LBJ Social Policy Network of Students and Alumni

LBJ Social Policy Network (SPN) of Students of Alumni

CHASP is the sponsor of the student and alumni club LBJ Social Policy Network (SPN). The SPN welcomes any LBJ student whose area of interest is or intersects with social policy. Throughout the year, SPN and CHASP collaborate to provide students and alumni a platform to connect and interact with each other, distinguished faculty, and public and private sector leaders. SPN also coordinates its own volunteer events, social events, and special events.

CHASP also supports LBJ School students through the CHASP Ambassador Program, providing sponsorships for special events, conferences, and opportunities throughout the year. CHASP Ambassador opportunities are communicated via the student/alumni university-based SPN listserv.

Connect with CHASP and SPN:

  1. Join the student/alumni SPN listserv to remain updated about the upcoming SPN meetings, events, social policy intern and full-time job announcements. For students and alumni only.
  2. Join the CHASP email list to get professional news, events of interest, faculty fellow and student updates, and more
  3. Follow CHASP on InstagramFacebookTwitter.
  4. Join the SPN Facebook group, a private interactive forum for students and alumni connected to social policy issues to share info that would be of interest to their peers and colleagues (news, events, jobs, etc.).
  5. Like the SPN club Facebook page.
  6. Join the LBJ School's Alumnifire network.

2018-2019 SPN Executive Leadership


Audrey Muntz

Audrey Muntz - Audrey is a second year Masters in Public Affairs student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Her policy interests are child welfare, poverty, housing, and homelessness. She is originally from Dallas and graduated with a BA in psychology in from Dartmouth College. After college, she moved to San Francisco where she worked as the Children, Youth, and Volunteer Program Coordinator at an emergency and transitional shelter for families. She then managed volunteers and community relations as a multi-service agency for homeless youth.  She continued work in volunteer management and community relations in the child life department at the University of San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Audrey managed the statewide volunteer program for State Parks at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for two years prior to beginning the program at the LBJ School.

Vice President

Elisabeth Altazan

Elisabeth Altazan - Elisabeth is a second year dual degree student in the MPAFF and Community and Regional Planning program. Before coming to graduate school, she worked for several non-profits and then managed a Healthy Communities initiative for Louisiana State University. In this role, she worked with several rural and under-resourced communities in LA and saw first-hand the massive impacts social policies (past and present) have on bettering or worsening social and economic disparities. Her primary interest is the intersection of housing policy and community development, food systems, and health disparities. After completing her Masters' programs in 2020, Elisabeth hopes to work for a local government in the areas of housing and planning for health.

Publicity Director

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2018-2019 SPN Committee Chairs

Professional Development Committee

Heidi KahleHeidi Kahle - Heidi is a Master of Public Affairs candidate (Class of 2019) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her policy areas of interest include children and families, women, poverty and inequality, and public health. This past summer, Heidi was a summer research assistant at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where she supported the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database team. Her recent graduate-level work has been featured in publications including the Austin American Statesman and the Texas Tribune. She currently works with UT’s Department of Sociology and is a leader of the LBJ School’s Feminist Policy Alliance (FPA).

Community Engagement Committee

Sarah Gonzalez ClaytorSarah Gonzalez Claytor - Sarah is a Master of Public Affairs candidate, class of 2020. Originally from California, she draws on her personal experience as a queer multiracial Latina woman to be an advocate for policies that support strong families, empower women, and defend LGBTQ folk and other marginalized people. Over the past five years, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of local, state and national organizations in Austin focusing on issues ranging from citizenship drives and immigrant Know Your Rights workshops, to voter registration efforts to protecting reproductive rights. Sarah believes strongly in the power of effective social policy and community to better our society.

Academic Enrichment Committee

Timothy J. MichalakTimothy J. Michalak - Timothy is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration). He graduated magna cum laude from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor of arts in History Education, and he is specifically interested in equal opportunity policy, particularly at the intersection of urban housing policy, poverty, and education. Prior to graduate school, Timothy worked as a high school social studies teacher in a Title I school and as a program supervisor for the federal Upward Bound program. He is currently learning how to use Geographical Information System (GIS) programs to visualize and analyze data in the context of crafting policy solutions. He will be moving to Washington D.C. in Spring 2018 to begin a Federal Policy Apprenticeship.

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