B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College, 2019
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2020
I’m working as a Policy Research Analyst with the Network Science Initiative division of National Journal. I have also been put onto the energy and environment vertical of our work, so I’ve been really enjoying working on a lot of sustainability projects for our clients! In short, I’m a political consultant for third-party organizations focusing on energy and environmental politics.
In what ways do you use your M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) education in your current position?
I’ve absolutely been able to apply a lot of skills from Communicating Policy and Policy Research and Analysis – as well as general presentation skills from throughout the MAPP year.
What were you doing before entering the 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.