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Posts from 2014

Robert Reich Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Reich, GSPP's Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, has just been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As one of the nation's oldest learned societies, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Read more here.

Finding My Way to the Goldman School

Felix Owusu, MPP '15

Felix Owusu is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Before coming to the Goldman School of Public Policy I was an economic and financial consultant. My work consisted largely of doing research for use in complex business litigation, and it had all of the qualities I thought I wanted in a job. It allowed me to use and expand my background in economic research, provided an opportunity to develop skills in data analysis, and afforded me access to more resources than any researcher or analyst could hope for. Further, I was confident that the work I did had a huge impact, sometimes with hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars at stake.

Still, however, I felt that something important was missing. At first I thought it was the long hours and uncertain schedule that got to me, but eventually I realized that I hadn’t really bought into the societal importance of the work we were doing. In choosing a profession I had focused so much on how I would work at my job (with data, with academically grounded methodologies, with a diverse group of experts), that I had scarcely considered what I would actually be working on. After a lot of thought, I knew that I needed to change career paths and focus on the issues that were important to me...read more

Two Pieces of Advice for Prospective GSPP Students

Jess Box, MPP '15

Jess Box is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

I am writing this blog post on a Thursday afternoon, from 30,000 feet, between Florida and Berkeley. Yes, I had a Quant problem set due yesterday; yes, I have an Econ problem set due tomorrow; yes, I have an Econ midterm on Monday; and yes, I chose to spend the last four days working across the country from GSPP. Spending a week leading a team to collect district-wide instructional data and make recommendations on implementation of a major education initiative provided one of the greatest learning experiences of my graduate school career. In addition to being a fantastic professional opportunity, leading this project has pushed me to reflect on my post-Goldman career and my future goals.

There are only so many hours in a week, so that learning came at the expense of programming Stata to build a different multivariate regression model, four class lectures, a review session, and several visiting lecturers on campus. Considering that trade-off highlighted two pieces of advice I have for prospective Goldman students...read more

A Day in the Life of a GSPP Student

Ann Hollingshead, MPP '15

Ann Hollingshead is a first-year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the co-Editor in Chief of PolicyMatters Journal.

6:30 am. I wake up (without my alarm, so I’d say this day is already victorious). I have about an hour until my workout with my roommate, so I spend a few minutes reading over a literature review I’ve been working on.

7:30 – 8:15. After some deliberating, my roommate, Sarah, and I decide to do Level of 3 of a Jillian Michaels workout video. Sarah, who started doing these videos while she served in El Salvador as a Peace Corps Volunteer, got me hooked on them as a quick way to sweat in the morning. Today it’s a hard one and we feel pretty pleased with ourselves.

8:15 – 9:30. I shower and change. In addition to working out together in the morning, Sarah and I also alternate making breakfast for two (I know, #socute). Lucky for me, it’s her day to make our breakfast, so when I’m done in the shower, I already have a bowl of oats ready.

9:30 – 9:45. I grab the 7 bus and head downtown. Berkeley students get free passes to AC Transit, so taking the bus is my preferred (very cheap) way of getting around...read more

An Interview With Dean Brady

The next generation of government problem solvers

An interview with Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, on the defining characteristics of the next generation of policy leaders.

The Washington Post