Our MPA Student Ambassadors are current second year students at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. They are available to answer your questions about the program, faculty, coursework, the student experience, and more!  

Use the drop-down menu below to search for MPA Student Ambassadors by focus area. If you would like to connect with a specific ambassador, view their bio and please submit a question via the contact form on the left of their bio. They will respond shortly. 

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Hometown: Silver Spring, MD Focus: Public Leadership, International Development, and Public Finance and Budgeting Pronouns: He/His/Him Bio: I originally hail from the greater DC metro area — Silver Spring, MD — and I attended undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in History and minoring in Education. I moved to Seattle…

Hometown: Lynnwood, WA Focus: Public Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy and Management, Public Leadership Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hi! My name is Jasmine! While my hometown says Lynnwood, WA, I was actually born in the Bay Area, California. But I only lived there for 5 years before moving to Washington! After that, I moved to Tucson, Arizona,…

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California Focus Areas: Public Leadership; Metropolitan and Urban Policy Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hello there! I was born and raised in the Northern California Bay Area. I graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Politics. After graduation, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in public service…

Hometown: Shatin, Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia Focus: Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Policy and Analysis, Government Operations Pronounce: She/her/hers Bio: Hi, I am Astgh (preferred name Stella)! My name means “star” in English and I know it is hard to pronounce it. I use a preferred name – Stella – which means “star” in Italian.…

Hometown: Greensboro, NC (but have called Haifa, Israel and Boston, MA home as well) Focus: Nonprofit Management, Public Leadership Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hello! My name is Noam Soker and I am part of the pilot Global MPA program. I completed my Bachelors in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina and am forever a…

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Focus: Non-Profit Management, Social Policy Pronouns: she/her/hers Bio: Hi y’all! My name is Nati and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics from Rice University in Houston. Beginning college pursuing dentistry and later considering earning a doctorate in Psychology,…

Hometown: Newark, Delaware Focus: Higher Education Access, Education Policy, Program Evaluation Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: I was born and raised in Delaware.  During my time in undergraduate I had an epiphany. I was a part of a privilege group that should have been an option for all. I decided to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on higher education…

Hometown: Jasper, IN Focus: Non-profit Management, Social Policy Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: I moved to Seattle in 2013, just before the grey of winter rolled in, without a job (I do NOT recommend this), and no connections except my roommate. Coming from a small Midwest town, I was overwhelmed by the fast pace of city life…

Hometown: Oberdorf, Switzerland Focus: Public Finance and Budgeting, Social Policy Pronouns: she/her/hers Bio: I grew up in a beautiful, scenic, tiny town in the middle of Switzerland where I used to ride my bike to school all through 12th grade. For my undergrad, I moved to the French-speaking part of Switzerland to pursue a degree…

Hometown: Old Forge, Pennsylvania Focus: Public Leadership, Management, and Decision-Making Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hello there! I’m Brittany and I’ve been living in the Pacific Northwest for close to nine years. Originally from just outside of Scranton, PA (no, I don’t watch The Office), I joined the Navy and served in several areas including Japan, the…

Home country: India Policy Interests: International development, socio-economic policy, health, sustainable finance, public leadership Pronouns: she/her Bio: I was born and raised in India. I graduated as an Engineer and while working in the tech areas, I developed an interest in public policy, mostly because of my consistent upkeep with news and current affairs and…

Hometown: Beijing, China Focus: Environmental Policy; Public Finance Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Kathy. I was raised in Beijing, China. Before I studied in Evans, I spent three years in Beijing Forestry University and studied Biotechnology. After that, I studied Forest Sciences in the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I…

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador   Focus: International development, Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation Pronouns: She/her/ hers Bio: Hello! I’m Norma, I am from El Salvador in Central America, and just moved to Seattle for my MPA. For my undergrad I studied Business Economics, I also had the opportunity to study a semester abroad at…

Hometown: La Quinta, CA (near Palm Springs) but I lived in San Diego, CA for the last 8 yrs Focus: Social Policy, Public Leadership, Nonprofit Administration Pronouns: He/Him/His Bio: The Pacific Northwest has been completely new and exciting for me! I graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2015 with a degree in…

