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B.A., Psychology, Sociology. Flagler College, 2014
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2017

Current Position
Executive Assistant, The Humane Society of the United States

What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Volunteering at MSPCA Angell in Boston, Massachusetts most recently. After I graduated from college, I moved to Massachusetts to figure out what I was going to do. I was researching programs to become a drug and alcohol counselor; however, I started volunteering with an organization that works closely with small animals and I realized I needed to find a career that allowed me to work with animals.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
When I first learned about the program, I wasn’t quite sure of what it entailed. But when I visited campus for the Open House, that is when I decided this program was for me. I love how small it is, and it seems to provide a very tight network of people who all have a passion for animals like myself. It is unique, and I have never heard of another program like this one.

In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?
My MAPP degree is really helping me understand all the different pieces of legislation HSUS is working to either enact or fight. During my time at Tufts, I wrote an in-depth analysis of a ballot initiative from 2002 in MA. That paper specifically has helped me understand what HSUS is doing right now in California with the Prevent Cruelty California ballot campaign occurring. Another useful skill I learned from MAPP that is helping me now is writing op-eds and letters to the editor. They may seem simple in their formats, but those two pieces of writing can be so powerful and effective when communicating with state legislators and your community.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My MAPP preceptorship was spent with a farm animal protection agency, Farm Forward. I knew going into MAPP that I wanted to focus on farm animal protection, and this internship solidified that decision and also gave me a first-hand look at how an organization like that runs. Farm Forward is smaller in contrast with HSUS, so I’m thankful for both opportunities to see how larger organizations compare with smaller ones. Experiencing office life, remote work, and general non-profit work has been very valuable to me in shaping my career goals.

See more about her MAPP preceptorship and externship presentation here: Saving Heritage: Farm Forward’s Mission to Protect Farmers and Preserve Standard-bred Poultry

What did you like most about the MAPP program?
I love how much I learned during that one year. Going into the program, I was new to the field of animal protection. I was a bit intimidated when I realized others knew so much more than I did. But once classes and discussions started, I felt a lot more at ease. We all had a lot to learn, and everyone’s unique background was a really cool contribution to class discussions. I felt thankful for MAPP’s coverage of all animal issues when I started at both of my internships. I also loved the variety of guest speakers we were able to hear.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have always had animals in my life, growing up we rescued all kinds of small pets. Caring for them and having them around was a comfort to me. I started working with them this past year during my volunteer experience with an organization called The Nature Connection. We connected At-Risk Youth with all kinds of small animals and it was amazing to see how powerful and healing animals can be for some people.

What are your outside interests?
My second love in life is dancing! I also enjoy baking, working out, crafting, and making jewelry.

Number of pets? What?
I rescued a Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix 2 years ago, named Omi, and she is the love of my life. I also have a bearded dragon named Huxley, and a Beta fish named Tomato.

MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations 2017

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