Assistant Director, Medicaid Finance, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, State of Rhode Island
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.
Since graduating from UConn, Chaz has held positions with a variety of public and nonprofit organizations, working primarily in the areas of budget and finance. He is currently an Assistant Director of Medicaid Finance for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services. In this position, he is responsible for preparing estimates of Medicaid caseloads and expenditures, analyzing the fiscal impact of Medicaid policy changes, and conducting ad hoc financial modeling and analysis.
Prior to joining the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Chaz served in the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as its Chief Analyst for the State’s Medicaid program. He has also served as a Management Analyst for the Office of Budget and Research in the Town of Manchester, CT; as a Financial Analyst for the Office of Biomed Finance and Planning at Brown University; as a Strategic Sourcing Lead for the Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and as 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 Old Saybrook, CT. He spends his free time attending concerts, hiking, visiting craft breweries, and reading about American presidential history.