Meet Our Alumni

A Network of Leaders for the Greater Good

SPEA alumni live and work all over the world. Learn more about members of the Alumni Leadership Network and how the SPEA Connect program has advanced their careers. Click on their profiles to learn more about their experiences.


Alex Massengale

MPA, 2017

San Francisco, California

"The best thing about the program is its flexibility. I was able to change jobs, and move to a new city in the middle of a school term."

Learn more about Alex!

Amy Carter

MPA, 2017

New Palestine, Indiana

"I have a goal from 2013 on my bulletin board that says, 'Work in public policy.' Without SPEA Connect, that wouldn’t be a reality."

Learn more about Amy!

Chris Jackson

MPA, 2018

Lansing, Michigan

"SPEA Connect provides you substantial resources and opportunities to grow as a professional as well as build your network of connections."

Learn more about Chris!

Gwen Cooper

MPA, 2015

Milltown, Indiana

"Real life experiences are invaluable for this degree. Take what you're learning and volunteer with organizations to apply your new knowledge."

Learn more about Gwen!

Joe Deegan

MPA, 2015

Chicago, Illinois

"The MPA helped me demonstrate competencies that my employers wanted when I switched careers."

Learn more about Joe!

Melissa Baer

MPA, 2013

Cincinnati, Ohio

"Take advantage of SPEA Connect Week. It is a great way to build connections and have a community within the online program."

Learn more about Melissa!