Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Payton Johnson has an undeniable passion for public service and conducting policy research on any and all topics. While attending the University of Georgia for undergrad, Payton accumulated various internships, scholarships, and participated in on-campus commitments, such as serving on the executive board of the non-profit MEDLIFE @ UGA. Her internships include policy and research work for local government (DA’s Office in Athens), non-profit organizations (The Bail Project), and private companies (Major Cities Chiefs Association). She has an affinity for criminal legal reform, health policy, and non-profit management. Payton obtained a Bachelor’s of Biology and a minor in Criminal Justice Studies in May of 2022 and is excited to continue her education through the MPA program at UGA.