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, click on 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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Hi there! My name is Monea (moh-ney, Like Claude Monet 😊). My family is originally from Sequim, Washington where my tribe, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, resides. I earned my bachelors degrees at Western Washington University in Journalism – Public Relations and Communications Studies.

My outward appearance has never matched my worldview, because of that I’ve made it a personal goal to be a storyteller and listener. I was born in Tokyo; raised in Okinawa on military installations. I moved to the U.S. for the first time when I graduated high school and landed in Oregon at a tiny…

Hello! I am a concurrent degree student pursuing an MPA from the Evans School and an MPH in Health Services from the School of Public Health.

Hey y’all! I’m Kenney, originally from a small town in New Hampshire but moved to North Andover where I attended Merrimack College, graduating in three years with a degree in Political Science with a Communications minor and a degree in Social Justice with a minor in Marketing.

Hello there! I am an international student from Bogota, Colombia. In college, I studied Economics and Business Administration with a minor in Art and Government.

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth, but I interchangeably go by Liz – your choice! I’m a Seattleite, born and raised in the west part of the city. I earned my BA in political science at the University of California, Berkeley where I also minored in Arabic.

 Hey everyone! I am Daghan (feel free to call me Dag), a full-time MPA student from Turkey (currently living in Seattle), and a Fulbrighter. I am from the ancient city of Tarsus, in the province of Mersin (one of the sunniest, hottest, but most beautiful cities of Turkey 😊). I graduated from Mersin University in…

Hello, I’m Charlee! I grew up as a military kid and have lived all over the U.S. I graduated from the University of Illinois in 2020 with a degree in civil engineering and a minor in sustainability.

Hello there! My name is Varsha (pronounced like Marsha but with a V✌️) I was born in Houston, TX but moved up to Northeast when I was young (Milford, CT) and stayed there for my undergraduate (New York City).

Hi there – My name is Stephanie and I’m from sunny Southern California! I attended Vassar College, a small liberal arts school in Poughkeepsie, New York (I was trying to get as far from California as I could without crossing an ocean). After graduating with a BA in International Studies, I was recruited to Rich…

I am PUMPED to be a student at Evans! My path here has been a bit windy. I am from Maryland and studied computer science with a minor in theology at the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, I lived in Seattle and worked at Microsoft for a year before realizing that I was more…

Hey There! I’m Devoni (Duh-vaw-knee)! I was born and raised just right outside of Seattle in the city of Des Moines. I attended the University of Washington in Bothell where I got my B.S in Environmental Science and a minor in Human Rights.

Hey! My name is Gabrielle, but everyone calls me Gabby—unbelievably fitting. I talk a lot. I am a Seattle native and two-time Dawg, having graduated from UW Seattle in 2019 with a BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health and a minor in Political Science.

Originally from India, I spent eight years braving the brutal winters of Canada. I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and am completing a Master’s in Arts in Political Science.

I came to Evans after eight years in the workforce. I taught English through the Fulbright Program in Indonesia for two years, then moved to Washington, DC to work in international development and corporate social responsibility.

Hello! My name is Kate and I was born and raised in the Twin Cities. Following a high school semester in central Chile, I moved to Walla Walla to attend Whitman College. I majored in Politics and spent a formative few months studying Mexican social movements in southern and central Mexico.

I’m Youssef, a first year Evans Student with a concurrency in Health Services MPH. I am from Seattle and graduated from Franklin High school in 2000. I joined the Navy in 2003, deployed twice and lived in Boston, San Diego, and Illinois during that time.

I wasn’t always interested in public policy; my undergraduate degree (2015) from DePaul University was a double in History and Poetry. I had planned to be a poor, mediocre writer. But as a trans woman, I have faced – and continue to face – discrimination, systemic oppression, apathy, and skepticism, all of which shape the…

Hello! I moved to Seattle to start grad school before ever visiting Washington, after living with year-round sun for the past eight years. As an immigrant to the US, I have always been interested in international affairs and intercultural dynamics.

 Hello from the Evans school! My name is Kiley and I was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon. I did my undergrad at the University of Oregon, where I got my degree in Political Science and Public Policy, Planning, and Management (or PPPM).

Hey there! I grew up in Athens, GA and moved to Seattle in 2017 during the lovely summer months (would recommend). Before and during college I was interested in singing, creative writing and slam poetry, so got my BA in English and worked extensively on a publication about the queer poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Hi, I’m Bill! I was born and grew up in Seattle and have lived here my whole life except for a couple college years away. My path to Evans, like many, has been far from a direct one. A long time ago, during my first undergraduate studies, I left school without completing my degree.

Yes, you can call me Liz! Born in Chicago, I moved to the Seattle suburbs as a teenager and am now living in Bellingham (about 2 hours north of UW). I came to grad school straight out of undergrad where I worked with foster youth, pregnant and parenting youth, and in non-profit development.

My name is Reggie Soni and I live in Kirkland. For many years I was an attorney practicing commercial and antitrust law. When my wife took a position at Microsoft we moved to the Puget Sound area, visiting for the first time when our moving truck arrived!

I study Arabic language and culture in addition to taking Evans classes. I don’t have an Evans focus yet, and probably won’t ever actually specialize, but I have consistent interest in leadership & communication, management, program analysis & evaluation, all Evans’ quantitative classes. I’m passionate about poverty policy, both within and outside the U.S., and…

Hi! I’m Shachar and I spent most of my life in Israel. After serving as an officer in the IDF and travelling around Latin America and Asia for a year, I settled down for my undergrad in Jerusalem.