Institute of Poverty Studies and Economic Development: The College at Brockport

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Institute of Poverty Studies and Economic Development

Institute of Poverty Studies and Economic Development (IPSED) appoints Steve Hanmer as the Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach. IPSED launches the Capacity Building Project, as well as offers opportunities to collaborate.

SUNY College at Brockport would like to announce the next chapter in the Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development (IPSED), housed in the College’s Department of Public Administration located at the Brockport downtown campus on the 5th floor of the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC).

IPSED Director, Dr. Celia Watt, reflects back to when “the College formed IPSED to facilitate collaboration among private sector employers, governments, academic institutions, non-profits and other community organizations that are seeking to marshal limited public and private resources towards the long-term alleviation of poverty and strong regional job growth.” Dr. Watt is excited to continue building out the Institute’s vision with the appointment of a new Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach.

Steve Hanmer has joined the Department of Public Administration as a Faculty Fellow and will serve as IPSED’s Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach. Mr. Hanmer brings a diversity of academic and professional experience to the Institute, including his work experience with several municipal governments across the country and his tenure at the US Department of Health of Human Services. Steve received his Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is currently the Managing Partner at Breakthrough Leadership Group, a public-interest consultancy focused on building the capacity of schools, non-profits and government institutions.

The College is excited about advancing the IPSED vision to support a collective strategy that delivers excellent education to our children, trains adults for the jobs of the future, and facilitates shared regional vitality in Upstate New York. IPSED’s mission is to support partnerships among business, academic, and community leaders to raise awareness of poverty issues and build strategically aligned opportunities for those living in poverty to live out their life’s purpose and productively contribute to the economy and their communities.

The Institute is launching a Capacity Building Project with the goal of generating Return on Investment (ROI) for our partners by reducing social costs and generating social benefits in line with sound economic principles and cutting-edge research in the field of public management. Utilizing a clinical model, IPSED is seeking partners that wish to work with interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty and practitioners to fund an innovative project that addresses a community defined problem and evaluates an existing program and/or new intervention with promising results.

If you are interested in learning more about IPSED or would like to collaborate, please reach out to Steve Hanmer via email at or call the Institute today to start a conversation at (585) 395-8375.



Steve Hanmer:, (585) 395-8375

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