We are proud to announce July’s student of the month, Caitlyn Gegen, a spring Double Dawg graduate in UGA’s Public Administration program. While attending UGA, Ms. Gegen interned on multiple local, state, and federal political campaigns as well as for the ACLU of Kansas and BikeAthens. Her interest in criminal justice reform led her to Kansas City, where she interned as a local community organizer with the ACLU’s “Kansans for Smart Justice” initiative.

In Athens, she is currently serving as the Program Director for Bluebird PAC, a grassroots political action committee that supports first time and other non-traditional candidates in state and local elections across Georgia. As part of their campaign student staffer program, Ms. Gegen coordinated and oversaw student staffers from UGA, the University of Southern California, and Howard University. She is also the policy intern with the non-profit BikeAthens, where she advocates for programs and policies to promote equity in transportation (while also learning how to repack a hub).

Caitlyn’s favorite parts of the MPA program were the group projects and study sessions where she got to work with her peers and collaborate with others. She is grateful for the friends she has made, the lessons she has learned, and the devoted professors who supported her through the program. She looks forward to carrying what she learned in UGA’s Public Administration and Policy Program with her as she moves to London to pursue a Master of Science in Gender, Peace, and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Congratulations Caitlyn! We are looking forward to seeing all of the things you accomplish with your MPA!