Anne Alzapiedi (MPA 1988) currently works as a Senior Human Resource Leader for GE Capital Operations and Information Technology. In her position, Anne leads a team that provides support for about 15,000 GE Capital employees throughout the world. Prior to this position, Anne led recovery efforts for the Town of Newtown, CT following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, held various positions with GE and worked as a town administrator in various municipalities.
Anne graduated from the MPA program after originally enrolling in the MBA program. While attending classes Anne was also a Head Resident on the Storrs campus and happened to meet David Walker. After speaking with him, Anne was inspired to make the change to the MPA program because she felt it was a better fit for her interests in public service. Through the program Anne was able to develop close friendships that continue to this day and found the learning both inspiring and interesting.
In her current position, Anne uses skills learned through MPA courses and skills obtained during her time as a Head Resident. The skill that she learned in the MPA program that she finds most useful in her work life is the ability to have meaningful dialogue about something within a small venue. The ability to expand her own knowledge and write succinctly is a tremendous asset that she carries with her from the program.
What Anne enjoys most about her position at GE is the talent development aspect of human resources. She enjoys helping employees by coaching them to be the best that they can be. However, Anne is new to her current position at GE although she has been with the company for 17 years. Prior to her current position Anne had the opportunity to work for two years as a Newtown Recovery Program Leader where she led a private-public partnership dedicated to aiding in the restoration efforts in Newtown, CT after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Anne says her combined experience as a town administrator earlier in her career, her skills developed in the MPA program, her prior experience at GE and first responder experience as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) allowed her unique perspective to work effectively with the municipal employees in Newtown. When asked to provide advice for current students, Anne stated, “Go be curious. Learn as much as you can in as many ways as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and never let anyone tell you what you cannot do because you never know when your background will be useful.”