MPP '25 (evening program)
Current position and employer: Coordinator, Office of Integrity at DC Public Schools
Hometown and current city: Potomac, MD
Why did you choose McCourt? I chose McCourt for several reasons - I wanted to be in DC; the quantitative curriculum was a perfect fit (plus more electives than other programs in the area); I could see myself joining specific extracurricular groups at McCourt; and the incredibly collaborative student environment was important to me. However, one of the biggest reasons why I chose McCourt was because of the deep community and network among McCourt students and alumni. As a prospective student, I was able to chat one-on-one with multiple current students and recent alums, in addition to hearing from student panels organized by McCourt; all were very enthusiastic about their experiences at McCourt and happy to connect with me during my decision-making process and beyond. I believe this is a testament to how easily students make connections during their time at McCourt and how easily alumni continue to make and grow those connections after graduation. The Georgetown network is truly one of the strongest in DC!
What professional/ work experience did you have prior to coming to McCourt? Prior to McCourt, I spent the past 3 years working in the Central Office of DC Public Schools focusing on school operations, enrollment, and attendance. As a part-time student at McCourt, this is where I have continued to work while pursuing my MPP.
What has been the best part of your experience so far? There is absolutely no shortage of opportunities to learn or get more involved outside of class! Various departments and student groups host events nearly everyday, and no matter how niche your policy interest is, you can find someone who wants to discuss it with you.
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: Policy Innovation Lab, Disability Policy Initiative (DPI)
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: University of Chicago, BA in Comparative Human Development and Public Policy Studies
Hobbies/ Interests: My policy interests include child development and families, K-12 education, social welfare, disability policy, and how equity plays into all of these. Outside of school and work, I love crafting (primarily knitting and paper crafts) and taking walks around the city and parks.
Reach out to me about: Work-life and school-life balance