Tracie Annette Sanchez

Program Coordinator
Decatur Active Living and Georgia Trail Summit

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

A classic late bloomer, but a well rounded one. Tracie Sanchez completed her BA at UGA in 1988 and moved to DC to intern for her Senator, a move that tested her public servant desires and thus led her to a 2 decade career in the private sector as a graphic designer for McKinsey & Co. in DC and SF. Returning to Georgia in 2003 she joined the newly formed Institute for Leadership Advancement at UGA as a Coordinator of Leadership and Service Efforts. Experiencing the values based leadership development curriculum reawakened her desire to serve the public and she completed an MPA in 2011. Devotion and practice of alternative transportation solutions had always been her passion and she focused her public policy course work in that arena and now works on multiple efforts. Founder and Outreach coordinator for the inaugural Georgia Trail Summit, Mobility Manager for a Regional Commission and Active Living Coordinator in City of Decatur are three of the organizations she has served since 2011.

  • MPA, The University of Georgia 2011 Public Administration
  • AB, The University of Georgia 1998 Political Science
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Cycling and Gardening

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Comps with 60 classmates in Candler Hall and coming out feeling like we’d been tested and we knew how public servants would solve the case!

My Top Three Career Tips
Develop the soft skills too, listening, leading, following, networking.
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Boardmember, Southeastern Trust for Parks & Land Boardmember, MPA Advisory Board

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Big City Bread, lovely outdoor patio, bike friendly restaurant in my neighborhood. Bike tours in the countryside like Tour de Farm, Hartwell Ride of the Century, Atlanta Beltline Tour by Bike, and of course vacations always include rails-to-trails sites in every state.

A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.