The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.
Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.
Carol Ellinger, P.E., M.P.A. ‘02
Sr. Assistant Director
City of Houston, Dept. of Public Works and Engineering
Carol is 2002 graduate of the University of Houston MPA program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University in 1991 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas. Carol has been with the City for more than 3 years. She routinely uses the knowledge and skills gained through the MPA program as she leads her group in preparing the annual Capital Improvement Plan for the Department of Public Works and Engineering as well as the compliance and reporting requirements for the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) joint permit with Harris County, the Harris County Flood District and TxDOT - Houston District.
This includes representing the City on local bacteria reduction efforts through the State's TMDL program as well as associated efforts to improve the water quality in our streams and bayous to meet the State water quality standards. Prior to joining the City, Carol spent 6 ½ years as a project manager for the Harris County Flood Control District including a 1-year assignment as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC. She was also a project manager with the Houston consulting firm Klotz Associates, Inc.