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Edward Emmett (MPAff '74) was named chair of the Texas Transportation Commission's newly formed Transportation Advisory Committee.

Crawford Bunkley, III (MPAff ’78) retired from ExxonMobil in December 2012.


David Berteau (MPAff ’81) was named in Defense News magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense.’

Karen Rocha (MPAff ’81) is the executive director fot the State of Texas Department of Information Resources.

John R. Bartle (MPAff ’83) is Interim Dean at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He recently co-edited Management Policies in Local Government Finance Sixth Edition. It is in the ICMA “green book” series.

Don Green (MPAff ’83) is the chief financial officer for the Texas Teacher Retirement System.

James Gatz (MPAff ’85) is a senior advisor in the Office of Consumer Policy for the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Kenneth Robinson (MPAff ’88) is an associate professor and community development specialist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Chan McDermott  (MPAff ’89) works at the Leadership Development Program at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.


Carrie Helmcamp (MPAff ’92) has opened her own law practice, Helmcamp Law PLLC. She specializes in family law, both collaborative and traditional divorces and modifications.

Alejandra Castillo (MPAff ’93) is the national deputy director in the Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Susanne Tetzlaff (MPAff ’93) is a practice manager for Dr. Eric Tiblier, P.A., in Austin.

Carmel Martin (MPAff '94) joined the Center for American Progress as executive vice president for policy. She will oversee the Center’s policy development. Martin served for the past four years in the Obama administration as assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the Department of Education.

Cynthia McCaffrey (MPAff ’95) works in the chief program division of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York.

Veronica Breseno Lara (MPAff ’99) directs the Small & Minority Business Resources Department for the City of Austin.

James D. Lindley, Jr. (MPAff ’99) is an international trade specialist / commercial officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He works at the New Orleans Export Assistance Center.


Felicity Maxwell (MPAff ’01) is a partner at Tipit, in Austin.

Robin McMillion (MPAff ’03) is an analyst with the Texas Education Agency.

Lisa Loftus-Otway (MPAff '04) was promoted to manager of operations and administration at the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin.

M. Catherine McGuire (MPAff ’04) is director of finance for the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.


Darlene Lanham (MPAff ’05) is the communications manager for the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association in Austin.

Timothy O’Brien (MPAff ’05) received a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in December. The title of his dissertation is: “The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: A Public Policy Approach to Saving an Iconic Species.”

He also published a book in 2012, The Tycoon Tackle Story: Frank O'Brien, the Tycoon Fishing Rod, and the Gilded Age of Big Game Angling. Find out more

Sarah (Gomez) Sagebiel (MPAff ’06) is the communications director for Blue Baker in Austin.

Phillip Savio (MPAff ’06) became a manager for the Austin office of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, in November.

Linda Battles (MPAff ’07) is an associate commissioner and chief of staff for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Jayme Meyer (MPAff ’07) works for ExxonMobil Public and Government Affairs in Irving, Texas. She is a corporate advertising and brand advisor.

Raenetta Nance (MPAff ’08) is a committee clerk for Texas State Senator Estes.

Kim Paymaster (MPAff ’08) is a program officer with DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation.


Christine Ackerson (MGPS ’12) was recently hired by LG Electronics as a sustainability and CSR manager.

Jonathan Deyo (MPAff ’12) is a management and program analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury in Austin.

Meredith Whipple (MPAff ’12) took a position as a policy analyst with The Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C.

Austin Woody (MGPS ’12) took a position as director of finance and acquisitions at Silverback Enterprise Group in Austin.