Samantha Watson

MPA, 2015

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Program Analyst, United States Environmental Protection Agency


Samantha Watson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Watson currently serves as a Program Analyst at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her role is based in the EPA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters’ Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In her current position, Watson focuses on budget formulation and resource planning at the Agency-level.

She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to the Republic of Moldova from 2016-2018. She served in the Small Enterprise Development sector working to develop entrepreneurial skills and strategic plans for community organizations. During her service, Watson also wrote and implemented several federally funded grants with local partners, one of which secured technology resources for a vocational college.

Prior to serving in the Peace Corps, Watson worked in the education policy sector with Connecticut-based nonprofits. Her work primarily focused on education research topics such as: K-12 education financing, competency-based education, and education reform effectiveness.

Watson attributes her range of professional experiences to the quality and breadth of training she received in the MPA program. She encourages current and prospective students to develop the hard skills that seem the most intimidating as, “they are the ones you need to learn the most. It is invaluable to leave with program with such a deep and diverse toolkit.”

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