Executive Board


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!

Managing Editor (Journal)

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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.

Executive Editor (blog and podcast)

Olivia Shaffett is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a B.A. in History. While living in Louisiana, she created an editorial platform, Modern Girls, to support and feature women in business, the arts and the non-profit sector. Olivia is interested in creating and implementing policy that will establish protections and produce further access to resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. When she’s not studying, she enjoys exploring the many local bookstores, comedy clubs and museums D.C. has to offer.