The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SPP Graduate Students in Boston

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SPP students met with state elected leaders and a variety of SPP alumni in public service leadership positions last week during a visit to Boston. Senator Jo Comerford arranged for a tour of the Senate Chambers. SPP masters students joined with the Women of Color Leadership Network and UMass Women into Leadership for this trip to explore career options in public service.

SPP Director Jane Fountain noted that “building a strong network for advice, support and information is vital for any aspiring public servant. SPP is fortunate to have supporters throughout the Commonwealth—including many alumni in high-level leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit sectors—who are generous in advising, mentoring and opening doors for SPP students and graduates.”

Students began the day with a working lunch at the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) where they met with Katie McCue, deputy executive director; Adrienne Núñez ’21 MPPA, MMA legislative analyst; and Westborough, MA Town Manager Kristi Williams. At the State House, Representative Kate Hogan ’88, Speaker Pro Tempore, welcomed the group in the House Members Lounge. They then met with Senator Jo Comerford and were given a tour of the Senate Chambers. Senator Lydia Edwards also met with the group. Moving to the Governor’s suite, students then toured the Governor’s ceremonial office. They concluded the afternoon meeting with several SPP and UMass Amherst alumni: Representative Christine Barber ’03 MPPA; Undersecretary and Chief Operating Office of the MA Executive Office of Education Ann Reale ’89; Acting Chief of Staff & Communications Director for Senator Eric Lesser, Molly Trowbridge ’19; Legislative Director for Representative Marjorie Decker, Sarah Nordberg ’19, ’20 MPP; and Research Analyst for the Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy, Cobi Frongillo ’19 MPP.

In the evening, the group joined Chancellor Subbaswamy, SBS Dean Rethemeyer, other UMass Amherst deans, and alumni business and thought leaders at the Seaport Hotel for UMass in the City, a high-profile alumni event to celebrate UMass Amherst achievements, partnerships, and focus on innovation.

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