Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Erick Gaona became a full-time MPA student Spring of 2022 after two semesters as a Double Dawg student. During his undergraduate career, Erick was involved with several of organizations and programs including UNICEF at UGA, World Leaders Program, Goizueta Ambassadors, and PSO Scholars. All of these different experiences ignited his passion for public service. Additionally, he has worked with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as an intern and the Athens-Clarke County Government as their summer Management Fellow. Erick has a great passion for local communities and hopes to continue expanding his skills and experience through a combination of classes and internships.

Education

BA | University of Georgia / School of Public and International Affairs | 2021 | International Affairs

More About

Career Goals

I want to be able to equip communities with the opportunities to realize their potential and have a positive impact on people’s lives. A career in local or state government would help me achieve this goal. Nonetheless, I want to keep my options open and learn as much as possible during the early years of my public service career.

Relevant Work Experience

I have had the opportunity to work the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as an intern and the Athens-Clarke County Government as their summer Management Fellow. Both of these internships have taught me the importance of building relationships with local communities and relevant stakeholders.

Of Note

Public Service and Outreach Scholars

Areas of Expertise

Local Government