Meet MC/MPA Mason Fellow Jose Felix Magana

July 29, 2013

Every year the Mid-Career/MPA Mason Fellows are the first to arrive on campus for a two-week summer seminar program. This year, several of them have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.

Below is a selected portion of the blog recently written by Jose Felix Magana:

I have been working for almost 13 years in the Treasury of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), a sub-regional development bank based in Honduras, doing mainly capital markets, portfolio management and hedging. My academic background is business, finance and economics.

As I grew more interested in the challenge of development, I felt the need for more formal studies in public matters, thus, I researched many programs and found Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) MC/MPA program had the right balance for me at this point in my career.

It all happened very quickly, one day I was wrapping up the funding for semester operations and the next I was contemplating moving my family to Cambridge with all of the challenges involved. I came up with a plan to tackle major things first – pre-kindergarten for my daughter, school for my wife, housing – and in that order. Securing my family’s well-being was a priority and then I could figure out how to finance the whole thing.

With these major steps sorted out, I started budgeting and preparing to travel, and everything fell in to place henceforth. I arrived in Cambridge a few days prior to the July 1 start date, settled down and joined Hubway and Zipcar and waited for my first day at HKS. The summer program is a great entry point, it really warms you up and is a real anxiety reliever. The Kennedy School has all it all figured out and gives you reassurance that you are in the right place, and yes, it does feel good to be here, to be part of this institution.

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Jose Felix Magana

Jose Felix Magana, Mason Fellow

"...It does feel good to be here, to be part of this institution," says Magana.