Alumni Profiles

“The fellowship [Gary Locke Endowed Fellowship] made the prospect of a graduate degree at that time in my career possible and allowed me to pursue studies that have been directly beneficial to my work in public policy here in Washington, D.C., in the federal government.”

- Nicholas T. Muy (MPA ’12)

Our alumni profiles include many recipients of Evans School endowed fellowship awards.

MPA Alumni Profiles

Jingjing Chen (MPA ’13)

International student, Jingjing, discusses her decision to retire from elite athletic competition and pursue an MPA at Evans School.

David Cook (MPA ’12)

David discusses his decision to return to the Evans School's MPA program as a midcareer student.

Nicholas T. Muy (MPA ’12)

Nicholas, a recipient of the Governor Gary Locke Endowed Fellowship during his studies at the Evans School, accepted a position as an associate with Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc.

Abel Pacheco (MPA ’12)

Abel discusses how his Evans School courses have prepared him for his career as a communications and program specialist with the Seattle Police Foundation.

Chris Rule (MPA ’12)

Chris describes how his degree from Evans School has shaped his career in local government as an associate planner for Sound Transit.

Rachael Katz (MPA ’11)

Rachel talks about her time at as an Evans School student studying environmental policy and as a research assistant for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.

Efrain Gutierrez (MPA ’10)

Efrain Gutierrez (MPA ’10) grew up in Capilla de Guadalupe Jalisco, Mexico. Exposed to the struggles of poverty at an early age, he wanted a career in which he could be a catalyst for social change and came to the Evans School to turn these aspirations into reality.

Rebecca Ehrlichman Blume (MPA ’10)

After working in nonprofit public relations and at FareStart, a Seattle-based nonprofit culinary job training program, Rebecca Ehrlichman Blume (MPA ’10) enrolled at the Evans School to supplement her on-the-job learning with formal education, preparing her for future positions in nonprofit management.

Brian Hoxie (MPA ’09)

Brian chose to pursue an MPA at the Evans School to learn how to solve public policy problems. Forging his own path, he created an individualized specialization in national security.

Alicia Kinne (MPA ’09)

Alicia reports on finding sustainable funding for higher education through her MPA degree project.

Anna (Annie) Von Essen (MPA ’09)

Anna discusses how receiving funding through the Nancy Bell Evans Fellowship opened connections for her current work.

Jon Hickey (MPA ’08)

Jon, freelance videographer and web designer, shares his thoughts on the value of an MPA and the future of digital media in public policy.

Shayna Higa (MPA ’08)

Shayna Higa, a recipient of the Governor Gary Locke Endowed Fellowship during her studies at the Evans School, shares her thoughts about her Evans School education and its application to her state legislative work.

Chris Runyan (MPA '03)

Chris Runyan, director for African Affairs on the National Security Council staff, discusses how his MPA prepared him for his career in international development.

Jeanne Bourgault (MPA '90)

Jeanne is CEO of Internews, an American nonprofit working to empower local media worldwide to give people news and information.

Ginny Anderson (MPA ’75)

Honorary Advisory Board member Ginny Anderson discusses women in leadership.


Ph.D. Alumni Profile

Dani Fumia (Ph.D. ’13)

Doctoral student Dani Fumia explains why she chose the Evans School to study social inequality issues related to income in educational attainment across different minority groups.


Executive MPA Alumni Profiles

Mark Mullet (Executive MPA ’08)

Washington State Senator Mark Mullet shares his advice to prospective Executive MPA students.

Preston Thompson (Executive MPA ’08)

Preston Thompson, Executive MPA graduate and retired director of The Boeing Company, discusses his Evans School experience.

Bett Schlemmer (Executive MPA ’07)

Bett Schlemmer, Executive MPA alumna, talks about her time in the program and how it has helped her move forward in her career.

Mario Trevino (Executive MPA ’07)

Mario Trevino, City of Bellevue fire chief (retired), discusses the value of an Executive MPA.

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