Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Langston Leake is passionate about using his unique perspective as a former public historian to better serve his state and community. During his undergraduate studies, Langston completed two internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he worked as the Assistant Olympic Content Curator for “Atlanta ’96”, Atlanta History Center’s upcoming exhibition on the 1996 Olympic and Paralympics. Over the course of the exhibition’s development, Langston became increasingly interested on the long-term communal impact of economic development plans and major urban projects such as the Olympics. After his stint as a public historian, Langston decided that he wanted to explore educational opportunities that would allow him to use his unique skill set to more actively pursue equity in community development. He remains passionate about finding a way to preserve community character and avoiding gentrification while also maintaining economic developmental goals. When he isn’t spending all his time studying or daydreaming about MARTA expansion, Langston enjoys suffering through Georgia Bulldogs football games, pursuing the still-unfulfilled dream of a national championship.

Education

B.A. – University of Georgia – 2019 – History and Political Science

Langston Leake is a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude with degrees in History and Political Science. As an undergraduate, he was awarded two departmental awards for outstanding work in the History Department, served as the Attorney General of the Student Government Association, and was a 2-term member of the Arch Society, the University of Georgia’s official student ambassador organization.

More About

Specialization: Generalist

Career Goals:
I would like to be able to combine my well-honed research skills with the managerial skills learned in this program to become a better advocate for equitable development. My current chief interests include economic and community development programs in the Metro Atlanta area, particularly the regions inside the I-285 Perimeter that are experiencing an influx of capital. I would like to be able to work either within the government or as part of an organization striving to develop communities while also acknowledging and attempting to preserve the character of those communities through anti-gentrification measures. I would also like to pursue long-term reforms and initiatives that I believe will aid both the equity and economic well-being of the city, such as infrastructure and public transportation.

Relevant Work Experience:
Olympic Content Curator, Atlanta History Center – July 2019 -July 2020

Of Note

UGA History Department Hostilo Family Scholarship Joe Brown Connally History Award Scholarship The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Research Interests

Gentrification Community Economic Development Education City Management Public Transportation