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Jin Noh, MPP '15

Name: Jin Noh

Year: Second

Policy Area of Concentration: Energy & Innovation Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Duke University

Personal History: Nearly 4 years at SRI International (science & tech policy consulting) and 1 year at World Vision (international development nonprofit)

What attracted you to GSPP? I was attracted to GSPP for its quantitative rigor, tight alumni network, and prestigious faculty with research interests aligned with my career interests. It also helps that GSPP is located in beautiful Berkeley.

What did you enjoy most during your time at GSPP? I most enjoyed all the group study sessions and group project work. It revealed to me how proud I am to be part of such a passionate and intelligent community of friends and future policy leaders.

What was your professional background before GSPP and what do you look to do with your degree upon graduation? My professional background before GSPP was in economic and policy consulting, where I used some quantitative skills, but not as much as I would have liked. To advance in my career path, I hope I can use the quantitative/economic skills and analytical frameworks I learned at GSPP.

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area? The best thing about being a student in the Bay Area is the many events and networking opportunities. For an energy policy guy, there is probably no other place where there are professionals working toward making cheap, clean alternative energy a mainstream reality. 

In your view, what type of person will benefit from a GSPP education? The GSPP education definitely helps those who want to improve their quantitative and analytical skills. 

What has been your favorite class? Surprisingly, my favorite class has been Law & Public Policy

Who is your favorite faculty member? It’s hard to choose between Lee Friedman and Sean Farhang

What is your best memory from GSPP? My best memories of GSPP are the immediate hours after a 3-hour long midterm exam when I get to celebrate with friends on the work we put in together.