Current position and employer: Data Scientist at the Urban Institute
Hometown: Tuscon, AZ
Current city: Washington, DC
Why did you choose McCourt? The Data Science for Public Policy program was a really unique program when I was searching, and it really stood out to me for its emphasis on the importance of context in any type of quantitative analysis. I also was really drawn to DC to do policy work, since there are so many diverse organizations based here.
What was the best part of your experience? I've really enjoyed the exposure to so many different types of policy practitioners. Whether it's a student-run event, an event put on by the Baker Center or GUPolitics, or even McCourt professors, there is always an opportunity to learn from someone who is actually out in the weeds of policy implementation.
What internships did you have during your time at McCourt? I was a summer graduate fellow at the University of Virginia's Social and Decision Analytics division.
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: I was involved in: McCourt Student Association (MSA), Women in Public Policy Initiative (WiPPI), Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPR)
Undergraduate Degree and University: I graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Economics and Spanish, and minors in Math and Arabic.
Hobbies / Interests: In my spare time, I love reading fantasy novels, traveling, hiking, and collecting interesting mugs.