Hometown: Chicago, IL
Focus: Public Leadership, Public Finance and Budgeting; Social Policy
Bio: I was born in Chicago - which will forever have my heart - but I’ve spent most of the last decade in Massachusetts. I received my B.A in biology from Clark University, during which I came to the unnerving realization that I did not want to pursue a career in biology. After undergrad, I pivoted and ended up working for a government consulting firm for several years. That work sparked my interest in local government. Now I’m back in student mode, this time studying topics that make me feel energized and curious - both signs that this is a much better fit for me! I am focusing my MPA on the Public Finance track, and lacing in equity-focused discussions/projects/classes wherever I can. Aside from school, I’m enjoying exploring Seattle, mostly through cheap food, all the coffee, and Seattle’s many green spaces. I’m also major bookworm and always looking for book recommendations.
Why did you choose Evans? Throughout the application and decision-making process, the Evans community was warm, responsive, and candid. I felt like I was able to get a real sense of the program and student experience, which made the decision much easier. Honestly, funding opportunities also played a significant role in my decision because grad school (even the best one) is a big investment!
Ask me about: Transitioning back to student mode after at least a few years in the workforce; changing career directions between undergrad and grad school; making the most of your visit to campus/Seattle (I have many food suggestions)