Faculty and Staff

Lou Jean Fleron, now ILR emeritus, directs the High Road program. A Cornell ILR Extension faculty member since 1977, her research and teaching areas are public economic policy, industry and community development, and labor management relations. She served as director of ILR Western Region and is the author of studies on regional economic development, includingChampions @ Work: Employment, Workplace Practices and Labor-Management Relations in Western New York, and Buffalo Child Care Means Business.

Prior to working at ILR, she taught political science at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Kentucky. Lou Jean was chair of Buffalo Living Wage Commission 2003-2010 and is currently co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good. 

Contact: ljf8@cornell.edu; (716) 852-4191 x118.

Sam Magavern, adjunct faculty of Cornell ILR, also teaches at the University at Buffalo Law School. He joined the clinical law faculty in 2007 after a year as compliance coordinator for the City of Buffalo Living Wage Commission. His classes focus on the policy aspects of affordable housing and community economic development and offer students experience in action-oriented research and policy advocacy. He practiced for twelve years with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, specializing in housing litigation, community legal education, and public policy advocacy. Sam is currently co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good. He grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Harvard College and UCLA Law School. When not teaching, he writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

Contact: magavern@gmail.com; (716) 852-4191 x117.

Ron Applegate, economic and labor historian, is a lecturer at Cornell ILR in the department of labor relations, law and history. Previously, he devoted two decades to community and labor organizing. He also coordinated community-based economic development programs for Over-the-Rhine Housing Network in Cincinnati, Ohio and Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, Massachusetts. His current teaching and research on the history of U.S. political economy focuses on collective action to increase public control over economic development.

Contact: ra40@cornell.edu; (607) 255-1139.

Megan Connelly serves a dual role as program coordinator for the High Road Fellowship Program as well as director of programs and development for the Partnership for the Public Good. Megan is a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. She previously worked at Neighborhood Legal Services on the Homeless Task Force in Buffalo, at the Youth Justice Project in South Bend, Indiana, and for the University at Buffalo’s Office of Civic Engagement and the Regional Institute. She believes that her own service experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame helped to shape her values, interests and ultimately, her career path and would like to provide similar transformative opportunities for students to engage with and learn from the community. 

Contact: mlc322@cornell.edu; (716) 852-4191 x110.