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Lori Partin

Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lori Partin is a Management and Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), supporting the development and operation of child welfare information systems.

She has an extensive background in strategic planning, public and private sector project management, and government administration at multiple levels. Her experience includes 15 years in various project management and government leadership roles.  Lori's public sector practice areas include: information technology (IT), child welfare/human services, financial monitoring, business process reengineering, and government operations. 

Prior to joining HHS, Lori worked as an agency and divisional Chief of Staff in both the Cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia at large social services agencies; where she oversaw operational level strategies and staff, agency-wide change initiatives, and managed complex, functionally integrated projects. 

In addition, she has been a consultant at both Public Financial Management and Booz Allen Hamilton; obtaining experience in both the public and private sectors, supporting and leading projects for federal, state, and local level clients. 

Lori holds a BA in Finance from Temple University, and has completed studies at the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. 

She is currently pursuing an Agile Certificate Associate-establishing a background in Agile project management methodologies, and learning practices in planning, managing, and executing complex IT, software development, and systems integration projects.

Courses Taught

Instructor: Lori Partin
Course Section: 022
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

Fall 2017 on-campus meetings will be held on the following Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5:30pm. This is a half-semester course and occurs second session, November 10 & 11, December 1 & 2.

Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 8:15pm-9:15pm
Course Description:

The ever-growing demand for government services and the complexity of today's public policy challenges make capable project management a critical skill for public sector professionals. Modern government agencies and related companies increasingly employ integrated, matrixed, team-based approaches for projects such as the development and implementation of government-wide policies, change initiatives, programs, and the monitoring of agency performance. Effective project management principles and skills will prove to be invaluable tools for professionals charged with managing these types of important projects within the challenging public sector environment.
This course provides the opportunity to develop practical project management skills specific to the public sector. The course will use case studies and other materials to explore tactics proven effective in addressing these complexities. 
Course participants will utilize a variety of resources including the examination of recognized best practices, templates, and frameworks helpful in effectively impacting long- and short-term program success.


 Course Objectives:
•    Develop knowledge of the main tasks performed by project managers to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, lead, control, and successfully close projects with a specific focus on how these are applied in the public sector.
•    Develop time management and scheduling skills and for project managers.
•    Learn how to successfully manage and integrate cross-functional project teams.
•    Practice the application of learned project management skills using “real-world” scenarios and case studies.
•    Develop an understanding of the unique challenges presented by public sector projects; with an emphasis on management, risk mitigation, boundaries/constraints, and solution-focused results. 

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu