Name: Lisa Yoder
Current Employer: Summit County
Job Title: Sustainability Manager
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2017
How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career? Each course provided me with deeper insights into all aspects of public administration and policy making that I have been able to implement immediately as learned.
What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, have been most important in your career development? Already advanced in my career development, the MPA program helped me to improve my skills in report writing, budgeting, and power point presentations. More importantly, I gained greater knowledge of the interaction between departments, processes, policy makers and the public that allow me to be more effective in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives that enhance the short-term and long-term quality of life in Summit County.
What advice would you give to incoming or current students? Enjoy your classmates and all that you learn in the classroom. Realize that your free time will be severely impacted, minimizing the time available for family and friends, especially if you’re working full time. But it’s so worth it - I love the interactions and all that I’m learning.