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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.

Leonard N. Chan, M.P.A. ‘09

Rebecca Huerta, M.P.A. ‘95

Accreditation Manager
Houston Fire Department

Leonard N. Chan received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2009 from the University of Houston with a specialization in management and foreign policy.  He previously graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, history, and religious studies in 2007.

As a native Texan, Leonard has previously coordinated volunteer groups serving local nonprofits including Hermann Park Conservancy, Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, and Houston Food Bank.  The Fort Bend County Women's Center recognized him as the Volunteer of the Year in 2002.  Leonard served as a camp counselor for Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas and the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C.  He has interned under United States Senator John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison as well as City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department. 

Following graduation from the Master of Public Administration program, Leonard supported the Sunset Advisory Commission during the 82nd Texas Legislature in reviewing the Coastal Coordination Council, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and Texas Department of Transportation.  Leonard has since joined Cedar Park Fire Department as a management analyst where he coordinated the department's efforts to be come the 6th accredited agency through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) in Texas.  He also acted as a peer assessor for fire department in Iowa City, Iowa and Wilmington, North Carolina and actively participated CPSE's Re-Imagining project in 2014.  Cedar Park Fire Department granted him the Distinguished Service Award in 2015.  Leonard has active memberships with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Tribune, and American Society for Public Administration.  He currently serves as chair of the Rice University Young Alumni Chair in Austin and a member of the University of Houston Master of Public Administration Marketing Committee.

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