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In September 2005, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg named Terry Miller, MSW, director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. Ms. Miller also has served as a consultant on special initiatives to the Pittsburgh Foundation, Allegheny County Department of Human Services and most recently to the Power of 32 Regional Visioning Initiative. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Miller is currently a Faculty Associate for the Harrisburg-based Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL) and is a board member of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, the Grace Ann Geibel Institute of Justice and Social Responsibility, POWER, and Green Empowerment Training Alliance. Prior to her tenure at the Institute of Politics, Ms. Miller was co-founder and first executive director of POWER, the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, a non-profit organization she established in Allegheny County to provide gender and culturally-specific treatment services to women who are in early recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Ms. Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1995 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the 2001 Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award, the League of Women Voters' Good Government Award in 2001 and 2003 and was a 2004 “Strong, Smart, Successful Woman” Honoree of the University of Pittsburgh Alumnae Council.

Megan Soltesz is the Deputy Director, Finance of the Institute of Politics. Ms. Soltesz is responsible for the management of the Institute's overall operating budget, as well as much of the administrative infrastructure. She assists in the planning, development and implementation of policy seminars as well as coordinates student programming.

Briana Mihok is the Senior Policy Strategist for the Institute of Politics. In this role, she supports the Director in the planning and implementation of activities in the Institute's eight policy areas. She is also the managing editor for all Institute publications. Ms. Mihok earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her MPA in Policy Research and Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2008. She is also a member of Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership Development Initiative Class XVII and serves as the vice president of the board of North Hills Community Outreach.

Karlie Haywood is the policy strategist for the Institute of Politics. A recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Karlie also works part time at the Allegheny County Conservation District.

Tracy Papillon is the Executive Assistant for the Institute of Politics. In this capacity, Ms. Papillon provides support to all Institute staff in the planning and implementation of eight policy committees' activities, meeting and seminar details, student programming and publications. She is responsible for the administrative functions in the office and serves as the Institute's front line. Ms. Papillon earned her BA in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and an AAS from Community College of Allegheny County in 1983.

Aaron Lauer is a research analyst with the Institute of Politics. His work includes special research projects and data analysis. Mr. Lauer has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives in the Pittsburgh region including the Institute of Politics Shale Gas Roundtable, the Allegheny County Board of Health Strategic Plan, and a feasibility study of the natural gas conversion of the Port of Pittsburgh towboat fleet. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as well as the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  He earned his BA from Duquesne University in History and Philosophy.








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