Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Kaitlyn is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate specializing in Local Government Administration. She is president of the ICMA Student Chapter at the University of Georgia and currently works as the Public Utilities Analyst Intern for Athens Clarke County Unified Government. In her first year of the program, Kaitlyn was a PAFR Fellow through ELGL’s PAFR Fellowship Program and created the city of Fayetteville, Georgia’s first PAFR. Additionally, Kaitlyn is the Graduate Assistant for the Foundation Fellows Scholarship housed in the Jere Morehead Honors College. Kaitlyn was born and raised in Southern Illinois but now calls Oregon home. Kaitlyn is a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During undergrad, Kaitlyn spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Additionally, she completed internships with Teach For America and Impact Tulsa. Before starting her master’s, Kaitlyn completed two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year in Manchester, New Hampshire and with Reading Partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaitlyn is passionate about supporting our communities. She is excited to combine her experience working in schools and the nonprofit sector with her Master of Public Administration education. Kaitlyn plans to work in local government on the West Coast after completing her degree. When Kaitlyn is not working or in class, she is often reading Reese’s Book Club pick of the month, spending time outside, and exploring Athens’ restaurant scene.

Bachelor of Arts | The University of Tulsa | 2018 | Sociology

Educational Experiences

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minors in Marketing and Law, Policy, & Society Kaitlyn received the honors of Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the recipient for ‘Outstanding Commitment to Sociology’ by the department. During undergrad, Kaitlyn had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark learning and living Denmark’s policies and social structures. This included courses in Sex Work in Europe, Public Health Ethics, and Criminology & Criminal Justice in Scandinavia. During her time in Copenhagen, Kaitlyn traveled solely by bike or public transit, visited an Open Danish Prison and spoke to sex workers in Amsterdam.

Of Note

Outstanding Academics at The University of Tulsa (2015-­‐2018)-­‐ Received 7 semesters for academic achievement and a GPA above a 3.5 Phi Eta Sigma (2015)- National Honor Society awarding academic excellence for freshman in higher learning institutions Phi Beta Kappa (2017)- The Nation’s most prestigious academic Honor Society where chapters select only 10% of their arts and sciences students to join. Students selected based off their academic achievements at the University of Tulsa, because of their commitment to learning in a broad range of studies, and because of their academic integrity and strength of character. Mortar Board (2017)- Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service. Alpha Kappa Delta (2018)- The International Honor Society of Sociology with the goal to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. (Founding member and President) Panhellenic Outstanding Senior (2018)-­‐ Chosen from a pool of 25 applicants. This award honors seniors who have had outstanding involvement in Panhellenic, The University of Tulsa campus, and the Tulsa community. Nominee for Sarah Ida Shaw Award (2018)-­‐ The award recognizes the most exceptional brave, bold and kind woman who remains dedicated to Tri Delta’s Purpose and ideals and has shown significant unselfish leadership in her chapter, campus and community. Outstanding Commitment to Sociology (2018)- Selected by faculty for outstanding commitment to the sociology department, positive impact in the community, and academic achievement. Excellence in Service (2019)- Received for outstanding commitment and contributions to City Year

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Phi Beta Kappa
City Year Excellence in Service
Outstanding Commitment to Sociology

Research Interests

Community engagement

Public management

State/local government finances

Voter engagement in local/state elections