Alumni

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Marit Andrews

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. 


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Martha Alejandra Becerra

Martha graduated from the MPP in Spring 2020 and works as an Analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee (LFC). She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She got her Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Management from UNM’s Anderson School of Business. Martha has a strong desire to use the education that she was privileged to have to help her community and give back to her state.
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Clinton Cosper

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.

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Jessica Hitzman

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.

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Lauren Hutchison

Lauren graduated from the MPP in Spring 2020 and currently works as a Compliance Officer for the New Mexico Secretary of State. She is from Huntsville, Alabama and got her BFA in Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media from UNM, thanks to this experience she explains, "So I make really good cornbread and I complain about lighting the entire time we watch movies." She hopes to one day do research and policy analysis for public media.
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Efraín Ibarra

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."


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Paige Knight

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.

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Mary Lopez

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.

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Gabriella Rivera

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.

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Emily Wildau

Emily graduated from the MPP program in 2021 and works as a Research and Policy Analyst at New Mexico Voices for Children, where she coordinates the KIDS COUNT program for NM and focuses primarily on education policy. Emily is from Roswell, NM and received her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and professional communication with a minor in government from NMSU. Emily chose the MPP mainly because of her desire to help people in New Mexico. She says it is her passion for her home state that really led her to the policy field. Emily was originally interested in law school but after working in advocacy and for a non-profit she found her way to public policy because she saw how many problems are addressed with insufficient patchwork solutions, and she wanted to find a way to be part of correcting these problems where they start in order to prevent them in the future. She wants to actively work with her community to improve the well-being of kids and families.