The Evans School Denny Alumni Council, named in honor of the Evans School's founding dean Brewster Denny, is a leadership mechanism for creating long-lasting and vibrant relationships between the school and its alumni. Members are drawn from Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Executive MPA alumni.  The Alumni Council responsibilities include: 

  • Serve as liaison between Evans School alumni relations efforts and classmates.
  • Participate in Alumni Council meetings (two-three per year).
  • Provide ideas, feedback, and support for alumni relations strategy and programs.
  • Attend at least one alumni event per year (Puget Sound or Washington, D.C. Alumni Receptions, Career Networking Night, Admitted Student Reception, etc.).
  • Contribute to the school’s annual fund and support its other fundraising efforts.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (admissions, giving, hiring, etc.).
  • Identify potential future Alumni Council members.

Meet Our Denny Alumni Council Members

Courtney Acitelli (MPA ’08) Chair, Program Director, UW Impact—Seattle, WA

Jennifer Baugh (MPA '04), Program manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation--Seattle, WA

Jessica Case (MPA ’08), Program Officer, Medina Foundation—Seattle, WA

Linda Chauncey (Executive MPA ’08), Business Owner—Seattle, WA

Brian Chung (MPA ’07), Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office—Seattle, WA

Laura Ciotti (MPA '12), Program and Grants Associate, Washington Women's Foundation—Seattle, WA

Karen Demorest (MPA ’06), Executive Director, Youth Job Center--Chicago, Ill. 

David Durbano (MPA '00), Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Corporation—Seattle, WA

Randy Engstrom (Executive MPA '09), Director, Office of Arts & Culture, City of Seattle--Seattle, WA

Andrew Erwin (MPA ’11), Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—Washington, D.C.

Aaron Fishbone (MPA ’09), Robert Bosch Fellow at Landeshauptstadt, Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Beth Goldberg (MPA ’95), Director of Administrative Services, City of Sammamish—Seattle, WA

Robin Groth (Executive MPA ’07), Senior Adviser, Global Women-Partners in Philanthropy—Seattle, WA

Efrain Gutierrez (MPA ’10), Senior Consultant, FSG Social Impact Advisors—Seattle, WA

Michael Kern (MPA ’95), Director, The William D. Ruckleshaus Center—Seattle, WA

Kelsey Knowles (MPA '12), Legislative Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation--Washington, D.C.

Sara Levin (MPA '99), Vice President, Community Services, United Way of King County--Seattle, WA

Marcus Riccelli (MPA ’07), State Representative, Washington State House—Spokane, WA

Bett Schlemmer (MPA ’07), Compliance Specialist, Washington State DSHS—Seattle, WA

Thomas Schneider (Executive MPA '07), Fire Captain, Yakima Fire Department—Yakima, WA

Bill Schrier (MPA ’01), Chief Information Office, Seattle Police Department—Seattle, WA

Kelly Snyder (Executive MPA ’05), Assistant Vice Chancellor, Government and Community Relations, University of Washington Bothell—Bothell, WA

Danté Taylor (MPA ’08), Post-Grad Legal Fellow, Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal—San Francisco, CA

Alejandra Tres (MPA '01), Executive Director, Municipal League of King County--Seattle, WA 

Richard Zais (MPA ’73), City Manager, Woodinville (Interim)—Olympia, WA

For more information about Evans School alumni servicesmentoring and volunteering opportunities, or how to make a gift, contact our Advancement Office at or 206.221.3026.