Hometown: Everett, WA
Focus: Public Policy and Analysis, Public Leadership; Public Finance and Budgeting
Bio: Hi all! I was born and raised in Everett, WA (more commonly known as being “the city north of Seattle”). I consider Seattle to be home though, having received my B.A. in Economics and Law, Societies, & Justice at the University of Washington and now being an MPA student here. I took 4 years off before returning to grad school. During this time, I was an AmeriCorps volunteer, an English teacher in Japan, and a program coordinator at Snohomish County Mental Health Court. I had thought after some time off I would continue my academic career in international human rights studies I realized, however, that there is so much work to be done here, where I grew up. This realization brought me to Evans, where I plan to focus on policy analysis and program evaluation to help support more equitable public systems.
Why did you choose Evans? For the network. Seattle and King County are doing amazing work in government programs and policy. While I was working in Snohomish County, I was constantly drawn to the work in Seattle as examples of best practices. I wanted to be close to this work and learn from the leaders that we are really fortunate to be connected to through Evans.
Ask me about: Being a first-generation student, returning to school after time off, working for EPAR, the best coffeeshops in Seattle, why goats are the best animal, and any other questions about my experiences in the MPA program.