Since SPEA at IUN started in the 1970s, SPEA alumni have contributed to the greater good locally, nationally, and even internationally. They serve as leaders and accomplished professionals within healthcare management, law enforcement, legal services, nonprofit administration, environmental policy, and other public service related fields. This link highlights some of their stories (via short articles and podcasts).
The exciting and evolving career path of an IU Northwest MPA alumnus
Tony Ellis received his MPA from Indiana University Northwest in 2014. Today he's enjoying a career in Washington, D.C. as a nutrition policy associate for The Center for Science and the Public Interest.
It's a position he never knew existed, but that's what a degree in public affairs has the power to do. It can take you places you had never thought of. It can prepare you for whatever might come next in your career, wherever that may be.
Ellis earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and worked for the Speaker of the House in Illinois. After the legislative session ended, he decided to return to school.
His decision to pursue an MPA, health services administration concentration, at IU Northwest, stemmed from a national conversation about "Obamacare."
"That was on the tip of everyone's tongue at that time," Ellis said. "I thought, 'this is going to be the next move of mass employment for many Americans, so it would behoove me to go ahead and receive the skills and training that is necessary for me to be successful in this career field.'"
Ellis knows what he's talking about. Not only is healthcare still a hot-button issue, but jobs for healthcare leaders are expected to grow more plentiful as scores of public service executives begin retiring in record numbers over the next 20 years.