“Being able to write succinctly has been extremely helpful, because at the end of the day, regardless of what great ideas and recommendations you have, if you can’t communicate those ideas in a concise memo, you’re out of luck.”

- Nicholas T. Muy (MPA ’12)

Nicholas T. Muy, a recipient of the Governor Gary Locke Endowed Fellowship during his studies at the Evans School, previously worked as a Cybersecurity Strategist for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He recently accepted a new position as an Associate with Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc. 

What made you choose to get an MPA from the Evans School?

I chose the Evans School because it offered the depth of functional courses that I was attracted to. I wanted a body of course work that was heavy on additional public budgeting, finance, management and leadership courses rather than topical courses.

How did the fellowship that you received from the Evans School help support your pursuit of the MPA?

The fellowship [Governor 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.

What skills from your Evans School education, or lessons from the faculty, have been the most useful in your recent or current positions?

Being able to write succinctly has been extremely helpful, because at the end of the day, regardless of what great ideas and recommendations you have, if you can’t communicate those ideas in a concise memo, you’re out of luck. The other lesson would be the value of leadership and vision; there is a stark difference in your motivations to work when you know there is a lack of leadership and vision for your agency or organization. That leadership and vision has the potential to get you up early in the morning and in the office ready to work, but also the lack of these two things can really take the wind out of your sails.

What advice do you have for people who want to work in an organization or a position like yours?

To have no fear in reaching out to those currently in the field, because work in public policy in national and homeland security can always benefit from new perspectives and as impossible as it seems, there’s always room if you think you’ve got something valuable to offer. 

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