B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Concentration in Human Dimensions at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 2016
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
Director of Outreach at Farm Forward & Better Food Foundation
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
I graduated from my undergraduate program, and spent the summer working as a Policy Intern with the Farm Animal Protection Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I wanted to pursue a degree that would help me become a better advocate for animals. The MAPP program seemed like it would assist me in developing better communication skills as well as further my understanding regarding animal policy.
Interests in and experience with animals
During high school I spent a summer working at an animal protection/rehabilitation center. After I entered college, I discovered my passion for farm animals. Since then, I have volunteered with Farm Forward, interned at HSUS, and worked part-time with Shamayim V’Aretz, an organization that ties together Jewish ideals with animal welfare.
In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?
During my time in the Animals and Public Policy program I was able to connect with many experts in my field. These networking experiences ultimately led me to attain my current position and helped me develop the skills necessary to effectively cultivate relationships and conduct outreach. I also had many opportunities to create and deliver presentations which helped me develop the presentation skills that I use each and every time I present at a conference or event!
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My research project was a systematic review which studied the effects of broiler rearing conditions with negative welfare impacts on food safety for humans. I learned so much by working with the farm animal welfare team at ASPCA on this project, and I gained a better understanding of the current state of the field regarding this topic. I have wanted to work in the farm animal advocacy field for many years and this project allowed me to develop important research skills while continuing to do my part to help farm animals. Research project summary: A Systematic Review of Broiler Rearing Methods’ Effects on Broiler Welfare and Public Health
What did you enjoy most about participating in MAPP?
I enjoyed getting to meet so many wonderful people and making lifelong friendships. Being in the Boston area allowed me to participate in great networking events and attend informative conferences where I developed relationships that helped me move forward in my career.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
Education is meant to challenge you, and it will. It’s important to always keep an open mind, but never stop fighting for what you know in your heart is right.