Katherine Monroy, the November MPA Student of the Month, is a dedicated scholar and aspiring public servant, originally from Moultrie, Georgia. As a first-generation college student and first generation Mexican-American, she exemplifies the values of accountability, diversity, and academic excellence.

Katherine’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, graduating magna cum laude in December 2022. She will earn her Master of Public Administration in December 2023. She will specialize in both Local Government Management & Public Budgeting and Financial Management. These accomplishments are a testament to her dedication.

In her professional journey, Katherine served as a City Management Intern at the City of Johns Creek. Her collaboration with senior city officials, research initiatives, and contributions to policy recommendations reveal her dedication to understanding and improving local government processes. As a Graduate Assistant at the Archway Partnership Program, Katherine managed a team of Institute of Leadership Advancement students and contributed to projects related to scholarship awareness, sustainability, and local government asset management. Katherine’s commitment to these initiatives underscores her dedication to enhancing local government and positively impacting her community. She also works as an Event Manager and Server for Hallie Janes at Empire Mills. Her effective communication and collaboration skills shine in this fast-paced environment.

In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Katherine is an active member of the International City/County Managers Association, where she serves as Communications Chairwoman, and the Government Finance Officers Association, where she co-lead the UGA chapter. Katherine’s participation in these organizations is a testament to her commitment to networking and promoting the field of public administration.

Katherine Monroy’s background as a first-generation college student and first-generation Mexican American highlights the resilience and determination that underpin her achievements. It showcases the rich tapestry of diversity she brings to the world of academia and public service. Congratulations to Katherine on this well-deserved recognition as the Student of the Month.