MPA-PNP - 1996
Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?
At the time I was considering graduate school, I was working for MDRC in NYC - focused on low income and youth development issues - and the senior staff there advised me that Wagner was the best public administration program in NYC.
How did being in New York impact your professional journey?
NYC is an incredible place with incredible people. Because it's so big there's a tremendous amount of diversity. I grew to appreciate diversity more (I grew up in Duluth, MN). Not just diversity in different races and religions, but also in where people came from and how they reacted to the world. It was NYU Wagner that helped me realize that two people can see the same set of facts and come to two different, but reasonable conclusions.
Describe your current job.
I have two jobs, one is at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon where I am deeply enmeshed in analyzing finances related to Medicare Advantage for the organization. Kaiser is a $55 billion in revenue, nonprofit, integrated care and coverage organization - i.e. combined hospitals and insurance. I provide support in understanding the ramifications of operational changes and help in submitting our program’s annual proposal to Medicare.
My second job is public sector consulting for Portland State University, where I conduct a variety of studies related to public sector compensation (including pensions) and data analysis related to public safety.