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Program: MPA, Nonprofit Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: English, University of Rochester
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Current Occupation: Literacy Navigator Coordinator, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester; Research Assistant, Public Administration Department; Campaign Intern, Ted O’Brien for State Senate.
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
It just worked for me. I wasn’t financially secure enough to feel like I could leave Rochester and take on debt for a full-time graduate program. I was deeply involved in the non-profit community and wanted to continue my work while pursuing an MPA. I saw that many people with influential positions in the non-profit and public sector here had MPA’s from Brockport. Finally, as an instate student the value could not be beat. I’m able to finance the program from my salary without taking on any debt.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
Connections. I’ve met a student from the Rochester Area Community Foundation which is a great connection to have as a non-profit program manager. Executive Directors, people in local politics, police officers and plenty of young people like me trying to get a foothold in the non-profit sector. The classes have enhanced my theoretical understanding of my work, while remaining manageable with my schedule. Finally research opportunities are important to me and I was able to get support in the form of a Research Assistantship and an offer of a supervised independent study this spring.
What does your job entail?
I coordinate a non-profit program that assists illiterate people with personal documents like resumes and job and benefit applications. I would like to emphasize the power of internships. I interned at LVR after college and helped formulate my program. Now 2.5 years later I am directing it. Aside from my administrative duties I work one on one with disadvantaged populations which is an amazing experience.
I am a research assistant under Dr. Ryan Yeung studying determinants of compensation for college presidents. I am also an intern on a local political campaign.
What are your future goals?
I am planning on pursuing a PhD. I have a few years before I apply but I need to make up my mind about whether it will be in public administration, public policy or economics. I would love to be a tenured professor, and hopefully at some point I will make my way to a think tank where I can help shape the discourse on public policy. My research interests are evolving but right now I’m leaning towards public sector finance, specifically related to the interaction between tax policy and funding for social services in New York State.