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Profiles - MPA Students

Ryan  Clausnitzer

Ryan Clausnitzer (MPA ’18)

“The Berkeley MPA program was exactly what I was looking and waiting for: a top program with on and off-campus flexibility that allowed me to maintain my current employment.”

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Moses  Zapien

Moses Zapien (MPA ’18)

“As a recent policymaker, I recognize the value of a formal public policy education and the difference it makes in the decision-making process.”


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Monica  Pech

Monica Pech (MPA ’18)

“Since this was an investment towards my future, I wanted to immerse myself in a challenging learning environment at a selective school that provides high quality education with high caliber students. GSPP has exceeded my expectations.”

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Hector  Mujica

Hector Mujica (MPA ’18)

“The amount of expertise and experience my instructors bring into the classroom has been a highlight of my experience. They make the concepts and theories understandable because they have applied them to real life scenarios, and they bring those lessons into the classroom creating opportunities for “ah ha” moments.”

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Nicole Lindler

Nicole Lindler (MPA ’18)

“My cohort is an incredible group of leaders from all over the world and they each bring their varying experiences into the classroom each day, which serve as a large part of the learning.”

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Godwin Tang

Godwin Tang (MPA ’17)

“It's been almost 8 years since I started working in the public sector. After stints in portfolios that included social and economic policy, and as well as strategic planning, I thought it was time to take stock of my career and upgrade my skills to chart the next lap.”

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Jeff Rayos

Jeff Rayos (MPA ’17)

“I envision myself as a change agent for the public sector. I want to transform governments to become cleaner, smarter and more efficient. The MPA degree has prepared me with the tools and techniques to make that happen.”

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Elizabeth O’Malley

Elizabeth O’Malley (MPA ’17)

“I thoroughly enjoyed my work within the field of fundraising for arts non-profits, but I felt that I could do more and make a deeper impact. I came to realize that I did not only want to fund the strategic plans of an organization, I wanted to create them.”

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Frank Molina

Frank Molina (MPA ’17)

“I had worked in philanthropy for almost 7 years and learned a lot about the intersection of policy and philanthropic investments, but I needed more skills to understand the real impact of social change investment and measure impact. The MPA at Goldman is equipping me with the strategic and analytical skills necessary to identify, consume, and evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions. Getting an MPA at Goldman means that I can leverage the technical skills I received in management school with the rich multidisciplinary policy analysis curriculum offered at GSPP.”

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Felipe Carrera-Aguayo

Felipe Carrera-Aguayo (MPA ’17)

“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.”

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