Student, Faculty, and Alumni Stories

April 18, 2016


After finding the courage to endure through various health issues, Preeya Saikia finished at the top of her class. For Preeya Saikia, who works at The White House, Office of Management and Budget, as a Confidential Assistant, a strong value system is a key component to her success in public service.“The recent passing of Harper Lee took me back to the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird at the age of 11,” she says. “I still read it. In fact, I read it every year since I first met Atticus Finch. I learn new things about Atticus every year, but something that always moves me,… Read More »
February 29, 2016


“That was something really good about the MPA program: everyone had a different background.” Ariel Quinones has been dancing since age twelve. He graduated in 2004 from Hunter College, where he managed the dance company and majored in dance and Latin American Studies.  He finished his MPA degree in 2014 and now manages programs at the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC).  Last week, Ariel reflected on his dance, his career, and his experience in the Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA) here at City College. Ariel’s life after graduation consisted of volunteer… Read More »
February 10, 2016


"This is not just my degree; it is my husband's degree and my children's degree."   When Toni Alexander tells people her children's ages, she is always met with disbelief: “But you look so young!” Toni and her husband, Reggie, have three children: Jaydon (16), Kaelyn (12), and Kaedon (5). With only months left until graduation, she reflects here on the challenges of being a mom and a graduate student. She admits it wasn’t easy, “you struggle, daily.” “When you’re worrying about the program,” she continues, “I’m worrying about my kids. It’s an added stress.” How did she hold on? “… Read More »
January 26, 2016


“You can’t let your past dictate what your future will be. I don’t buy that line.” Joseph Alston was the first graduate of City College’s Master’s Program in Public Administration back in 2010. (It hadn’t yet become part of the Colin Powell School.) He grew up in the Harlem projects, with just his mom and siblings. “I got in lots of trouble,” he says, “including run-ins with law enforcement.”  He is now a chief of operations for Hunt Guillot and Associates, working on storm recovery efforts for the New York Governor’s Office. He is the proud father of a nineteen-month-old child,… Read More »
December 04, 2015


The Rangel Center, together with the Master's Program in Public Administration and the Zahn Innovation Center, sponsored a workshop on performance measurement in nonprofit organizations. The program was part of a series designed to share campus expertise and connections with students and the community at large. The workshop featured a panel of experts moderated by Professor George Mitchell. The event was broadcast online.
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