Hometown: Wayzata, Minnesota
Focus: Social Policy; Public Policy and Analysis
Bio: Hi everyone! I come from the warm and sunny paradise of Minnesota. Moving to Washington was in fact my first time being outside of Minnesota for more than 2 weeks straight! I am absolutely loving it here though. Back in Minnesota, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Studies. I had always wanted to support young people in achieving their goals, especially those who had not been given the opportunity to achieve those goals. After graduation, I spent 2 years as an employment counselor with young people experiencing homelessness. I saw firsthand how policy truly does shape the opportunities someone has and in turn how crucial it is for the best policies to be in place. I was also affirmed in my passion for racial justice and social equity being essential for public policy. Now I am at Evans using this motivation to hone my skills in finding the most beneficial policy options with a focus on policies that can reduce and prevent homelessness, poverty, and social inequities. Outside of school, I love to embrace the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest! Many hikes, runs, and trips into the mountains happily fill my free time. There’s also this cool thing called the ocean out here that we definitely don’t have in Minnesota. Though what do I truly love the most about Seattle? Compared to Minnesota, there is for the most part, No. More. Snow.
Why did you choose Evans? I knew it was important for me to have a balance of policy analysis and management skills, and the Evans core curriculum was a clear choice for that. Also, the opportunity to dive into courses that were specific to my interests, a location that has a history of innovative policy solutions, and lots of current work around the issues I care about all led me to make one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Ask me about: Homelessness in Seattle, social policy in general, what it’s like going from working direct service to a policy focus, or what moving to a completely new place for school has been like. Also, hike ideas around Seattle, hike ideas just outside of Seattle, hike ideas even further outside of Seattle; honestly anything hiking or outdoorsy (and running!). Also, I am a big fan of Seattle’s dessert options and would love to give recommendations.