The Museum of Political Corruption
and The Center for Ethical Governance
The MPC was founded in 2013 and received its educational charter from the New York State Board of regents and its IRS 501 (C)(3) nonprofit status in 2015. The Museum is a member of AAM, the American Alliance of Museums, and MANY, the Museum Association of New York.
The Center for Ethical Governance is the educational and outreach wing of The Museum of Political Corruption. The Center is responsible for organizing a lecture series and developing a curriculum on good governance that can be taught in public schools.
The Museum of Political Corruption, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan institution, is dedicated to educating and empowering the public by providing a better understanding of political corruption, and encouraging solutions that promote ethics reform and honest governance.
The Center for Ethical Governance
Board of Trustees
Contacting the MPC
Frank Anechiarico, Ph.D., is the Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law at Hamilton College and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the City University of New York. He has published widely on questions of public integrity, including The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity (University of Chicago Press, 1996), with James B. Jacobs and Local Integrity Cities: World Cities Fighting Corruption, edited with L.W.J.C Huberts and Frederique Six (BJu Legal Publishers, 2008).
Natasha Avanessians received her MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. At SIPA Natasha worked with the Land Use and Community Development Team at the Manhattan Borough President's Office. Natasha has served as a member of the Bolton-St. Johns New York City & State Public Affairs Team where she represented clients before City & State agencies, elected officials and key staff. She also crafted strategic testimony for clients before the City Council and City rule making bodies. Natasha graduated Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is an active member of the Columbia Young Alumni Association and the American Enterprise Institute.
Thomas Bass, Ph.D., is the author of The Spy Who Loved Us (Public Affairs, 2009; UMass Press 2018); Censorship in Vietnam (UMass Press 2017); The Predictors (Holt / Viking-Penguin, 1999); Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home (Soho, 1996, 1997); Reinventing the Future (Addison-Wesley, 1994, 1995); Camping with the Prince and Other Tales of Science in Africa (Houghton Mifflin, 1990; Penguin 1991; Moyer Bell, 1998); and The Eudaemonic Pie (Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Vintage, 1986; Penguin 1991; Authors Guild eBook, 2014). He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, BBC as a commentator and is a contributor to The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is a Professor of English and Journalism at the State University of New York, University at Albany.
John Dion, D.B.A., is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Huether School of Business of The College of Saint Rose. Dr. Dion spent ten years in marketing and product development at The LEGO Group and 15 years in marketing at Bose Corporation. While at LEGO, Dr. Dion was on the core team that developed and launched LEGO MindStorms, the company’s first robotics products. At Bose Corporation he worked primarily in the Automotive Systems Division, marketing Bose premium audio systems to Ferrari, Maserati, Nissan, and Mazda. Dr. Dion has served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations, including the Worcester Art Museum, Mount Holyoke College Summer Theatre, and the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. Dr. Dion holds a B.A, Anthropology from Beloit College, M.B.A. from Western New England University, and D.B.A. jointly awarded by the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.
Karol Kamin, is an executive with a long career in the entertainment industry. As a Vice President and General Manager of Blackheart Records, she worked with such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Kinks and Darlene Love. Ms. Kamin was head of the global marketing and licensing division. She has worked on "Beatlemania” in addition to other Broadway plays--and with Joe Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival on productions such as "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Human Comedy."
Donna Kuba has more than 30 years’ experience directing and managing museum exhibit design and fabrication projects. Among her credentials are the management of the exhibit design project and fabrication liaison for the George H.W. Bush Presidential Museum and project direction for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, to date, the largest renovation project ever accomplished at the National Museum of Natural History.
Paul Lagunes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI). He specializes in the study of urban corruption and corruption monitoring, and has published in PLoS ONE, Political Psychology, Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Research Network, among others. He co-edited the volume “Greed, Corruption & the Modern State,” with Susan Rose-Ackerman.
