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While the CHDS Master’s program was the second he had completed in a year, following a Master’s of Public Administration from Arkansas State University, Derrick Phillips said his experience at CHDS “remains the most challenging yet rewarding experience in my life.”

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California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Assistant Director’s Elijah “Eli” Owen, a CHDS alum, and Grady Joseph are leading the charge on an innovative partnership with Silicon Valley icon Google aimed at more efficiently assessing state wildfire damage costs in an effort to speed up recovery efforts.

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As a community engagement specialist for the Portland Police Bureau, CHDS alum Natasha Haunsperger has devoted her career to advocacy for women and girls in the U.S., a cause that has vaulted her into regional and national influence.

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A cyber-attack on a key East Coast oil pipeline earlier this year brought into stark relief the vulnerability of the U.S. oil pipeline infrastructure. No one was perhaps less surprised by that than alum Michael Larrañaga.

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