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Profiles - MPP Students

Anna  Duning

Anna Duning (MPP Candidate ’18)

Anna was drawn to GSPP because of its ties to Bay Area and California policymakers. She was also excited to take advantage of the range of course offerings throughout UC Berkeley. 

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Rachel  Pizatella-Haswell

Rachel Pizatella-Haswell (MPP Candidate ’18)

Rachel chose the Goldman School because it offered her the opportunity to build her analytical skills both practically, through client-based projects and academically, in the classroom

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Heidi  Kim

Heidi Kim (MPP Candidate ’18)

Heidi chose the Goldman School of Public Policy because she wanted to become a policy analyst with both qualitative and quantitative analysis skills. Having the little quantitative background, she felt that the core requirement at GSPP focusing on economics and econometrics analysis methods would give her a good start on building her quantitative analysis skills. GSPP's focus on poverty and inequality spoke to her as she wanted to assist people with the least access to power and prosperity by improving efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. 

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Sarah Ting

Sarah Ting (MPP ’17)

Prior to Goldman, Sarah worked with the Oakland Unified School District to form a district-wide farm to school initiative and garden education program. In 2014, she was honored for her service with an invitation to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

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Adam  Orford

Adam Orford (MPP/MA-ERG ’18)

Adam returned to graduate school after a career as an attorney specializing in environmental, energy, and natural resources litigation. In addition to his studies, he spent the last year working at the California Public Utilities Commission, focusing on electric vehicle-grid integration, alternative fueled vehicles policy, and energy research program management. 

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Jeanette Ling

Jeanette Ling (MPP ’16)

Jeanette previously worked as a Research Associate in the Antitrust & Competition Practice at Charles River Associates (CRA), where she saw the value of research and data analysis when economics and law intersect to enforce policy. This summer, Jeanette will be interning at the Legislative Analyst Office in Sacramento, helping to provide policy recommendations to the California State Legislature.

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Jessie Knapstein

Jessie Knapstein (MPP/MS-ERG ’17)

Project Consultant, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI)

Prior to Goldman, Jessie first served as an intern for a Democratic congressman where she tracked energy and environmental legislation, and later as an energy analyst for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office in DC. In addition to pursuing a dual MPP/MS-ERG degree, Jessie is curently a project consultant for Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and VP of Events and Programs for the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC).

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Dan Aas

Dan Aas (MPP/MA-ERG ’17)

Senior Programs Associate, The Energy Foundation

Dan Aas is a dual degree student at GSPP and the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). Dan previously worked at the Energy Foundation, where he covered a portfolio of grants focused on energy efficiency and supported the development of a strategic plan to accelerate decarbonization of the US electric power sector.

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Christina Baumgardner

Christina Baumgardner (MPP ’16)

Recipient, Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship

Christina is a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship. Prior to Goldman, she spent seven years on Capitol Hill serving as the Senior Policy Advisor to US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on K-12 and higher education, judiciary, immigration, and LGBTQ issues. A recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship, Christina is dedicated to reducing inequity in public education and implementing evidence-based education reform policies.

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John Romankiewicz

John Romankiewicz (MPP/MS-ERG ’16)

Prior to Goldman, John was a Fulbright research grant recipient and worked on US-China clean energy and climate change policy. Now, as a dual MPP and MS-ERG student, he hopes to strengthen his background in microeconomics and policy analysis at GSPP to serve his interests in the area of microgrids and other demand-side solutions to grid integration of renewable energy.

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