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The City of Mesa’s Management Associate Program is designed for promising professionals that are interested in a career in public service. This is a permanent position that provides career development in local government while allowing individuals to develop and strengthen professional skills. This multi-year program is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in local government management and finance.

Management Associates start in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) helping to develop and manage the components of the City’s budget. After one to two years in OMB, Management Associates spend the next two years rotating through various City departments and providing management assistance. Successful completion of the program will result in placement of the Management Associate into another position within the City.


Meet the Current Management Associates

 Corve Smith

Corvé Smith

Corve is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After working in the private sector for a year, Corvé went back to his alma mater and worked toward receiving a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. Prior to working for the City of Mesa, Corvé was a graduate assistant for the Emergency Management and Safety department at his University. Being responsible for maintaining and updating emergency response equipment, coordinating personnel training exercises and updating department information in accordance with federal law gave Corvé valuable public sector experience. Since joining the City, Corvé has been assigned to the Capital Improvement Plan team and works on special projects, most recently, a 2-year project focused on cable license renewal for the City. 

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Spencer Houk


Spencer was born and raised in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelors of Science in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and his Masters in Public Administration from Missouri State University. Before coming to the City of Mesa he interned for the City of Waupaca(WI), Town of Rib Mountain (WI), and the City of Republic (MO). Since coming to the City of Mesa, Spencer has completed a rotation in the Operations area and is now assigned to the Project Budget team and serves as the Budget Analyst for Development Services and City Clerk departments. He has also worked on several projects including a Staffing Analysis for Development Services, improving both the Planning Process for Development Services, and the vendor payment process for the Transportation department.


Carolyn Brown


Carolyn Brown grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Brigham Young University for her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics and immediately following that she earned her Master’s of Public Administration degree, with a minor in Social Innovation. Passionate about local government and using data driven results to make improvements, she completed an internship with the City Council office at the City of Provo. As an intern, she helped analyze the city budget by creating a ten-year forecast, created viable alternatives to policy using benchmarking from other cities, and informed the public through discussions about tax increases. Following graduation at BYU, Carolyn worked in the private sector for a year and a half as a Government Consulting Analyst where she used Excel to analyze data sets and trend models to make inferences based on the results. Since joining the City of Mesa she has been assigned to work on the Forecasting Team and with the Parks and Recreation budget.

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Amelia Romney


Amelia was born and raised in Northern Utah. She attended Utah State University and Brigham Young University to earn her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation. After working in both the public and private sectors for a year, Amelia returned to earn a Master's of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Throughout the program, she was involved in BYU's Grantwell program and ultimately served as the Development Director, which allowed her to serve as a liaison between nonprofit clients and graduate student consulting groups as teams worked to consult clients in terms of grant evaluation and allocation. Amelia also completed an internship with Lehi City where she created a Cost-Benefit Analysis for the city-owned power department to aid officials in comparing multiple options for a metering system upgrade and also assisted in creating and delivering a program evaluation for the Lehi Literacy Center. Since joining the City of Mesa, she has been assigned to work on the Operations Team specifically with the Library and Enterprise Resource Planning budgets.    

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 Rachel Hudgens

Rachel grew up in Joliet, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Rachel continued her education by earning a Master of Public Administration degree and becoming a Marvin Andrews Fellow at ASU. While in school Rachel had the pleasure of serving the City of Phoenix Housing Department where she created a project management tool to track a newly awarded HUD grant. She also worked as a Management Intern in the Scottsdale City Manager’s Office where she developed internal guidelines and managed a citizen survey. Since joining the City of Mesa, she has been assigned to work on the Capital Improvement Projects Team.


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Haylie Smith

Haylie is an Arizona native and was raised in Prescott, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychological Sciences, with a minor in Vocal Performance and her Master’s of Public Administration degree, with a concentration in Urban Management. At the University, she engaged with her community as a peer leader, research assistant, and outreach coordinator in the Body Project. Research Haylie conducted in this eating disorder prevention and body acceptance program is published in a psychological journal. She then took her passion for helping people to the public sector. Haylie interned with her hometown of Prescott in the areas of Fire, Economic Development, Communications, and Tourism. Haylie analyzed the compliance levels of paramedics, developed training sessions, and documented standard operating procedures. Additionally, Haylie researched and presented information to investors on Prescott’s Opportunity Zone and to the Prescott City Council on community visions for downtown revitalization. Since joining the City of Mesa, she has been assigned to work on the Operations Team, specifically with the Business Services and Municipal Court budgets.