Nigel Walton (B.S. in Public Policy) has always loved politics. As a child, he enjoyed reading about political leaders such as Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and William Wilberforce.
“After joining the Georgia State University Student Government Association, I knew I wanted to be a part of the real action of legislating. At the same time, I heard about the Georgia Legislative Internship Program (GLIP) and decided to apply,” he said.Walton is getting a wealth of experience interning for the Minority Leader’s Office. His many tasks include preparing for Democratic Caucus meetings, handling meeting requests and editing potential legislation.
“Watching the senators at work is a playbook for servant leadership, which is the leadership model that I want to base my political career,” he said.
Walton serves as president of the Collegiate 100 of Georgia State University, which is an auxiliary organization of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. Their motto, “what they see is what they will be” is the heart of how they wish to serve the city of Atlanta and the Greater Atlanta community.
He is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the numerous community gardens around Atlanta.
After graduating from Georgia State University, Walton plans to attend law school, and thereafter, he would like to become legal counsel for a college or university. His ultimate career goal is to become the White House Chief of Staff.
Walton’s favorite quote is “Just do your best! Let God do the rest! Though your labor, how small it may seem, may be just enough to set someone free,” by Reverend Reginald Sharpe of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church-Chicago. One of his favorite books is “Notes of a Native Son,” by James Baldwin.
By Debbie Jones, Georgia State University Office of Government and Community Affairs