The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) employs several graduate research assistants each year. These are students working on their Master of Public Administration degrees who benefit from applied learning opportunites as they work alongside PPMC staff members on projects that advance public service.


Brooke Bailey
bxbailey3@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6539

Brooke began working as a graduate research assistant for the PPMC in May 2018. She graduated from Emporia State University with bachelor's degrees in Communication and Political Science in May 2018. This is her second year in the Master of Public Administration program, and she will graduate in May 2020. Brooke, a Wichita native, has always been interested in public service and has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors. In the future, she hopes to become a city/county administrator. She has a passion for local government and loves learning about quality of life issues in communities. 

Eryn Ebach
eeeryn@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6338

Eryn was born in Detroit, Michigan, and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wichita State. She is a first-year student in WSU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Before returning to WSU to pursue a graduate degree, Eryn worked in political and nonprofit fundraising. She enjoys listening to NPR/KMUW and is always on the lookout for an interesting book or podcast. Upon completion of her MPA, Eryn's dream is to one day work for the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a prevention scientist.

Sarah Gooding
srgooding@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6338

Sarah is in her second year as a graduate research assistant at the PPMC and in WSU's Master of Public Administration program, and is pursuing certificates in both city and county management and nonprofit management. Sarah began her career as a newspaper journalist, and is the 2015 co-recipient of the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award for reporting on the systemic challenges that impact every part of life for individuals in poverty in Southeast Kansas. This reporting, along with her interactions with local government managers, inspired her to work on her MPA.

Abigail Hammack
athammack@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6530

Abigail is a Wichita native with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Kansas State University. During her undergraduate education and after graduating in 2016, Abigail worked in higher education in the areas of student services and international education. Abigail is now pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree at WSU, and is in her first year as a graduate assistant at the PPMC. Prior to deciding to return to school, Abigail was the Marketing Director for a regional economic development organization in Virginia. Her interest in the public sector remains in the areas of nonprofit leadership, and community and economic development. 

Drake Koops
dmkoops@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6401

Drake is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program. He graduated in May 2019 from Sterling College with undergraduate degrees in History and Criminal Justice: Pre-Law and a minor in Political Science. His hometown is Downs, Kan., a tiny town in North Central Kansas. He has been enjoying his time in Wichita getting used to all the traffic and fast food restaurants! In his free time, Drake can be found watching any and all types of movies, reading books, listening to podcasts, and playing with his two Standard Poodles. Drake's future career interest is serving as a Foreign Service Officer who runs the day-to-day operations of an embassy. 


The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) is housed within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at Wichita State University.
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