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  Editor in Chief:   Jake Ford   Jake is a second year MPP student from North Apollo, an old mill town in Western Pennsylvania. He attended nearby Allegheny College in Meadville, (home of the zipper, you’re all welcome) where he majored in mathematics. Jake has experience in finance, state policy measurement, and statistical analysis. At McCourt his main interests include economic mobility and education policy. Aside from GPPR, Jake serves as a Baker Innovator with the Baker Center, where he is helping to fight high school truancy by providing internship positions to students in economically disadvantaged areas of Washington, D.C. Outside of Georgetown, Jake is an avid traveler, guitarist, and busy parent (with his girlfriend Zoie) of his one year old cat Otis. You can find him on twitter at @Ford_Explorer.

Editor in Chief: Jake Ford

Jake is a second year MPP student from North Apollo, an old mill town in Western Pennsylvania. He attended nearby Allegheny College in Meadville, (home of the zipper, you’re all welcome) where he majored in mathematics. Jake has experience in finance, state policy measurement, and statistical analysis. At McCourt his main interests include economic mobility and education policy. Aside from GPPR, Jake serves as a Baker Innovator with the Baker Center, where he is helping to fight high school truancy by providing internship positions to students in economically disadvantaged areas of Washington, D.C. Outside of Georgetown, Jake is an avid traveler, guitarist, and busy parent (with his girlfriend Zoie) of his one year old cat Otis. You can find him on twitter at @Ford_Explorer.

  Senior Spring Editor: Olivia Prieto   Olivia Prieto hails from central Florida where she received her B.A. in International Relations in 2015. While pursuing her degree, she developed a love for policy, research, and critical dialogue. Her primary area of interest is climate change, the environment, and energy, but she is particularly interested in how social and economic issues intersect with environmental challenges. Currently, Olivia is pursuing her MPP full-time while also working as a Research Assistant and interning at a non-profit that works to advance energy efficiency in buildings through market transformation and policy.   

Senior Spring Editor: Olivia Prieto

Olivia Prieto hails from central Florida where she received her B.A. in International Relations in 2015. While pursuing her degree, she developed a love for policy, research, and critical dialogue. Her primary area of interest is climate change, the environment, and energy, but she is particularly interested in how social and economic issues intersect with environmental challenges. Currently, Olivia is pursuing her MPP full-time while also working as a Research Assistant and interning at a non-profit that works to advance energy efficiency in buildings through market transformation and policy.

 

  Senior Spring Editor: Emily Lorenz   Emily is a third year Master of Public Policy evening student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. A Minnesota native, Emily earned a B.A. in Communication and minors in Nonprofit Leadership and Leadership from the University of North Dakota. She currently works full time as a Senior Content Strategist for federal clients in the Deloitte Digital DC studio.

Senior Spring Editor: Emily Lorenz

Emily is a third year Master of Public Policy evening student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. A Minnesota native, Emily earned a B.A. in Communication and minors in Nonprofit Leadership and Leadership from the University of North Dakota. She currently works full time as a Senior Content Strategist for federal clients in the Deloitte Digital DC studio.

 
  Managing Editor: Catherine Lyons   Catherine is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She moved to Washington, DC from Los Angeles, California, where she was Southern California Director for FWD.us, a bipartisan nonprofit advocacy organization focused on passing comprehensive immigration reform. While at Georgetown, Catherine has interned at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, and the Economic Innovation Group. Previously, she led the housing and community development policy work for a business-led nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area, and served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans. She graduated with high honors from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and international relations.

Managing Editor: Catherine Lyons

Catherine is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She moved to Washington, DC from Los Angeles, California, where she was Southern California Director for FWD.us, a bipartisan nonprofit advocacy organization focused on passing comprehensive immigration reform. While at Georgetown, Catherine has interned at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, and the Economic Innovation Group. Previously, she led the housing and community development policy work for a business-led nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area, and served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans. She graduated with high honors from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and international relations.

  Spring Editor: Armand Demirchyan   Armand is a first year MPP student from Los Angeles.  He studied Economics and African-American Studies at the University of California, Irvine where his research focused on housing policies that contributed to the racial wealth gap. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Armand served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners Los Angeles. His work centered on helping elementary students behind in their reading levels, and it was there that he developed a deep interest in the connection between housing and education policy. 

Spring Editor: Armand Demirchyan

Armand is a first year MPP student from Los Angeles.  He studied Economics and African-American Studies at the University of California, Irvine where his research focused on housing policies that contributed to the racial wealth gap. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Armand served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners Los Angeles. His work centered on helping elementary students behind in their reading levels, and it was there that he developed a deep interest in the connection between housing and education policy. 

