Associate Consultants


Associate Consultants are hired from the exemplary graduate student body of the Fels Institute of Government at Penn. In addition to their work with Fels, Associate Consultants are completing their Master of Public Administration degrees. Associate Consultants bring a diversity of skills, professional experience, enthusiasm and creativity to Fels Consulting. Working closely with Senior Advisors and Senior Consultants, Associate Consultants manage projects, develop promising practices, and collect and interpret data for innovative and high-impact projects. For information on previous Associate Consultants, click here.

Douglas F. DiSesa is a second year Executive MPA student at the Fels Institute of Government, an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting, and an MBA candidate at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. As an Associate Consultant, Douglas works with  non-profits in the Philadelphia area to develop cost saving strategies for organizations sharing office space in downtown Philadelphia. Additionally, Douglas serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS (GPAR) $100 Million Challenge, a post-secondary educational competition that challenges student groups to develop proposals realizing $100 million in cost savings in Philadelphia city government. Douglas is also co-authoring a new installment of Fels' Promising Practice Series on the emergence of the new public-private partnership.

Prior to joining Fels Consulting, Douglas worked as an Analyst at Treliant Risk Advisors, a financial services consulting firm in Washington, DC. At Treliant, Douglas advised financial institutions on enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and financial policy issues.  Douglas is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has assisted in the authoring of several articles related to financial policy. Douglas graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics.

Douglas can be reached at ddisesa@sas.upenn.edu.


Kathryn McCarthy is a second year Masters of Public Administration student at the Fels Institute of Government. As a member of Fels Consulting, Kathryn is currently working with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Paschalville branch on a project that convenes key stakeholders around the city to reimagine how the library can better serve jobseekers in Southwest Philadelphia. Additionally, Kathryn is conducting research for NASCA, the National Association of Chief State Administrators, and is authoring a case study for NASCA’s annual Institute on Leadership and Management. Earlier this year, Kathryn facilitated a strategic visioning process for a literacy nonprofit serving low-income adults in Philadelphia, and conducted research and co-authored several reports on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Fels Consulting, Kathryn worked in New York City and served as the Communications Associate at the Foundation Center, an organization that aggregates data on the philanthropic sector.  During her tenure there, Kathryn facilitated efforts to encourage foundations to be more transparent about their grantmaking and worked with nonprofits to help them target funding sources. Kathryn graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in History and Political Science.

Kathryn can be reached at katmcc@sas.upenn.edu.


Morgan Jones is a second year MPA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of and an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting.  As an Associate Consultant, Morgan workswith the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Paschalville branch on a project that convenes key stakeholders around the city to reimagine how the library can better serve jobseekers in Southwest Philadelphia. Additionally, Morgan works with Senior Advisors on the development of Financial Empowerment Centers in Philadelphia and co-authored several reports on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania.

 Prior to coming to Fels, Morgan worked as community development representative in corporate social responsibility and as an educator and counselor in public schools.  Morgan graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in secondary education and New York University with a B.A. in metropolitan studies and politics.

Morgan can be reached at jonesmor@sas.upenn.edu.

 

Ruoyun Wang is a second year Master of Public Administration student at the Fels Institute of Government and an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting. As an Associate Consultant, Ruoyun is currently working with School of Arts and Sciences on a summer project that brings college students from China to study in the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Ruoyun is working with Janet Rosenzweig from Prevent Child Abuse America and conducting research on national and international child well-being metrics.

Prior to joining Fels Consulting, Ruoyun served as the Corporate Services Officer at the British Consulate-General Shanghai. She was responsible for office operation and management. Ruoyun graduated from East China Normal University with a B.A. in International Education