Careers in Public Policy
Senior Contracts/Policy Advisor
Washington, District of Columbia
MPP, Pepperdine University, 2001
Specialization: International Relations
BA, Communication Studies, Westmont College, 1997
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy laid the groundwork that has helped me to think deeply about the issues I face every day. The Great Books curriculum enabled me to spend the time necessary to understand how government came about and what it should be about.
Before attending Pepperdine, I had a background in faith-based nonprofit organizations, and I knew how much regulatory policies impact faith-based organizations. I wanted to help shape these policies. I am now the senior contracts/policy advisor for World Vision, and I could not have gotten here if not for the regulatory research and work I began while at Pepperdine. In addition, the school's professors took the time to advise and put me in contact with well-known scholars in this regulatory arena. From these relationships I was able to build a network, procure a fellowship at a think tank, and eventually get the job I have now.