The annual “40 under 40” designation by the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce spotlights the rising stars in Tucson. The award recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.
This years’ awardees included three alumni and one current student—Kimberley Hoidal, Kyle Lininger, Jared Perkins, and John Winchester—from the Masters of Public Administration program (MPA) offered by the UA School of Government and Public Policy.
That 10 percent of this year’s recipients came from the MPA program at the UA is a point of pride for the school.
"The faculty is thrilled!” said Craig Smith, director of the MPA program. “One of our most important goals is to help students become leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors. I think it's clear that Kimberly, Jared, Kyle and Jonathan are not just leaders, they have dedicated themselves to giving back to Southern Arizona and affecting meaningful change in our community. We couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments!"
Brint Milward, director of the School of Government and Public Policy, adds that the MPA alumni who received the “40 under 40” honor have all graduated fairly recently and “have all done amazing things, making a difference every day in Tucson. We are very proud that these four join other alumni who have been honored in the past. What is unique this year is that so many won it in the same year.”
Ranked 34 out of over 250 schools of public policy and administration in the country by U.S. News & World Report and as high as 11 by the National Research Council, the MPA program prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The program, which graduates about 25 students a year, combines course and field work to foster the managerial skills needed to meet today’s greater demands for responsiveness, accountability and effectiveness. The program, which has evening classes, is ideal for working professionals.
Kimberly Hoidal, who received her MPA in 2013, is the director of development for the Pima Council on Aging. Under her leadership, the Generations Gala doubled its income, and the Arizona Gives Day resulted in record high donations. As a board member for the Junior League of Tucson, Hoidal started an assistance program for independent seniors. She also led the committee in developing the League’s new issue: preparing children and youth to be academically and socially prepared for school. She was previously a board member for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.
"My experience in the MPA program at the UA really helped shape my professional and volunteer experience,” said Hoidal. “Its coursework gave me a basic understanding of how nonprofits operate and how to become a better manager of projects and organizations.”
Kyle Lininger received his MPA from the UA in 2012. Lininger has dedicated his life to helping children with developmental disabilities in Arizona, particularly children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is director of behavioral interventions at Intermountain Centers for Human Development, a statewide nonprofit behavioral health agency that serves 5,000 Arizonans.
Lininger is the youngest Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. He co-founded the Arizona Autism Coalition in Tucson in 2012, served on the board of the Autism Society from 2013-2016, and was Arizona’s state representative for the Autism Society of America.
“My work as a program director of a nonprofit human services organization has been shaped by my education at the UA’s School of Government and Public Policy,” said Lininger. “The greatest skill that I learned was how to step back in times of conflict and think from the perspective of every stakeholder around the table so as to identify common ground in order to get the job done.”
Jared Perkins received his MPA in 2013 and is passionate about assuring that everyone has equal access to healthcare. He is the chief operating officer for Children’s Clinics, where he oversees the patient and family services, rehab, nutrition and behavioral health programs. Jared is also dedicated to improving the healthcare system for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is the vice president of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona and is a committee member for the Governor’s Commission on ASD. Recently, he was a finalist in the 2016 Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch competition that raises money for local nonprofits.
"My experiences while getting my MPA at the University of Arizona were invaluable to my career,” Perkins said. “The skill-sets I learned have continued to help me make crucial strategic decisions as an individual leader, while the lessons I learned from my peers showed me how powerful the work of a team can be. The MPA program was a true turning point in my life."
John Winchester is not only a current student in the MPA program, he is the outreach coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. John is also the Arizona state director for Christians United for Israel and sits on the board of the Weintraub Israel Center for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, which aims to build positive relations between Tucson and Israel. John is active in working in government affairs locally through 4Tucson, a Christian organization that seeks to improve the community through citizen engagement. He recently ran for Pima County Board of Supervisor in District 1.
“The department staff are amazing at helping students navigate the program,” said Winchester. “The program’s relationship to local elected, business, nonprofit, and government leaders is incredibly meaningful to learning outcomes, mentoring and potential careers locally.”