The Public Administration Graduate Student Association (PAGSA) exists to represent and serve graduate students in the School of Public Administration and other graduate students enrolled (degree and non-degree) in public administration courses without regard to UNM campus attendance. PAGSA sponsors activities to provide opportunities for students' academic, professional and social growth.
PAGSA representatives work with other graduate and professional programs and their students through the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), to create and pass legislation that focuses on problems affecting graduate students. Please visit GSPA's website to see what initiatives GPSA is currently involved in.
2017-2018 PAGSA Council
Sally Barker completed her undergraduate degree in English. After traveling the world working for Kaplan and seeing places like Chicago, IL, and Farmington, NM she decided to return to Graduate School to study Public Administration. Currently, she is interested in focusing on public management. She is very enthusiastic about facilitating the collaboration between administration, faculty, and students here at UNM and promoting transparency and ethical behavior in financial decisions. When not studying or working, Sally enjoys relaxing at home with her 1 kitten, reading all of the books, hanging out with friends and family, going to concerts, and playing outside. Sally is very competitive and likes winning - challenge her to any game at your peril.
Rachel is currently starting her second year in the MPA program. She plans to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and continue her research in the field of law enforcement, racial divides, and the socio-economic status levels in America. After serving two years at a small local nonprofit as an AmeriCorps VISTA (like the Peace Corps, but domestic), she discovered a passion for community work, nonprofit management, and the world of public administration. She served her fellow students last year as the president of PAGSA and continues to represent her class in this next year. She wants to focus on providing more useful services like writing workshops and networking opportunities, as well as increasing the program’s visibility and advocating for increased collaboration between SPA’s administration, faculty, and students. When she's' not at work or at school, she likes to spend her time playing fetch with her three dogs, getting tattooed, camping with her fiancé, reading everything she can get her hands on, and eating new things at new places.
Aaron Cowan is currently studying Public Administration with an emphasis on HR, to complement the master’s degree that he already has from UNM in Organizational Learning. He has taught at CNM Community College for about 10 years where he is the secretarial officer for the Faculty Senate, and he has also served as the UNM Staff Council President-Elect, and as a Precinct At-Large Officer. Aaron previously was a high school teacher with the Albuquerque Public School System and has also worked as an AmeriCorps mentor through the mayor’s office. Additionally, he is a freelance sports and news reporter for the UNM Daily Lobo.
Rose Davenport is a first-year graduate student ending her second semester in the MPA program. She became involved with PAGSA this semester and really enjoy being involved with SPA's student organization. When Rose was in her undergrad career, she was too nervous and shy to reach out, join and become involved with many student organizations, not being involved in something she deeply regrets. In her graduate career, she feels incredibly passionate about getting involved with student organizations and student government. She will continue to work hard at representing the students’ concerns and interests, be a voice for our School when it comes to graduate university matters and be an advocate for any resource that we need.