Senior Manager of Leadership Curriculum DevelopmentCenter for Public Leadership and Governance, UNC School of GovernmentOver the years, the core set of competencies taught in the MPA program allowed me to pivot to a variety of professional leadership roles in local government, community college system, nonprofit, and university teaching and administration. When my personal path took me in a different direction, the degree’s flexibility enabled me to find the professional path forward.
Critical-Crisis Communications SpecialistAppalachian State University (Appalachian) Communications Team
Research, Communication and Program ManagerUNC-Chapel Hill (unit: Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs)As a student, the MPA program allowed me to work with a wide range of professionals to solve real, complex problems affecting communities. Not only did this help contextualize what I learned in class, but these experiences allowed me to develop tangible skills in evaluation, communication and critical thinking that have been fundamental to my work with the university.
Leadership Development Program OfficerThe North Carolina Partnership for ChildrenThe skills and tools I gained in the MPA Program have proven to be invaluable in my career. I currently work in a nonprofit network with a significant amount of public funding. The MPA Program helped me truly understand how local and state government operate, which has been crucial for navigating nonprofit and government relationships across NC.