Student and Alumni Stories

Meet our students and alumni

Fels has trained generations of leaders who have an impact locally, nationally, and globally. Learn more about the dedicated students who make each Fels cohort dynamic and unique.

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States represented by our US students in both programs


Countries represented by international students in both programs

2 years

Median period of professional experience for MPA students

8 years

Median period of professional experience for Executive MPA students

Student stories

Kirsten Heine, Executive MPA '23
Kirsten Heine
Executive Master of Public Administration '23

Criminal prosecutor Kirsten sought policy knowledge and public administration experience to unlock new pathways in her legal career.

Alicia Jiggetts
Alicia Jiggetts
Master of Public Administration ’23

For Alicia, statistics and data analysis are essential tools for providing legal advice and improving communities.

Bilal Iftikhar
Bilal Iftikhar
Executive Master of Public Administration ‘20

The hybrid Executive MPA made it possible for Bilal to put his Fels education to work for the city of Sanford, Florida.

Ami Patel, MPA ‘20
Ami Patel
Master of Public Administration ‘20

Internships and student groups gave Ami hands-on experience in public administration.

Pauline Alvarado
Pauline Alvarado
Master of Public Administration/Master of Science in Criminology ’19

Dual degree student Pauline applied data insights toward justice reform in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Sara Autori
Sara Autori
Master of Public Administration/Master of Science in Social Policy ‘19

At Fels, Sara found her passion for housing and community development—and mentors to guide her next steps.

Matthew Forrest
Matthew Forrest
Master of Public Administration ‘19

Through Fels Lab, Matthew's capstone project opened up a new sector of public service to him.

Adam Serlin, Executive MPA '16
Adam Serlin
Executive Master of Public Administration '16

Learning practical hands-on management and administrative skills at Fels helped Adam support his organization's vulnerable clients in the juvenile justice system.


Professor of Practice Lauren Russell
Lauren Russell joins John Lapinski as Fels Faculty Co-Director on July 1

Dr. Russell joins Faculty Co-Director John Lapinski in the Fels faculty leadership role as current Co-Director Matthew Levendusky concludes his five-year director term.


Everett Gillison
MPA Student Event: "Leadership in a Time of Crisis" Coffee Talk with Mike DiBerardinis and guest Everett Gillison

Join us for a "Leadership in a Time of Crisis" Coffee Talk featuring Professor Mike DiBerardinis and Everett Gillison, Director of Employee and Labor Relations at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

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