Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Liliana Chanler grew up in Atlanta, a city renowned for its civil rights leaders who helped transform American civil liberties and culture. Inspired by Atlanta’s history and societal impact, she began volunteering for various local political campaigns and nonprofit organizations at a young age. She helped establish the first high school chapter of IGNITE, an organization aimed at encouraging more young women to get involved in politics. During the Fall of 2020, Liliana served as a Financial Intern for Jon Ossoff’s campaign for US Senate where she contributed to doubling the historic record for donations to a non-presidential campaign. In the summer of 2021, she interned in the Civil Rights department at Mitchell & Shapiro LLC, among Atlanta’s top personal injury, commercial litigation, and civil rights law firms. Concurrently, Liliana, selected from over 400 applicants, served as a Political Consulting Intern at The Messina Group, a full-service strategic consulting firm founded by Jim Messina, former Obama Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for his victorious 2012 re-election. Liliana is currently in her fifth year at UGA completing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs with minors in Global Health and Spanish, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Policy by way of the Double Dawg program. She serves as an Ambassador for the UGA School of Public and International Affairs and Treasurer of the School’s Honor Society of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, as well as a Fellow for Georgia State Representative Spencer Frye.


B.A. in International Affairs | University of Georgia | Fall 2022 | International Affairs

Master of Public Administration | University of Georgia | Spring 2023

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Educational Experiences

Liliana is a Double Dawg at the University of Georgia working to obtain a B.A. in International Affairs with minors in Spanish and Global Health by Fall 2022, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Public Policy by Spring 2023. During the Summer of 2022, Liliana took classes in Business Spanish and Spanish Culture in Seville, Spain through the UGA in España study abroad program.

Career Goals

Liliana plans to attend law school to pursue a Juris Doctor degree with an emphasis on Civil Rights Law. She then hopes to work with underserved communities to expand government service access and increase civic participation.

Relevant Work Experience

Campaign Intern for Christopher Marte for New York City Council District 1 (June 2017-July 2017), Campaign Intern for Bee Nguyen for State Representative (August 2017-December 2017), Financial Intern for Jon Ossoff for U.S. Senate Campaign (August 2020-January 2021), Civil Rights Legal Intern for Mitchell & Shapiro LLC (June 2021-August 2021), Political Consulting Intern for The Messina Group (June 2021-December 2021), Fellow for Georgia State Representative Spencer Frye (August 2022-Present)

Of Note

Speech and Debate 2018 State Championship Runner-Up in Program Oral Interpretation, Zell B. Miller Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List (Fall 2018 & 2020), Presidential Scholar (Fall & Spring 2021)

Areas of Expertise

Public Policy

Selected Publications

Social Justice and Civic Participation, Environmental Policy/Justice, Technology in Governmental Reform and Performance