Jessica Beemer, who graduated with her master's degree in public administration, provided immediate relief efforts to shelter residents of the Kingwood area in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Beemer, a 2011 Graduate Archer Center Fellow and Chief of Staff for Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, stepped up to the plate for the community of Kingwood after thousands lost their homes in the hurricane. Council Member Martin credits her for her leadership in contacting Humble ISD to get Kingwood High School set up as a temporary shelter. Beemer also volunteered during the clean up efforts and distributed food and supplies to those who were impacted by Harvey even while her own home and car were destroyed.
"When I stepped off of the UTSA campus I made it my mission to change the perception of public servants," Beemer said. "I want to do good and restore people's faith in local government. I'm blessed to have the support of my amazing boss, a wonderful team, selfless first responders, and resilient community."
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