Meet Our Faculty

Anne Khademian
Anne Khademian
Professor Anne M. Khademian is the director for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and professor with the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP). Her research interests focus on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and financial regulation. She is the author of numerous articles on public management and public policy, and the books Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (CQ Press, 2002), Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (Brookings, 1996), and The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise Before joining Virginia Tech, Professor Khademian was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a co-editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and is a member of several editorial boards for public administration and policy journals. She is the incoming editor of the Administrative Profiles section in Public Administration Review. In 2009, she was named a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration. Anne holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science.
Leisha LaRiviere
Leisha LaRiviere is Associate Director of SPIA for the Virginia Tech Richmond campus. She leads School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) academic initiatives emphasizing community-based research, sponsored programs, and government leadership and management development initiatives. Leisha is an adjunct professor in the Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP), where her teaching foci include personnel-related processes and policies, public management behavioral skills, and graduate student capstone projects. Working cross-functionally with faculty in Blacksburg, the National Capital Region (Alexandria and Arlington), and Richmond, Leisha develops public partnerships, strategic research opportunities, and special lecture series.

Leisha is the Director of the Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) program, an innovative training partnership with SPIA and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leisha also leads the Virginia Public Sector Leader (VPSL) program, a theory-to-practice management and leadership program designed for state agencies and NGOs. Leisha directs the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Mentoring Program for CPAP Richmond, and facilitates graduate assistant-ships and internship opportunities. Experienced in nonprofit organizational development and policy advocacy, Leisha is a former President & CEO of a major regional nonprofit. where she successfully advocated Virginia’s General Assembly for community land trust development law. Leisha currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Virginia, on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Leadership Advisory Council, and is a Leadership Metro Richmond Graduate.

Her research interests include: policy and practice in government and NGO professional development; organizational theory and context; and, facilitative and participative leadership. Leisha is a doctoral student in public administration and policy, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech. Her BS in general business and merchandising is from the University of Montevallo.

Leisha LaRiviere
Bill Leighty
Bill Leighty
From January of 2002 until September of 2007 Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Kaine and Warner of Virginia. As Chief of Staff, Bill served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing Magazine named him one of the nine “Public Officials of the Year.” For seven years, Bill was the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, where led the agency to three consecutive US Senate Productivity Awards. Upon retirement Bill joined DecideSmart LLC consulting. In April of 2008, he served as Senior Advisor to the Scottish Executive advising the government on how to design and implement Scotland Performs, a national performance management system. In July of 2008 Bill conducted a performance review of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, a $52 billion pension system. In 2011, at the request of the National Governors Association, Bill led a 5 person delegation to Nigeria to conduct a “new governors” seminar for the newly elected governors of Nigeria. In August of 2012 Bill was appointed “Professor of Practice” by Virginia Tech and teaches strategic planning and administrative behavior in the MPA program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Bill joined state government after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Bill graduated from Mary Washington College in 1978, and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rosa Castillo-Krewson
Rosa Castillo Krewson is an adjunct professor of practice with the Professional Programs department of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Rosa spent 10 years in the banking industry, and 10 years in nonprofit management at the executive level. She offers a combined 20 years of program management experience, specializing in organizational restructuring, leadership transitions, and solving workflow challenges. At SPIA, she works closely with faculty, staff , students, local and state governments, professional associations and nonprofit organizations on professional programming in the areas of public-private partnerships and social equity. Rosa is also a doctoral student at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at SPIA. As a doctoral student, she has presented her research at various academic conferences on topics including social and racial equity, veterans’ education, economic development and urbanization, and strategic leadership and management. Rosa is also the co-organizer of SPIA’s student-led racial equity conference “Linking the Silos of Racial Equity Work” in the National Capital Region. Rosa earned a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University and completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate at the Center of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University.
Rosa Castillo-Krewson