Johnathan Leon

Jonathan Leon — Class of 2019

Director, Georgia at Leadership for Educational Equity

Before becoming an ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse graduate, Jonathan Leon had made a career for himself in the public sector. After nine years of working and being promoted to leadership roles, he wanted to deepen his public sector expertise with the online Executive MPA program.

Sparking His Interest in the Program
Jonathan found himself pursuing his MPA in the middle of his career and prioritized an online program that would allow him to balance life, work, and school. After doing research, he felt that the Executive MPA program would give him the important frameworks, theories, and network to support his practice.

“I decided to pursue an Executive MPA for three major reasons. I value continuous learning as a core value, and I am always looking for ways to take my practice to the next level. The program aligned with my professional and personal goals by supporting my career advancement opportunities and adding a degree which compliments my experience leading in the nonprofit sector.”

Conversation Drives Success
Once he saw how engaging the curriculum and online classroom were, Jonathan realized how much he valued the Maxwell School’s commitment to diverse thought.

“The culture was highly collaborative, and there were purposeful programming and assignments—which you learned from not only the amazing professors, but leaders in the field and your awesome classmates. Your classmates are a wealth of knowledge, each bringing diverse experiences to every interaction, assignment, and conversation.”

Moving Up the Career Ladder
Through ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse, Jonathan was able to expand on his public sector experience and make far-reaching decisions in his new board position.

“The executive master's in public administration at Maxwell has supported my professional and personal growth in the public sector. On top of growing and expanding my professional network, I have been promoted at my job, offered a seat on a nonprofit board, and accepted into three prestigious professional development opportunities. There is no doubt the program has prepared me for each new opportunity.”