August 2, 2023

JSI Scholar: Linda Montiel-Garcia

Tell us about your story

I was born and raised in Denver, CO! My family is from Mexico so I grew up in a very traditional Mexican household. I go to school in Massachusetts where I am studying Politics/Law/Govt. in a three year program. This upcoming spring I will be the first person to graduate from college in my entire family. I plan on going to law school and then beginning a career as a politician!

What made you consider a career in public policy/public service/international affairs?

It took me 20 years to learn what public policy is and I was sold on a career in public policy the second I understood what that meant. I find immense value in public policy’s stake in people’s every day lives; yet, there are many flaws in how public policy Is both created and implemented. I want to enter public policy in order to foster equitable policies that ensure the public’s – especially minority groups’ – wellbeing.

Who inspires you to think about public service?

I’m inspired by the community I grew up in. My community is a very close and powerful community who always fought for change in some of our policies.

What are you most excited about the JSI program at UW?

I am very excited to explore a new area and meet new people!