Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Will Brooks combines experience in the arts and nonprofit sectors with a passion for city management and 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. At UGA, he has focused on city management and local government. He serves as president of the UGA student chapter of International City/County Management Association and completed a Popular Annual Financial Report Fellowship for Ridgefield, WA. During summer 2022, he worked as a Fellow for Montgomery County, MD, where he wrote technology policy and completed an independent research project focusing on Arts and Entertainment Districts in the county.


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

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Educational Experiences

At UGA, he worked as a research assistant for Dr. Rebecca Nesbit and Dr. Alex Combs. Currently, he is Graduate Assistant for Young Alumni Engagement in the Department of Alumni Relations.

Career Goals

Will desires to take his experience with non-profits and his training from the MPA program to transition into a career in city management, with a particular passion for 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.

Research Interests

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