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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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  • Emma Odren
    Emma Odren
    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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  • Fratern Masika Tarimo
    Fratern Masika Tarimo
    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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  • Benjamin Attia
    Benjamin Attia
    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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  • Wei-Ming Chen
    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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  • Michelle Kung
    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/hoh-christine.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Q&A with 2019 Graduates <p>At the center of the Institute for Public Administration‘s (IPA) commitment to public service is the opportunity to immerse students in hands-on learning experiences through internships, fellowships, and work placement programs.<br></p><p>Each year, IPA celebrates its graduating student workers as they move on to begin careers in Delaware and beyond. This summer, we had the opportunity to chat with three MPA ’19 graduates—Davis Braun, Christine Hoh, and Jeffrey Martindale—as they transitioned from students to full-time professionals. They shared with us how their experiences as MPA students and IPA student fellows influenced their paths forward, what they will be doing in their new roles, and tips for students as they navigate the transition from graduate student to employment.<br></p><p><strong><em>Davis Braun, MPA ’19</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Budget Analyst (Presidential Management Fellow), U.S. Dept. of Interior Bureau of Reclamation</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Former IPA Graduate Public Administration Fellow, 2019 Legislative Fellow</em></strong></p><p><strong>Q: How did you hear about the Presidential Management Fellows Program? What will you be doing in your role through the program?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> <em>“I knew from Dr. Lewis’ seminar course, visiting Washington, and speaking with others that the federal government was one of the areas I wanted to look into following the completion of the MPA program. From there, I eventually learned of the </em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Presidential Management Fellows Program</em></strong></a><em>, a highly selective and prestigious two-year training and leadership development program within U.S. government agencies. The fellowship is considered to be a gateway for young professionals with an advanced degree into federal government employment. Once you’re accepted into the fellowship program, agencies share roles specific to the Presidential Management Fellowship Program on a job board. There are also some rotational opportunities within the program, but I will be in the Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C., working as a budget analyst.”</em></p><p><em>“The next two years will really help me find my footing in terms of my career trajectory. I’m interested in it because of my interest in finance, but also because there are travel opportunities available. A lot of the work I’ll be doing in focusing on the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific region, which is basically all of Nevada north of Las Vegas and most of central California, so there will be some travel. It’s definitely something I plan to do in the longer-term, but I'm not trying to plan out my entire career just yet.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: What do you think has prepared you most for your role as a Presidential Management Fellow?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> <em>“I would say that the first MPA seminar course and having the opportunity for so many other people to come in and tell us what they do from IPA and elsewhere definitely helped prepare me, as did the trip to Washington, learning about UD graduates who work there, and learning about all of the opportunities you can pursue with an MPA degree. For this position itself, I would definitely say that Dr. Smith’s budget-focused course was very helpful, as well as his teaching methods. There’s no way I would be going into this role without learning any of that because I had no background in that before coming into the MPA program. What I also think really helped was the professional experience through IPA. I did a lot of local comprehensive planning work that wasn’t always directly related to budget analysis position, but it was professional work that I could reference and highlight during my interview and application process. I had coursework in performance management and financial management, and my capstone was all financial or budget-focused. These were all things in the interview that I could point to without having a budget analyst internship on my resume.</em>”</p><p><strong>Q: Advice for students who are preparing for the interview process?</strong></p><p><b>A: </b><em>“I feel like it gets said a lot, but try to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, especially meeting people and trying new professional things, because that‘s where you can learn more about yourself and what you might enjoy going forward. As I mentioned, I had an idea of what I was interested in, but I really learned more about it and how to take that idea and turn it into a practical job skill that I would enjoy doing.”</em></p><p><strong><em>Christine Hoh, MPA ’19</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>ICMA Local Government Management Fellow, Cities of Milford and Lewes</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Former IPA Graduate Public Administration Fellow, 2019 Legislative Fellow</em></strong></p><p><strong>Q: What will you be doing in your new role as an ICMA local government management fellow?</strong></p><p><strong>A: </strong><em>“I’m working with the City of Milford and the City of Lewes. A lot of my role is assistant city manager work, so I’ve been working on different HR policies, budgeting, and taking minutes at meetings. The fellowship encompasses a lot of different things because city management is just doing everything. It’s nice to get a very wide perspective on this to see if it’s a field I want to pursue. In general, I’m excited because this role is supposed to train you to be a city manager and fast-track you to that position.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: What experiences as an IPA fellow and MPA student helped inform your career trajectory?