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2022 PASA Officers

Welcome back to LSU for a new semester and the start of a new year. The 2022 PASA officers, together with the Department of Public Administration faculty and staff, will offer more socials and educational seminars this year as part of our renewed emphasis on socializing, networking, and professional development. We also will venture off-campus more to meet, work, and volunteer with local business leaders, non-profit initiatives, and community projects, in addition to finding more funding to send MPA students to professional conferences and meetings throughout the state and country. 

We look forward to meeting and working with you, and wish you all much success during this semester and in the coming year. Contact the PASA officers at or through the Department of Public Administration office at any time.


Desh Gaskins

Desh Gaskins is a first year MPA student from Lancaster, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree at LSU in sport administration with a minor in business and leadership development in May of 2021. Desh currently works as a graduate residence coordinator with LSU Residential Life overseeing the Horseshoe Community (Evangeline, Highland, and Annie Boyd Halls). After completing his MPA, he hopes to move back to his hometown and become a community leader, advocating for the growth and the needs of his community.

Rachel Brown
Vice President

Rachel Brown is a first year MPA student interested in education policy and the evidence-based levers for change within K-12 public education. Upon graduating from the University of Washington in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and distinction in English, she joined Teach for America’s 2009 corps in South Louisiana. Rachel taught elementary school for four years in Baton Rouge and New Orleans before entering a systems level role in Jefferson Parish as a school support specialist and pivoting to special education and curriculum school leadership roles. During this time, she also went on to earn a Master of Education Administration from the University of New Orleans. In her most recent role, Rachel served at the Louisiana Department of Education as the project director for SPED Fellow Academy, a comprehensive development program for novice special education supervisors across Louisiana. Rachel is now a program manager for a national nonprofit that supports change management in school systems across the country including the Catalyst Fellowship, a national fellowship for current and aspiring system level leaders. 

Tamasha Brown

Tamasha Brown is a first year MPA student who received her Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2016 with a minor in health care management. In 2019, she received her MBA from Cappella University and she is currently employed by Pennington Biomedical Research Center where she is the pperation coordinator for the Metabolic and Bariatric Institute. In this role, Tamasha coordinates daily tasks and administration of Baton Rouge's first all-inclusive bariatric surgery center. She also has plans on developing and opening a non-profit organization to help engage the community in numerous health initiatives, fair housing programs, child care assistance, and other diversity programs,  but will focus on the reentry of individuals who were incarcerated back into society. 

Neely Martin-Whitaker

Neely Martin-Whitaker is a second year MPA student graduating in December who received her Bachelor’s degree in math. She's originally from Texas, but has lived in Baton Rouge for over 11 years. She currently works for LSU Residential Life.