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Institute Staff

Institute Staff

Institute Staff

Jim Malatras, President
Jim Malatras is the President of the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Prior to his appointment as President of RIG, Dr. Malatras held several high-ranking positions in New York State Government. Most recently, he served as Director of State Operations to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he managed the day-to-day operation of state government and served as the Administration’s point person on policy. In addition, he previously served as Deputy Secretary for Policy Management to Governor Cuomo and as Deputy Director of Policy on Governor Cuomo’s successful campaign for Governor. Dr. Malatras also previously served as Executive Directive of Legislative Affairs and State Policy to Attorney General Cuomo and Legislative Director to former Assemblyman and current RIG Board member, Richard L. Brodsky, who chaired the Environmental Conservation and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committees in the New York State Assembly. Dr. Malatras received his BA, MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany.
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Tom Gais, Director
Thomas L. Gais is director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York. Before becoming director in 2010, Gais served as acting director, co-director, senior fellow, and fellow since he came to the Institute in 1994. His research has focused on American federalism, particularly the implementation of national social and health initiatives by state governments; the dynamics of state spending on social programs and relationships to changing needs; the role of analysis and experimentation in the routine operations of government; the comparative effectiveness of faith-based social service organizations; performance measurement and management; nonprofit social service organizations and their relations with governments; campaign finance reforms and their effects; state constitutional reforms; and interest group formation, maintenance, and strategies. Gais has taught at Barnard College, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Patricia Strach, Deputy Director for Research
Patricia Strach is the deputy director for research at the Institute and an associate professor in the departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany. Her research examines the relationship between social and political institutions in American public policy. She is the author of Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate Influence, and Breast Cancer Policymaking (Oxford 2016), All in the Family: The Private Roots of American Public Policy (Stanford 2007) and articles appearing in Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Policy History, Polity, and American Politics Research. In 2008-2010 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. Strach received her doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.
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Heather Trela, Chief of Staff
Heather Trela oversees the day-to-day operations of the Rockefeller Institute and serves as the president’s primary liaison with management, staff, and other stakeholders. She was a doctoral candidate at, and holds a master's degree in political science from, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as a bachelor's in economics and political science from Hartwick College.
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Kyle Adams, Communications
Kyle Adams oversees communications at the Rockefeller Institute to help bring relevant, evidence-based policy analysis into the public decision-making process. He previously worked in communications at SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Delhi, as a news reporter, and served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. He holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and anthropology from Syracuse University.
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Patricia Cadrette, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration – Sponsored Funding; Conference Manager
As the assistant director for finance and administration, Patricia Cadrette is responsible for budget and proposal development, and the daily management and administration of project grants and contracts. She also serves as conference manager for Institute events and it’s facility use. Previously, Patti served as the project administrative officer for the Urban and Metropolitan Studies program for 15 years, where she was responsible for contract management, fiscal administration and research support. Prior to joining the Institute, Patti worked for a NY State senator, for the commissioner of the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal and in the New York State Governor’s Office. Patti is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
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Joe Chamberlin, Director of Information Systems
Joe provides technical expertise and leadership to the staff of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government to facilitate and enhance the Institute’s research and distribution of published material in printed and web formats by managing all IS tasks and providing direction on new technologies. Joe earned a science degree with a major in geology and a minor in biology from Syracuse University. Prior to working at the Institute, Joe worked for SUNY at System Administration.
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Michele Charbonneau, Staff Assistant for Publications
Michele Charbonneau assists in the various stages of publishing the Institute’s reports and publications including the New York State Statistical Yearbook. Michele received her bachelor's degree at the University at Albany.
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Michael Cooper, Director of Publications
Michael Cooper supervises all stages of the publication process, handles desktop publishing, and exercises editorial supervision of the web site operations of the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 1988, he was a production editor at Ziff-Davis Publications, the Association for Computing Machinery, and Simon & Schuster. Cooper is a graduate of the University at Albany.
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Barbara Jariri, Director of Administrative Services
Barbara will be overseeing the administrative operation of the Institute under Chief of Staff Heather Trela, specifically improving customer service with stakeholders, managing schedules, and travel. Prior, Barbara was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chancellor at The State University of New York.
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Malvin Lumpkin, General Mechanic
Malvin Lumpkin is responsible for the daily maintenance of the Institute’s three historic buildings. Prior to his appointment at the Institute, Malvin developed skills serving as a locksmith, driver, and carpenter during his decades of service at SUNY System Administration.
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Heather Stone, Senior Staff Assistant for Finance and Administration
Heather Stone is responsible for the daily management and processing of state financial transactions and manages personnel functions for the institute’s full-time, part-time and temporary staff. She also serves as the institute’s facilities coordinator. Heather holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Hudson Valley Community College.
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Katie Zuber, Assistant Director Policy and Research
Katie Zuber's research examines the role of law in collective struggle, with an emphasis on legal advocacy among sexual and gender minorities. She has worked on several collaborative projects featured in Law & Society Review, Justice System Journal, Political Communication, and Journal of Political Marketing. Most recently, she has taught as a visiting professor in the department of Political Science at Skidmore College, as well as at Union College and Vassar College. Katie received her doctorate in political science from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2017.
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