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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 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…

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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…

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.

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 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…

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.

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.

 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).

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!

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.

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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…

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.