Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Nelson Millán Nales is a graduate student pursing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Graduate Certificates in International Law, Education Law and Policy, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

He is currently the Graduate Assistant, Program & Business Development Coordinator with the Office of University Experiential Learning, managing the Student Industry Fellows Program (SIFP).


– Bachelor of Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, English Literature, & Government, 2018
– Fellowship, Duke University Sandford School of Policy, Humanitarian Action and Global Governance, 2022
– Certificate, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Global Institute for Human Rights, 2021
– Certificate, Science Po Executive Education, International Relations & Diplomacy, 2021

More About

Although born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nelson considers Austin, Texas his hometown – the longest place he’s ever lived – having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on modernist literature and a minor in Government & International Political Economy.

Nelson began taking PADP courses in Spring 2021 while serving as a Program Specialist in the International Business Programs office at the Terry College of Business, where he helped pioneer the department’s inaugural Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program with the University of Liverpool, and inaugural domestic field study program, Global Georgia.

Nelson is an active member of the state-wide community, serving on the leadership board for Georgia Association for International Educators (GAIE), as well as the Georgia International Leadership Conference (GILC). He is regularly active on the UGA campus serving on the Steering Committee of the School of Public & International Affairs, Graduate Student Association (SPIA GSA), and previously, as an International Student Orientation ‘World Leader’ with International Student Life (ISL).

Nelson most recently worked abroad with the Tufts University European Center campus in Talloires, France, assisting the director in managing education abroad programs and professional and university-affiliated conferences.

Nelson is native bilingual in English & Spanish and progressing towards fluency in French. He spends his time playing the cello, reading, and trying new recipes.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

– “Diplômes d’honneur” for “Exceptional Work in Advanced French”, awarded by the Department of French & Italian, University of Texas at Austin
– Scholarship Awardee, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, 2021

Research Interests

Nelson is interested in researching higher education/non-profit administration, education law & policy, and international/comparative law & administration.