Assistant Town Manager, Mansfield, Connecticut
Maria Capriola is a 2001 graduate cum laude of the University of Connecticut with a BA in political science. She began her studies with the UCONN Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program through the fast track program, completing her degree in 2003.
Capriola began her local government career working in her hometown of Bennington, Vermont during summer breaks from college. While in graduate school, she worked as the graduate intern for the Town Manager’s Office in Mansfield, Connecticut.
She was selected as the City of Savannah, Georgia’s Management Fellow for 2003-2004. She went on to serve as a Management Analyst for the City’s Research and Budget Department for two years. As an analyst, Maria was assigned to the Bureaus of Public Development and Sanitation. In addition to budget and program evaluation work she coordinated the City’s ICMA Center for Performance Measurement efforts.
Maria moved back to New England and served the City of Newburyport, Massachusetts in the capacity of Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. In January 2007 she rejoined the Town of Mansfield’s staff as their Assistant to Town Manager. She currently holds the title Assistant Town Manager. Her primary duties in Mansfield include Human Resources and Risk Management. She aspires to be a Town or City Manager.
Maria has been a member of the MPA Alumni Council since 2007 and served as their secretary for six years. In April 2011 she became the first recipient of the UCONN Department of Public Policy Outstanding Service Award for providing significant service to MPA students and the Department. Maria was recently honored in May 2014 with the MPA Program’s Recent Distinguished Alumni Award. Maria resides in Willimantic with her husband, Terry Coonradt, their daughter Charlotte, and their miniature dachshund Nutmeg.