Sydney Hamilton is a second-year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on issues of nuclear security policy. She currently works as a Systems Engineer at Systems Planning & Analysis, Inc., contracting for the U.S. Navy. Previously, she worked in the district offices of former Congressman Keith Rothfus and former State Representative Bryan Barbin, both of Pennsylvania. Originally from just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Sydney graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Political Science. When not working or studying, she enjoys reading, playing board games, and catching as much theatre as possible!
Katie Howell is a second-year MPP candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with an interest in social and urban policy. Originally from Cary, North Carolina, Katie graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Studies. Following graduation and before starting graduate school, Katie moved to Washington, D.C. to work with a non-profit managing farmers’ markets around the city. p
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Authors for Volume 27 (2019-2020)
Timothy Wolf Barham is a second-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Trachtenberg School, concentrating on public-private policy and the interactions between business and government. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Colorado, Timothy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Classics with a focus on philology, ancient history, and law. Before graduate school, Timothy committed three years to the non-profit sector, leading humanitarian projects both domestically and globally in Papua New Guinea, India, Haiti, Ireland, and Mexico. Timothy is interested in the interactions between the public, private, and non-profit sectors, especially regarding international development.
Jae-Marie Ferdinand is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on health policy. She believes every child has the right to achieve their full potential. Jae-Marie is an Academic Pediatrician and Assistant Professor on sabbatical from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She received her Medical Degree from the University of Toronto. Jae-Marie completed her Pediatric Residency at McGill University and her Neonatology Fellowship at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. She has developed and directed programs to optimize the care for children with complex healthcare needs, and to teach medical trainees the advocacy and clinical skills to care for socially disadvantaged children. This summer, Jae-Marie enjoyed her dream internship at Management Sciences for Health. Jae-Marie is a passionate advocate for all children and families, especially those who are vulnerable.
Simone Hall is a second-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on social policy. Born and raised right outside of DC, Simone graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. She has held positions as an intern in the district office of a U.S. Congresswoman, as a note-taker in FAU’s Student Accessibility Services Office, and as a government affairs assistant at a DC-based small business advocacy organization. Simone currently serves as Policy Specialist at the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. When she isn’t studying or working, Simone enjoys watching movies and exploring DC’s restaurant scene with her friends.
David Gellman is a second-year MPA candidate at the Trachtenberg School, concentrating in politics, policy, and administration. Originally from Miami, Florida, David graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in government and a minor in Spanish. After college, David served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and has spent the last three years working in government affairs.
Miranda Hines is a second-year Master of Public Policy Student (MPP) candidate at the Trachtenberg School, focusing on environmental policy and program evaluation. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Miranda graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a BA in political science and English literature. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she was a Team Assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant for the Trachtenberg School. During her free time, she enjoys baking, riding her bike, and exploring DC’s museums.
Emma Pellerin is a second-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate focusing on education policy and program evaluation. A native of southeastern Connecticut, she graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2012 with a degree in English and Political Science. She joined the 2012 Teach for America-Baltimore corps as a ninth grade English teacher and earned her Master’s degree in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2014. Since leaving the classroom, Emma has worked as an organizer with Hillary for America and Educators for Excellence. She currently works on the Operations team at LearnZillion and enjoys reading, cooking, and knitting in her spare time.
Eli Richman is a data journalist and Master of Public Policy candidate studying technology and healthcare policy. He works full time making charts and podcasts for Questex’s industry newsletters, covering telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and other areas. Richman hails from City Island in New York City and got his Bachelor’s in politics at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He is a proud cat dad, avid board gamer, and scooter enthusiast. He is also a recurring co-host on WonkCast, Policy Perspectives’ podcast.
Ethan Steakley is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate focusing on urban policy and program evaluation. He graduated with a BA in political science and BS in psychology from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Ethan currently works as a Graduate Intern in the Applied Research department of a nonprofit called Prosperity Now where he assists with research related to asset-building, debt management and innovation. In his free time, he enjoys going to the library, taking his dog for long walks, and traveling to new places.