By Cindy Weiss, CLAS Today
Amy Donahue, associate professor of public policy who has advised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and served on the Return to Flight Task Group after the crash of the space shuttle Columbia, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
The Academy, established by Congress in 1967, provides advice and expertise in proposing solutions to the nation’s public policy challenges. Its fellows include 18 current or former Cabinet members (this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was named a fellow), eight current or former members of Congress, and a number of mayors, governors, and academics.
Donahue, formerly head of the Department of Public Policy in CLAS, recently stepped down to serve as chief operating officer for academic administration in the Office of the Provost.
Her research focuses on the productivity of emergency services organizations and the nature of citizen demand for public safety. She has been the principal investigator on federally funded research on emergency preparedness, including one recent study of how people perceive disaster risk and how that affects their preparedness.
Her expertise has been sought on a number of investigative and advisory panels. In 2006 she served on the National Mining Association’s Safety Training and Technology Commission, which was formed to identify ways to improve mining safety. From 2004-2007 she was a member of the Congressionally-mandated Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel advising NASA on safety issues. In 2005, she was an adviser to the chancellor of Louisiana State University following Hurricane Katrina.
She received her PhD and MPA from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and her BA in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton, where she was a distinguished military graduate of ROTC. She was on active duty in the U.S. Army for four years, achieving the rank of captain. She has managed a 911 communications center, worked as a firefighter and as an emergency medical technician in Fairbanks, Alaska and upstate New York. Donahue joined UConn in 2000. She is originally from Old Lyme, Conn.
For a profile of Donahue from the National Academy of Public Administration: