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DAVID CARTERDavid Carter, Ph.D,Director of PPA & MPP

David Carter is an associate professor of public policy and administration and affiliated faculty with the University of Utah’s Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC). He holds a PhD in Public Affairs and Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. David’s research examines public policy and administration across a range of contexts, including organic food regulation in the U.S., local governance, child welfare services, and climbers' advocacy and resource stewardship. He teaches classes in public policy, policy analysis, research design, and the intersection of governance and the economy. More about David’s research and teaching can be found at his University of Utah profile and at






GabriellaGabriella Blanchard 
Academic Program Manager, Master of Public Policy Program

Gabriella is the Academic Program Manager for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in International Affairs and Gobal Enterprise programs. She has worked at the University of Utah since 2011. Before coming to work in the Programs of Public Affairs, she worked in the LGBT Resource Center and Office for Inclusive Excellence on campus, but she is happy to help connect you with any office or resource at the U. If you run into any difficulties, Ella is always eager to help problem solve. If you want someone to help celebrate one of your recent successes, she's excited to share in your joy as well.

Ella is an alum of the University of Utah, but before moving here to go to school, she lived and worked in California, Texas, Washington state, Nebraska, Hokkaido, Okinawa, Seoul, Ephraim, and Payson. Feel free to tell her some stories. She loves getting to know new people and learning new things.

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Prince Arthur

Prince Arthur 
Graduate Assistant-Research Focus

Prince Arthur is a motivated individual ready to enhance his professional skills, capabilities, and knowledge to provide probable solutions in a more creative and modernized way. He loves to work with like-minded people to help solve and curb the problems he faces in society.

He was the former President of Legon Hall, the University of Ghana’s premier hall of residence, where he championed various projects and policies that had an impact on its residents. Due to his industriousness, he was further appointed acting Vice President of the University of Ghana Students' Representative Council (UGSRC).

Moreover, he participates in volunteer work with the Boa Daakye Foundation, which aims to support children in deprived communities to improve their literacy skills and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, quality education. In this capacity, he serves as the foundation's Public Relations Officer, where he helps children improve their reading and writing abilities.

Prince is open-minded and enjoys making connections with new individuals.








Victoria Medina 
Director of Accounting and Finance 

Victoria Medina is the Accounting and Finance Director for the three graduate programs housed in the Programs of Public Affairs; Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise.

Since 2015, Victoria has overseen the finances and human resource operations for all three programs. Prior to joining the Programs of Public Affairs, Victoria spent eight years managing the Tanner Human Rights Center finances and working on their annual forum, as well, she worked in the Social and Behavioral Science college office.

Before moving to Salt Lake and working at the University of Utah, Victoria taught in Southern California, mainly in Los Angeles inner city schools.  She also spent summers traveling to China to teach English.

Victoria has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, both from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.  She also has certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Tennessee.

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claudia canalesClaudia Canales

PPA Program Coordinator

Claudia is the Program Coordinator for all three programs. She is from Mexico City, Mexico. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Studies. 

Claudia helps the program managers and directors in different administrtive tasks such as admission, graduation, marketing, and more. 

In her free time Claudia enjoys camping, skiing, watching a movie, and trying new restaurants.







Contact Us

Master of Public Policy Program
260 S Central Campus Drive
Gardner Commons, Suite 3050
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Telephone Number: 801-585-7834





Last Updated: 8/21/23