School of Public Policy Alumni
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) prepares cross-sector public leaders who work across differences and create sustainable policy solutions. At SPP we refer to our students and alumni as "wavemakers" in the world of policy.
Our wavemaker alumni exemplify our cross-sector leadership focus:
- 36% private sector (government relations, communications, etc.)
- 24% nonprofits/NGOs/foundations
- 18% government service (local to federal)
- 10% postgraduate/doctoral studies
How a Pepperdine Master of Public Policy degree prepares you for a career in the state government.
Lance Christensen (MPP '04)
Senior Policy Advisor
California Senator John Moorlach
Lance Christensen, describes why he chose Pepperdine, how he began his career in state government, what attracts him to working in state government, and his relationship with SPP. Prior to joining Senator Moorlach's staff, Christensen serves as the director of the Pension Reform Project for the Reason Foundation. His budget and finance analysis have been published in multiple national and local publications, and he is a sought-after expert presenter on government finance and debt issues.
How a Pepperdine Master of Public Policy degree prepares you for a career in education policy.
Dr. Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12)
Founder of Crete Academy
Hattie Mitchell speaks about Pepperdine's unique and well-rounded Master of Public Policy curriculum and its direct affect on her career today as she shapes education policy and the lives of her students at her charter school in South Los Angeles, Crete Academy.
How a a Pepperdine Master of Public Policy degree prepares you for a career in a think tank.
Troy Senik (MPP '07)
Vice President of Policy and Programs
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Troy Senik speaks about his experience at SPP and how its unique and well-rounded Master of Public Policy degree program gave him the tools and skill set he needed to be successful in his roles in The White House, on Capitol Hill, Sacramento, and as a senior leader in a leading think tank.
How a Pepperdine Master of Public Policy degree prepares you for elected office.
Hans Zeiger (MPP '09)
Washington State Representative
Hans Zeiger speaks about what attracted him to SPP and how its unique and well-rounded Master of Public Policy degree program gave him the tools and skill set needed to be successful in his roles as State Senator.