  Spring Editor: Kyle Burkholder   Kyle is a first-year student in the Master of Public Policy program. Originally from Minnesota, he earned a BA in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. He co-founded and directs the Longonot Education Initiative, a non-profit organization conducting education development work in Kenya. Prior to coming to McCourt, Kyle served for several years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Spring Editor: Kyle Burkholder

Kyle is a first-year student in the Master of Public Policy program. Originally from Minnesota, he earned a BA in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. He co-founded and directs the Longonot Education Initiative, a non-profit organization conducting education development work in Kenya. Prior to coming to McCourt, Kyle served for several years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

  Senior Media Editor: Meagan Siu   Originally from the Chicagoland area, Meagan has a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College and is now a second-year MPP candidate at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to arriving in DC, Meagan lived in Shanghai for two years while working in international education, but has since stumbled into the field of American fiscal policy. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, learning how to draw and how to play the guitar (though not simultaneously), and following the Cubs regardless of whatever their W-L record may be.

Senior Media Editor: Meagan Siu

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Meagan has a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College and is now a second-year MPP candidate at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to arriving in DC, Meagan lived in Shanghai for two years while working in international education, but has since stumbled into the field of American fiscal policy. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, learning how to draw and how to play the guitar (though not simultaneously), and following the Cubs regardless of whatever their W-L record may be.

  Interview Editor: Disraeli Smith   Disraeli is a second year MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Disraeli received his undergraduate and MBA from Florida A&M University. Disraeli’s policy interests include urban and community development, education, political strategy and the role of financial services in the world. Disraeli’s classmates call him crazy for also working full time as a Management Consulting Manager, but he loves financial services and policy so why not do both? In his spare time, he loves politics, sports and doing amazing things with his friends.

Interview Editor: Disraeli Smith

Disraeli is a second year MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Disraeli received his undergraduate and MBA from Florida A&M University. Disraeli’s policy interests include urban and community development, education, political strategy and the role of financial services in the world. Disraeli’s classmates call him crazy for also working full time as a Management Consulting Manager, but he loves financial services and policy so why not do both? In his spare time, he loves politics, sports and doing amazing things with his friends.

  Senior Media Editor: Carly Lenhoff   Carly Lenhoff is a second-year JD/MPP candidate at Georgetown University and research assistant at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, she earned bachelors degrees in Philosophy and in Politics from Brandeis University in 2013, and worked in San Francisco as a habeas corpus paralegal for several years. She is particularly interested in the intersection of juvenile justice and social policy, and enjoys gardening in her spare time.

Senior Media Editor: Carly Lenhoff

Carly Lenhoff is a second-year JD/MPP candidate at Georgetown University and research assistant at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, she earned bachelors degrees in Philosophy and in Politics from Brandeis University in 2013, and worked in San Francisco as a habeas corpus paralegal for several years. She is particularly interested in the intersection of juvenile justice and social policy, and enjoys gardening in her spare time.

 
 
  Spring Editor: Tina Meins   Tina Meins is a California native, with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside.  She is a first year MPP student in the McCourt School at Georgetown University.  Her main interests are foreign policy, national security, and finding ways to prevent and mitigate violence.  At Georgetown, Tina also serves on the GU Politics Student Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for the Women in Public Policy Initiative, and was part of the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge winning team, "CapVax".  

Spring Editor: Tina Meins

Tina Meins is a California native, with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside.  She is a first year MPP student in the McCourt School at Georgetown University.  Her main interests are foreign policy, national security, and finding ways to prevent and mitigate violence.  At Georgetown, Tina also serves on the GU Politics Student Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for the Women in Public Policy Initiative, and was part of the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge winning team, "CapVax".  

     Spring Editor: Ahmad Shuja Jamal   Shuja is from Afghanistan and a first-year master of public policy student. He is a Fulbright scholar and researches issues of international security and human rights. Prior to Georgetown, Shuja co-founded a tech start-up in Kabul, Afghanistan and conducted human rights research and advocacy for Human Rights Watch. Shuja is a 2013-2014 Asia Society Young Leaders Fellow.

 

Spring Editor: Ahmad Shuja Jamal

Shuja is from Afghanistan and a first-year master of public policy student. He is a Fulbright scholar and researches issues of international security and human rights. Prior to Georgetown, Shuja co-founded a tech start-up in Kabul, Afghanistan and conducted human rights research and advocacy for Human Rights Watch. Shuja is a 2013-2014 Asia Society Young Leaders Fellow.