Alumni & Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee is GPAC’s link to the professional world outside of the Price school. We at GPAC believe that some of our member’s most valuable educational experiences in leadership will take place in the broader community. This includes the experiences in government as well as non-governmental and professional organizations.

Professional Development Committee responsibilities include:

  • Professional Associations Liaison
  • Conference Coordination
  • Sacramento Center Liaison
  • Career Services Liaison
  • SPPD Alumni Association Liaison
  • SPPD Rankings Education and Development
  • Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Focus on: Professional Associations
  • There are a number of excellent professional associations available to SPPD students and GPAC members at the local, regional and national level including:
  • International City/County Managers Association (ICMA)
  • Municipal Managers Association of Southern California (MMASC)
  • Association Society of Public Administrators (ASPA)
  • Non-Profit Associations
  • Pi Alpha Alpha (Honor Society)

If you would like to suggest a professional association GPAC should contact please email

Alumni and Professional Development Chair

LinkedIn Rachel Huguet
Rachel is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and a Certificate in Sustainability and Business at USC. This past summer she split her time serving as a business consultant for the National Park Service on Fire Island, NY and the Alphaville Foundation in Fortaleza, Brazil. Prior to grad school Rachel was in the field of international development. Her experiences range from working on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to serving as a Rural Community Development Facilitator for the Peace Corps, Costa Rica. In addition to her role on GPAC Rachel serves as President of Price Women & Allies and the Programming Chair of Price Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Whether at home or abroad, Rachel is passionate about creating sustainable, systemic change – and she believes that gender equality is a big part of that equation. She received her BA in International Relations from the George Washington University. Originally from the northwest, she loves good beer, strong coffee, and long hikes.