Jessica Burnell is a second-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 husband, and re-watching The West Wing.
Brittany A. Harris is a second-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.
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Megan Mattson is a second-year MPA candidate in GW’s Trachtenberg school, where she focuses on Program Evaluation. Megan is a Pickering Graduate Fellow and will enter the Foreign Service after completing her MPA. She has worked in different capacities for the State Department, including as the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies Program Assistant at the Foreign Service Institute and as an intern for the Populations, Refugees, and Migration Bureau. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Development and a minor in Arabic from GW. In her undergraduate studies, Megan studied abroad in Muscat, Oman and Amman, Jordan. When she is not thinking about how the government works, Megan enjoys writing poetry, trying new food, and watching live music.
Samantha Sears is a first year Master in Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Pre-Law Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Sam had internships in the entertainment, non-profit, and magazine industries; and during her senior year of undergrad, she created her own event planning company and later sold it to pursue her goals in policy. Although Sam works as a full time substitute teacher for Arlington Public Schools, her passion is reshaping the stigmas and discrimination facing those struggling through disorders associated with behavioral health. She interns for Health RIGHT 360 to advocate for the behavioral health cause in Congress. You can find Sam on her days off shopping the day away at Pentagon City and Tysons Corner.