Kenneth Rice

Hometown: Portland, OR

Focus: Public Finance and Budgeting; Public Policy and Analysis; Environmental Policy and Management

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bio: I am originally from Portland, Oregon, but after graduating from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in International Affairs in 2011, I moved to Austria to work as a Fulbright English Teacher. My first year in Austria was spent in rural Burgenland and my second, and slightly more exciting, year was spent in Vienna. Upon the completion of my second year, I was drawn to Norway for the next five years to be together with my then girlfriend, and now spouse. I worked for an oil & gas service company for several years within their logistics department, which gave me greater insight into the world of global energy and the mechanisms that govern energy prices and policies. Upon getting married, having my daughter, learning Norwegian, in addition to having already spoken English and German, I (we) decided it was time to progress outside of logistics and pursue my true passion of pursuing a career path in the public sector to improve social equity and justice in our communities.  

Why did you choose Evans? I committed to the Evans School, because it is a top program in the country, offers the quantitative and leadership skills I was looking for, and centralizes its curriculum around creating greater equity in principal and practice.  The professors offer a diverse perspective on a wide range of topics, so you are always able to reach out to one, which represents the field you are most interested in for guidance.

Ask me about: Being a student and parent, Seattle, Norwegian energy policy, core courses, transitioning back to university after an extended break.

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