Hello and happy spring to you all! Here in the Evergreen MPA program, we are fast approaching the end of another academic year. Students in second year core are completing their capstone projects, while our first year core students are nearing their halfway point through the MPA program.
This year, another MPA alumna has joined the Washington House of Representatives. Rep. Jessica Bateman ‘12 became Representative for District 22, following five years serving on the Olympia City Council.
As spring quarter capstone projects kick off, current MPA students may be asking themselves where their capstone will take them. For Ramona Nabors, MPA ’20 and Jenny Swearingen, MPA ‘20, their capstone, “Equity in Government: A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit” led to the development of a recently published article entitled, Best Practices for Equitable Hiring in the Midst of COVID-19, in the Fall 2020 ASPA PA Times Vol.
“I care deeply about the future of our City – the land and its residents,” writes Yến Huỳnh ’19, an MPA alumna appointed in January 2021 to serve on the Olympia City County in Position #2 (filling the seat recently held by newly appointed Representative Jessica Bateman MPA '12.) After being selected from 29 candidates, "Huynh now becomes the only person of color on the council and the youngest member. Huỳnh will serve until the November 2021 election, when the seat will be up for election; ... she intends to run for the seat at that time.” -
Dr. Karen Johnson, an MPA adjunct faculty member, was appointed as the Director of the Washington State Office of Equity on March 8, 2021. Created by the legislature last year and signed into law in April 2020, this office will “work with agencies to increase access to equitable opportunities in order to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities.
We congratulate Jaylyn Suppah, MPA Student who is featured in the article, "Oregon Futures Lab Is Shaking Up the State’s Elected Leadership at Every Level," By Gosia Wozniacka 3/8/2021 at 9:00am Published in the March 2021 issue of Portland Monthly