Tae Kang

MPP 16, GPA Certificates: Global Institutions & Processes

Originally born in Daegu, South Korea, my mom and I moved to Los Angeles when I was two years old. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and then attended the University of Notre Dame where I majored in Theology. My favorite semester at ND was the Fall of 2006 when I studied abroad in Rome. I immersed myself in Italian culture, visited other parts of Europe, shook hands with Pope Benedict XVI, and ate enormous amounts of gelato. Following graduation in 2008, I served in a Catholic parish in Wilmington, DE as part of Notre Dame’s Echo program and earned my MA in Theology. I taught High School Theology for two years at St. Elizabeth High School and moderated several clubs including one where students raised money to build a school in Pakistan. From 2012-2014, I was a middle school Social Studies and Math teacher at St. John Chrysostom School in Inglewood, CA. I greatly enjoy traveling, reading historical biographies, and discussing philosophy. My favorite movie is “The Dark Knight” and my favorite TV shows are “LOST”, “The West Wing”, and “Parks and Recreation”.

I joined the Luskin School of Public Affairs-and specifically the Public Policy department-because I wanted to make an impact on a broader group of people. As a teacher, I could only affect one classroom at a time. With a degree in Public Policy, I could affect a variety of classrooms through the analytic skills gained here. I am currently interested in Education Policy and am working towards a Global Public Affairs Certificate in Processes and Institutions.

Following graduation, I am greatly interested in a career as a speechwriter and political adviser.  I am passionate about political and governmental service; and wanted to enter those arenas to better serve future generations.