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Alumni Spotlight

Our alumni go on to do great things for their communities. We feature some of their accomplishments below.


Martin School Alum Follows Her Passion for Neighborhood Revitalization to Harvard

Jeana Dunlap (MPA ’06) was recently selected to be a Harvard Loeb Fellow. We are thrilled to hear of her accomplishments! We caught up with her to discuss her passion for public service as she embarks on this new chapter. 


What Do Nurses, Barbers, and Truck Drivers Have in Common?

Matt Shafer is entering his second year of the MPA program. In this post, he describes one of his first projects as a policy analyst at the Council of State Governments.


Alumna Leads Diversity and Strategic Enrollment Initiatives

Natalie Gibson (MPA '98) serves as the System Director of Cultural Diversity for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.


Data Scientist by Day, Podcast Host by Night

While many of our graduates go on to careers in government, Robert Kahne (MPP ‘11) illustrates that the calling to serve the public good takes many forms. 


A Passion for Municipal Budgeting & Finance

We visit with alumna Lauren Kesselring (MPA ’16) to learn more about her work for the City of San Antonio.


Recent Graduate Leads Congressman’s Constituent Economic Development Services

Alyshia Powell (MPA '16) works with local officials and constituents as they seek out federal funding for community projects as the Director of Economic Development for Congressman Andy Barr. Congressman Barr represents the Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alumna Keeps Local Government Accountable

When we think of auditors, what often comes to mind are financial sleuths on the lookout for fraudulent behavior. As an Internal Auditor for the City of Convington, Jenna Skop (MPA ‘13) has a slightly different mission.


MPA Alumna Leads Development for Local Special Olympics Chapter

Angela Holman graduated in 2013 with her MPA and resides in Ohio. She currently works as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Special Olympics Hamilton County.


MPA Alumnus Brings Policy to Life at Regional Think Tank

Where is he now? Read more about Dustin, an MPA graduate, and his work as a Research and Policy Associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.


Ph.D. Alumnus Takes Center Stage at Major Publication

When you meet Dr. Jeremy Hall (Ph.D. '05), you pick up on two things really quickly-- he's a Kentuckian through-and-through, and he has a great sense of humor. As Martin School students have found in the classes he has taught as a visiting professor, though, he is not only passionate about public service, but he is also a humble, hardworking team player.