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Leah Koestner, MPP '15













Name:  Leah Koestner

Year: Second

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social, education, budgeting and economic, and arts policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School:  Arizona State University

Personal History: After graduating with a degree in Economics, I worked in the Arizona Governor’s Office as a Education Research Analyst in the Office of Economic Recovery, as an Assistant Policy Advisor, and as a Budget Analyst in the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. 

What attracted you to GSPP? The faculty, the administration, the affordability, the bay area. 

How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I researched why I would be a good fit at GSPP and why GSPP was a good fit for me. 

What did you enjoy most during your time at GSPP?  Working with the amazing faculty. 

What was your professional background before GSPP and what do you look to do with your degree upon graduation? I worked in a state budget office. I hope to be a consultant or work in federal policy. 

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area? Access to a big city, beautiful camping and hiking, and the beach.  

What has been your favorite class? Criminal Justice Policy with Steven Raphael – for subject area class, Risk and Optimization for skills class. 

Who is your favorite faculty member? Steve Raphael

What is your best memory from GSPP? During the Fall Feast, a group of students put on an Indian dance. It was so moving and awesome to see so many people with different backgrounds come together and have so much fun.