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1970s


Frank Sturzl (MPAff ’76) retired from Texas Municipal League in 2010 and joined HillCo Partners, a government affairs lobbying firm in Austin. 


Jeff Clark (MPAff ‘79) retired from a long and fruitful federal career at the end of 2011. Fellow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency colleague and LBJ School alumna Carey Fitzmaurice (MPAff ’92) spoke at the January event held in his honor.

J. Scott Mann (MPAff ’79) is CEO and chairman on Star Stream Capital in Houston.

Joellen Snow (MPAff ’79) is a municipal court judge for the City of Houston. She also runs a private law firm, Snow & Associates.



1980s


John Andersen (MPAff ’83) is the deputy assistant director for market access and compliance at the International Trade Administration.


Marty Cole
(MPAff ’80) has been group chief executive of Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology operating group, based in New York, since 2006. The group serves clients in the communications, electronics, high technology, media and entertainment industries. He also is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. 

Prior to his current role, Cole led the Public Service operating group. He has been with the company since 1980, when he joined Accenture’s Austin, Texas office. 



Susan Krivacic
(MPAff ’83) writes: “I was named to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections (SACHRP). I was sworn in at the committee’s July 19-20 meeting.” Read more.

Andy Rothman (MPAff ’83) is a China macro strategist for CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, an independent brokerage and investment group. A former diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, Rothman has been with CLSA since 2000. He writes analysis of economic and political trends on the mainland as well as assessments of China’s impact on regional economies.

Tom Troegel (MPAff ’83) is vice president of marketing and sales of Excell Boat Lifts in Webster, Texas.

Mike Davis (MPAff ’84) is the city administrator and director of community development for the City of Middleton, Wis.

Shelley Nadel (MPAff ’87) is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Houston.

Ann Gill Howard (MPAff ’88) has taken a new position as executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition in Austin.



1990s


Joe Loveland (MPAff ’90) has a public affairs oriented public relations firm in St. Paul, Minn. Find out more at his company’s web site

Salomon Torres (MPAff '90) is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his home district near Harlingen, Texas. The district remains undetermined as redistricting litigation continues. Read an interview with Torres from December 14, 2011 in the Rio Grand Guardian. Visit his campaign site for more information.

Nora Neureiter (MPAff ’91) is a legislative aide to Representative Beth McCann, Colorado House of Representatives.

David Worzala (MPAff ’91) is a candidate for the Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District. See his campaign web site.

Todd Nichols (MPAff ’92) has been the executive director of Family Attachment and Counseling Center of Minnesota since 1997. He is pursuing a doctorate degree in psychology from Walden University.

Sehba Sarwar (MPAff ’92) is the founding/artistic director of Voices Breaking Boundaries in Houston, Texas. Read more.

Stephanie Muth (MPAff ’93) was promoted to deputy executive commissioner for the Office of Social Services at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Muth previously was chief of staff.



Reid Neureiter (MPAff ’93) is a senior attorney with Husch Blackwell in Denver, Colo.


Mee Moua (MPAff ’94) is vice president for strategic impact initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining APIAHF, Moua served three terms in the Minnesota Senate.

Alyse Forcellina (MPAff ’96) recently accepted a position with Egon Zehnder International, Inc., in New York. She previously worked with McKinsey & Company.

John Horrigan (PhD ’96) published an article in the fall 2011 edition of Daedalus, Journal of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read the article: “What are the Consequences of Being Disconnected in a Broadband- Connected World?”

Stacey Abrams (MPAff ’98) was named Governing magazine’s ‘12 State Legislators to Watch in 2012.’ 

Marvin McNeese (MPAff ’98) is an assistant professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston.


Laura Uribarri (MPAff ’98) was promoted in October to assistant dean for MBA Programs at the University of Texas at El Paso.  She’s worked at the College of Business since 2006. She was interviewed by El Paso Inc. for the November 21, 2011 article ‘Building Masters of Business: Laura Uribarri - UTEP’s assistant dean for MBA Programs.

2000 to 2004

Elena Farah (MPAff ’00) is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Houston.

Dana Baker
(PhD ’01) is the director of the Program in Public Affairs, part of the Department of Political Science at Washington State University in Vancouver, Wash.

J.C. Considine (MPAff ’01) is the director of board and media relations at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 



Jennifer Fox (MPAff ’01) began a one-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement with the Texas Legislative Budget Board and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) in November. She serves as a budget and financial accountability advisor to the Ministry of Finance in the Dominican Republic; they are currently working on a budget reform project and have requested assistance from OTA.

