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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.

Pie graph of graduates and fields they have gone to

Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.

Leonard N. Chan, M.P.A. ‘09

Rebecca Huerta, M.P.A. ‘95

Policy Analyst
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

Leonard N. Chan received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2009 from the University of Houston with a specialization in management and foreign policy. His capstone project identified the factors necessary for success in American-Soviet summits as measured by the change in the number of Soviet-involved conflicts. He previously graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, political science, and history in 2007.

As a native Texas resident, Leonard has been involved with local nonprofits including Hermann Park Conservancy, Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, and Houston Food Bank, and he was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by Fort Bend County Women’s Center in 2002. During the summer of 2005, he devoted his summer to disabled and diabetic children at Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas. He also previously served as an intern for United States Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison as well as for the City of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department.

After 25 years in the Houston area, Leonard accepted a position in Austin, Texas as a policy analyst at the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which directly reports to the Legislature. The Commission is charged with the responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of state agencies. Along with determining an agency’s need to exist, the Commission renders recommendations in changing an agency’s statute and managerial practices. Leonard’s assignments for the 2009-2011 biennium include the Coastal Coordination Council and the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. More information can be found at



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