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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.

MPA Student Explores Professional Interests in Local Government Internship

Paul Kleier is an MPA student beginning his second year this fall. He reflects upon his summer internship experience with the City of Cresview Hills in Northern Kentucky.

Two MPA Students Spend their Summer at the State Capitol

Dexter and Eve, two MPA students entering their second year at the Martin School, have worked at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, or LRC, this summer as graduate fellows. We checked in with them to see how their internships were going. 

What’s Next for Kentucky Schools?

Dr. Zimmer, the Martin School Director and a leading expert on education policy, participated in a panel discussion. The Gatton School has posted a video online of the event. The panel discusses school choice, vouchers, and charter schools.

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.

PhD Student Receives Dissertation Paper Award

Congrulations to Lauren Guo, who received an award for her dissertation in San Fransisco from the Western Social Science Association earlier this month! Her winning paper is titled, "Conduit Bond Financing of Local Governments: Perspective from the U.S. and China."

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.