GAPPS-ICMA 2023-2024: Vice President Kemrodge Bell

The Graduate Association of Public Policy (GAPPS-ICMA) – International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the primary organization for the UConn School of Public Policy (SPP). Its goal is to serve as a social and intellectual forum for students pursuing a degree or certificate in the School. GAPPS-ICMA is committed to public service, professional development, and having fun. Throughout the academic year GAPPS-ICMA hosts a number of events that enrich students’ social and academic experiences.

GAPPS is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) student organization.

A photo of GAPPS-ICMA Vice President Kemrodge Bell

Kemrodge Bell is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with a focus in law and public policy. This academic year he will serve as GAPPs-ICMA’s Vice President. He will also be completing an Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) placement with the Office of the State Comptroller as a State Property Control Manual Intern.

During the 2022-2023 academic year Kem served as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). In this capacity he assisted with research and creative activities including but not limited to data collection and analysis, website design and copy, event management and literature reviews.

His favorite course so far has been “Applied Policy in Justice Reinvestment.” Kem explains, “Working on real-life cases that speak to the livelihood of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system is very interesting and informative.” Outside of the classroom he enjoyed Mock Interview Night and representing SPP at his alma mater Eastern Connecticut State University’s Graduate School Fair. He encourages incoming students to communicate with professors and peers!

After graduation Kem hopes to pursue career opportunities in law, public policy and finance and fiscal policy. We can not wait to see what the Kem and the rest of the class of 2024 do next!