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MPA Graduate Updates

Here’s a peek at what Texas State MPA Alumni have been up to since graduation:

Richard Mendoza
Richard Mendoza has been a municipal management executive for over fifteen years. As the Commissioner for the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works, Mendoza is responsible for managing the City’s public right-of-way infrastructure, fleet of vehicle and motorized equipment, as well as solid waste administration, collections, and disposal.

Leslie Boyd (formerly Atwood), 1999
I married Michael Boyd in 2001, and have a beautiful son named Pablo. I have been working as a grant coordinator for the City of Austin’s Health and Human Services Department since 2004. I love my job, and I still love working in public service after 20 years!

Kimberly Gunn Jolly, 2004
I moved to Reno, NV in 2005 for a fellowship through the ICMA, got married to a marine named Michael Jolly here in 2007, and had a baby girl in 2009 named Lukaia. Now I work as Management Analyst 3/Legislative Liaison for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. But, we are seeking to move back to Texas within 2 years!

Jason Alexander, 2009
Since graduating in May 2009 (and largely because of the MPA degree), I have been hired as an Executive Assistant (EA) in the City of Austin City Manager's Office. More specifically, I have been assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant City Manager who oversees all City of Austin public safety departments (i.e. Police, Fire, EMS, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, and Municipal/Community Court).

James Gradney, 2008
Since graduating I have earned two promotions, to Compliance Monitoring Team 1 Work Leader and Compliance Monitoring Section Manager, TCEQ Enforcement Division.

Cassandra Casillas, 2008
Cassandra Casillas is currently serving in the United States Peace Corps in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as a Community Economic Development Volunteer. She works with the Mongolian Cooperative Training and Information Center, an independent, non-governmental organization created to support the economic development of Mongolia by promoting and strengthening the country’s cooperative movement.

Saidat Ilo, 2005
I will begin school this fall at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Political Science. I want to thank all of my former professors in the department. I would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Shields, Dr. DeSoto and Dr. Tajalli.

Rebecca Britain Kennedy, 2003 & 2007
Rebecca married Kye Kennedy, ’99 (BS in Criminal Justice), on May 15, 2010 in Driftwood, Texas.

Bethany Bell, 2006
I will be the new Admissions & Records Supervisor at the Austin Community College District Round Rock Campus. My education and skills acquired from the MPA program allowed me to grow professionally in the word of higher education.

Michael A. Greenberg, Ph.D, (MPA) 1997

Michael A. Greenberg earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2010. Dr. Greenberg is currently the Director, Project Management Organization at RealPage, Inc. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Katie and daughter Isabelle.

Michelle Cruz Arnold, Ph.D, (MPA) 2003

Michelle Cruz Arnold, Ph.D. (MPA ’03) recently accepted the position of Director, State Government Relations for the Southwest Region (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma & New Mexico) with the College Board.

Sue Lee Flores, 2000
Sue is a Program and Policy Analyst for the Texas Workforce Commission in the Workforce Policy and Program division. She adopted her daughter from China in 2004.

Magdalena Blanco, 2009
Magdalena is the author of the book Economic Development Corporations in Texas: Preliminary assessment of statutory compliance of 4A and 4B EDCs in Texas with the Development Corporation Act of 1979. She is also a Senior Program Analyst with the Texas Department of Rural Affairs Disaster Recovery Division. She manages a $3 billion dollar grant through federal reporting, grant budgeting, and business and informa-tion systems management.

Rossana A. Barrios, 2001
Rossana Barrios is the Planning Manager for Travis County ITS-Business Development and Strategic Planning. She is a member of the 2008 Leadership Austin Class and was appointed to the Board of Directors for GENaustin on July 1, 2010.

Kelvin Spencer, 2001
I have a new passion- teaching patriotic generational leaders in the school of Political Science. Thanks to all of my great professors.

Ismael Amaya, 2010
I was promoted from Student Development Specialist II to Assistant Dean of Students at Texas State University.