Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Caitlin McDonald is a native Georgian and Athenian since 2010. In 2014 she completed her undergraduate degrees at UGA in history and anthropology, with a minor in film studies. For the past 5 years she has worked for UGA, first in Student Affairs as the Accounting Technician for Recreational Sports and currently as the Senior Accountant for the Odum School of Ecology. She assists with state budget and sponsored projects management, as well as leading the school in proper policy and procedure adherence. She hopes to expand her higher education and fiscal background into the realms of local government and urban planning.


BA | University of Georgia | 2014 | History BA | University of Georgia | 2014 | Anthropology

Of Note

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, UGA 2014 Employee of the Year, Odum School of Ecology 2019

Research Interests

Caitlin’s research interests lie in how local governments can effectively communicate urban planning related policy proposals to the public, and garner enough support to implement them. Particular areas of interest are housing density and affordability, as well as public transportation. She is also interested in how local governments, often lead by non-partisan mayors and councils, navigate the increasingly polarized and partisan tenor of public life when communicating with the public.