Officers

David Ehrlich – President
David Ehrlich – President
David Ehrlich is Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Management and Public Administration at the Stuart School of Business. His courses have included environmental policy, policy design and analysis, policy implementation, program evaluation, comparative public policy, leadership, and international development. Prior to joining Stuart, Dr. Ehrlich chaired the Leadership and Policy Studies degree program in the School of Public Service at DePaul University.

Dr. Ehrlich has previously served as a senior analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where he briefed Members of Congress, congressional committees, and nongovernmental groups on legislation and policy design issues. He coauthored reports related to energy and the environment and on innovative policy approaches, as well as on major projects in transportation finance and safety, occupational safety and health, flight training, compensatory education, and military weapons systems. He has also served as a senior legislative assistant to several members of Congress and has consulted on environmental and energy issues.


Ron Fernandes-Vice President
Ron Fernandes – Vice President
Ron Fernandes is a member of the faculty and Assistant Director at the School of Public Service (SPS), DePaul University, Chicago. His doctorate from Carnegie Mellon is in public policy and management. He has a graduate degree in non-profit and development management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Jabalpur, India. He worked for four years in production and finance in an agricultural cooperative firm and two years in marketing for an engineering firm.

Ron’s teaching interests include courses in management, finance, research methods and statistics, cross-sector analysis, sustainable development, and the management of nongovernmental organizations. His administrative responsibilities include serving as Principal Representative to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). He directs the SPS Online program, which offers the Master of Science in Public Service Management degree and the Master of Public Administration in fully online format. He is a certified Master Reviewer for Quality Matters, a consortium of experts created to review the quality of online courses in American universities. He chairs the SPS Study Abroad committee and leads the India Study Abroad program.

He serves on the board of India Development Service, a charitable organization supporting development projects in India. He is the founder president, since 2009, of the American Friends of WOTR (AFOW), a charitable organization supporting innovative development programs on water conservation and climate change adaptation in India working in close collaboration with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in India in the field of watershed development. He is a member of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and serves on the American Society for Public Administration Greater Chicago Council. He recently co-authored a paper with Todd Newman (an SPS graduate) on “A re-assessment of factors associated with environmental concern and behavior using the 2010 General Social Survey” and published in the journal of Environmental Education Research (January 2015).


Francis Scolt – Treasurer
Francis Scolt – Treasurer
Francis Scolt, CA, CPA, MBA is currently a Tax Manager, Global Mobility at Ernest and Young. He also served as U.S. Tax and Accounting Analyst with AON Hewitt and as Tax Senior at Blackman Kallick, Chicago. He has an MBA from Dominican University in Accounting and Finance.

Ramya Ramanath – Secretary
Ramya Ramanath – Secretary
Professor Ramya Ramanath is Associate Professor at DePaul University’s School of Public Service (SPS). She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs. She also has a Master’s in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Her current research projects are spread over three continents and draw on disciplinary perspectives in urban sociology, anthropology, and political science. In particular, they demonstrate a primary interest in the decision-making behavior of international and domestic NGOs as they participate in within-sector and cross-sector collaborations to deliver human services. Her research is forthcoming or has appeared in Evaluation and Program Planning, Voluntary Sector Review, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Sage Reference Publication on Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations and Public Voices.

As faculty and chair of the Masters in International Public Service degree at DePaul University, Ramanath teaches courses on the management of international nongovernmental organizations, sustainable international development, cross-sector analysis, international dimensions of public service and policy implementation. She has led numerous study abroad programs for DePaul students to study the programs of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR).