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Careers in Public Policy

Alumna Dinesa Thomas - Pepperdine University


Assistant Vice President of Governmental Affairs
New Century Financial Corporation
Irvine, California

MPP, Pepperdine University, 2002
Double Specialization: Economics and State and Local Policy

BA, Political Science
and African Studies,
San Diego State University, 2000

At the Pepperdine School of Public Policy I experienced a great learning environment because of a cohort that consisted of students from different regions of the country and the world, as well as varying political perspectives. I was able to hear and examine alternate views on public policy issues and offer my own.

Working with my cohort on the Policy Research Seminar was a tremendous help to my professional development. During the seminar presentation, we had an opportunity to present our thesis paper to a panel of experts in a given field, which gave me the initial confidence to go into the private and public sectors to deliver information to key stakeholders in my industry.