Portrait of Alejandra Reyes Elizondo

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Areas of Interest: US Domestic, Community Development, Urban Policy, Cross-section of Public and Private Sectors, Innovation in Government


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Why have you chosen McCourt? During the admissions process, each and every person I connected with at McCourt was incredibly passionate about the school and that made an impression on me. As to the MPM program specifically, its offerings dovetailed perfectly with my interests as a mid-career professional seeking to obtain more quantitative skills and abilities in order to continue on in my public service-oriented career. The opportunities to get involved on campus within the many and varied centers/student groups was a key factor for me as well.
What's the best part of your experience so far? McCourt’s faculty and staff are truly invested in supportively challenging the students - they provide a course of study that enhances your abilities as a public policy professional and actively seeks to bring the cohort’s diverse professional experiences into the classroom to provide real-life context directly applicable to the working world. Additionally, each professor emphasizes the intrinsic connection of policy and people in order to always keep top-of-mind the impacts that policy decisions have on society.
Undergraduate Degree and University: Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in sociology from Villanova University.
Hobbies / Interests: Wandering DC’s neighborhoods with my camera and taking runs along the National Mall have been some of my favorite things to do in the city. There are also a lot of great hiking trails within and right outside of DC. This year, I’ve been jumping into as many policy talks as I can at Georgetown and at the vast amount of think tanks around DC. There’s always something to check out and experience, which is a great aspect of living and studying here in the District.