Journal Staff


ProfessionalHeadshotJack Nicholson is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School. He graduated from University of Richmond with degrees in Leadership Studies and Journalism. After graduating from Richmond, Jack joined Teach for America’s Nashville corps, where he taught middle school literacy and composition for four years. While living in Nashville, he also earned a Master’s of Education from Lipscomb University and interned for the Nashville Mayors Office. When Jack is not working, he enjoys reading, hiking, and watching sports.

Managing Editor

Headshot (2)Alex Borkholder is a second-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in foreign policy issues. He currently works in political advertising and has experience working on congressional campaigns, in the United States Senate, and as program manager of a progressive polling firm. Alex graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Public Leadership. When not working or studying, he enjoys cooking, listening to audio books, and playing with Kona, his french bulldog.

Authors for Volume 29 (2021-2022)


Catherine Kaufman graduated from GW in August 2021 with a master’s degree in Public Administration, during which time she was a staff writer for Brief Policy Perspectives. She currently serves as a Capital City Fellow within the DC government and previously worked as the Associate Editor of The Washington Quarterly. Catherine lives in Van Ness, DC with her husband and cats and loves listening to podcasts and exploring Rock Creek Park.

Patrick Roehm is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School. He is currently a Research Consultant with The Lewin Group, a healthcare and human services consulting firm. Patrick graduated from Boston College, summa cum laude, with a degree in History and Economics. His Scholar of the College thesis examined the history of Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He lives in Washington, DC, where he enjoys reading, cooking, and running.


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Gabe Royal is a second-year PhD student in the Public Budgeting and Finance field of study. He majored in U.S. History and American Politics at the United States Military Academy and is still serving in the active duty Army since commissioning in 2012. He focuses his studies on cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance, and wealth inequality. In his free time, Gabe enjoys watching sports and traveling with his family.

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Allison Woolverton is a first-year Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School. After graduating Tulane University with a degree in Political Economy and Spanish, she worked with refugee families on the Texas-Mexico border and then in Quito, Ecuador, interning with UNHCR. Back in South Louisiana, she spent the past year grassroots organizing against petrochemical buildout alongside environmental justice communities and has worked part-time with a local advocacy group, campaigning for sustainable groundwater management.


Merritt Tollison is a second year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School with an interest in social and urban policy. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering followed by nine years of military service as a Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officer. After her naval career, Merritt worked as a Professional Engineer in contingency construction for CB&I Federal Services. She later earned a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The University of Memphis with her research focusing on a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of Memphis’ National Disaster Resilience grant on an urban neighborhood. Merritt looks forward to applying her experience in urban planning and contingency environments to help craft and implement effective policy solutions.


Malka Berro is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on health policy. She is passionate about advocating for those living with mental health and substance use conditions and is currently working as a policy associate with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Malka has also worked to advance population health with the National Academy for State Health Policy and interned in the U.S. House of Representatives. She graduated summa cum laude from Antioch College with a degree in Psychology and a Spanish language focus. During her free time, Malka can be found chasing after her dog, singing, or hiking around DC (sometimes all at once).


Jimmy Draper is a second year Master of Public Policy student. He graduated with distinction from the University of California Berkeley having studied Political Science and Public Policy. After undergrad, he interned on the Hill for Representative Zoe Lofgren and with the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Office. He then worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Office before pursuing his MPP full-time. After graduation, he intends to go to law school and eventually return to the Hill to work on policy as a Legislative Counsel. His primary areas of focus are taxes, social welfare programs, LGBTQ equality, and gun control.

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Sarah Hofman-Graham is a third year Masters of Public Administration candidate with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Sarah graduated from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan with degrees in Environmental Studies and Economics. Since earning her bachelors degrees, Sarah has spent six years in nonprofit administration working for both international and domestic nonprofits on topics including public health, environmental conservation, governance, and capacity-building. She currently serves as a grants analyst with a local government consulting firm, working with communities across the country to identify and secure grant funding for public projects that provide needed water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure, and various climate adaptation and environmental projects. Sarah was recently inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public affairs and administration honors society.

