Ashton Millet

Public Policy Fellow

Attending the University of Houston

Ashton is originally from LaPlace, Louisiana, where he was raised by his mother along with his two older brothers. LaPlace was where he first learned about racial inequities within social and institutional systems, which fueled his interest in public policy and organizing. He was previously a LEE Public Policy Fellow in the 2021-2022 cohort. He focuses on working with community stakeholders to build organizational skills and community power. Ashton also has worked as a middle school teacher and coach in the Houston area. His repertoire includes policy and data analysis, grassroots organizing and political education training. Ashton’s work is driven by his belief that equity comes with building community power and improving opportunities for all children in the education system. He remains involved in the Houston community through his organizing and volunteering efforts with organizations like ONE Houston and the Switch Arts & Recreation Center.

I chose to attend UH because of its location and all of the potential opportunities that come along with that. Being positioned in the heart of a major U.S. city and using Houston/Harris County as a backdrop for public policy analysis was a valuable experience. Additionally, the Hobby School attracted me because of the small class sizes and emphasis on data analysis. I felt like I would get a well-rounded education at UH.

As an organizer, I have always been interested in public policy and how systems impact our lives. I also wanted to grow in my field, and I saw the opportunity to sharpen my statistical analysis skills at the Hobby School.

The Benefits of Receiving a Scholarship

I was awarded a Hobby School Excellence Scholarship. This has made my dreams of becoming a public policy professional a reality. The financial assistance provided by the scholarship relieves a significant financial burden on myself and my family.

Academic Achievement

Graduating as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society for public administration and public policy is my most important academic achievement. The most meaningful experience is participating in various group projects throughout the program. Being able to build those relationships has gone a long way throughout this program.

Career Goals

In five years, I see myself leading a team on a major project that impacts children and families across a state, region or country. I hope to gain connections with other professionals in my field. I also hope to gain the confidence that I can do anything I put my mind to. I hope to become a change agent that makes government efficient and equitable for all people. I hope to begin a career in education policy.