Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Areas of Interest: Development Policy, Trade Policy
Why have you chosen McCourt? I chose McCourt in large part for its location. There is no rival to being in D.C. for public policy focused students and the team at McCourt is incredibly well-positioned to help students gain footholds in any sector that may be of interest. I also chose McCourt because of its recent commitment to new initiatives like the Baker Center for Leadership and Governance, which challenges students to debate and produce policy solutions with a particular focus on restoring public trust in America's democratic institutions. For me personally, the Baker Center's mission allowed me to apply my previous work experience working with similar institutions abroad to a domestic context at a critical juncture in American politics.
What's the best part of your experience so far? The people. My fellow MPP classmates are an incredibly diverse, talented, and passionate bunch and it is a pleasure getting to know them and working with them to survive Microeconomics problem sets in solidarity.
Undergraduate Degree and University: I graduated from Boston College with a B.A in 2011, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Asian Studies.
Hobbies / Interests: When I am not on campus, my girlfriend and I are usually trying to explore D.C. I grew up just outside of the city and have been living in D.C. for the past six years, but there are always new things to get into. Volleyball by the Lincoln Memorial and sampling all the pupusas in Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant are our typical go-to activities. I also coach swimming on the weekends. Go FINS!