And now, presenting the faces behind the voices giving you policy views on the GW Wonkcast. Subscribe here to never miss a cast. The 2017-18 staff of GW WonkCast features:
Maggie Gallagher is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School where she is focusing on nonprofit management. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BA in journalism. After college, she worked as a story producer on The Hero Effect, a docu-series featuring grassroots movements solving local community issues. Those stories helped Maggie decide she also wanted to be “doing good and doing it well.” She currently works as a development associate at Georgetown Visitation. In her free time, Maggie enjoys exploring new bars and restaurants, reading for fun, and watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Moderator and co-Host
Jessica Blackband is a first-year MPP student at GWU planning to concentrate in environmental and regulatory policy. She currently works as a communications specialist for a federal-university partnership called the South Central Climate Science Center, where she uses communications tactics and tools to make climate science more accessible for decision makers. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Science Applications Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Environmental Studies.
Editor and co-Host
Eli Richman is a first-year MPP student originally hailing from New York City. Eli works as as a production editor at FierceMarkets, a trade publication covering healthcare, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and technology. He graduated from Earlham College in 2014 with a degree in politics, then did a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service in Boulder before moving to D.C. Eli is interested in studying policy journalism in general and “smart city” urban policies in particular.
Backup Producer and co-Host
Katherine R. Lundie is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, where she is focusing on urban and social policy. Prior to attending GWU, Katherine was a lead intellectual property litigation paralegal at Pepper Hamilton LLP specializing in Complainant patent infringement investigations in the U.S. International Trade Commission. Katherine has refocused her career to help improve economic development for low-income families in urban environments. A native of Hampton Roads, Virginia, Katherine is a graduate of Christopher Newport University, where she studied American history focusing on Cold War politics and Early American Literature. Katherine enjoys poetry, cooking, and dominating karaoke nights with friends.
Backup Editor and co-Host
Erik LaDue is a first year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Originally from Concord, CA, he spent his undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz before working for five years in theatre management and production design in Oakland and throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. His passions include policy analysis, program design, best practices, and expertly executed presentations. During his free time, he seeks and explores unique historical sites.
Natalia Abrahams is a first year Master’s of Public Policy student in the Trachtenberg school. She is hoping to focus on Refugee and Immigration Resettlement Policy with a secondary focus in program evaluation. Natalia graduated from Clark University with a BA in History with a global focus, concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a minor in Theatre Arts. She has worked with Ascentria Care Alliance as an Immigration Legal Assistance Intern. As her passion lies with refugees, Natalia served as the president of her university’s chapter of STAND Anti-Genocide Coalition for three years. During her time with the organization, she oversaw a week-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and fundraising for Dance-A-Thon which raised $3,000 for two organizations. In her off time, Natalia loves taking photos, spending time with friends, and finding new restaurants.
Gabriel Moss is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate interested in housing policy and community development. He is from the Bay Area in California and just finished his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In June, he published a thesis on the impact of multinational corporations on the lives of workers in Latin America.
Haley Dunn is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She grew up on Cape Cod, MA and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York in 2013 with a double-major in Philosophy and Social Justice. She is most passionate about criminal justice, drug policy reform, and anti-poverty programs and currently works in the Applied Research and Methods group at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, going on adventures, and (slowly) learning to roller skate.
Elizabeth Morehead is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate in GW’s Trachtenberg School. She holds a BA in Psychology with an additional business focus from the University of Kentucky. As an undergraduate Elizabeth spent much of her time working with Children living in low socio-economic areas sparking her interest in Policy initiatives. She has an extensive research background stemming from her undergraduate education. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys going on runs, trying new foods, and spending time with friends.
Nathan Rupp is a second-year MPP candidate. His studies focus on international economic development, trends in international capital flows, trade and sausage making. He holds a BA in philosophy focusing on formal logic from Eckerd College. In his free time, he is an amateur linguist, having just published his second academic article.
Adam Brooks is currently a second-year candidate for a Masters of Public Policy at The George Washington University. He attended Utica College as an undergraduate where he studied philosophy and political science. He has worked at the State Department, the Logistics Management Institute, and at the Government Accountability Office, where he is currently on the Defense Capabilities and Management team. Adam is a Marine Corps veteran.