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Profiles - MPP Students

Lisa Quan

Lisa Quan (MPP Candidate ’18)

Lisa is interested in further cultivating academic-public-private partnerships around robust data collection strategies and evidence-based research in hopes of identifying innovative, data-driven approaches to address our most pressing social and urban policy issues. She chose Goldman because it provides her with key tools and opportunities to achieve these career aspirations: overall emphasis on quantitative methods and techniques and analytic rigor; a rich learning environment cultivated by classmates, faculty, and staff with a wealth of experience and expertise; and a close-knit, collaborative community passionate about making positive impacts not only in their professions but in all aspects of their lives.

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Victor Baten

Victor Baten (MPP Candidate ’18)

Victor chose the Goldman School for its reputation of providing policy leaders strong analytical skills in a small and collegial environment, while working with real world clients on policy issues. This coupled with the ability to take courses at the other top professional graduate programs at UC Berkeley, distinctly differentiated GSPP from the other policy programs he was considering.

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William Ford

William Ford (MPP Candidate ’18)

William chose the Goldman School over programs in international affairs and public administration elsewhere because it offers skills-based learning, particularly in the area of quantitative methods, that is increasingly relevant in the field of international development. He found Berkeley's approach to be more inter-disciplinary and forward-thinking than at other more traditional international affairs programs.

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Jael Makagon

Jael Makagon (MPP Candidate ’18)

Jael selected the Goldman School because of its pipeline to all levels of government, its proximity to companies at the cutting edge of technology, and its links to other departments on the Berkeley campus that are leaders in technology issues. He was excited to learn from the Goldman School's faculty, with its diverse array of research interests, and to add quantitative skills to his existing legal toolkit

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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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