Meet the Sackton Fellows

Matthew Gandy is from Cave Creek, Arizona, and an ASU alumnus, graduating with a B.S in Justice Studies in 2018. Matthew is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration. He is inherently driven, and from a young age, he embodied both leadership and collaboration, two traits he credits for his aspiration to become a public servant. Matthew is extensively involved in the community and is the president of an organization named First Gen Scientist, a group of passionate college students who provide mentorship and STEM-based activities to local, underserved youth through afterschool programs. Following graduation, Matthew plans to work in local government. He hopes to help implement educational workshops for all ages in underserved communities, through collaboration with the non-profit sector.  

Jorge Suarez is a Colombian-American currently in the Masters of Public Policy program.  He holds a Bachelor’s a degree in Industrial Engineering from a Colombian university and a second B.S in Public Service and Public Policy (Nonprofit concentration) from ASU. Jorge has been involved with nonprofit organizations around the Phoenix area and is currently serving as a graduate research assistant in the ASU School of Public Affairs. His professional goals are to work for governmental organizations such as the UN, OAS, or development banks so he can positively impact the lives of people in underdeveloped countries. Jorge is especially interested in promoting development from innovated practices that involve network societies, governance, and sovereignty from a local to global perspective.

Haylie Smith, the 2017 Sackton Scholar, is from Prescott, Arizona and an ASU alumnus. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychological Sciences in May 2017. Haylie is currently a student in the Master of Public Administration program pursuing a concentration in Urban Management. Haylie has given back to her community through her efforts in the Body Project at ASU, an eating disorder prevention and body acceptance program. For over two years, Haylie worked for the Body Project as a research assistant, peer leader, and community outreach coordinator. She has two published articles in psychological journals related to her work for the Body Project, and is now taking her passion for helping people to the field of public service. Her professional goals are to work in local government, preferably in a small town like Prescott, AZ, where she can have a positive impact on the community. Haylie is especially interested in promoting healthy communities and finding more effective ways to meet the needs of the homeless population.