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.
Rebecca Huerta, M.P.A. ‘95
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Corpus Christi
Rebecca Lujan Huerta is a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston MPA program. She currently serves as Assistant to the City Manager in Corpus Christi, TX. She has served as Interim Assistant to the City Manager since October, 2006 and was hired on a permanent basis in February, 2007. One of the principal duties of this position is to administer the City Council agenda process - developing the agenda and plan along with all supporting documentation. Former City Manager George K. Noe, who hired Rebecca, cited her solid management background in Public Administration as one of the reasons he hired her. Rebecca has worked for the City of Corpus Christi for the past 11 years - beginning service in the Parks and Recreation Department as part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Prior to accepting the interim assignment, Rebecca was Executive Assistant to City Secretary Armando Chapa. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston.