Public administration is a field in which leaders are equipped with project management skills to manage at all levels of government (local, state, and federal) as well as nonprofit organizations. Often, ‘public service’ is a term frequently used with these roles because these professionals typically a deep commitment to serve their communities and contribute to their overall improvement.
The panelists below will share more about how they got interested in their field and provide advice and insight to UNL students looking to break into these fields.
Earley (Earl) Redrick (he/him/his)
Field Office Director – Omaha Employer: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
What sparked your interest in this field?
A desire to continue serving people after my military service, and my interest in equality and civil rights.
How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I was a non-traditional student, going to college later while working full time. The vast majority of what I learned around civil rights and fair housing came through on-the-job training (OJT or Apprenticeship). Currently, it is possible to study these topics in law programs or some master’s level programs focusing on social justice.
Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
Yvonne Tabarres, the former Employment Enforcement Manager at the Texas Commission on Human Rights. She afforded me the opportunity to work in the fair housing and civil rights field, although I knew little about the area and had zero experience at the time of hire. She hired, developed, and mentored me for a successful career in this sector.
What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
I can’t name just one, so here are my top three: 1) Followership 2) Service with empathy 3) Adaptability.