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Careers in Public Policy

Alumna Melisa Carroll - Pepperdine University

MELISA CARROLL

Grant Writer
Financial Management
InterFaith Community Services
Escondido, California

MPP, Pepperdine University, 2000
Double Specialization: Economics and International Relations

BS, Journalism,
Austin Peay State University, 1994

In the nonprofit sector, it is becoming increasingly necessary to understand the dynamics of working collaboratively with the government, political leaders, private sector, and community-at-large. The training through Pepperdine's School of Public Policy equipped me to think independently but work cooperatively with others trying to achieve the same mission. The economics specialization prepared me to take on a financial leadership role to develop resources as a government grant writer working with agencies such as Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration, and the Social Security Administration. As I gained more experience, I oversaw the financial management for the agency. Pepperdine taught me not only technical skills but reinforced that integrity is the most valuable skill a leader can possess.