Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Will Brooks is passionate about making an impact in the arts and cultural sector through work in local government. Prior to joining the MPA program at UGA, Will focused on building a career in the arts. He accumulated over five years of experience working in arts and cultural non-profits in California, North Carolina, and Virginia. During this time, he was selected for the Youth Advisory Council for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Before working in non-profit, Will studied classical voice at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In addition to performance, he was selected as a 2017-2018 CSUN Presidential Scholar. Through this scholarship, he researched, wrote, and implemented a project that matched Vocal Performance majors at CSUN with predominantly low-income high school students for free private voice lessons. His work in the non-profit sector as well as his time with the LA County Department of Arts and Culture has shown him the exciting opportunity to push forward the arts and cultural sector through local government work. He is excited about the opportunity of the MPA program at UGA and is ready to launch his career transition.

Education

Bachelor’s of Music | California State University, Northridge | 2018 | Vocal Performance

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Educational Experiences

Along with performing in choir, opera, and recitals, Will excelled academically at California State University, Northridge. He won the CSUN Presidential Scholarship and launched a successful project to give free voice lessons to predominantly low-income high school students. He also interned at four arts non-profits, including notable public-private partnership, Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts in Virginia. At UGA, he is working as a research assistant for Dr. Rebecca Nesbit and Dr. Alex Combs.


Career Goals

Will desires to take his experience with non-profits and his training from the MPA program to transition into a career in local government, creating and managing arts and cultural policy.

Of Note

In 2019-2020, Will consulted for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Youth Advisory Council. Selected as one of 23 youth arts leaders in the city, he and his peers drafted recommendations for the Regional Plan for Arts Education for LA County, which was subsequently passed by the Board of Supervisors in 2020. Recipient of CSUN Presidential Scholarship, 2017-2018 Recipient of Dean’s Award, 2017 Recipient of Mary Bayramian Arts Scholarship, 2016-2017 Recipient of Robert W. Wienpahl Scholarship, 2015

Research Interests

Local government, non-profit, and arts and cultural policy