Leadership Team

Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School

Dean Mary McKay came to the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis from the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Dean McKay brings a wealth of critical scholarship and leadership in the areas of poverty, mental health and the health-prevention needs of poverty-impacted youth and families, both locally and globally.

Associate Dean for External Affairs, Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Gary Parker, MSW, is Associate Dean of External Affairs at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He has also been named the inaugural Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute.

​Senior Scholar, Assistant Professor of Practice and American Public Health Association Government Fellow

​As Senior Scholar in Policy and Assistant Professor of Practice at the Brown School, Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell serves as a faculty advisor to the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, develops policy curricula and teaches several policy related courses, and continues an active research portfolio.

Manager, Brown School Initiatives

As Manager of Brown School Initiatives, Atia Thurman manages both short-term and long-range projects related to the implementation of strategic initiatives. Thurman serves as a leader, visionary, and representative of the Dean and the School to internal and external audiences. As the very first member of the Clark Fox Policy Institute, she worked directly with the Advisory Committee to create and define the Institute.
Linde Parcels, MPH graduate student, supports communication and stakeholder engagement for the Clark-Fox Policy Institute. Parcels is a second-year Master of Public Health graduate student at the Brown School and is specializing in Health Policy Analysis.

Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean, Brown School

As Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean, Jacque Martinez Pullen is the principal deputy to the Dean and oversees the planning, operations, and management of the Dean’s Office. She draws on a masters degree in public policy and experience as a faculty of Political Science to support the Clark-Fox Policy Institute.