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Elaine Zavala


Elaine is a 2014 graduate of the MPA program and received her Bachelor of Science in Advertising at the University of Texas. She is a dedicated professional whose calling is public service committed to assisting our state’s veterans and their families. Elaine is passionate about serving our state’s Veterans and currently works at the Texas Veterans Commission. She has proven herself to be a dedicated hardworking employee by working her way from an intern, to Administrative Assistant, to becoming a Grant Officer, to now her current position as the Communications Coordinator within the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance program. The program provides grants to charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that assist Veterans and their families at the community level.

The Texas Veterans Commission awarded Elaine with the 2014 Lone Star Award for Outstanding Service. She has active memberships with the Harry Ransom Center and the American Society for Public Administration where she currently serves as Secretary for the Central Texas Chapter. Elaine is a TexasExes Lifetime Member and Texas State Alumni Life Member.

“I fully credit Texas State’s Master of Public Administration program to the respect and knowledge I have acquired through completing the program. Not only from coworkers and colleagues, but from proud family and friends. I am excited to now fully begin my career equipped with the real-world expertise to solve practical issues facing today’s public sector. If you are thinking about pursuing an MPA, I urge you to consider the flexibility and professionalism Texas State can offer you.” –Elaine M. Zavala