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Thomas O’Toole

Tom O'Toole

Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Thomas O’Toole is the Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). He teaches CIPA’s core course on “Issues in Public Administration,” a seminar on “Comparative Public Administration: The Case of Seoul, Korea,” and has collaborated on projects and educational programming with the White House, the United Nations Division of Public Administration and Development Management, the UN World Food Programme, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. 

He is also responsible for monitoring the strategic direction of CIPA, as well as providing ongoing oversight to ensure the achievement of CIPA’s educational and professional missions. As part of his responsibilities, Professor O’Toole oversees all student professional development activities related to the graduate field of public affairs at Cornell, including maintaining institutional relationships with organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and facilitating job and internship placements for CIPA Fellows. 

He received his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell.