Staff

Editors in Chief

Janette Martinez

Janette Martinez is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate, concentrating in Policy Analysis and Evaluation. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government. Before coming to the Trachtenberg School, Janette was a Sixth Grade English teacher in Houston. She plans to stay in the education field and hopes to work on policies that will help more underrepresented students go to and succeed in higher education. In her free time, Janette enjoys running, watching lots of TV shows, singing every word from Hamilton from memory, and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs.

Josh Garties

Joshua Garties is a second-year Master of Public Administration student at the George Washington University. He graduated from Knox College in 2012, majoring in Political Science and Music. Following graduation, Joshua worked as a paralegal for a large law firm in Chicago. He was an associate editor for Policy Perspectives Vol. 24 prior to assuming his current position. Joshua also serves as a board member and Director of Communications for YourStory International, a grassroots nonprofit focused on community empowerment in Haiti.

Executive Blog Editor

Conor McGrath

Conor McGrath is a second-year Master of Public Administration student at the Trachtenberg School. He attended GW as an undergraduate and earned a BA in International Affairs & Political Science in 2016. While an undergraduate, he worked on several political campaigns as a researcher and field staffer and spent a semester studying European Politics at Sciences Po, Paris. He currently works for a public affairs firm focused on health policy. He is a fan of cats, craft beer, and cold weather.

Layout & Design Editor

Megan Mattson

Megan Mattson is a first year MPA candidate in GW’s Trachtenberg school. She works as the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies Program Assistant at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, where she helps train government officials on Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Development and a minor in Arabic from GW, where she graduated summa cum laude. In her undergraduate studies, Megan studied abroad in Muscat, Oman and Amman, Jordan. Megan is a Pickering Graduate Fellow and she will enter the Foreign Service after completing her master’s degree.

Associate Editors

Francisca Alba

Francisca Alba is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School where she is focusing on social policy. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology. Francisca is currently the Assistant Director of Volunteer Engagement at the local nonprofit, Martha’s Table, which works to increase access to healthy food and quality education for DC families.

Jessica Burnell

Jessica Burnell is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School where she is focusing on federal policy, politics, and management and gender policy. She graduated from the George Washington University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She currently works as a research assistant at the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD Center for Health Policy. When not studying or working, Jessica enjoys obsessing over her cat, Alexandra, trying out new restaurants with her fiancé, and re-watching The West Wing.

Thomas Coyne is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School with a concentration in urban policy. He graduated from Madonna University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He spent time immediately after graduation fighting poverty as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Metro Detroit. In the time since AmeriCorps Thomas has continued to address issues of poverty while in social work. He began in foster care before moving to mental health in his adoptive city of Washington, DC. He now spends his time reading books that others find boring and exploring the city with his wife.

Matthew Dotzler is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School of public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matthew developed a special interest in International Affairs as well as global policy. He graduated from the Northern Arizona University in 2016 with a BA in International Affairs and appreciated the opportunity to live abroad twice in Germany and Switzerland. He enjoys spending his time reading, traveling, and following the San Jose Sharks. Matthew hopes to become a member of the Foreign Service and to travel the world representing the United States as an ambassador.

Haley Dunn

Haley Dunn is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York in 2013 with a double-major in Philosophy and Social Justice. Prior to coming to GW, she worked as an assistant at a law firm in Boston. She is most passionate about criminal justice, drug policy reform, and anti-poverty programs and currently works as a graduate assistant at the Trachtenberg School. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, going on adventures, and (slowly but steadily) learning how to roller skate.

Brittany Harris

Brittany A. Harris is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School. She graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management in 2009. After working in the hotel industry for several years, she became a Teach for America Corps Member in Metro Atlanta. Her three years as a 7th grade English teacher solidified her conviction that family, community, and school must work together for student success. With her degree, Brittany aims to make a larger impact on the lives of minority and low-income students through related policy and advocacy initiatives. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys reading, discovering new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.

Jean-Luc Tilly

Jean-Luc Tilly is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate, with a concentration in non-profit management. After graduating with a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, Jean-Luc has worked for five years in healthcare performance measurement. First, Jean-Luc worked on a scorecard of state long-term care systems published by AARP, and currently manages measure endorsement projects at the National Quality Forum. Jean-Luc is interested in solving managerial problems, particularly around incentives and resource management, that confront the healthcare industry. Apart from work, Jean-Luc enjoys strategy games, from galaxy-spanning empire simulators to board games with friends.

Authors

Jennifer Lewis

Jenny Lewis is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, with a concentration in program evaluation and analysis. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. While at Birmingham-Southern, she interned with several organizations, including a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. focused on ending homelessness. This experience developed her interest in social policy and her love of D.C. After graduation, she worked in Alabama at a political polling and strategy firm before transferring to their D.C. office, where she is currently employed.


Callie McLean
is a first year student in Trachtenberg’s Masters of Public Administration Program. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2007, majoring in Journalism and Political Science. After eight years working in museum exhibit design in Atlanta, Callie decided to move to Washington, DC, to attend George Washington University. She currently works as a masters assistant at the Trachtenberg School and will be a development intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Callie enjoys costuming and other nerdly pursuits and loves cheering for UNC in basketball. She recently created a tongue-in-cheek blog on boxing fashion.

David Meni

David Meni is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate with a concentration in Urban Policy. David attended GW for his bachelor’s degree in Political Science after living in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. David currently works in federal policy research at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). He enjoys bicycling, hiking, and playing the trumpet.

Lily Robin

Lily Robin is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, where she is focusing on social policy analysis. She graduated from the Gallatin School at New York University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in individualized studies focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, and a minor in law and society. Lily worked in juvenile justice at the Legal Aid Society and civil law at the New York City law department after graduating. She currently works at the Partnership for Public Service, doing research and evaluation.

Max Tingle

Max Tingle is a second year Master of Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School where he is focusing on program evaluation. He graduated from The George Washington School of Business in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, and is back at GW serving the university as a Presidential Administrative Fellow. Max currently works for GW’s Marketing and Creative Services office as a multimedia coordinator where he manages GW’s online customer service efforts and helps develop social media content for GW’s main accounts. In his free time, he volunteers to help teach international students every-day English, and he writes/produces electronic pop music.

Claire Viall

Claire Viall is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate, concentrating in Social, Health and Gender policy. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley majoring in History and minoring in Celtic Studies. She currently works as a Senior Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress from California. Her legislative portfolio includes Education, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, Women, Children and Families, and Disability. She is also the lead staffer for the Congressional Deaf Caucus and the Battery Energy Storage Caucus. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Claire was a Program Assistant at the International Center for Research on Women. When not working or studying, Claire loves to practice American Sign Language, and is an avid listener of podcasts and Beyoncé. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Claire has lived in Washington, DC for almost six years.

 

David Walrath

David T. Walrath is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University concentrating in US National Security and Foreign Policy. A Navy veteran, David served on active duty for ten years as a Naval Aviator and completed tours in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Atsugi, Japan, and Norfolk, Virginia before enrolling in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, he attended Falls Church High School before enrolling at The University of Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government.

Eric Flanagan

Eric Flanagan is a third-year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School. He graduated from Park University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Management. He has over 9 years of experience working in military logistics support with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), both as a contractor and a federal employee. In his spare time he enjoys, exercising, reading self-help books, and watching sports. More recently he has begun traveling abroad and is expanding his list of places he’d like to explore. He hopes to eventually transition from full-time work and spend time growing a business, writing books, and motivating others to be the best version of themselves.

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