Alum Named Environment Fellow at SF Foundation

Alum Marla Wilson (MPA, 2010) has been named San Francisco Foundation’s Environment Fellow for 2012-2014, congratulations, Marla!


Spring / Summer 2012 Alumni, Faculty, Staff & Student News

Our students and alumni have been moving up and around and, as usual, are doing interesting and worthwhile things!


  • Cynthia Cunningham Morales (MPA, 1993) is now working as Data Manager at Tri-Valley Haven, where she supervises data collection and management of their social services client data base in addition to other related responsibilities.
  • Tara Rice Clark (MPA, 1996) is working as Volunteer Coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services of Marin County;  she also coordinates interns there.  As an MPA student, she did an internship in that same department.


  • Kate Miller (MPA, 2002) left AC Transit and has taken a new position as the Executive Director of Napa County Transportation Planning Agency— only the 3rd woman in the country heading up one of these agencies.
  • Amy Beinart (MPA, 2002) moved from consulting to serving as Housing Director of Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.
  • Alecia Hopper (MPA, 2002) is now Director of Administration and Human Resources at the Progress Foundation, which provides pioneering mental health services in the community.
  • Dina Friedman (MPA, 2005) is now working as a Senior Human Resoures Analyst at UC Irvine Healthcare.
  • Moving from San Francisco to Boston, Cheryl Flango (MPA, 2007) has also moved from being Supervisory Economist, Consumer Price Index for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to her new position as Field Economist for the National Compensation Survey, US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • We have been getting job notices from alum Mirthala Santizo (MPA, 2007), who is a Principal Financial Analyst at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
  • James Betbeze (MPA, 2008 ) is working as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Outreach at the UCSF School of Dentistry and is also completing his coursework and beginning his dissertation in the CANDEL (Capitol Area North Doctorate in Education Leadership) Program at UC Davis.
  • Kate White (MPA, 2008) left her position as Executive Director of Urban Land Institute’s Bay Area chapter (a position she premiered) and is now Initiative Officer for the Great Communities Collaborative at The San Francisco Foundation.
  • James Beaudreau (MPA, 2009) has been accepted into a Master’s of Urban Planning program at the University of British Columbia, to begin in Fall 2012.
  • Richard Hom (MPA, 2010) is working as National Optometric Director at WellPoint.
  • Christine Lias (MPA, 2011) is now Communications and Grants Manager at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.
  • Karina Capulong (MPA, 2011) is now an Administrative Associate for Business Management Clinical Operations at Genentech.

Recent Grads / Alums

  • Days prior to graduating, Ken Songco (MPA, 2012) was selected to be Director of Federal Student Services Grants at Mission College in Santa Clara. In this position, he will oversee two of the college’s federally-funded AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) grants that are designed to improve the transition, progression, graduation, and transfer rates of historically underrepresented and underprepared AAPI students.
  • Sarah McGuire (MPA, 2011) is now Learning and Development Training Coordinator at Google; her previous position was Project Assistant & File Manager at Bridget Housing Corporation.
  • Along with graduating with her MPA this year, Megan Owens (MPA, 2012) moved from her position as Associate Program Director, First Avenues at Hamilton Family Center to a great new job as Policy Analyst at the SF Local Homeless Coordinating Board at the City / County of San Francisco.
  • Jaime Kemmer (MPA, 2012) will begin a new position as Program Manager for Teen Success in Sunnyvale, starting in late August.  The Teen Success program provides a springboard for teen mothers to be successful by helping them finish high school, avoid having a second child as a teen, and develop concrete goals and plans for their futures.

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