Felipe Carrera-Aguayo (MPA ’17)

Felipe Carrera-Aguayo

Prior degrees received:
Licenciado en Derecho, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila
Magister, International Law and International Relations, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Master of Public Policy, Universität Erfurt

Most recent position:
Chief Consular Protection and Assistance Officer
Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles, CA

The Goldman School is a pioneer in public policy
“Goldman School is one of the pioneer public policy schools in the U.S., it has shaped this discipline's scholarship throughout the years, and is a reference for the rest of public policy schools established not only in the U.S. but also in the rest of the world.

In addition to the prestigious reputation of UC Berkeley among the scientific and academic community, and how well regarded the Goldman School is in policy circles, what really attracted me was the strong sense of community that I felt when I first visited Goldman, and the special focus they place on providing the necessary tools to successfully address the wide range of issues that governments face in the real world.

I like the balance that prevails in the Faculty body among those who are at the cutting edge of their policy research fields and those who previously had leadership and high-ranking policy making roles. On the other hand, they are all very approachable and open to discuss not only class related matters but also to mentor and provide you valuable career advice.”

Public policy areas of interest
“I see how U.S.-Mexico relations are far from reaching their highest potential because the region lacks a modern, secure, and efficient border infrastructure. I, therefore, seek to develop expertise in planning and executing regional border plans that build and modernize ports of entry in accordance with land use, environment, population, and socio-economic data.  MPA courses on quantitative methods, economics for public policy makers, and strategic planning and innovation will refine my abilities, so I can evaluate growth and future capacity needs at the border and more realistically forecast future conditions in the border region. Ultimately, I desire to reframe the predominant narrative of the U.S.-Mexico border, and the MPA program is critical for my ability to do so.

I foresee leveraging my expertise in U.S.-Mexico border infrastructure to seek a leadership position at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at a multilateral organization serving as a source of financial assistance for sustainable development projects such as water supply, waste management, air quality improvement, and renewable energy projects. MPA core courses like Public Budgeting and Leading People and Organizations would substantially aid any of leadership roles I take in the future.”

Richness of classroom diversity
“I really like the diversity of backgrounds and the great deal of experiences that each of my cohort mates bring to class discussions. I think there is a very well balanced mix of people from the private, public and non-profit sector, as well as a very enriching combination of people from California, the U.S., and international students.”