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Talk Policy to Me

The Show

Talk Policy To Me is a podcast that spotlights the personal stories and creative solutions from the next generation of public policy leaders.

On the show we highlight advocates, policymakers, and researchers who are doing amazing work. People who show us that public policy is powerful and also personal. It's a mix of commentary and storytelling, and yeah, some policy analysis too. We love policy analysis around here.

We believe that informed policymaking still matters. And we believe that this next generation of leaders just might have a few new solutions to some old policy problems.

The Staff

Bora Reed, Producer

Bora is the Director of Communications at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Her favorite podcasts include Reply All and the Slate Political Gabfest.

Sarah Swanbeck, Producer

Sarah is the Executive Director of The Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans. She is a public policy analyst with expertise in California state and local governance and budget issues. She previously worked in Legislative Affairs for California Common Cause, a nonprofit that advocates for more open, honest, and accountable government. She holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She's currently listening to The Daily and Armchair Expert.

Michael Quiroz, Sound Engineer

Michael is currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, pursuing a major in Environmental Economics & Policy and a minor in Data Science. Though his professional and academic interests lie mostly in addressing environmental issues, he plays a few different instruments and enjoys producing music in his spare time, and his self-taught skills in audio production/engineering have come in handy every once in a while. 

Spencer Bowen, Audio Reporter

Spencer is a 2020 Masters of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School. Prior to Goldman, Spencer directed economic development strategy and messaging for the City of Woodland, California. A 2015 graduate of UC Berkeley in Political Science, Spencer also serves as the Cal men's basketball public address announcer and enjoys musical theater, pickup basketball, and a really good piece of coffee cake. He is passionate about education, access, and equity and hopes to positively impact his community half as much as his parents, both lifelong public servants in Davis, California. 

Sarah Edwards, Audio Reporter

Sarah is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She has her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley. An avid podcast consumer herself, she is interested in the role of podcasting as a form of information dissemination and as a way to bring more voices into policy discussions. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Cameroon, 2013-2015) and comes to Goldman with a recent background in veteran employment strategies. Her hobbies include running—she just completed her fifth half marathon—and hiking in the Oakland hills.

Reem Rayef, Audio Reporter

Reem is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, where she studies energy & climate policy through the lens of clean energy technology. Previously, Reem was a policy analyst and consultant at National Journal's Network Science Initiative in Washington, DC, primarily serving corporations and NGOs impacted by US energy policies. A native New Jerseyite and proud Brown University alumna, Reem enjoys crossword puzzles, pickled vegetables, Middle East politics, taekwondo, and of course, podcasts.