June 28, 2024

JSI Scholar: Richie Doan

  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Hometown: Renton, Washington
  • College/University: University of Washington
  • Major: Computer Science; Global & Regional Studies
  • Track: Regional

Tell us about your story

I am a third-year majoring in computer science and international studies. I grew up not knowing much about the intricacies of programming. However, my time at the University of Washington has allowed me to explore the potential of software development. During this time, I have also become interested in exploring the social impact of technology. As such, this has led me down research initiatives pertaining to cybersecurity, which often touches on both the technicalities of software development as well as public policy issues.

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

During my time at UW, I had taken a few international affairs courses through the Jackson School just out of curiosity. Since taking these classes, I have only become more fascinated with the dialogue and ideas that are exchanged in this space.

The problems tackled in international affairs are never simple, and pragmatic solutions are often never clear-cut. I continue to pursue this discipline because it constantly pushes my thinking to consider deeper nuances and appreciate different perspectives.

Who inspires you to think about public service?

The internet and social media, which nowadays is perpetually teeming with public service discourse.

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

I am most excited to interact with my peers and engage in meaningful and thought-provoking dialogue.