College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration

MPA Student Association

  • The Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) represents student interests to the faculty and administration. The group also sponsors social and career events, represents the newly formed local chapter of the national public administration honor society, Pi Alpha Alpha, and collaborates with other club organizations on community service projects.  

    MPA Student Association representatives for the 2014-15 year:

    JessiePresident – Jessie Muhm

    "As a member of Seattle University's MPA community, I enhanced my career in the nonprofit sector by learning alongside talented students, faculty and staff uniquely bound together by a mutual pursuit of social justice. While assuming the role of president, I will promote and extend this one-of-a-kind community to current and future students. Together, we will enhance the individual missions that brought us each to Seattle University."

    LydiaVice President – T. Lydia Smoke

    "As a little girl I admired Mother Teresa and enjoyed helping people in need. Like Mother Teresa, I've been determined to do good works by volunteering my time working for a number of community organizations. Now I'm well on my way to serving as a professional public advocate by earning my graduate degree in public administration. In addition to serving the community as a volunteer, I've worked in various venues offering a number of project management skills by organizing and facilitating events. I'm excited to lend my skills to the MPA Student Association, assisting in planning and leading professional and recreational events for the 2014-15 school year."    

    BrookeSecretary – Brooke Sahlstrom

    "My passion for public service grew as I worked abroad with the Indigenous Youth Development Program in SE Asia. I spent extensive time with Compassion Connect and their efforts to provide free health care to the low-income population in the greater Portland area. I currently work in a Retirement Community as Move In Coordinator. Not only have the residents inspired me with their stories, but they reminded me that adventurous careers can grow along with family. Upon completing the MPA program, I hope to again work abroad sharing the experience with my husband and daughter as well."


    Laura CrandallTreasurer – Laura Crandall 

    "I enrolled in the MPA program full time in January, 2014 to positively impact our region through the beauty of policy. For the past six years, I managed a $2.4 million dollar budget as Head of School for a local independent school in Seattle - working on budgets is a favorite of mine. I would like to work with current and prospective Seattle University MPA students as a support and resource. I believe I have the knowledge and fiscal responsibility to be an effective treasurer and I am highly interested in all things MPA. I currently serve on the board of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Evergreen Chapter, as the student representative for Seattle University."