Chaz Plungis

MPA, 2010

Management Analyst, Town of Manchester

Chaz Plungis received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Certificate in Public Financial Management from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy in 2010. Before enrolling in the MPA program, Chaz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Administration from Providence College.

He recently transitioned to a new position as a Management Analyst for the Town of Manchester, CT, in the Office of Budget and Research. In this role, he assists with the preparation and management of the annual operating budget, the capital improvement plan, and oversees the town-wide performance measurement initiative. He is also responsible for preparing special reports, conducting research and analysis, and assisting with the submission of grant applications.

Since graduating from UConn, Chaz has held positions with a variety of public and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Town of Manchester, he was a Financial Analyst for Brown University in the Office of Biomed Finance and Planning. In this role, he supported Division leadership through the development of compensation-related budgets and projections, faculty impact reporting, and data visualization. Prior to his work at Brown, Chaz served as a Budget Analyst for the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible primarily for analyzing agency operating and capital budget requests, forecasting departmental revenues, and preparing the five-year expenditure forecast. Chaz has also served as a Strategic Sourcing Lead for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Labor Relations Analyst for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Chaz was attracted to the UConn MPA program by its strong national reputation, small class sizes, and rigorous academic curriculum. He credits the program for providing him with the tools necessary to make informed decisions and defensible policy recommendations to the public and nonprofit leaders for whom he has worked. Through coursework in public finance and budgeting, public program evaluation, policy analysis, and theory of public organizations, he developed strong critical thinking and communication skills. His advice to current and prospective students: “Take advantage of the various internship opportunities available to you while in the program. My graduate internships not only allowed me to apply my readings and in-class learning to a practical work environment, but also helped me to identify my interest in public finance.”

Chaz and his wife, Allie, currently reside in Mystic, CT. He spends his free time attending concerts, hiking, visiting craft breweries, and reading about American presidential history.

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