</strong></p><p><em><strong>A: </strong>“When I first got to the University of Delaware, I started out with an IPA assistantship with Julia O’Hanlon. Through that, I worked on the Senior Center Grant-in-Aid Project, which was evaluating senior centers and then reporting that to the state government. I was also part of the Age-Friendly Communities Project, which was working a lot in Sussex County with a couple of different communities to see what makes an age-friendly community, what kind of gaps they have there, and working with the local government leaders there to see what we could do to help and identify stakeholders. I think that was a really different and beneficial look at local government than what I’ve had before. I also was a 2019 Legislative Fellow, so obviously that was a very nice introduction to the world of state government. Overall, I had a little bit of local government and state government experience during my time at IPA, which is really awesome because I didn’t have those experiences before coming here. Because of all of this, I felt that I was able to apply for the position I’m now in and continue on in the local government field.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: What do you think has prepared you most for your new role?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> <em>“It was definitely the IPA staff I worked with. Julia was really good at being a mentor and sharing different opportunities within local government. I also believe all of the hands-on opportunities I’ve had while at IPA has really helped because it’s something I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I think my Legislative Fellows opportunity and my assistantship are the main things that really prepared me for this. The fact that people here are really focused on public service is something that ICMA really appreciated when I was going through the application process.”</em></p><p><strong><em>Jeffrey Martindale, MPA '19</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Assistant to the City Manager, City of Newark</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Former IPA Graduate Public Administration Fellow, 2018 Legislative Fellow</em></strong></p><p><strong> Q:</strong> <strong>What will you be doing in your new role as Assistant to the City Manager of Newark?</strong></p><p><strong>A: </strong><em>“My role has a lot of different responsibilities when it comes to assisting the city manager, including oversight of several administrative functions of the office such as contract development and serving as the safety committee liaison. I’m also the one helping out when it comes to project management services on special projects.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: What do you think has prepared you most for your new role?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> <em>“The biggest thing for me is I’ve had previous experience at the federal and state level. I've always wanted to be involved in government and be directly impactful. Additionally, because of my role in the Boy Scouts and then the Eagle Scouts I believed in community service from an early age. I worked with the Department of Commerce in D.C. for a summer and realized I didn’t want to work for the federal government just because it’s easy to get lost in the bureaucracy. The same thing with the state, as I really enjoyed my work as a legislative fellow but I felt like I want to do something that challenged me a bit more than that. I realized that if I really wanted to get back to that ground-level space of impacting the public that the local government space is the place to do that. All of that prepared me to begin looking in the local government realm.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: Why do you think it’s important for students to consider local government management positions?</strong></p><p><strong>A: </strong><em>“Again—and this is going back to my roots with the Boy Scouts growing up—I think that it’s important because it’s a great way to be impactful and help your community as much as possible. I feel like that’s consistent with a lot of other MPA students as well. Some people get caught up in the politics of things going on in the world and think that jumping into the political sphere is the only way to make an impact, but I think that taking these skills and putting them into use in a role that can be impactful to the public is equally important.”</em></p><p><strong>Q: Do you have any advice for students who are preparing for the interview process?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> <em>“It’s good to keep resumes and general cover letters updated at all times. That was really useful for me. Additionally, I recommend that students just do their research before going into any interviews. I went into my interview with the City of Newark after having studied their comprehensive plan and their budget plan. This was a good way for me to show that I knew what I was talking about, I knew who the important players were, and that I was in a position to be able to have an immediate impact for the office.”</em></p><h4>About the Institute for Public Administration</h4><p>The University of Delaware’s <a href=""><strong>Institute for Public Administration</strong></a> (IPA) addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development and the education of tomorrow’s leaders.</p><p> </p><img alt="Davis Braun" src="/news/PublishingImages/braun-davis.png?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><img align="right" alt="Christine Hoh" src="/news/PublishingImages/hoh-christine.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><img align="right" alt="Jeffrey Martindale" src="/news/PublishingImages/martindale-jeffrey.png?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Davis Braun (MPA ’19), a former graduate public administration fellow and 2019 legislative fellow with IPA, has accepted the role of budget analyst within the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation through the Presidential Management Fellows Program.</p><p>​Christine Hoh (MPA ’19), a former graduate public administration fellow and 2019 legislative fellow with IPA, is working with the Cities of Milford and Lewes as an ICMA local government management fellow. </p><p>​Jeffrey Martindale (MPA ’19), a former graduate public administration fellow and 2018 legislative fellow with IPA, now serves as assistant to the city manager for the City of Newark.</p><p>​Recent graduates share how their experiences as IPA student fellows helped prepare them for their new roles.<br></p>

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