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School of Public Affairs

Prominent SPA Alumni


The School of Public Affairs has 4,000-plus alums around the globe. Many of them hold prominent leadership positions, including the 5 who made the 2015 "40 Under 40" list in the Denver Business Journal.

Below is an abbreviated list of some of the School's prominent alums, their degree program and current position:

  • ​Susan Aldridge, PhD, Sr. Vice President for Online Learning, Drexel University; President, Drexel University Online
  • Katy Anthes, PhD, Interim Commissioner, Colorado Department of Education​
  • Jim Burack, MCJ, Director, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division​
  • Rachel Chaparro, MPA, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (Consultant) Economic Liaison, CALIBRE Systems
  • Deserai Crow, MPA, Assistant Professor, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Mark Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor, West Chester University
  • Erik Estrada, MPA, Senior Corporate Counsel, Level 3 Communications
  • James Garcia, MPA, Executive Director, Clinica Tepeyac
  • Alec Garnett, AMPA, Representative, Colorado House District 2
  • Donessa Gaspar, MCJ, Security Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Michael Hancock, MPA, Mayor, City of Denver
  • Chris Herndon, ExecMPA, Denver City Council, District 11
  • Elsa I. Holguín, MPA, Senior Program Officer - Child & Family Development, Rose Community Foundation
  • Stephen M. Jordan, PhD, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Mike King, MPA, Director of Planning, Denver Water
  • Genia Larson Herndon, DCLF, Asst. Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Student Engagement, CU Denver
  • Jack McGrath, PhD, Undersheriff, Weld County Sheriff's Department
  • Olivia Mendoza, MPA, Director - Minority Business Office, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • Amy Mueller Edinger, MPA, COO, Denver Office of Economic Development
  • Kevin Patterson, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Connect for Health Colorado​
  • Collette Peterson, MCJ, Director of Corrections, State of Oregon
  • Melinda Pollack, MPA, Vice President - Transit Oriented Development, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Spiros Protopsaltis, PhD, Deputy Asst. Secty. for Higher Education and Student Financial Aid, U.S. Dept. of Education
  • Dianne Ray, MPA, Colorado State Auditor
  • Dana Reynolds, MCJ, Deputy Director, Colo. Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Mgmt.
  • Saba Saddiki, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University
  • Aaron Sanchez, MCJ, Vice and Narcotics Bureau, Denver Police Department
  • Melissa Savage, MPA, Senior Director, National Association of State Energy Officers
  • Gloria Schoch, MPA, Vice President, Government Affairs, MillerCoors
  • Laurie Shroyer, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research, Stony Brook Medical School
  • Justin Smith, MCJ, Sheriff, Larimer County, Colorado
  • Rulon Stacey, PhD, Managing Director, Navigant​
  • Greg Testa, MCJ, Chief of Police, City of Boulder
  • Liz Tomsich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International
  • Laura Valcore, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Houston–Downtown
  • Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD, Senior Advisor to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Patricia Woodin, MCJ, Investigations Division Chief, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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