B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College, 2019
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2020
Public Policy Research Analyst at National Journal
Policy, Advocacy, and Strategic Development Intern at Africa Network for Animal Welfare
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
As I just graduated this past May, I spent most of my summer helping my parents move into their new house. In my four years at Wheaton College before this I studied psychology with minors in animal behavior and biology. I studied abroad for a semester in South Africa where I lead field research in different SANPark locations. I volunteered one summer in Thailand working with rescued elephants from trekking and logging conditions. I learned how to run a nonprofit organization and communicate with people around me, specifically people who did not speak English as a first language.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I am extremely interested in the policy aspect of animal rights and public awareness. MAPP was the only program I found that tied policy into animal care and animal behavior.
Interests in and experience with animals
I have had a serious interest in working with animals since middle school. In middle and high school, I trained and took care of my own pets along with pet sitting for neighbors. After I entered college, I was able to run research and volunteer at national parks and local zoos.
What are your outside interests?
I have been involved in performance groups for many years including community theater, dance groups, a capella, and steel drums.
Number of pets? What?
One dog named Tipper; he is a rescued mutt that we think is part lab.