Hometown: Missoula, Montana – and I’ve spent the last 5 years living in Belfast, Maine. Focus Area: Social Policy, with some interest in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Bio: Hi there! My name is Shannon. I was born in San Francisco, but I moved to New Zealand when I was 2, and lived there for seven…

Hometown: University Place, WA Focus: Public Leadership, Social Policy, Public Finance, Non-Profit Management Pronouns: She/her/hers Bio: I’m from a small city that borders Tacoma. For undergrad, I attended Pacific Lutheran University, a small liberal arts school where I got my B.S. in  psychology. Initially going into college pursuing medicine and coming out determined to be…

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ Focus: Social Policy, Nonprofit Management Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hey! My name is Jamie! I was born and raised in Arizona and completed my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Arizona. After graduating, I spent a little over two years working for the Superior Court in Tucson performing risk assessments…

Hometown: Bellingham, WA Focus: Program Evaluation Pronouns: She/her/hers Bio: Greetings from Evans! I am a part-time MPA candidate as of Fall 2019. I’m originally from Soldotna, Alaska, but have spent most of my life in Washington state. I earned a BA in economics with a minor in business administration from Western Washington University in 2012…

Hometown: North Smithfield, RI Focus: Environmental Policy and Management; Nonprofit Management Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hey there! I grew up in North Smithfield RI (shout out to anyone who knows what coffee milk is), and eventually made my way over to the Midwest to attend The Ohio State University to earn a bachelors in business (marketing).…

Hometown: Seattle, WA Focus: Environmental Policy and Public Leadership Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hi everyone, my name is Allison! I was born and raised here in Seattle, WA but I completed my undergraduate degree in Law at University College London in the UK. After graduating in 2016, I moved back to the States – California this…

Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei Province, China Focus: Public Policy and Analysis, International Development, Non-profit Management Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Before attending Evans, I received a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations major from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. My passion for international development and nonprofit management started from the global policy classes I took…

Hometown: Madeira Beach, FL, but I have also lived in Washington, DC and Lexington, KY. Focus: Public Policy Analysis, International Development, Global MPA

Hometown: East Canaan, CT. But I’ve lived in Oakland, CA for the last 7 years Focus: Public Leadership, Metropolitan and Urban Policy, Public Finance and Budgeting, Social Policy Pronouns: She/her/hers Bio: Originally from the rural Northeast, I like to think that I’ve made my full westward migration to the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Williams…

Hometown: Tacoma, WA Focus: Metropolitan and Urban Policy; International Development Pronouns: He/him/his Bio: Hello! I am a concurrent student pursuing an MPA at Evans and an MUP at the College of Built Environments. I grew up in Tacoma, WA, but promptly left on multiple adventures after graduating high school. Going to UW for my masters’…

Hometown: Bay Area, California Focus: Public Policy and Analysis; Social Policy Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: Hello! I grew up in the California East Bay Area, though I haven’t lived in the Golden State for several years. After graduating from my undergrad at the University of California Irvine in 2012 I packed my bags for Alaska where…

Hometown: Charleston, SC Focus: Policy Analysis & Public Finance and Budgeting Pronouns: He/Him/His Bio: Like many in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a transplant. I come from the sunny shores of South Carolina, Seattle’s geographic and cultural antipode. Having developed an interest in government at a young age, I went on to study Political Economy as…

Hometown: Miami Beach, FL & Cuba Focus: Public Leadership; Public Finance & Budgeting Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: I was born to a resourceful Cuban mother who raised me, and my two siblings, in the spectacular Miami Beach, FL. My decision to pursue an MPA did not come in a moment of blinding revelation, but as a…

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal Focus: Public Policy Analysis, International Development, Public Finance and Budgeting Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Bio: I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. My undergraduate degree was in Economics and Mathematics. As I took electives for my economics major and worked as a research assistant for one of my macroeconomics majors, I discovered my interests in…