Hometown: Bay Area, California
Focus: Public Policy and Analysis; Social Policy
Bio: Hello! I grew up in the California East Bay Area, though I haven’t lived in the Golden State for several years. After graduating from my undergrad at the University of California Irvine in 2012 I packed my bags for Alaska where I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a community economic development non-profit. I lived there for a couple years then subsequently moved east to gain more experience in public policy and public service at a national scale, leading me to Washington DC.
Before Evans I lived in DC for four years working at a consulting firm for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s homelessness assistance programs. In my work I provide technical assistance to help build governance and data management capacity with local homeless system leadership and coalitions. I still work in my position (but now as a remote employee) and am enrolled as a part-time student at Evans.
Why did you choose Evans? Location, design of the part-time program, breadth and depth of the coursework, and the faculty and students. After living and working in DC I realized one of my favorite aspects of my job is connecting with communities at a local level and seeing what they are doing to end chronic homelessness. Seattle/King County is doing a lot of interesting things in the housing and homelessness space, which is what peaked my interest in moving here as well.
Ask me about: Federal housing and homelessness programs, living and working in DC (and other parts of the country), the Evans Part-time program, and outdoor exploration around the west coast (hiking/backpacking).