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Careers in Public Policy

Jennifer Lake in front of the Capitol Building - Pepperdine University

JENNIFER LAKE

Analyst in Domestic Security
Congressional Research Service
Washington, District of Columbia

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

BA, Government,
University of Texas at Austin, 1998

I can unequivocally state that I could not be successful in my work at Congressional Research Service (CRS) without my experiences at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. At CRS we are expected to respond both to the immediate as well the longer-term research needs of Congress. The most important aspect of the program was the exploration of the idea that all policy questions do not lend themselves to a quantitative or to a strict cost-benefit analysis.

Qualitative analysis plays an important role in policy making. The School of Public Policy taught me that asking the right questions, particularly when framing an issue, is often the most important step. The skills I acquired while at Pepperdine assist my day-to-day work in a fast-paced environment that regularly confronts analysts with different policy challenges.