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BDP Alumni in Public Policy

As we launch our newest BDP certificate in Public Policy this spring, we decided to showcase some of our former BDP students who have pursued policy-oriented careers, volunteer work, or graduate programs since they left UT. This list offers a glimpse at some of the exciting paths our alumni have taken, and it suggests how diverse the possibilities are for our future students in the Public Policy BDP.

Sarayu Adeni, Global Studies
MPA candidate in Development Practice
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
New York, NY

Nancy Arrington, Ethics & Leadership
PhD candidate in Political Science
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Karen Azeez, Ethics & Leadership
MS candidate in Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Jihane Bergaoui, Ethics & Leadership
Assistant to the President
National Organization for Women
Washington, D.C.

Kali Blevins, Environment
Senior Science Technician
National Ecological Observatory Network
Boulder, CO

Christine Borski, Environment
MPS candidate in Marine Affairs and Policy – Marine Conservation
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Miami, FL

Emily Cadik, Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Senior Policy Analyst
Enterprise Community Partners
Washington, D.C.

Shelby Carvalho, Ethics & Leadership
MA candidate in Global Policy Studies (International Development)
UT LBJ School of Public Affiars
Austin, TX

Michelle Castillo, Social Inequality, Health & Policy
South Texas Regional Political Director
Battleground Texas
McAllen, TX

Laura Dekovich, Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Training Specialist/Survey Statistician & Career Coach
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Washington, D.C.

Gloria Delgadillo, Cultural Studies
Organizer
Texas AFT/ American Federation of Teachers
Dallas, TX

Rex Douglass, Global Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California San Diego and Columbia University
San Diego, CA and New York, NY

Gretchen Ellison, Ethics & Leadership
MPA candidate in Public Policy and Management
The London School of Economics and Political Science
London, England

Cristina Flores, Human Rights & Social Justice
Running Start STAR Fellow
U.S. House of Representatives – Office of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
Washington, D.C.

Talia Garza Garza, Ethics & Leadership
PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies (Latin American Studies)
University of Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Sheffield, England

Merrick Garb, Ethics & Leadership
Special Projects Assistant
Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Shayna Goldblatt, Ethics & Leadership
Leadership Management Director for Austin, Houston & San Antonio
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Houston, TX

Holly Heinrich, Ethics & Leadership
MPP candidate (start date October 2014)
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England

Kimberly Horndeski, Environment
MS candidate in Environmental Natural Resources (Environmental Social Science)
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Henry Lester, Cultural Studies
Assistant Manager and Social Secretary
Residence of the French Ambassador
Washington, D.C.

Amanda Lundy, Global Studies
Global Advocacy Adviser
Plan International
London, England

Brittany Dawn McAllister, Social Inequality, Health & Policy
State Health Policy Specialist
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Alexandria, VA

Madalyn McDaniel, Human Rights & Social Justice
AmeriCorps VISTA/Field Organizer
Corporation for National and Community Service/Texas Hunger Initiative
Houston, TX

Vera Minter, Ethics & Leadership
Executive Assistant/Scheduler
U.S. House of Representatives – Office of Congressman Roger WIlliams
Washington, D.C.

Catherine Pepper, Ethics & Leadership
Account Manager
ProActive Communications
Washington, D.C.

Monica Ramirez, Environment
Air Quality Section 185 Fee Program Temp
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Austin, TX

Marialena Rivera, Ethics & Leadership
PhD candidate in Education (Policy, Organization, Measurement & Evaluation)
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Alexa Sendukas, Global Studies
JD and MS candidate in Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Sudip Singh, Global Studies
Director’s Financial Analyst
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Washington, D.C.

Rebekah Skelton, Human Rights & Social Justice
Staff Editor
Rice University’s Baker Institute
Houston, TX

Luis Soberon, Global Studies
JD and Master of Global Policy Studies candidate
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Anne Mariah Tapp, Environment
Staff Attorney
Grand Canyon Trust
Flagstaff, AZ

Rachel Weiser, Environment
Midwest Finance Director
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)
Washington, D.C.

Ben Weiss, Human Rights & Social Justice
PhD candidate in African History – focus is HIV/AIDS in Africa
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Caleb Wiley, Ethics & Leadership
Legislative Correspondent
U.S. House of Representatives – Office of Congressman Roger Williams
Washington, D.C.

Kate Wilkins, Environment
PhD candidate in Ecology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Visit our Alumni Profiles page to learn more about BDP graduates in their own words.

Written by: 
Erin Thomas