We are proud of our alumni and the variety of jobs they hold. Below are statistics on recent graduate placement and a sample of placements of recent alumni. 

Graduate Placement Statistics

Fall 2019 - Summer 2020



Federal/State Government10%1011
City, County, or other local government in US56%4372
Non-profit domestic-oriented18%2411
Private sector-not research/consulting5%100
Obtaining Further Education3%50
Unemployed-seeking employment5%100

*Statistics represent employment within 6 months of graduation date, including during Spring of 2020 during Covid-19 shutdowns.  Of the unemployed students, half found employment within 7 months of graduation.   

     Map of Alumni Serving as Town/City or County Manager

           Map showing alumni job placements in NC
   ***Counties shaded in gold show locations where MPA alumni have served as public officials in county offices. Yosef icons indicate cities or towns where MPA alumni have served their respective municipalities.



"The alumni base is second to none, and provides continuous mentoring of new and old graduates alike." -MPA Alum

Alumni Profiles

Jennifer McCracken

Jennifer McCraken

Health Director of Catawba County Public Health





James Inman

James Inman

City Manager of Bessemer






Ken Gamble

Ken Gamble 

Town of Mocksville Manager






Josh Ross

Josh Ross

Director of Administration for Bessemer City





Michael Peoples Michael Peoples

City Manager of Gastonia






Kim EagleKim Eagle

Gaston County Manager






Freddie BroomeFreddie Broome

Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA)

Cody Taylor

Cody Taylor

Appalachian Development Finance Fellow

 Casey Harris-PrattCasey Harris-Pratt

Assistant State Budget Officer for NC






Brian BarnettBrian Barnett

Deputy County Manager and CFO for Pitt County






Toni Shope - Marketing Director for McGill AssociatesToni Shope

Marketing Director for McGill Associates






Crystal Glenn- Associate Dean School of Workforce Development and the Arts Catawba Valley Community CollegeCrystal Glenn

Associate Dean School of Workforce Development and the Arts Catawba Valley Community College




Brandon ElrodBrandon Elrod

Human Resources Director for City of Newton





Past Alumni Profiles

Recent MPA Placements



  • FBI in Raleigh
  • Federal Police in Washington DC
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Program Officer
  • US Army Officer


  • Police Department Officers in Winston-Salem
  • Emergency Management Director in Watauga County
  • Assistant to City Manager in Winston-Salem
  • Business and Industry Manager in Davidson County Workforce Development
  • County Manager in Rockingham County
  • Boone Police Department Officers
  • Town Manager in Green Level
  • Register of Deeds in Guilford County
  • Downtown Development in Gastonia
  • Budget Analyst in Asheville
  • Budget Analyst in Hendersonville
  • Administrative Assistant in Marshville
  • Associate Budget Analyst in Charlotte
  • Budget Analyst in Charlotte
  • Police Officer in Phoenix AZ
  • Planner at Western Piedmont Council of Governments
  • Downtown Support Specialist in Boone
  • Compliance Officer at High Country Council of Governments


  • Outreach Assistant at Safe Alliance in Charlotte
  • Communications and Outreach at New River Conservancy
  • Outreach at NFL Players Externship Program
  • Outreach Coordinator at Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture
  • Grants and Programs at Forsyth Arts Council
  • Program Specialist at Smart Start in Caldwell County


  • Advancement Services Manager at Summit School in Winston-Salem
  • Coordinator at Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools



MPA Matriculation Data 2015-2016


 2015/2016 Graduation RatesInitially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation