Hometown: Miami Beach, FL & Cuba

Focus: Public Leadership; Public Finance & Budgeting

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: I was born to a resourceful Cuban mother who raised me, and my two siblings, in the spectacular Miami Beach, FL. My decision to pursue an MPA did not come in a moment of blinding revelation, but as a result of a variety of experiences working in the Head Start program with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Though I loved the direct-service aspect of my work, I became frustrated that many policies did not address or take into consideration participant’s specific needs. What first attracted me to the field of public administration was hearing it described as a “problem-solving degree” and its practitioners as being “hired to take action and lead their organizations in making the world a better place.” I decided to pursue an MPA degree to make a difference. This plan was derailed due to funding, or lack thereof. I joined the Navy in the fall of 2014 with the sole intention of financing my academic goals. In the end, my stint resulted in more than a GI Bill; it honed my resolve and fueled my drive to be a better leader and public servant.

As a student at the Evans School, my areas of focus are Public Leadership and Public Finance & Budgeting. I plan to combine my Evans School education with my passion for finance, education, and public service, to gain a position in the federal government working toward promoting economic equity and educational opportunity for all.

Why did you choose Evans? I chose the Evans School primarily because of the program’s academic rigor. Coming from a social science background, I truly valued the emphasis on hard skills that would make me a competitive applicant for any position. Although I was attracted to the strong quantitative and analytical skills that form the foundation of the program, I was equally impressed by the plentiful opportunities to apply and strengthen my skills through learning experiences and collaborative research for the avidly curious.

Ask me about: Public Leadership, Finance & Budgeting, Education Policy (early childhood), part-time MPA program, balancing family/work/school, VA education benefits

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