About

IMG_2075 - Kyle Knott - MPA Orientation 8-2018 (2)In 2018, I received a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration and service. Now I am pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in local government management.

I chose this field because local politics are:

  • The most impactful: How we interpret the world is defined by the communities in our lives.

For instance, we tend to inherit the political beliefs of our parents and those we know and trust personally, and most community, economic, and business development, including infrastructure projects and the capacity of the social services sector, is driven by local business and policy.

  • Problematically complex: Local governance, including the professional culture of local elites, the terminology employed, and the robust technical skills needed for successful, broad-range community leadership, is alienating to the general public.

One of my long-term goals is to develop creative strategies to bridge communication and culture gaps between governing bodies and the general public so that disenfranchised populations are ensured fair representation and have ease of local political engagement.

  • In need of extensive reform: This is true of all levels of government, but due to the high level of interaction with the general public this is especially the case at a local level.

It’s a sad fact that people in positions of power tend to be unattached and privileged straight, white males. Women, minorities, the working and middle class, the less educated, and the LGBT community are too frequently left out of important discussions, and not treated fairly.

The world needs leaders who are willing to put their pride and egos to the side, be open-minded to differing or dissenting perspectives, and try new strategies to address inequities.

Above all else, we need more than ever people with unwavering dedication to ethics, values, and principles and those who express resolute commitment to democratic ideals.

Personal characteristics:

I am a doer, and I am passionate about learning.

Since my senior year of high school, I’ve had a fascination with trying to understand what’s really true and what it means to be a wise, good man.

My general fields of inquiry are political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, self-improvement, and history.

During community college, I joined my local political parties, got seriously involved in community activism and pursued internships every summer because I understood the supplementary value of real-life and professional experience. I’m what some HR professionals call a scrapper.