Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Emily Gayle was raised in Blythewood, South Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. Currently, she is the student worker in SPIA’s Office of External Affairs and a member of the college staff of Perfectly Polished. She has previously worked at the local and federal levels of government, in the nonprofit sector as the Development intern for the Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Institute and the Strategic Partnerships intern for the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, and in higher education with the University of Georgia’s Office of Research. Cooperation and discussion with students, nonprofit organizations, and constituents prompted Emily‚Äôs interest in a career in public service. In her free time, Emily enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and reading.


Bachelor of Arts | University of Georgia | School of Public and International Affairs | 2020 | International Affairs

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Education Experiences

During Emily’s time at the University of Georgia, she was actively involved in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Student Union. Serving in various capacities, Emily learned much about program management and the needs of students from various backgrounds. This strongly influenced her decision to seek a Master in Public Administration. She also participated in the Washington Semester Program, which gave her the opportunity to live and work in Washington, D.C. for a semester. As an intern on Capitol Hill, Emily learned the value of public service as she interacted with constituents and contributed to policy research and analysis.

Work Experience

Throughout her undergraduate experience, Emily was a Mayor’s Fellow with the City of Columbia, was an intern in the Office of Representative Joe Wilson in his Washington, D.C. office, and acted as the sole Strategic Partnerships intern for the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream.

Career Goals

With a Master in Public Administration, Emily aims to work in higher education administration in a role that will promote the needs of students. Through experience with various organizations and governmental departments, she hopes to understand more about education policy and execution. Eventually, she would like to use her knowledge and experience to form or work for a consulting firm in order to better the system from an external perspective. With a love and appreciation for museums, Emily would also like to work for a nonprofit that is dedicated to educating the populace in American and European history.

Of Note

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia

Panelist at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors

Research Interests

Higher education and nonprofit management