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The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.

Pie graph of graduates and fields they have gone to

Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.

D. Todd Philips

D. Todd Philips

Director, Workforce Development Projects
San Diego Workforce Partnership

As Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, D. Todd Philips brings more than 16 years of experience in the public and private sectors to the oversight of all government relations activities as well as the management of the Research, Policy and Community Initiatives department for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. In this role, Philips is responsible for identifying creative solutions to regional workforce issues by developing strategic alliances with key stakeholders, including county supervisors, city councilmembers, mayors, state and federal elected officials, the higher education community, economic development organizations, and chambers of commerce. He advises the CEO on legislative priorities related to workforce and economic policy, manages and implements strategic initiatives to improve organizational effectiveness and serves on the executive leadership team of the organization. Philips also manages the research and evaluation staff of the organization which provides real-time labor market information used to better inform funding decisions by the Workforce Partnership.

While at the San Diego Housing Commission, Philips served as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs. Philips played a critical role in helping shape affordable housing policy in San Diego through the creation and revision of municipal ordinances and other initiatives. Philips was also charged with directing the agency’s communications and community relations program. Prior to joining the Housing Commission in 2004, Philips successfully directed the re-election campaign of City of San Diego Councilmember Toni Atkins as well as the first-term election campaign of City of San Diego Council President Scott Peters.

In 2007, in recognition of his professional achievements, Philips was named to San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 40 Under 40, an honor roll of San Diego’s up-and-coming leaders. He was also given the John Craven Memorial Award by the San Diego Housing Federation, an honor given to a public sector employee who has shown outstanding commitment to affordable housing. Philips is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego, the Regional Management Academy of the Centre for Organization Effectiveness, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of California’s only Certified Public Manager program.

Philips holds a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, a master of public administration from the University of Houston, and a dual bachelor of arts in Political Science and Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University. In 2011 he was selected as a Center for Social Innovation Fellow for Non-Profit Leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Todd lives in San Diego with his two sons, Greyson and Sutton.

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