What is your previous work experience?
I started my career working for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski where I worked for over three years. In my last position I served as a Legislative Aide helping to manage the transportation, natural resources, and energy portfolio. In between my Senate experience and coming to the Nicholas School, I worked as a Fellow for the Chesapeake Conservancy where I handled government affairs and served as the acting executive assistant to the President and CEO.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School because I wanted to increase my knowledge and understanding of environmental policy, and because I wanted to attend a program with outstanding academics and a strong alumni network. I met many successful Nicholas School alums while working in Washington, D.C. - the strength of the alumni program and their overwhelmingly positive experiences while attending Duke demonstrated to me the incredible value of this program.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I am most interested in natural resources policy and conservation. Having worked on the federal side and for a conservation non-profit, I understand the immense importance of federal land, water, and agricultural conservation programs, but I also hope to explore conservation finance and policy measures that can enhance private investment in conservation.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I look forward to class everyday - it has been amazing to gain new skills and knowledge that will inform my career. I am also looking forward to applying these new skills and new knowledge to the summer internship and the Master's Project. I am also looking forward to learning from my peers. Everyone I have met has a unique background and career interest, and a unique skill set. It has been great fun and rewarding to learn from Nicholas School faculty and from fellow students.
What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
My long term career goal is to have a lasting impact on the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Not a small goal, I know! But after graduating, I would like to work for a conservation group, or work for the federal government or a state government on natural resources policy.
I would like to thank all the donors who helped to create and who support the Nicholas Scholars program. I feel incredibly lucky to be supported by this program, and I plan to maximize my opportunity while here at the Nicholas School. I would like to thank, in particular, Truman Semans, who is generously supporting my education through the Nicholas Scholars program.
Policy professional with 5 years of Capitol Hill and government affairs experience with an environmental focus. Skills include policy research and analysis, communication, and advocacy.