David Barkin

Expected MPA 2017


David joined the UConn MPA program in the Fall 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University (1980) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986). He is currently the Chief Architect for the State of Connecticut and a State Fellow. He began his career as a financial analyst at General Electric prior earning his architectural degree. Following architecture school, he worked for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven and then established his own design firm. As an architect, David is particularly proud of the restoration of historic buildings such as Gillette Castle in East Haddam and the historic New Haven Courthouse. In addition, he is the former Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

David decided to join the UConn MPA program because he is currently working for the state and wants to gain insights into the public sector management. His biggest challenge results from “being separated from academia for quite a while”; it takes time and effort to regain the confidence and discipline of a student. He considers the Human Resource Management and Survey Research Analysis to be the most helpful courses taken so far, as he can apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to his current job. David believes incoming students should see the program as an opportunity to learn, build their skillsets and utilize UConn’s learning resources to the fullest extent.

Following his MPA degree, David plans to continue to work for the state. Throughout his career he has actively contributed to his local community. He believes the UConn MPA program will provide him the tools to be an effective leader in the public sector and help complete the transition from private business to public administration.

David Barkin
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