Marit graduated from the MPP program in 2021 and works as the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Manager for the New Mexico Public Education Department. Marit is from Michigan and her received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also received her secondary teaching license from Santa Fe Community College. Marit chose the MPP program because she wanted to become a more effective, data-driven policy analyst and because of her interest in Education policy, specifically, closing the achievement gap and ensuring all students have access to an excellent education. Also, because she enjoys telling stories with charts and graphs and crafting public policy narratives. For her the most important lesson from the MPP is to always keep the “why” of your work as your focus and commit to representing what the data says honestly.
Clint graduated from the MPP in Spring 2020 and works as a Policy Analyst for Sandia National Labs. He is from Albuquerque, NM, and received his Bachelor's in Philosophy at UNM. While in the MPP program, Clint specialized in international policy and hopes to one day pursue a career in diplomacy.
Jessica graduated from the MPP program in 2021 and works as a Fiscal Analyst and Program Evaluator for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. She is from Albuquerque, NM and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UNM. She chose the MPP because it tied together her academic and applied policy interests, and it helped her to better understand the world around her. Jessica wants to use her degree to make a difference in her community by driving research and policy work that addresses social inequities.
Efraín graduated from the MPP program in Spring 2020 and works as a Senior Economist at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. He was born in Juarez, Mexico and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 11. Efraín received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico. He explained that he chose the MPP because, "As an immigrant I’ve been passionate about helping those less fortunate. New Mexico ranks among the lowest states on many socioeconomic lists, so I realized early on that there would be many opportunities to do what I’m passionate about – help others."
Paige graduated from the MPP program in May 2019. She works for New Mexico Voices for Children and focuses on tax and fiscal policy issues. She received her BA in Economics from Luther College in Iowa and is originally from Minnesota. Prior to moving to the Southwest, she worked at a variety of nonprofits in Iowa City and Chicago, including a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer. In New Mexico, she worked with Accion and interned with the Legislative Finance Committee. Her experience with nonprofit and governmental organizations further developed her interest in public policy issues, particularly those surrounding sustainable economic development.
Mary graduated from the MPP program in 2021. She is from Sandia Park, NM and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sustainability Studies from UNM. Mary chose the MPP because of its applied nature and her interest in advocacy work. She has always wanted to work in a field where she can address the issues that are important to her, and her love of the outdoors has led her to see the value in protecting the environment and specializing in environmental policy. She hopes to find a job in environment or child welfare policy. Mary would like to thank her parents and grandparents for all their support; her boyfriend, Nathan, for cheering her on throughout her college career; her instructors and fellow MPP students, for all the inspiration and knowledge they’ve given her throughout my time in the MPP program.
Gabby graduated from the MPP program in 2021 and works as the Policy and Communications Coordinator for Health Action New Mexico. Gabby is from Albuquerque, NM and received her bachelor’s in international studies from UNM. Gabby chose the MPP because it combined her favorite elements of Political Science and Public Administration and she wanted a program with applied skills with a theoretical grounding. Gabby says that is her love of challenging work, as well as collaborating with a team, problem solving, and working toward a more equitable society that led her to this field.