Ambassadors, environmental advocates, congressman, police chiefs and more. Alumni from the Master of Public Administration 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 MPA alumni have taken toward success.
Gwen Sykes, SPA/MPA ’01
As CFO of the U.S. Secret Service, Gwendolyn Sykes brings to SPA students years of experience managing financial operations for federal agencies. Read more »
SPA/BA ’96 & SPA/MPA ’98
Massachusetts has been at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. Directly involved in the state’s progressive movement is School of Public Affairs alumnus Mark Sylvia. Read more »
SPA/BA ’11 & SPA/MPA ’14
When President Barack Obama decided to move forward on executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, he reached out to SPA alumnus Andy MacCracken. Read more »
Amb. Kenneth Merten,
Ambassador Kenneth Merten was inspired for a career in diplomacy by a strong interest in the world beyond our borders. Read more »
Congressman Jim McGovern, SPA/MPA ’84
Congressman Jim McGovern (D - MA) got his introduction to politics while at SPA. Today he is a champion for progressive causes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more »
Vivian Santora built a career as fundraising professional and today serves as chief development officer at Women’s World Banking. Read more »
Hassan M. Aden,
Hassan Aden, chief of police in Greenville, NC, has served police departments for nearly 30 years and has used his "SPA experience every day." Read more »
Erin Fuller, SPA/BA ’93 and SPA/MPA ’94
Erin Fuller, FASAE, MPA, CAE, is a leader in nonprofit management, and credits her experiences at AU's School of Public Affairs with preparing her. Read more »
Duilio Correa, a native of Peru, has never let his physical limitations hold him back -- in the classroom or on the job. Read more »
For 10 years Bawden has served at the GAO, where she focuses on important national security issues, specifically nuclear security and cleanup. Read more »
Director of the FAA's Air Traffic Control Facilities Directorate, Jodi McCarthy is using her experiences from SPA to lead a number of high profile government projects. Read more »
Current Position: Program Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research
Favorite Class: Leadership in the Changing Workplace
Favorite Aspects of the program: The highly qualified professors and diverse student body
Current Position: Regulatory Analyst, Strategic Management Services
Favorite Internship: National Committee for Quality Assurance
DC Tip: Take advantage of living in DC, and explore everything it has to offer.
Reginald W. Mitchel,
Current Position: Controller, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Favorite Aspects of the program: Learning alongside of very talented individuals in my cohort class.
Career Tip: Always remain open to continuous learning. It should be a life-long endeavor.
Current Position: PhD Student, American University
Favorite Internship: Department of Defense
Career Tip: Don't plan too far ahead. Be open to unanticipated opportunities.