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.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
PAGSA is excited to announce that SPA’s new director, Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes, will be joining us. She will be sharing her vision for SPA, why she is excited about her new position, and more. There will also be an opportunity to ask her questions, so come prepared to learn more about our new director! You will also learn more about PAGSA, get to know your officers, and learn about our plans for the semester.
Interested in getting involved? PAGSA wants YOU to participate in various campaigns this semester. See below for ways to get involved.
Interested in doing more? Email PAGSA members below. They are here to represent and serve YOU so make your ideas and voice heard.
Feliz Baca, President
Feliz Baca (she/her/hers/ella) is a proud Nuevo Mexicana Chicana from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College in Vermont with a focus on Critical Race Theory and Gender Studies. Feliz is in her second year at The University of New Mexico School of Public Administration where she is pursuing her Master's in Public Administration. Feliz’s career has spanned across non-profit, higher education, and local governmental realms which has given her a plethora of knowledge and experience in working with diverse public service professions. Most importantly, based on her personal and professional experience, Feliz is passionate about social, economic, and racial justice, and she is committed to fighting for justice for children, youth, and families across New Mexico and beyond. During her term as President, Feliz hopes to continue the momentum of last year's board and provide opportunities for learning, growing, and building community among SPA students, faculty, and alumni. Feel free to email Feliz at any time. She looks forward to serving you!
Nancy Jo Gonzales, Vice-President
Nancy Jo Gonzales is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Valencia County. She graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is in her final year of obtaining a master’s degree in Public Administration. She currently works for Valencia County as the Director of Senior Services and Community Development. She is passionate about working for seniors and low-income residents in the rural areas of New Mexico. She serves on the Middle Rio Grande Valley Retired Senior Volunteer Program board and the Valencia County 100% Community Board where she works to advance access to services to underserved New Mexicans. Outside of her studies and work, she enjoys trail running, crossword puzzles, and fostering rescue dogs with her fiancé.
Karina Todechine, Secretary
Bryan Rojas, GPSA Representative