After graduating from Temple University in 2011, Pooja Vora (MPP ‘21) worked as a paralegal for eight years before deciding to step into the policy world.
Following the 2016 political cycle, Pooja decided to take a step forward and gain the skill set and knowledge to push back against the attacks that were being made on immigrants, refugees, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and others by obtaining her Master’s degree at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
As an immigrant herself, it is no surprise that Pooja decided to focus on immigration, housing, education, and racial equity; three areas which she feels play a major role in the socioeconomic trajectory of any country. During her time at McCourt Pooja had the opportunity to have her opinions challenged, her world-view assessed, and her eyes opened. She has found the beauty of policy and the good change it can bring to people’s lives and learned that even though a policy may look good on paper, it is important to critically analyze it from a racial equity lens and to consider unintended consequences.
Pooja will be graduating alongside her classmates this weekend and we cannot wait to see what she does next!