Jason Cooley

“My degree has allowed me to actively make the connection between theory and practice ...”

Home: Frisco, Texas

UT Dallas Degree: PhD - Public Affairs
Profession: Innovation Director, City of McKinney - City Manager’s Office

My Work

I oversee, organize and direct the activities of the McKinney Labs department, including the innovation team, performance management, and strategic analysis functions. I provide management-consulting services and help leaders at all levels of the city to increase productivity. I also serve as principal advisor to the city manager on all phases of agency performance and adherence to internal, state and federal standards that impact daily operations within the city.

The Value of My Degree

My degree has allowed me to actively make the connection between theory and practice here in the city of McKinney. Many of the techniques, strategies and theories that I studied while in the PhD program help me develop and manage new programs and methods of service delivery for the city.

My EPPS Success

Working and learning from my classmates was a big part of my success in EPPS. I was able to learn and share best practices and solutions to common problems and take the information I gained to put to use in my own organization.

Advice for EPPS Students

Get to know your professors well; they are a wealth of information and experience.

Other Interests

I enjoy participating in triathlons and Crossfit.

 

Posted December 2012