Why did you choose McCourt? Prior to attending McCourt, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the island nation of Vanuatu where I worked at the grassroots-level with Ni-Vanuatu teachers and counterparts within a rural primary school. After working closely with counterparts in my village to establish a solar-powered computer lab, I became acutely aware of the immense complexity and difficulty that comes with working in the development space. As such, I wanted a graduate program that would equip me with the knowledge and analytical skills to help me become a more conscientious and effective practitioner in order to design more sustainable and effective programs and policies. Ultimately, I chose McCourt because of its evidence-based approach to development, the strength of its rigorous quantitative sequence, and its proximity and many connections in the International Development hub within DC.
What was the best part of your experience? For the MIDP Summer Experience funded by McCourt, I had the opportunity to work in Lilongwe, Malawi as a summer associate at Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit research and policy organization that partners with researchers to measure the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at alleviating poverty in various developing nations. As a summer research associate, I supported a variety of projects ranging from evaluations on mobile money and digital credit to analyzing the effects of direct cash transfers on village households. This summer experience was an invaluable opportunity to build on the skills I gained from my first year quant courses while working on exciting ongoing field research.
Undergraduate Degree and University: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a minor in Communication Design ('14) from the University of Southern California
Hobbies and Interests: Professional interests: Education Policy, Gender Equity, Data Visualization
Personal interests: Typography, finding the best street food in the world, and spending as much time as possible on my yoga mat.