Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Brady Begin comes to Athens from Seattle. Raised in Sammamish, WA, Brady graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a BA in Political Science. He also minored in Law, Societies, and Justice and Labor Studies. Outside of the classroom, Brady dedicated himself to student government – serving as the Associated Students of the University of Washington’s Organizing Coordinator his junior year and Senate Speaker his senior year. After graduation, Brady interned in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. From there, he pivoted to the nonprofit sector and moved to San Francisco to become the Community Associate for Kiva – a nonprofit crowdfunding platform for microfinance. Seeking work at the local level, Brady then returned to Seattle as the Engagement & Administration Coordinator for Historic Seattle – a nonprofit and public development authority dedicated to historic preservation. Back in Seattle, Brady became intimately familiar with loopholes in the city’s landmarks preservation ordinance and fault lines in the administration of its preservation policy. This solidified his interest in public administration as a career path, and he comes to UGA intending to specialize in local government while working as a graduate assistant for the Archway Partnership.

Education

Bachelor of Arts | University of Washington | 2015 | Political Science

Initially interested in International Studies, Brady decided to major in Political Science after taking an Introduction to American Politics class during his first quarter at the University of Washington. He declared his major the following quarter, and went on to take classes in a variety of topics. Toward the end of his college career, Brady’s coursework focused on social justice and labor issues. He supplemented his degree with minors in Law, Societies, and Justice and Labor Studies. Brady was also a Freshman Interest Group Leader his junior year, teaching Introduction to the University Community – a class designed to acclimate new students to the university experience.

More About

Specialization: Local Government

Career Goals:
Brady intends to build a career in local government. His interests are diverse and include historic preservation and urban planning, public investment in arts and culture, social services and equity initiatives, and city management in general.

Relevant Work Experience:
After graduating from the University of Washington, Brady interned in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. As a member of the Agency Liaison team, he analyzed incoming correspondence to the President to determine the appropriate response – including forwarding potential casework to the appropriate federal government agencies. After his internship, Brady went to work in the nonprofit sector as the Community Associate for Kiva, an international crowdfunding platform for microfinance based in San Francisco. There, he took on a customer service-oriented position while also managing a team of interns, assisting the finance team in the withdrawal of lender funds, and monitoring said withdrawals for potential fraud. Brady most recently served as the Engagement & Administration Coordinator for Historic Seattle, a public development authority and nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation. His role entailed a wide array of responsibilities, such as office administration, donor acknowledgment, content creation, and event support.

Of Note

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Brady was named to the Dean’s List four times. His paper “Turning a Blind Eye: The Media’s Neglect of Cultural and Historical Intricacies of Violence” was published in the Jackson School Journal of International Studies Vol. 3 No. 2. At the end of his college career, Brady was awarded a Husky Leadership Certificate upon completion of an e-portfolio (bradybegin.weebly.com) detailing his leadership experiences.