Hometown: Highland Park, NJ
Focus: Public Policy Analysis and International Development
Bio: Born and raised in New Jersey, I knew that I wanted to move far away for college and I ended up creating my own major at Pitzer College in California studying Social and Economic Development. After graduating, I worked for a small non-profit in Uganda for a year and a half. During my time in Uganda, I carried out marketing and communications work for the for-profit, environmentally sustainable construction company that funded the non-profit’s community outreach work as well as designing and piloting an HIV Peer Education Program in a secondary school. The majority of my work through that point had been in non-profit and advocacy work and I was very interested in pivoting to research & evaluation where I could contribute to improving policy decision-making through the collection and analysis of program data. This interest brought me to Mathematica Policy Research in Washington D.C. where I carried out evaluations of dozens of international development programs in a variety of sectors and regions around the world including Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia and Scholarship programs in Uganda and Ghana. I decided to return to school to further my policy analysis and program evaluation skills and prepare myself for a career in a monitoring and evaluation department of an implementing agency.
Why did you choose Evans? I guess there’s just something about higher ed. institutions on the West Coast for me…No, in all seriousness after deliberating between several top public policy/administration programs, Evans just felt like the right choice. I visited many other schools and the warm, genuine reception I felt at Evans in addition to the professors and administration making themselves available to answer questions about the program, made my decision easy. I have found that professors don’t just talk-the-talk during the Open House but back it up by deeply caring about and supporting student growth. Also, Seattle is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived!
Ask me about: Moving across the country for grad school; Working in program evaluation; Balancing work and being a cat dad; Intramural sports teams at Evans; Great restaurants in Seattle (my partner is a foodie and not currently on a grad school budget).