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Careers in Public Policy

Alumnus David Vela - Pepperdine University

DAVID VELA

Field Deputy
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
Los Angeles, California

MPP, Pepperdine University, 2001
Double Specialization: Economics
and International Relations

BS, Anthropology,
University of California,
Los Angeles, 1999

Each day I am faced with the opportunity to make a decision that affects thousands of lives. The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine prepared me to make these decisions in a sound and thoughtful manner. I like to think of public service as an extension of my formal education. As a student, I learned how to analyze and write policy, which made me a valuable asset to many of the elected officials I have served.

My concentration in economics brought on a passion for economic development which is greatly needed in the urban pockets of Los Angeles County. My concentration in international relations was helpful in creating ties with foreign dignitaries who visit the Southland to learn about our local economy. My degree was instrumental in securing a place of employment, but most of all, it allowed for me to fulfill my dream of serving the public and making a difference in the lives of many.