MPA Student Hones Skills Over the Summer

Michelle Hill’s desire to serve the public has continued to drive her career after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to pursuing a Masters in Public Administration, Hill simultaneously served as a volunteer elected official on the Board of Finance in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and managed a department in the Town of Southwick, Massachusetts. Through these positions she was not only able to experience several sides of governing, but was also informed of two different states’ approaches to policy. With this knowledge, Hill was ready to engage in the top policy leadership positions. She served as the Windsor Locks Selectwoman for four years before deciding to enroll in the MPA program. Through the courses and professional development seminars, Hill is able to expand her skill set and apply it towards career development. 

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Michelle Hill, MPA ’22

Currently, Hill is the Manager of the Treasurer, Collector, and Clerk’s Office in the Town of Southwick and volunteers her spare time as the Director of the Veterans Service Center in Windsor Locks. She has quite a busy summer, overseeing a local election and subsequent recount, adapting town meetings to take place outside due to Covid-19, and introducing a new quarterly real estate billing system. Additionally, Hill concluded her Presidency of the Treasurer/Collector Association by conducting the annual meeting, and educational and networking sessions for over 400 members. Before taking a well deserved break at the end of August, Hill will lead a review course on updated state policy for certified Treasurers and Collectors at the University of Massachusetts. She certainly honed many DPP skills this summer, and we cannot wait to see where Hill’s career goes next!

Posted by Riberdy, Jacqueline in MPA