Introducing MPA’s 3rd New Faculty member, joining the Program in Fall 2017: Cali Mortenson Ellis!

Cali Mortenson Ellis recently received her PhD in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She has a BA in economics from Bates College and a MPP from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Cali previously worked in the Homeland Security Directorate of the Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Governor’s Office, and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.  She is an author of Why Leaders Fight (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and has published in the Journal of Applied Security Research (2008), PS: Political Science & Politics (2012, 2014), Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (2013), International Interactions (2015), Enterprise Development and Microfinance (2015), and Michigan War Studies Review (2013, 2014, 2015). In 2016, Cali will be at the University of Southern California Center for International Studies as a Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate, and will join the faculty of Evergreen in the MPA Program Fall of 2017.

Please welcome another new faculty member to Evergreen’s MPA Program Fall 2016: Eric S. Trevan!

Eric S. Trevan is a new Member of the Faculty at Evergreen State College and will begin teaching in the fall. He is finishing his PhD at Arizona State University this summer with a focus on Local and Tribal Economies, has a Masters Degree in Administration, Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration/Economics from Western Michigan University. Originally from Michigan, he is a Tribal Citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and still serves as Chairman of their economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments. He has served in other leadership positions in local and Tribal government, economic development and is the immediate past president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. He continues to provide research and advise other government agencies and trade associations on public policy and economic issues.

Evergreen MPA Program welcomes new faculty member beginning Fall 2016: Lachezar (Lucky) Anguelov

The Evergreen State College’s MPA Program is delighted to introduce one of our new faculty members, Lachezar (Lucky) Anguelov, who will be joining us Fall of 2016.

Lachezar is a PhD candidate at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, pursuing a degree in public administration and policy. His dissertation topic examines the role of costs, agency, and institutions in explaining oversight choices in municipal service outsourcing. He received his MPA, and MS in international affairs at FSU, and an honors BA in political science/international studies from York University (Glendon College) in Toronto, Canada. His Master Thesis analyzes factors that influence international realized investment in Serbian municipalities. Lachezar has taught courses on the foundations of Public Administration, and Budgets and Finances in Managing Public Affairs. Lachezar also has served on the council of the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and actively presents research at the ASPA, Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), and Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) annual conferences. Lachezar is published in the Review of Policy Research, and Political and Military Sociology journals. He is also the co-author of Trustworthiness of Public Service book chapter in Public Administration Reformation: Market Demand from Public Organizations. Lachezar was born in Bulgaria and moved to Canada in his early teens where he lived and studied until 2009. He has been in Tallahassee since then, his current research interests are in the areas of contract oversight and management capacity in local government service delivery; citizen participation; and trust in public sector performance.


National ASPA Conference in Seattle March 18-22

The ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) Conference is coming to Seattle March 18-22 and will be held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.

In order to remain prepared and current on the evolving changes and innovations, the ASPA 2016 Conference will showcase state-of-the-art practices utilized in modern public and nonprofit administration while exploring new approaches and opportunities for continued innovation.

The theme, New Traditions in Public Administration: Reflecting on Challenges, Harnessing Opportunities, embraces the evolution of the public sector, development of new skills, practices and traditions while solidifying time-proven approaches.

The Evergreen State College MPA program  is a sponsor of the ASPA 2016 conference.



MPA Student and Musician, Clive Stewart Receives Attention for New Single “Burning Building”

In a recent article in the Port Orchard Independent, “Local Artist Calling for Social Justice and Peace,” Evergreen MPA student, musician Clive Stewart is featured for his new single called “Burning Building.” All profits from the song, when downloaded from the website will go to support the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank.

Research & Database Development Project Assistant Position Open

Research & Database Development Project Assistant – Master of Public Administration Graduate Program at The Evergreen State College

Reports to: MPA Director

Hours: 5-10 hours a week, January 4 through June 10, 2015.

Compensation: $12/hour; paid through work-study funds dependent upon student eligibility

Start Date: January 4, 2015.

Job Description: The position involves researching current and past internships in the MPA Program and working with the MPA Director in order begin archiving the MPA Program internship process and outcomes.

Job Duties:
• Research MPA Program internships from current placements through past 5 years.
• Develop a useful database that can be used for queries regarding internships in the MPA Program.
• Develop and administer data gathering instruments (e.g., survey, interview questions) to internal and external parties involved with the MPA Program internship process.
• Data entry.
• Other MPA internship-related research duties as assigned.

• Must be an MPA student who is enrolled for at least 4 credits in both winter and spring 2016.
• Good research skills.
• Excellent professional written and communication skills – phone, email and in-person.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
• Experience with database software.
• Organized and detail-oriented.
• Flexible and able to work with minimal direction, yet able to ask questions to clarify the task at hand.
• Quick learner, able to take initiative.

How to apply:
• Submit a resume and email letter of interest by December 21, 2015 to Doreen Swetkis, MPA Director, at Interviews will be held the week of December 28th.