Mahako Etta has ten years of experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the field of public affairs and administration. Specifically, her focus is on the economic development of cities through collaborative system-level reforms. Her research examines the role of higher education institutions in the development of urban metropolitan cities. Her research is mostly grounded in system theories, social network theory, and governance.
As a Program Manager at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, Ms. Etta manages a citywide postsecondary network called the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC). The goal of the collaborative is to increase the percentage of residents in the city of Newark with postsecondary degrees and high-quality credentials to 25 percent by 2025. The NCLC, a nationally funded network, has over 150 members representing over 60 organizations and institutions serving Newark residents.
Ms. Etta is currently completing her doctorate at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. She earned her master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, both from Rutgers University.