Leadership Team 2016 - 2017

Conference of Minority Public Administrators aim to provide the organization with a strategic executive committee that yields superior performance. The elected executive committee is made up of dues paying members of COMPA, educators, public servants, and committed individuals who are charged with moving the mission of COMPA forward.


Dr. Marc Fudge, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at California State University-Benardino. His research examines the impact information and communication technologies have on public sector performance.



Dr. Michael Orok, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, is a nationally recognized academician & public administrator, brings 26 years of work higher education, analysis & institutional effectiveness and accreditation fields experience.


Loretta Tillery is a Certified Public Manager® (CPM) currently serving as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health, Human Services and Education for a local government. She is a frequent conference speaker and serves in a leadership capacity in several organizations.  

Vice PresidenT

Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis has served in institutions of higher learning for sixteen years in various roles and is currently a Professor of Public Administration/MPA Coordinator in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Point University. Dr. Roberts-Lewis believes that “teaching in the academy is the noblest of service, a calling of sorts that simultaneously requires the teacher to impart knowledge and wisdom while committing to a journey of lifelong learning.”


Dr. Talya D. Thomas is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. She obtained a Bachelors in Psychology, minor in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from Clark Atlanta University. She obtained her Doctoral Degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, with a concentration in Community Development and Housing from Texas Southern University.


Dr. Nathaniel Wright received his B.A. and Masters of Public Administration from Binghamton University (2005, 2006); and Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas (2014). Dr. Wright conducts research on the role that social advocacy nonprofits play in creating sustainable neighborhoods and also studies issues related to nonprofit organizational effectiveness and community and economic development. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University, and teaches courses in nonprofit management and fund development.