean, Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Rita Edozie received her PhD in politics from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and has been a teacher-scholar as well as an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies at Columbia University and more recently at Michigan State University where as professor of international relations, she has been recognized for her teaching excellence and outstanding community service. Edozie has authored seven books and several journal articles and book chapters. As associate dean, Edozie works closely with the dean to provide cutting-edge and innovative vision and leadership to foster an environment of policy research and teaching that drives real change at the local, state, national, and global levels. Professor Edozie has primary responsibility for the academic functions of the McCormack Graduate School and works closely with department chairs and directors, faculty and students, and university leaders in supporting the college’s educational and public service mission. She has oversight of the generation of academic data for the college’s degree and certificate programs and works closely with McCormack institutes and centers to support UMass Boston’s urban, community, and policy research mission.

Assistant Dean of Budget and Operations, Carlos Henriquez

Carlos Henriquez, Assistant Dean for Budget and Operations



Christopher Brindley, IT Specialist
cell: 617.857.9351;

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.


College Business Coordinator, Shaleah Rather

Shaleah Rather, College Business Coordinator


Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Sanchez, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Liz Sanchez 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 Straker

Rashelle Straker, Interim 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 Interim 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

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.