The Department of Public Policy Alumni Council helps current and future students connect with alumni to explore the wide variety of career opportunities available to UConn DPP graduates. Alumni Council members also connect and network with their former classmates.
In 2019, the UConn MPA Alumni Council combined with the Survey Research Alumni Council to form the DPP Alumni Council, supporting alumni of all DPP programs. The MPA Alumni Council was established more than a decade ago to support both the MPA program and its students. Over the years, Alumni Council members have served as mentors and role models for our aspiring administrators. Alumni are willing to talk with students, review resumes, and set up job shadows in order to help students have the same great opportunities as the people who went before them.
UConn DPP graduates have taken jobs both in Connecticut and throughout the country in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Connecting our alumni with students – and with each other – is at the core of the Council’s mission.
2020-2021 Council Members
NC = Nominating Committee members | AC = Awards Committee members
President: Larisa Kottke '13 MPA
Vice President: Doug Shipman '16 MPA
Secretary: Christopher Brechlin '18 MPP
Term Expires June 30, 2021
Ashley Plosky '07 MA, AC
2VP, Business Insurance (BI) Sales Analytics and Execution
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Term Expires June 30, 2022
Christopher Brechlin '18 MPP, Secretary, AC
Senior Program & Data Analyst
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Jayhon Ghassem-Zadeh '15 MPA
Senior Management & Strategy Consultant
The Lafayette Group, Washington D.C.
Hanna Nagy '18 MPA, Alternate
Planning Analyst, Health Systems
Connecticut Office of Health Strategy
Term Expires June 30, 2023
Lauren Hunt '18 MPA
Development Program Coordinator
Yale School of Public Health
Alissa Johnston '07 MPA
Performance Measurement Coordinator
Capital Workforce Partners
Jennifer McDermott '13 MPA
Vice President, Senior Underwriter, Public Sector Finance
Tara Downes '20 MPA, Alternate
Assistant State Comptroller
Connecticut office of the State Comptroller
Janice Castle '11 MPA, Alternate
Director, Office of Community Engagement
City of Hartford