Blog Staff

Executive Editor


Brett Litzler is a second-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from the Cleveland area, he graduated from The Ohio State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. His academic interests include social and regulatory policy.






Deputy Editors


Lancy Downs is a first-year MPA student focusing on social policy. Before coming to Trachtenberg, she worked in strategic communications for a range of non-profit clients, including PBS, Ken Burns, The National Constitution Center, and Catholic Charities of New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2016. In her spare time, Lancy loves to read mysteries, go to the movies, and complete the crossword the New York Times crossword.






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Dayo Hall is a first-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from Boston, MA, she graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and minors in Criminal Justice and International Affairs. Prior to joining the Trachtenberg School, she worked as a paralegal in the Securities, Financial, and Cyber Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.




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Lauren Salmiery is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate with a focus on health policy. She received her B.A. in International Studies from American University and has since focused her career on global reproductive health and political advocacy. Lauren is a passionate advocate for racial equity, gender equality, and reproductive freedom. In her spare time, she enjoys biking and running around D.C.’s many trails and outdoor spaces.





Staff Writers


Emma Weiss is a first-year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School, interested in education and social policy. She is currently a senior at The George Washington University in a combined degree program, allowing her to start her time at Trachtenberg a year early. She will graduate with a B.A. in Political Science, Human Services & Social Justice in Spring 2022. Emma has spent time interning for her Congressman, the legislative teams of multiple non-profit organizations, and a campaign finance firm in D.C. Outside of school and work, she enjoys finding new coffee shops, watching docuseries, and cooking.




unnamed-4Christina Prinvil is a second-year MPP candidate concentrating in social policy. Originally from South Florida and of Haitian descent, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Latin American Studies. Christina is interested in influencing policy that seeks to fill the gaps within our current systems, to support and empower people in underrepresented communities. When she’s not working, Christina enjoys roller skating, working on DIY projects, and traveling.




Ben_Headshot (1)Ben White is a second-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from Northern California, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA where he double majored in Political Science and Communications Studies. Ben went on to earn a commission in the United States Navy and flew helicopters as a Naval Aviator until a cancer diagnosis forced an early career change. In his free time, Ben enjoys cooking and spending time outside with his dog, Izzy.



0E69FBEB-73A3-400F-BAE9-5517580E1DD4Bianca Onwukwe is a Master of Public Policy candidate with a concentration in Education Policy Analysis at The George Washington University, where she will also attain a certificate in Data Science. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently works as a Data Analyst on the School Mental Health team at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Before joining DCPS, Bianca was a Surrey fellow within the Office of Tax Analysis at the Department of the U.S. Treasury.



Vanella, Julia_headshotJulia Vanella is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate concentrating in social and health policy. She is originally from Southern California and graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Political Science. Julia is currently working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in the Office of Budget with the Resource Planning and Regional Operations staff. When she’s not working or studying, Julia loves to explore the city, scope out new restaurants and events, and hang out with friends.


Evan-Linett-HeadshotEvan Linett is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on issues of educational equity and evaluation. Previously, Evan worked as a survey researcher at The Gallup Organization. Currently, Evan partners with youth mentorship organizations to build capacity for program research and evaluation. When they are not behind a desk, Evan enjoys playing trumpet, roasting vegetables, and hiking in the Washington, D.C. area.


IMG_7711Andres De La Torre is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in public health issues. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. He is currently a health intern for the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities and has previous experience interning for the United States House of Representatives and his local city government. In his free time, Andres likes to go on hikes, listen to music and play his guitar.






HeadshotLeisha Goel is a first-year BA/MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from Chicago, she is finishing her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Political Communication at GW in addition to starting her MPP. Her academic interests include child welfare and health policy.






HeadshotGio Liguori is a first-year MPP candidate participating in a combined degree program at the Trachtenberg School. He is finishing his undergraduate studies at GW, majoring in political science and criminal justice. Gio has a particular interest in social and energy policy. His point of view has been influenced by his work with various nonprofits, contributing to projects ranging from preventing childhood marriage in Zimbabwe to ending the school-to-prison pipeline in New Jersey. When not doing work, Gio loves watching sports, playing video games, and exploring DC.



GreensteinRyan Greenstein is a first-year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from Dunwoody, Georgia, Ryan graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park in 2016 with a B.A. in History and minors in Global Terrorism Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. As an undergraduate, he interned for then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. He is currently the Legislative Director and Special Assistant to the Executive Director at the National Association of Attorneys General. Outside of work and school, Ryan enjoys traveling and enjoying everything the District of Columbia has to offer with his wife, Karla, and dog, Lady.


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