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About Our Graduates

Photo: Members of Cohort 2011, along with some EMPA faculty and staff, celebrating their recent graduation - at the Simon Benson House, June 15, 2013. 

Alumni in the News

  • Kim Adamson, who recently severed her ties managing the Soquel Creek Water District, has been hired as general manager for DeepWater Desal. Read more here.
  • WSU Vancouver IT Director, Grisha Alpernas, shares Information Technology campus updates. Read more here.
  • Rachael Banks was elected director of Multnomah County's Health Families program when a team she led won a $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bridge the health gap between African Americans and white Americans. Read more here.
  • Terry Blosser, resident of Troutdale, seeks ADA compliance in city parks. Read more here.
  • On July 1st, 2012, Fire Chief Fred Charlton was sworn in as the fifth Fire Chief of Clackamas Fire District #1. Read more here.
  • According to Troy Costales, ODOT's Saftey Division Administrator, Oregon traffic deaths are the lowest since gas-rationing in the 1940s. Read more here.
  • Lessons from the Early Years: Debbie Ellis' personal journey into school-family-community partnerships. Read more here.
  • With help from Andrea Fogue, Oregon recieves a $3 million grant to boost manufacturing apprenticeships. Read more here.
  • Port of Newport Commissioners chose Port of Garibaldi Manager Kevin Greenwood to become the Port of Newport's new General Manager. Read more here.
  • Rocky Houston, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department state trails coordinator seeks to expand regional and scenic trails systems. Read more here.
  • Maggie Skenderian, Portland's watershed manager, focuses on reducing flooding along Johnson Creek. Read more here.
  • The Center for Public Service has awarded its inaugural Oregon Innovation Award to Metro to help develop a new inclusive public engagement model. Co-created by Metro senior public affairs specialist Peggy Morell and Sam Diez of land use advocacy nonprofit 1000 Friends of Oregon, the model aims to improve Metro's public engagment approach. Read more here. 
  • Annie Neal, director of Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, speaks to how Portland's rental market is making a bad situation worse for survivors of domestic violence. Read more here. 
  • Kevin Perkins, Corvallis city's Board of Commissioners administrative manager, estimates that 15 to 20 people helped work on the City's new mural. Read more here.
  • Retiring Hillsboro Fire Chief Gary Seidel named Firefighter of the Year. Read more here. 
  • Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Weninger calls on voters to preserve fire stations. Read more here.
  • Elizabeth Woody recently became Oregon's 8th Poet Laureate. Read more here.

Cohort 2013 EMPA Graduates Honored

Several members of the recently-graduated EMPA cohort were honored with a variety of awards from the College of Urban and Public Affairs in June 2015. These awards recognize academic achievement, outstanding professional development, and other merits.

Congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding achievement:

  • Jill Hutchinson, Engineering Associate for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, received the award for Top GPA among the EMPA graduates.
  • Mike Britch, Chief Engineer for the Tualatin Valley Water District, received an Award of Excellence: Academic Achievement for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher throughout the EMPA program.
  • Troy Costales, Administrator for the Oregon Transportation Safety Division, received an Award of Excellence: Academic Achievement for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher throughout the EMPA program.
  • Amy Croover, Council Policy Coordinator at Metro, received an Award of Excellence: Academic Achievement for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher throughout the EMPA program.
  • Terry Blosser received an Award of Achievement: Community Engagement for making a substantial contribution to community engagement during the EMPA program.

EMPA Graduates have come from a wide variety of organizations, including:

  • City of Eugene
  • Clackamas County
  • Multnomah County Fire District
  • Education Northwest
  • Oregon Air National Guard
  • City of Portland
  • Federal Railway Administration
  • City of Madras
  • TriMet
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Jefferson County
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Oregon State University
  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Coos and Curry County Circuit Courts
  • Beacon Hill Water and Sewer
  • Providence Medical Group
  • Forest Grove Police Department
  • City of Beaverton
  • City of Lake Oswego
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Lane Community College
  • Portland Housing Bureau
  • Clackamas River Water
  • Department of Human Services
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Children's Cancer Association
  • Oregon Public Health Division
  • Metro
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • Bonneville Power Administration