Isaac Matzner is a Partner with KoreFusion, a global Strategy and M&A Advisory Firm focused on Payments, Fintech and Financial Services. Isaac merges a background in economic development, emerging market equities, and strategy consulting. Prior to KoreFusion, Prior to joining KoreFusion, Isaac was in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil office of Bain & Co. and at the New York City office of Auerbach Grayson. Earlier in his career, he worked at Mondato and the World Bank, acquiring on the ground experience across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Isaac has an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in International Development Studies from McGill University, with further studies at the University of Cape Town
Veronica Medina-Matzner is a media professional with degrees in Film, Cultural Journalism, Documentary Studies and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. Originally from Brazil, Veronica has been living in the US for over a decade. Her professional experience spans across the film industry, including production, editing, and distribution, having worked with a wide range of groups – from non-profits and Human Rights organizations like Ashoka Youth Venture, Barefoot Workshops, and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), to renowned film companies like Cinereach, Film Movement, and the Sundance Film Festival. She lives in Albany, NY, where she joined Youth FX and the Carey Institute for Global Good to launch NeXt Doc – a weeklong documentary retreat for aspiring filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. She is currently working on her second documentary feature “Veggie Revolution,” a co-production between Brazil, Portugal and the US, and is developing The Museum of Political Corruption’s first podcast series, entitled "Reflections on Ethical Leadership." She also serves on the Board of the Northeast Filmmakers Lab.
E. Scott Osborne, J.D., specializes in non-profit development, education, and gender equity issues. She holds a JD from New York University School of Law and an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Ms. Osborne has lived in India, Russia, Western Europe and numerous countries in Africa, working with private development agencies, law firms, and USAID. She works for Opportunity Education and is currently writing a book about girls and women in India
Philip Mark Plotch, Ph.D. is a political science professor and the director of the master in public administration program (MPA) at Saint Peter’s University. Plotch previously served as the director of World Trade Center redevelopment and special projects at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He is the author of the award-winning 2015 (and 2018) book Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject. In 2019, Cornell University Press will publish his book about New York's subways. He is also working on a book about regional cooperation and conflict between New York and New Jersey.
Bruce C. Roter, Ph.D., Founder and President, Bruce Craig Roter is a professor of music and coordinator of the Music Department's core curriculum at The College of Saint Rose. An ASCAP award winning composer, Roter's works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Roter's music is often inspired by American heritage. A long-time resident of Albany, Roter is also a community activist. Prior to founding The Museum of Political Corruption, Roter lead the grassroots campaign that brought Trader Joe's to the Capital District.
Meave M. Tooher, J.D., is a partner in the law firm of Tooher & Barone, LLP, in Albany, New York, focused in environmental law and ethical defense. Meave served for eight years as Investigative Counsel with the New York State Ethics Commission, later the State Commission on Public Integrity. She has counseled clients in balancing ethical considerations in meeting the regulatory framework of environmental protection and continues to counsel State employees in defending against charges of violations of New York’s Public Officers Law. She has provided several presentations on ethics to the National Institute of Environmental Health at the National Institute for Health. She also serves as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of New Baltimore, NY.
Susan Weber is a retired attorney and administrative law judge, and capital region activist. She was president of the local chapter of the NY Civil Liberties Union and a member of the New York Civil Liberties Board of Directors for several years, and is active in the Working Families Party in New York. Susan served as legislative counsel for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and an administrative law judge for that agency. Susan is a founder of SAVE Colonie: A Partnership for Planning, working to improve local governmental transparency and responsiveness..
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Ken Ackerman, a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C., has authored five major books on Americana including Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York; Young J. Edgar: Hoover and the Red Scare,1919-1920; and Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield. His latest, Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, is due for release in September 2016. Over the years, Ken has served as legal counsel to two committees of the United States Senate, held regulatory positions in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations, and built a private legal practice at Washington’s OFW Law. He recently expanded his writing to include a history blog, Viral History, and a small publishing house, Viral History Press LLC. A native of Albany, New York, Ken lives with his wife Karen in Falls Church, Virginia.
Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD, MPH, is a psychiatrist and professional bioethicist who writes about issues at the nexus of law, medicine and morality. Dr. Appel taught ethics for many years at Brown University and later at NYU and Columbia, before joining the faculty at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, where he holds an appointment as Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry. He is also an attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital and serves on the Institutional Review Board. He has been a regular ethics columnist at the Huffington Post, Opposing Views and Education Update, and has contributed Op-Eds and commentary to dozens of national and regional newspapers including The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle and Providence Journal. His twelfth volume of fiction, a novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.
