Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Riley entered the MPA program as a full-time student in fall 2022 after spending the last three semesters as a Double Dawgs student. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs as a First Honor Graduate and received Highest Honors from the Morehead Honors College. During her time as an undergraduate student, she interned for both the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and the Clarke County Mentor Program and developed a passion for fighting for equal access to high-quality education. She was also a site leader for IMPACT UGA where she designed a spring break service-learning trip focused on education access and advocacy. Additionally, she participated in undergraduate research through CURO and volunteered for multiple clubs, organizations, and campaigns. Now, Riley hopes to further develop her skills in research and problem solving through the MPA program, and she will be specializing in Public Policy.


Bachelor of Arts | University of Georgia | 2022 | Political Science

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Educational Experiences

Riley graduated from North Gwinnett High School in 2019 with honors. She then entered the University of Georgia and in 2021 decided to enroll in the Double Dawgs program to pursue her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees simultaneously. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2022 and entered the MPA program as a full-time student.

Career Goals

Riley is interested in working as a policy analyst in either the non-profit or government sector.

Relevant Work Experience

Teaching Assistant for UGA Department of Political Science (August 2022-present), Development Intern for Clarke County Mentor Program (August 2021-April 2022), Development Associate for Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (May-August 2021), Legislative Fellow for Representative Spencer Frye Fellowship (September 2020-April 2021)

Of Note

UGA First Honor Graduate, Morehead Honors College graduate with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa member, 2020 Gilman Scholarship recipient, 2019 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, 2019 Burger King Scholars Program, 2019 Area 2 Gwinnett County Council of PTAs Scholarship recipient

Areas of Expertise

Public Policy

Research Interests

Education policy, gender-based policy, state and local government