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Gabriel Morey is a third-year Masters of Public Administration student focusing on Urban Policy and Public Budgeting. Gabriel studied public policy at the College of William and Mary, where he co-founded and led a joint student-staff cycling advocacy organization. That experience led him to a career in transportation, and he currently serves as the Intelligent Transportation Systems Coordinator for DASH bus, the public bus system in Alexandria, Virginia. His seeks to become the CEO/General Manager of a transit agency. When not in class, Gabriel can be found gardening, running, or wandering in the woods. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Sarah and their two cats, Arthur and Electra.

Associate Editors

LinsiLinsi Goodin is a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at the Trachtenberg School with an interest in education and social policy. Originally from Glade Hill, VA, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Studies and minors in Chinese Studies, International Public Policy, and National Security and Foreign Affairs. Previously, she interned with the US Senate, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and spent several years clerking for her local county’s court system between semesters while earning her undergraduate degree. In her free time, Linsi enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and exploring bookstores around the city.

17FAF364-83B3-4491-821E-D6E2C4D1E178_1_201_aCharlotte Mitchell is a third-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School with a concentration in Politics, Policy and Administration. She currently works as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for her hometown Congresswoman. Charlotte graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication in 2017. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. she worked on a statewide campaign and in a Congressional District Office.  When not working or studying Charlotte enjoys reading, cooking/baking, going to workout classes, and watching sports.

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Alexis Lewis is a second year MPP candidate in the Trachtenberg school, with an interest in education policy issues. She currently works in higher education policy and finance, and has experience working in college admissions and higher education-focused nonprofits. Alexis graduated from the University of California, Irvine with degrees in Criminology, Law and Society & Psychology and Social Behavior. While not working, she enjoys swimming, reading, and picnicking.


Dalton Wells is a first-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in foreign policy. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BBA with a dual focus in Business Economics and Finance. He currently works as a strategy consultant for Deloitte where he has focused on everything from strategic communications to countering mis-,dis, and mal-information. When Dalton is not working, he enjoys reading, traveling, checking out national parks, and playing with his rescue pup, Harley.

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Talia Nusbaum is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations, she spent a year in Israel working at an international non-profit organization. Currently, she works on voting rights and democracy issues at a grant-making foundation in Washington, DC. Outside of work and school, she enjoys reading, board games, puzzles, and camping trips.


Megan Johnson is a first-year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School. She graduated with degrees in Peace & Conflict Studies and Political Science from the University of Utah. Megan’s past experiences working with local government, policy institutes, and federal agencies motivated her interest in equitable and evidence-based policymaking. In her free time, Megan enjoys doing Pilates, watching the Great British Bake Off, reading, and cooking—especially her favorite tortilla soup.


Ramsey Rodriguez is a first-year candidate of Master of Public Administration at Trachtenberg School. Former Senior Program Officer at the Panama Field Office of the International Republican Institute, where he implemented Development Cooperation programming related to Democracy, Citizen Participation, and Local and National Institutional Strengthening. From Panama, he also supported project implementations in Mexico, Guatemala, Guyana, and Anglophone Caribbean. He earned a Master of Project Management from ADEN Business School. Ramsey is a biking and shared mobility enthusiast.


Kody Keckler is a first year MPP student at the Trachtenberg School. Originally from NE Ohio, he graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. After graduating, Kody spent four years working in HIV and COVID-19 research in Chicago. Kody’s professional interests include community-based research and using queer theory as a lens to deconstruct systems of oppression. In his free time, he enjoys reading, tending to his houseplants, and exploring the city on his bike.


Alek Libbin is a second year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in foreign policy, Congressional issues and the intersection of policy and politics. He currently works for a defense consulting firm, has experience working in the House of Representatives, the private sector and, volunteering for a hometown animal shelter. Alek graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations. When not working or studying, he enjoys reading, long walks, gaming with friends and Sci-fi movies.

IMG-9152Seth Morrison is a first-year Master of Public policy student at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in international development. He graduated from UC Davis with degrees in History and English. Prior to attending George Washington University he worked as a freelance editor on several projects, most notably he helped bring to market the memoir, My Exile to the World by Faustin Rusanganwa. His work as an editor, especially on Mr.Rusanganwa’s memoir, led him to pursue an education at the Trachtenberg school. While not working he enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and binge watching trashy TV.

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