MPA Student Association

Miriam Garcia
Miriam Garcia, Co-Chair

I started the Master of Public Administration program in 2018 and am set to graduate at the end of this upcoming Spring quarter. I currently work at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, where I manage finances and scholarships. My favorite part of my work is organizing scholarship opportunities for the students who need it the most. Coming from a first-generation background myself, I believe in creating equity in higher education so that all students can have the option of attaining a higher education degree. It is important for me to see representation of those whose voices often don’t get heard, which is why I decided to pursue a degree in Public Administration.

I hold the values of social justice and equity close to me; I hope to go into public service and represent my community in a way that brings about positive change through these values. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and am excited to work with my fellow classmates and serve as this year’s MPA Student Association Co-Chair.

Lawrence Rech
Lawrence Rech, Co-Chair

I am in my second year of the MPA program, loving my experience thus far at Seattle U.

I received my Bachelor's degree from UW in Public Health in 2017. Having always had an interest in helping people, Public Health being geared towards preventive services was the perfect fit. I also studied dance (ballet, modern, jazz), keeping me sane during those Public Health courses. My professional aspirations are healthcare administration focused; I have experience working at nonprofit organizations, currently at Kaiser Permanente Washington in hospital administration. I intend on continuing in the healthcare administration route; however, that could change to something that addresses healthcare policies for more of a long-term impact.

As a Co-President of the MPASA, I wish to take advantage of all opportunities to develop new relationships with both students and faculty. Having had a year under my belt within the MPA, I have experience within the program, so feel free to ask me questions on said experiences! While it's sad that summer is over, I am excited to see familiar faces as well as new faces and get back into the grind that is graduate school.