Emily Ho

Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Focus: Public Policy and Analysis; Social Policy

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Hello! I’m Emily. I’m a salsera, climber, public administrator of jokes (hah), and student (again). Between graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Language and Literature and starting my MPA at Evans, I worked for six years. I spent three of those years, at first leading fundraising for a grassroots legal advocacy non-profit, then supporting major gifts philanthropy at Northwestern University’s medical school. Tearing myself away from my beloved Chicago, I moved to Washington D.C. to pursue an opportunity to learn more about how the federal government functions and to help make part of it run a little smoother. So for three years, I supported the Chief Information Officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a business analyst. Now, at the Evans school, I’m gearing myself up with policy analysis and public finance/budgeting skills for a career focused on advancing racial, social, and economic equality in American municipalities. I also currently work part-time as a graduate student assistant, providing research and coordination support to a regional affordable housing effort.

Why did you choose Evans? Full disclosure: I grew up east of the lake so after being away from the area for a decade, it felt like it was time for me to give Seattle a fair shot (and I’m so pleased I did!). That aside, the faculty’s genuine interest in engaging with students and the number of students who actually enter into public service after graduating really sealed the deal for me.

Ask me about: The balancing act that is grad school, navigating professional and academic spaces as a young woman of color, rounding out qualitative skills with more technical/quantitative ones, climbing gyms and the virtues of lead climbing, my insatiable love for salsa dancing and where to find it here, Chinese food/HK style cafes in the International District and beyond.

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