Hometown: Scotts Valley, California
Focus: Public Finance and Budgeting; Metropolitan and Urban Policy
Bio: Hey everyone! I grew up in Scotts Valley, California, a small city about a half hour south of San Jose (Go Sharks!). I got my Bachelors in Sociology from San Diego State University in May of 2018. When I first started undergrad, my career goal was to become a police officer, but as time wore on, I felt I could help more people if I went deeper into the administrative side of things. So, I traded in my uniform for the suit and tie and here I am! Not that working in law enforcement wasn’t interesting and all though, ask me how it feels to be tased, the details may shock you (see what I did there?). I am going to pursue the Public Financial Management option as I continue my MPA. I feel that how our government handles money is the biggest indicator of its priorities and being able to bring a new voice to that process is an opportunity too good to pass up. When I’m not studying, you’ll find me watching hockey, searching for new ice cream stores to try, and reading, right now it’s a book on tax policy in the United States. Surprising, right?
Why did you choose Evans? I had spent my entire life in California before coming to Seattle and the Evans School. I was looking for somewhere new, somewhere challenging, and somewhere that had the vision and drive to produce leaders today that will change the world for a better tomorrow. Evans had that in spades, but let’s not forget the people. Everyone I’ve been lucky enough to meet at Evans has only pushed me to be a better person and professional and I am very thankful for that.
Ask me about: Coming into a grad program fresh out of undergrad; Experiences as an out of state student; That awesome euphoria of creating that flexible budget-y spreadsheeted goodness; How to get around Seattle.