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Student Profile

Ari Ettinger, MPP '16

Name:  Ari Ettinger

Policy Area of Concentration:  Energy and Environment

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  Washington University in St. Louis

Personal History: I was born in Portland, Oregon and have lived there my whole life except for 4 years in St. Louis and now my time in Berkeley. I come from a union family with gay parents and have always been attracted to public policy matters, economics and politics.

What attracted you to GSPP? The weather, the fantastic academic reputation and the progressive culture.

What was your professional background before GSPP and what do you look to do with your degree upon graduation? I have worked mostly in health care policy in Oregon. After graduating, I hope to use my skills in environmental policy to create incentives for personal behavior change.

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area? Living in a college town that happens to also be adjacent to one of the world’s great cities.

In your view, what type of person will benefit from a GSPP education? Someone who is open minded about their views on the world and about the methods that we must use to solve our world’s problems.

What has been your favorite class? Energy and Society, with Dan Kammen.

Who is your favorite faculty member? Steve Raphael.

What is your best memory from GSPP? Doing the Harlem Shake as a class after finals.

Graduate Program Fair

Monday, August 3, 2015 • 11:00am–2:00pm

GSPP is joining representatives from graduate departments across campus for a casual Graduate Program Fair. There will also be an information session by the Graduate Division with tips and insights into applying for graduate school at Berkeley.

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Alumni House, Berkeley, CA 94704

Student Profile

Jasmine Laroche, MPP '16

Name:  Jasmine Laroche

Year:  First Year

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social Policy/Education Policy 

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  University of Pittsburgh


Personal History: I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. Post graduation, I worked for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a non-profit organization, as a Program Coordinator serving low-income students of high academic achievement. My experience working with low-income students and volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth is what piqued my interest in shaping policies that improve the quality of life for low-income, at-risk youth. My hope is to work for organizations providing wrap around services to ensure that low-income youth have greater access to a quality education, sustainable community, and a healthier at-home family environment.

What attracted you to GSPP? The esteemed reputation, quality education, and quantitative analytical skills are what attracted me to GSPP.

How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I took my time to research the school to ensure that it had my policy area of concentration and faculty that aligned with my interest. I also made sure to give myself enough time to take the GRE at least twice, and I really made an effort to ensure that my statement of purpose was a narrative of who I am, why I’m interested in GSPP, and why I believe my experiences fit what GSPP is looking for.

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Mary Collins, MPP '15

Name:  Mary Collins

Year:  Second

Policy Area of Concentration:  Energy and Agriculture Policy 

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School:  Virginia Tech


Personal History: At Virginia Tech I studied Animal Science and then worked in the small and large animal veterinary field. I became interested in animal breeding and worked at the Smithsonian National Zoo researching cheetah breeding behaviors and hormones. However, I didn’t like working in a laboratory and my myopic view of conservation. With desire to learn about the nexus of conservation and agriculture, I joined the Peace Corps. In Peace Corps Panama I worked with farmers, ran a committee that taught life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention to youth and women, and served as a Peace Corps coordinator. I came straight from Peace Corps to Goldman, which was a tough transition. 

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Yoel Haile, MPP '16

Name: Yoel Y. Haile

Year: First

Policy Area of Concentration: Urban and Social Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School: UC Santa Barbara

Personal History: I grew up in Asmara, Eritrea and immigrated to the U.S in mid-2006. I began 10th grade in San Jose, CA, and went on to attend UC Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degrees in Black Studies and Political Science. I was a PPIA 2012 fellow and studied abroad in South Africa for 6 months as well. At UC Santa Barbara, I was heavily involved in student and community organizing about issues of racial justice and educational access and equity. I’m one of the few students who came to Goldman straight out of undergrad


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Lisa Corsetto, MPP '16

Name: Lisa Corsetto

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration:  International Development

GSPP Graduation Year: 2016

Undergraduate School:  University of California, Davis

Personal History: I’m a Bay Area native and studied Economics and International Agricultural Development at UC Davis. During my studies, I conducted a field research project on a government-run scholarship program in rural Mexico. Post-college, I worked as a project manager at a vocational training center for “at-risk” teens in Nicaragua and then worked for several Bay Area nonprofits that focused on health and education issues.


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Admitted Students Day in Berkeley

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fall 2015 admitted students, join us in Berkeley to meet with faculty and current students about the curriculum, discuss career services with administrators, and get a peek at student life.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Location: Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue

Through the Admitted Student Portal you can RSVP to spring events, submit your intent to enroll, and access other graduate admission resources.

This event is restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students only.

Washington, D.C. Reception

Newly Admitted Students

Fall 2015 admitted students, join us at our Washington, D.C. Reception to meet with alumni and administrators to discuss the curriculum, career services, and student life.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island NW, Washington, DC, 1608 Rhode Island NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Through the Admitted Student Portal you can RSVP to spring events, submit your intent to enroll, and access other graduate admission resources.

This event is restricted to new MPP and PhD admitted students only.

Fall 2015 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program


Decisions have been sent via e-mail. If you haven't received your admissions decision, please check spam. If you're using Gmail, be sure to check tabs like “Social” and “Promotions.” Decisicion notifications were sent from gsppadm-socrates@berkeley.edu.

Admissions Decisions

We've received many inquiries about the status of MPP admissions decisions. Please sit tight! The Admissions Committee is finalizing decisions and we'll be sending letters soon.