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Urban and Regional Policy

Preeti Hehmeyer

Preeti Hehmeyer leads the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s programming and development efforts and is a lecturer in the Stanford Public Policy Program. In her role at the Lane Center, she works with academic fellows, researchers, and on-campus partners to convene scholars from across Stanford and the broader community on a wide range of topics related to the American West. Preeti specializes in local government policy and is responsible for the Center’s work with city managers in the Bay Area. 

Newsha K. Ajami

Newsha K. Ajami, PhD., is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West and NSF-ReNUWIt initiatives and a lecturer with Public Policy Program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy, the water-energy-food nexus, and advancing uncertainty assessment techniques impacting hydrological predictions.

Dennis Gale

Dr. Gale has served as a Lecturer at Stanford since 2010 and has taught courses in the urban studies and public policy programs on housing policy and urban politics. Formerly, he was a Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers, where he was Founding Director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. He was, by courtesy, a member of the Department of Political Science and on the faculty of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems.

Russell Hancock

Russell Hancock is president & CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a group of public and private sector leaders tackling regional problems. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford (Political Science, 1993) and his undergraduate degree from Harvard (Government, 1986).

David Crane

David Crane is a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and president of Govern for California. From 2004-2010 he served as a special adviser to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and from 1979-2003 he was a partner at Babcock & Brown, a financial services company.

Adam Bonica

Adam Bonica is an Associate Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on ideology, campaign finance and interest groups politics. His main dissertation project developed a new methodology for measuring the ideology of political actors using campaign finance records.

Frank Benest

Until August 2008, Frank Benest served as the City Manager of Palo Alto, California. He is a noted consultant and trainer on rightsizing public organizations, entrepreneurial government, civic engagement, leadership development and succession planning.

Bruce Cain

Bruce E. Cain is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He received a B.A. from Bowdoin College (1970), a B.Phil. from Oxford University (1972) as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1976). He taught at Caltech (1976-89) and UC Berkeley (1989-2012) before coming to Stanford. Professor Cain was Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley from 1990-2007 and Executive Director of the UC Washington Center from 2005-2012.

Joe Nation

Joe Nation is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Stanford University. He directs the graduate student Practicum in public policy and teaches policy courses on climate change, health care, and California state issues.  He also serves as the Grossman-Kennedy Fellow in Human Biology, teaching environmental and health policy.  His current research is focused on public finance and public employee pensions. He is also a Principal at his own consulting firm, where his clients include RAND, other research organizations, and several California municipal governments. 
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