Susan Arbetter is the Emmy Award-winning host and producer of the syndicated public radio program the Capitol Pressroom, which broadcasts live from the 3rd floor of the State Capitol in Albany weekdays from 11am to noon. Arbetter also holds the title Director of News & Public Affairs for Syracuse public broadcaster, WCNY. Susan’s news career has taken her from WBOS-FM in Boston to Albany where she cut her teeth at WPYX/WTRY in the early nineties. After several years in commercial radio she fell in love with public broadcasting at WAMC Northeast Public Radio where she worked for 13 years, 6 of those as News Director. She is one of the creators and co-hosts of the award-winning Roundtable Show. She had her first taste of television at WMHT, the PBS station which serves the capital region. There, she created, produced and hosted the political show New York Now as well as a number of statewide public television specials on issues ranging from the fall of former Governor Eliot Spitzer to veterans returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Susan is the recipient of over 30 awards for electronic journalism, including a 2013 Emmy Award for Best Public Affairs Series for the television show Insight and a 2016 Emmy nomination for Best Political Program, Connect: NY. She has also received one or more of the following awards for radio broadcasting: Edward R. Murrow, Scripps-Howard, AP, PRNDI & NYSBA, among others. The Capitol Pressroom is also the recipient of a 2016 NYSBA Award for Community Service and a 2016 Media Award from the Erie County Bar Association. Susan was also awarded the Women’s Press Club’s “Excellence in Career Achievement Award” in 2015.
Rosemary Armao is an investigative editor and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The State University of New York at Albany. For more than 32 years she was a reporter and editor at various wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa. She is a former Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former President of the Journalism and Women Symposium. Professor Armeo is a host of WAMC's The Media Project and a regular contributor on WAMC's The Roundtable.
Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D.,is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of a number of non-fiction books, including Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era (2009) and Crimes of the Centuries (2016). She is the 2010 recipient of the George N. Dove Award for research on mystery and crime fiction. She has been nominated for several other awards, including the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony, and is the winner of a Macavity Award for African American Mystery Writers (2008). She has five books and two short stories in a mystery series featuring crime historian Lizzie Stuart. Frankie’s near-future police procedural novels set in Albany, New York, The Red Queen Dies (2013) and What the Fly Saw (2015), feature Detective Hannah McCabe. Frankie is a former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America and a past national president of Sisters in Crime. She is at work on a nonfiction book about dress, appearance, and disorder in American crime and justice. She is also working on a historical thriller set in 1939.
Roshni Bhambhwani is currently Science Festival Manager for the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, NY. Roshni is a Museum Studies A.L.M student at Harvard University and a Board Member for YWCA Northeastern NY. A New Jersey native, Roshni quickly fell in love with the history, culture, and politics of her adopted home in the Capital Region.
James Coll is an adjunct professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University and the founder of ChangeNYS.org, a not-for-profit dedicated to non-partisan civic education and political reform in our state. He has written numerous articles on NYS government in Newsday, Politico, NY Daily News, Albany Times-Union and other publications. James lives in Seaford on Long Island.
Creighton Michael: American artist Creighton Michael served on the faculty at Hunter College in New York City from 2005-2013. Michael is a member of American Abstract Artists and the International Sculpture Center, where he was on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. His work is in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Father Christopher DeGiovine served as Dean of Spiritual Life and Chaplain at the College of Saint Rose for twenty five years. During his tenure at Saint Rose, Father DeGiovine was a leader in promoting interfaith dialogue. A native of Greenville, NY, Father DeGiovine is currently Pastor of St. Matthew's parish in Voorheesville.
Rabbi David Gordis. a resident of Albany, is Senior Visiting Scholar at the University at Albany and President Emeritus of Hebrew College. He has served as Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Committee. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the University of Judaism, Vassar College, UCLA Law School and Brandeis University.
