Quick Take with Tamara Lynn Schaps, Evans School of Public Affairs, Director of Career Services

Posted on August 26, 2014

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We prepare for the ELGL & ICMA joint event at the ICMA Conference by getting to know attendees through their responses to four simple questions. Respondents will describe the current state of local government, their mentors, ways to strengthen local government, and of course, their dream six-pack. Link: Raise Your Hand If You’re Going “Back to the Future” with ELGL and ICMA.

Background Check

0719706Director of Career Services Tamara Schaps (Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter) came to the Evans School in October 2012 from The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., where she worked in career services at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development while earning a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Prior to her time at GW, Tamara spent six years working in college admissions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where she also earned BAs in Communication and Global Studies. She began working in higher education in 2004 in student affairs at The Art Institutes International in Minneapolis, Minn. She is passionate about higher education and in her career services role seeks to empower students and alumni with the knowledge and tools needed to advance in their careers and successfully manage professional transitions.

Q & A with Tamara


Name your career mentors.

Loren Anderson, former President of Pacific Lutheran University

Kathleen Farrell, higher education professional and marathon runner

Describe the current state of local government.

Constant change and innovation; ripe with opportunity; data-driven; creative; an ideal workplace for Evans School MPA graduates

During her presidency, Bonnie Svrcek encouraged ICMA members to do “Just One Thing” for the organization. What’s “one thing” we can do to strengthen local government?

Partner with MPA programs/schools to cultivate the next generation of local government leaders by creating mutually beneficial internship opportunities – getting students excited about the field and allowing students to contribute their talents and skills to local government

In keeping with the beer tasting theme, tell us what we’d find in your ideal six pack.

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