Winter 2012 Student, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Happenings

More news about our MPA students, alums, faculty and staff!


  • Lauren Houde (MPA, 2004) has been promoted from a position as Administration Services Manager at the Marin County Community Development Agency to a new position as Assistant Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk with the County of Marin.
  • Brian Fabian (MPA, 2006) has been named Program Manager at the UCSF Liver Center.
  • At St. Mary’s College, alum Holly Dalton (MPA, 2007) now serves as Director, Admissions and Recruitment for Graduate Business Programs in the School of Economics and Business Administration.  Holly was previously the Associate Director of Recruitment there and has also done admissions and recruiting work for the Presidio Graduate School.
  • Doug Cook (MPA, 2009) has opened his own accounting firm (Cook and Company) to do nonprofit audits and other financial work and is also now teaching at Golden Gate University in their Accounting Department.
  • Leslie Werosh (MPA, 2010) is now Senior Director of Special Education and Development at the California Autism Foundation.

Recent Grads

  • Jacob Lile (MPA, December 2011) was named Director of Housing at Shelter Network in San Mateo County.   Jacob finished his MPA in December 2011.
  • Christine Wachira (MPA, December 2011) was promoted from post-op Nurse to a management position as Case Manager at Stanford Hospital;  she is now responsible for coordinating the patient care for patients on three difference services.

Current Students

  • June Katzschner (current student) is now a Foundation Officer in the Development Department at Earthjustice.

Get Help with Tuition– Apply for Scholarships!

Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

For 2011-2012, the Department of Public Administration may nominate one applicant for consideration for the CSU California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration.

This scholarship is for currently enrolled full-time upper division undergraduate or graduate students in public administration whose minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0. Applicant must remain a full time student (12 units undergraduate; 9 units graduate) in good standing during the next academic yearStrong consideration will be given to an applicant who is also specializing in finance or who is a first generation college student.  Priority will be based on GPA. The nominee must not be a previous recipient of this award.  The application is May 1.

Dumke Fellowship for CSU Special Collections Research

The 2011- 2013 Dumke Fellowship is an award to pursue a research project utilizing the Dumke Collection or other collections housed in the CSU archives at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento, or other special collections within the CSU.  A directory of the CSU Special Collections can be found at

One $1,100 fellowship will be awarded for the next academic year.  This fellowship is for CSU graduate students in public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management, or government with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.  The deadline for applications is May 1. The applicant’s statement should include the following:

  1. Her or his interest in the American history or California history, the politics and economics of California, or similar areas of California studies.
  2. Prior work in the above areas and how that work relates to the State of California.
  3. The anticipated focus of the research project and a clearly defined pan of study.

SF State MPA Grad Selected for Highly Competitive Federal Program

The MPA faculty at SF State are pleased to announce that Dan Curtis (MPA, December 2011) was the only CSU student, and one of only 40 students across California, to be selected as a Finalist for the federal Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF).  This program is by far the most prestigious in the field of public service.

Dan came to the MPA program after a stint in the US Air Force and completed the degree while working full-time for the US Weather Service in the Bay Area.

Under the PMF program, graduates enter federal service as a GS-9 employee, receive high level attention, mentoring and other benefits and complete the program two years later at a GS-11.  The program is basically a fast-track management training program.  Once they are selected as Finalists, they are responsible for finding a placement with a federal agency either in Washington, DC or in one of the regions.

This year, 9,100 students or recent grads from public administration, law, social work, environmental science or related disciplines applied for the 2012 class of PMFs after being nominated by their institutions.

We are very excited about Dan being one of the 658 selected as a finalist and especially about his position as the only CSU student selected.  This is obviously a very competitive program.

Congratulations, Dan!

(On a related note, our MPA program has the distinction of being the only program we know of where 3 faculty members were formerly PMFs;  Drs. Gen, Naff and Stowers previously served as PMFs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Merit Systems Protection Board and Housing and Urban Development, respectively.)