Adam Levenson is the community manager at UNC School of Government’s online MPA@UNC program. Adam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A in International Relations and a Certificate in Hispanic Studies. Adam is passionate about government, improving access to higher education, and finding the best Asian cuisine in the DC area. Follow him on Twitter at @mradamlevenson.


MPA@UNC Student Travels to Ecuador: Week Two

This year I spent July Fourth at an Italian restaurant—Romolo e Romo—in Ecuador. This is seemingly as un-American as a person could get on Independence Day, but it’s probably the most at home I’ve felt since I came here on June 25 for a service-learning trip. Surrounded by good friends and good food, it’s hard to feel like you don’t belong. And restaurant owners Guiseppe and Antonio—who emigrated from Italy to Ecuador as volunteers—embrace all as family...

OMB: The Most Powerful Office in Washington That You’ve Never Heard Of

Last year, it oversaw a budget of $2.9 trillion. Its 500 employees manage hundreds of agencies and commissions that employ another 4.3 million people. This makes it one of the largest organizations in Washington, DC, and, as part of the executive branch, it keeps an eye on the performance of federal agencies. It’s an office that reports directly to the president and administers the federal budget...

MPA@UNC Student Travels to Ecuador: Week One

Waiting outside the Fulbright Ecuador building on our first day of orientation, Jeff Hughes, director of the UNC School of Government Environmental Finance Center and our leader on this adventure, looks up at a power line pole covered with tangled wires going in every direction. “I wonder how they tell what electricity goes where,” he said, setting the inquisitive tone for the trip...

Women Leaders in North Carolina Government: We Still Have a Long Way to Go

Director, manager, administrator, and mayor are all titles given to leaders serving in the state and local government. In North Carolina, there is a disproportionately small number of women who hold these titles...

Public Service, Uninterrupted

A new online program at UNC-Chapel Hill is making it possible for more students than ever to learn how to serve their communities, without having to leave them.

Just one year old, MPA@UNC has enrolled 70 students, half of them from North Carolina and half from 15 other states and the District of Columbia. It builds off of similar success from the UNC-Chapel Hill business school’s online program, called MBA@UNC...

Military Appreciation Month: Brent Thompson

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we at MPA@UNC are fortunate to count veterans and active service members among our students. To shine the spotlight on the sacrifices and hard work of these courageous individuals, we interviewed Brent Thompson, who is serving as a judge advocate with the US Army’s Special Operations Task Force-South in Kandahar, Afghanistan...