Featured Alumni Friday

Featured Alumni Fridays is a great new series on Facebook that gives HPPA the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our many alumni while facilitating networking among the social media community!

If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to info@hornetsppa.org that includes a picture of yourself and a short bio with information like your hometown, degrees, grade year, and current employment. Please also let us know what you love about Sacramento State! 

Sergio Aguilar

Sergio Aguilar, MPPA ‘13

Sergio graduated with his MPPA from Sac State in 2013. A southern California native, Sergio grew up in the Inland Empire before moving to Sacramento to begin the Sac State MPPA program. Growing up in an underprivileged community he observed many inequalities firsthand and became aware of how public leaders and policies influenced our society. This fueled a desire in him to engage in a career that allowed him to take actions that would aid communities in need. Read profile»

George Bravo

George Bravo, MPPA ‘13

George was born and raised in San Francisco, Calif. and later moved to Daly City, Calif. where he currently lives. In June 2010, George graduated with a double major in Politics and Economics from UC Santa Cruz. While attending UC Santa Cruz, he applied for the UC Center Sacramento internship program and was offered the opportunity to work for Assemblymember Fiona Ma. Read profile»

Katie Cardenas

Katie Cardenas, MPPA ‘13

Katie’s educational career started at Humboldt State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Knowing she wanted to continue her education, she moved to Sacramento two years ago to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. During her time at Sac State, Katie interned in Governor Brown’s Press Office, with Yolo County Public Affairs, and was appointed to the Associated Students Inc Board of Directors as Director of Graduate Studies. She graduated in May. Read profile»

Brandon Chaplin

Brandon Chaplin, MPPA ‘13

A lifelong Californian, Brandon grew up in Dublin, Calif. in the Bay Area. Just after graduating high school, and stuck between the decision to pursue either a Journalism or Political Science degree, Brandon became hooked on government and public policy after he interned for his local Congressman, Jerry McNerney. The chance to make government work for others made the decision an easy one. Read profile»

Monica Cortez Hernandez

Monica Cortez Hernandez ’13 (Government/Journalism)

Monica comes from a hard working Hispanic family of five. She grew up in a rural community, Tulelake, Calif. Monica recently graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in government/journalism. Currently Monica serves as a Legislative Assistant for Assemblymember Rudy Salas, where she is responsible for staffing legislative measures, committees, meetings, and issue areas such as health and human services, water, education and higher education. Read profile»

Darrell Fong

Darrell Fong '88 (Business Administration)

Darrell Fong was born and raised in Sacramento, California and has lived in the Pocket Greenhaven area for nearly 30 years. Darrell attended C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento City College, and Sacramento State University. Read profile»

Eric Guerra

Eric Guerra ’03 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), MPPA ‘08

Eric was born in a small pueblo in Michuacan, Mexico. He immigrated with his family to Esparto, a small farm working town in Yolo County. He and his family all worked as farm workers in the harvest of tomatoes, peaches, oranges, and a variety of other agricultural jobs. Read profile»

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson, MPPA ‘11

A northern California native, Erik has lived in the Santa Cruz area, Central Valley, Bay Area, and now calls Sacramento home. He discovered a passion for government service early on, starting an internship with a Member of Congress while finishing high school. While finishing his bachelor’s in Politics from Saint Mary’s College of California, an internship with the City of Lafayette inspired him to pursue a career in local government. Read profile»

Devin Lavelle

Devin Lavelle, MPPA ‘11

Devin grew up in Oakland and earned his Bachelors from Pomona College in SoCal, before coming to Sacramento in 2006. He brought a background in data focused research for several non-profits to the CSUS Masters in Public Policy & Administration program. Devin graduated in the winter of 2011, having focused on economics and statistical analysis. He joined the firm of Andrew Chang & Company in 2012. Read profile»

Angela Marin

Angela Marin, MPPA ‘13

Angela moved to Sacramento three years ago from Southern California to earn her Master's Degree from the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy and Administration. She selected this graduate program because of its unique blend of policy analysis and public administration training. Angela graduated in May 2013 having completed her thesis on the subjects of organizational theory and regulatory design. Read profile»

Kevin McCarty

Kevin McCarty, MPPA ‘11

Raised in Sacramento, Kevin attended American River College, earned a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Long Beach and a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento. He lives in the Elmhurst neighborhood with his wife Leticia and his twin daughters, Victoria and Barbara, and their chocolate Labrador Biko. Read profile»

Krystal Moreno

Krystal Moreno '11 (Communication Studies)

Krystal moved from Anchorage, Alaska, where she was born and raised, to the Bay Area. After attending Sacramento State, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations (2011). She currently works in the Office of Assemblymember Tom Daly as his Executive Secretary. Krystal said she loves Sac State because "The campus infrastructure is constantly expanding. We've seen access to overall resources for current students and alumni greatly improve over time. I'm proud to be a Hornet!" 

Josh Rosa

Josh Rosa, MPPA ‘08

Josh Rosa made Sacramento his home in 2005 to pursue a career in public policy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from UC Davis. But he also wanted a more applied education in his field, so in 2008 Josh earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State. Using that training, he served in Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office as a policy and legislative adviser. Read profile»

Andrew Strumfels

Andrew Sturmfels, MPPA ‘12

Andrew graduated with his MPPA from Sac State in 2012. After spending 7 years managing luxury hotels in Northern California, Andrew decided to follow his passion and answer the call to become a public servant. Building upon his undergraduate political science and communication degree from Roanoke College (2005), Andrew entered the 2010 MPPA cohort at SacState. Read profile»