Mayors, environmental advocates, analysts, council members and more. Alumni from the Master of Public Policy program have gone on to find career success in a myriad of industries and public platforms. Below, you can read about a snapshot of these successes, and learn more about the paths MPP alumni have taken toward success.
Mayor Muriel Bowser,
On November 4, 2014, SPA graduate Muriel Bowser was elected as the seventh, and only second female, mayor of the District of Columbia. Read more »
2014 Reilly Scholar Jennifer Fernandez paired an early focus on housing issues with a new passion in pursuing environmental policy after joining SPA's MPP program. Read more »
Zachary Rybarczyk believes his Boren Fellowship in Morocco will teach him “the successes and challenges of providing urban and rural populations with clean water and adequate sanitation.” Read more »
Brianne Nadeau brings to DC's Ward 1 Council a commitment to community activism and expertise in communications and advocacy. Read more »
Current position: Knowledge and Data Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Education
Favorite internship: Public policy assistant at Baker Donelson, a policy advising firm. I got to research topics ranging from health care to Superfund, and cover Hill briefings, the 2008 elections and think-tank events.
Current position: Director of State Government Relations, University of North Carolina
Favorite aspect of program: My fellow students were diverse, smart, and engaging.
Career tip: Be aggressive in your job search, starting soon after beginning the program.
Current position: Project Manager, U.S. Census Bureau
Favorite class: Social Policy with professor Alison Jacknowitz
Career tip: Work hard and build healthy relationships with those who are working in the positions that you want to reach.
Current position: Communications Manager, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Favorite aspect of program: In retrospect, it is learning to write concisely
Favorite class: Nonprofit Management
DC tip: Who you know is just as important as what you know. Network, network, network!
Michael V. Palinkas,
Current position: Management Analyst, NASA
Favorite internship: Targeting Department at the Democratic National Committee
DC tip: Live in it! Move around to different neighborhoods; meet people outside of your career field; go to local music and art shows; go to as many events as possible.