Congratulations to Olivia Ammons for being selected as Public Administration and Policy’s MPA Student of the Month!
Olivia is a Double Dawg, who began the MPA program as a sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Affairs. She is now in her final semester in the program, graduating in May with a specialization in Local Government Administration. She currently works for both the City of Johns Creek as a City Management Intern where she has worked for over a year, and the Archway Partnership, one of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach units that works to connect local governments in Georgia with UGA resources and expertise, as a PSO Intern.
Throughout her time in the MPA program, she has had multiple local government internships, including two with the City of Peachtree Corners. She was a SPIA Emerging Leaders Program Finalist in 2019, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Scholar for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Olivia is a member of the GSPA, UGA ICMA Chapter, and was newly accepted to Pi Alpha Alpha. She is passionate about public engagement and outreach, community building and placemaking, as well as human development and relationships in the public sector. Her future career interests lie in local government management and she aspires to become a city manager.
During her undergraduate career, Olivia was a member of the UGA Flagline, a SPIA Mentor, and served as Committee Chair of the SPIA Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee. While balancing coursework and internships, she also maintained a job as the Assistant Colorguard Director for Collins Hill High School, working with high school students to teach the sport of colorguard at the competitive level – including providing design, writing choreography, and engaging with parents.
In her free time, Olivia writes for her blog, reads when she has time, and snuggles with the two kittens who live in her apartment (even though she is allergic)!
Congratulations Oliva! You are doing wonderful work and you are almost there!
To support future leaders so that they can have real-life experiences through internships like Olivia you can give to the SPIA Experiential Learning Fund.