Meet Our Students and Alumni

The online Executive MPA program welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and professional accomplishments. Our students are mid-career professionals who come from both public- and private-sector careers with a common goal: to use their leadership position to drive change in their communities. Hear directly from our students and gain a firsthand look at the online Executive MPA program.

Betsy Kelder

National Nonprofit Leader

Executive Director, Invest in Girls Inc.

Having just become an executive director of a nonprofit when she started the program, Betsy Kelder was looking to gain more expertise regarding the public sector. Find out what she cherished most about her time in the program.

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Jeffrey Cleland

From Marine to Policymaker

Manager of State and Local Public Policy for the Northeast, Amazon

A leader on and off the battlefield, Jeffrey Cleland is using his military experience and the knowledge he gained through the Executive MPA program to aid him in advancing his career.

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Jonathan Leon

Career Educator and Public Sector Expert

Director, Georgia, Leadership for Educational Equity

Jonathan Leon had spent his entire career in the public sector dealing with education, nonprofit, and education policy work when he joined our Orange family. After spending nine years in the field advancing into leadership roles, he pursued an Executive MPA degree.

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Rachel C. Kuntzsch

Business Owner and Public Policy Expert

Co-Owner, Principal, and Former Senior Vice President, Public Sector Consultants

While working as a senior vice president of a public policy research and consulting firm, Rachel Kuntzsch was looking to enhance her knowledge and expertise to grow in her role as well as support her staff. See what skills she applied to help her staff.

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Dennis Vicchiarelli

Theory Meets Experience

Chicago Market Lead for Research and Strategy, Jones Lang LaSalle

With more than 30 years of experience and a master’s in city and regional planning, Dennis Vicchiarelli chose the online Executive MPA program to complement his public service background. Find out how Dennis plans to use his education to improve leadership at his organization.

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Chelsea Boozer

Government Affairs Manager at Central Arkansas Water

When Chelsea was searching for an online Executive MPA program, she had three main criteria in mind. She wanted to be part of a program where she could study at her own pace, grow lifelong connections, and gain new perspectives. She found it at Syracuse University.

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Pierre Edwards

Change Movement Lead at Equifax

Pierre entered the online Executive MPA program unsure about his next career move. By the end of the program, he had many opportunities to choose from thanks to his newly acquired skills.

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Hear directly from some of our students and gain a firsthand look at the online Executive MPA program.