Magdalena Blanco is the Director of Vendor Management & Operations for the Texas Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Ms. Blanco has been employed with the State of Texas since 2004, and has held various roles at different agencies focusing on economic and community development and finance.
Ms. Blanco received her Master’s in Public Administration from Texas State University San Marcos in 2009, and her B.A in Political Science from California State University San Marcos in 2002. In 2010 she became a published author when her thesis “Economic Development Corporations in Texas – Preliminary assessment of statutory compliance of 4A and 4B EDCs in Texas with the Development Corporation Act of 1979” was published by Lambert Academic Publishing.
Ms. Blanco began her public service in 1989 as a junior volunteer and over the last 25 years she has continued her commitment to serving the community. Since 2005, Ms. Blanco has served as President, Vice President, and Membership Chair for the American Society of Public Administration Central Texas Chapter (ASPA-CTC); as President and Treasurer for the Strategic Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) of Travis County; and Troop Leader with Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Ms. Blanco serves as chair of the Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) – a position she’ll hold until 2020. In 2014, Ms. Blanco received the 2014 Public Administrator of the Year award from ASPA-CTC.
In addition to her public service, Ms. Blanco is also an entrepreneur as principal owner and managing partner of a consulting firm. An important aspect of her life is family, she and her husband Luis have three daughters and reside in Central Texas.
“The Texas State MPA program is an exceptional program that bridges both the academic and practitioner perspective in the course curriculum. I appreciated that courses were offered in San Marcos, Austin, and Round Rock in the evening which makes it very convenient for the working professional. My best experience was preparing for and developing my Applied Research Project (ARP). I gained valuable research, writing, analytical, and concept organizational skills that have immensely assisted me in my career. I gained the fundamentals necessary to manage and oversee major projects, analyze data and research studies, manage a complex financial structure, and oversee and direct complex program operations. The Texas State MPA program offers an exceptional curriculum for advancing government accountability and innovation, an opportunity for networking with other public administration professionals, discussion of real time public administration scenarios, and high caliber professors. I highly encourage any prospective student to consider this program” – Magdalena Blanco