Ambassador Robert Gosende served for 36 years as Career Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency and at the U.S. Department of State. He retired in 1998 and became Associate Vice Chancellor/Senior International Officer in the central administration of the State University of New York and the John W. Ryan Fellow in Public Diplomacy at the University at Albany. Ambassador Gosende received Presidential Awards for his service as USIA’s Director for African Affairs and as President Clinton’s Special Envoy for Somalia.
Gretchen E. Guenther-Collins, M.S., J.D., CPA, Accounting Department Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting, The College of Saint Rose Huether School of Business.
Michael Johnston, Ph.D., is Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. Dr. Johnston's areas of interest include Comparative and American politics, public policy; corruption, democratization, and development.
Katherine Burton Jones, is Director of Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. She is a member of the board of directors and chairs the Museum Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, RI. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA. Jones was an assistant director at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1994 to 2000, where she introduced the importance of websites and multimedia to all of the Harvard museums. While at the Peabody, she served on the boards of the Museum Computer Network and the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Mildred Morse Allen Center. Katherine Burton Jones edited and contributed to two books on the use of technology in museums, The Wired Museum (American Association of Museums, 1997), and Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums (with Paul F. Marty, Routledge, 2007). In the last two decades she has also authored numerous articles on topics related to museums, and given presentations at national and regional museum conferences
John Murtagh, J.D., is a partner in the White Plains, NY law firm Gaines,Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP. A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School , for eight years John served as a City Councilman in Yonkers. As a first term Councilman John authored what the New York Times called New York State's toughest government ethics code. A 2008 candidate for the New York State Senate, in 2011 John was the Republican candidate for Mayor in Yonkers. John hosts "The John Murtagh Show," a talk program covering local, state and national issues on WVOX 1460AM
Morgan Pehme is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and political commentator. Most recently, Morgan co-directed, wrote and produced the critically acclaimed Netflix Original documentary Get Me Roger Stone, which made its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival before being released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and worldwide on Netflix. Previously, Morgan co-directed the narrative feature Nothing Sacred and co-wrote and produced the psychological thriller Nightmare for IFC Films. Currently, Morgan is an on-camera political analyst for PIX11 News. He is the former editor-in-chief of City & State magazine and co-host of Effective Radio on AM970 in New York City. Among the publications to which Morgan has contributed articles are The Daily Beast, New York Daily News, The Hill, and HuffPost. Morgan has appeared as a guest on The View, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR, and given print interviews to publications including The Washington Post, Playboy, and USA Today.
Sarah Rodman, A.L.M., Museum Studies, Harvard University
Susan Rose-Ackerman, is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Emerita (Law and Political Science). She has taught and written widely on corruption, law and development, administrative law, law and regulatory policy, the nonprofit sector, and federalism. Her recent books are Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform, second edition with Bonnie Palifka, and Greed, Corruption and the Modern State (edited with Paul Lagunes). She was a visiting researcher at the World Bank and a member of the Inter-American Development Bank, Expert Advisory Group on Transparency, She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Her current research and teaching focus on the political economy of corruption and on comparative administrative law and public policymaking.
Paul Rosenthal transforms ideas into experiences. A writer and exhibition consultant for more than 35 years, he has helped museums, visitor centers, and historic sites worldwide attract, inform, and touch a broad audience, planning and writing exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution, International Spy Museum, New York State Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Barnum Museum, Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, and many dozens more. As a children’s book author, he has been honored by the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council
Kaya Sanan, Multimedia Director, and founder of Sanan Media specializing in innovative films & interactive multimedia for museums and planetariums.
R. Mark Sullivan, Ed.D. served as President at The College of Saint Rose before becoming Director of the College's newly created Institute for Higher Education Leadership. Dr. Sullivan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in public policy from the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island.
Zephyr Teachout, is Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University, a former NY gubernatorial candidate and is the author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United (Harvard University Press, September 2014). In July 2015 she was named as CEO and Board chair for the US-based anti-corruption nonprofit Mayday PAC
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk was the member of the New York State Senate for the 46th district. She was the ranking member on the Senate Committee of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and on the Senate Elections Committee as well. She also served on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Education, Children and Families and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committees. She and her husband own and live on a small sheep farm in Duanesburg, New York.