David Pagan (MPAff ’01) recently joined Command Consulting Group (CCG) in Washington, D.C., as the director of business advisory services. CCG is an international security and intelligence consulting firm that provides advisory services to governments, corporations and high net worth individuals.

Piper Stege Nelson
(MPAff ’02) recently became the publisher at the Texas Observer in Austin. She previously was the senior development manager for the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C.


Michael Bomba (PhD ’03) is a senior associate for the Alliance Transportation Group in Austin.



Stacey Crawford (MPAff ’03) is assistant director of Programs and Administration for CASE, a division of the Harris County Department of Education in Houston.

Barbara Knaggs (MPAff ’03) is chief operating officer at the Texas Tribune. She was spotlighted in the December 19, 2011 newsletter for members.

Jason Batchelor (MPAff ’04) was promoted from budget director to finance director for the City of Aurora, Colo. He was selected after a nationwide search.

Erine Gray (MPAff ’04) was profiled by the Austin American Statesman about her company Aunt Bertha, Inc. Read more about the company Gray founded, which collects all of the local, state and government assistance programs in an easy-to-use Web site for those in need of aid.



Esmeralda García Galván (MPAff ’06) joined the LBJ School staff in 2009 upon completion of a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a senior grants and contracts specialist working with Associate Dean for Research Bob Wilson. In November, García Galván was chosen for a new role as a senior program coordinator at the School’s Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP), working with Director Carolyn Heinrich. She will continue to make important contributions to the School’s research infrastructure in this capacity and also will be directly engaged in education research activities.

Becky Pastner (MPAff ’06) is a program officer in the Division of Health Policy and Grants at St. David’s Foundation in Austin.

2005 to 2009

Sara McCuistion (MPAff ’06) works in the Innovative Financing/Debt Management Office of the Texas Department of Transportation. Previously she was a senior analyst with MBIA.



Sonia Patricia Galeano Uribe (MPAff ’08) is pursuing a doctorate in Latin American studies at the Sorbonne Paris 3 in France. She expects to complete her education in 2015.



Ari Witkin (MPAff ’08) is the community affairs director for The Austin Marathon. He serves as the primary liaison with neighborhood, religious, business, civic, nonprofit, educational and governmental groups to facilitate and expand community engagement for the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon.



Jennifer Diamond (MPAff ’09) took a position as a senior program assistant at The National Academies in Washington, D.C.


Xiaoxiao Gao (MPAff ’09) is a doctoral student in urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Bren Gorma (MPAff ’09) is the associate director of Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM) in Houston. ACAM provides social purpose ministries with a professional forum in aid in strengthening mission fulfillment.

Julie Montgomery (MPAff ’09) recently was selected for the position of senior program coordinator at the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy.

Whet Smith (MPAff ’09) started a private law practice in Houston.

2010 to Present

Martha Bloem (MPAff ’10) is a program officer for Scholar Rescue Fund, a program of the Institute of International Education based in New York.


Luz Hinojas
(MPAff ’10) was featured for her work for the University of Texas at Austin’s K-12 Education Center’s Migrant Students Graduation Enhancement Program, a division of Continuing and Innovative Education. Read about her amazing journey in the migrant community here.


Tara O (PhD ’10) is a faculty researcher for the Institute of National Security Studies. She recently published “The Integration of North Korean Defectors in South Korea: Problems and Prospects” in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of International Journal of Korean Studies (Vol. XV, No. 2.).

Greg Pardo III (MPAff ’10) was the keynote speaker at the annual fall commencement exercises at his undergraduate alma mater, St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio.

Chloe Colby (MGPS ’11) was selected for a position in the continuing legal department at the University of Texas at Austin Law School.

Farrah Farley (MGPS ’11) returned to Washington, D.C. for a position with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division, Office of Immigration.

Sandra Feng (MPAff ’11) has taken a position as project manager/implementation consultant for Epic Systems in Madison, Wis. 



Wayne Gerami (MPAff ’11) accepted a position as a project coordinator at Diana McIver & Associates, Inc.  Wayne writes, “I'll be working on the consulting side of things, helping organizations with government grants and catch-all development stuff. A pretty perfect fit for someone with a background in mortgages, affordable home building, and an MPAff degree!” 


Katie Kizziar (MPAff ’11) is a senior program coordinator with UTeachEngineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer Schmalz (MPAff ’11) is a Presidential Management Fellow currently in rotation at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jacob Steubing (MPAff ’11) works in Houston as an associate for EDP Renewables North America. The company develops, constructs, owns and operates wind farms throughout North America.