Angela Morgan (AB ’09, MA ’12) earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Today, she works in education – supporting charter schools across the nation. Although her career might not seem like the typical path for a political science major, for Angela, access to high-quality education for all is an important policy issue that increasingly plays out in our local, state and national politics.
“When people talk about politics, they tend to think about the presidency and they think a little bit about Congress,” Angela said. “But politics is at play in our everyday lives in ways that we don’t even know.”
Angela works for the KIPP Foundation, which serves 88,000 students in 209 KIPP schools across 20 states and the District of Columbia. Her ultimate goal is to see more students, especially those from educationally underserved areas, graduate from high school, earn college degrees and lead choice-filled lives. As a data solutions architect, she works with district and school leadership to ensure the effective use of data and technology systems that give teachers and leaders access to the data needed to drive gains in student achievement.
Angela’s career has spanned academics, politics and education – all of which have fueled her passion for education policy and reform. She credits much of her success to her experiences at SPIA and to the scholarship that enabled her to complete her graduate studies. Her passion for giving to UGA stems from the support she received as a student. Just as she has advocated for improved education policies through her career, she also wants to be an advocate for students by helping them afford their UGA educations.