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Student Profiles

Our School is internationally recognized for its excellence, and a key reason for our growing distinction is our ability to attract the best graduate students from across the globe. Here is a sampling of our student scholars. 

Dean's Fellows

We are proud to introduce the students who have been selected as Dean's Fellows. This special distinction serves to signal the professional qualities of excellence that the School cultivates and honors, to reward outstanding performance by students and to create a prestigious group of high-quality students and alumni to showcase to the world.

Selection Criteria
  • Academic Excellence: selected students are at the top of their class based on first-year GPA performance
  • Leadership: demonstrated leadership at the School and campus, as well as in community affairs
  • Civic Engagement: involvement in activities with a public purpose such as active volunteerism
  • Regional involvement: meaningful engagement in the Pacific region encompassing Latin America and Asia such as study or work abroad, internships and activities focusing on the region and its people

Robertson Fellows

The Robertson Foundation for Government aspires to make a difference by offering annual financial support for graduate students pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson and named in their honor, the foundation pursues a mission that was central to the Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the U.S. government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service, with particular emphasis on international relations and foreign affairs.

Robertson Fellows at selected universities receive full scholarships and full internship stipends from the foundation. They also commit to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first seven years after graduation.

Note: We do not receive unsolicited applications for Robertson Fellowships. An internal committee makes recommendations based on applicants accepted to the School and meets the mission of the program.

Sylff Fellows

Created in 1987, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) program is designed to support graduate students studying in the humanities and social sciences fields at 69 universities in 44 countries. In 1991, a $1 million dollar endowment was received to create the Sylff program at UC San Diego to support the education of outstanding students pursuing their graduate studies with high potential for global leadership. Professor Ulrike Schaede is the chair of this program at the School.

We commemorated 20 years of supporting Sylff Fellows on May 26, 2011 in conjunction with events celebrating 50 years of UC San Diego historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts since the university’s founding in 1960. Read the story.

2020–21 Dean's Fellows

  • Rolando Almada Reyes Couret, MCEPA '21

    Rolando Almada Reyes Couret, MCEPA '21

    Disciplinary Specialization:
    Chinese Environment

    Originally from Mexico, Rolando Almada has 10 years of professional experience working in the energy sector. Prior to attending GPS, he worked for Mexico's Secretariat of Energy; CFE, Mexico's state-owned power utility; the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Almada is pursuing the Master of Chinese Economics and Political Affairs, with a specialization in Chinese Environment at GPS. His research interests include China’s energy security, the environmental impacts of Chinese energy investments in Latin America and the internationalization of the State Grid Corporation of China. At GPS, Rolando enjoys working in the student-run Journal of International Policy Solutions and China Focus, where he helped launch Sinosphere, a new student-run research journal affiliated with the 21st Century China Center. Almada earned his bachelor's degree with honors in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City.

  • Summer Bales, MPP '21

    Summer Bales, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Program Design and Evaluation

    Summer Yousif Bales holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies/political science from UC San Diego and completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled “All American Terrorism.” As an undergraduate, Yousif Bales was a captain of the UC San Diego women’s soccer team and interned with the International Rescue Committee as part of the immigration services department.

    While at GPS, Yousif Bales has worked for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association analyzing local housing measures and public finance. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant under Professor Barbara Walter on nationalism, democratization and civil conflict. Currently, she works as a Policy Coordinator for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and manages the Defense, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Yousif Bales is interested in the intersection of national security, immigration and business and plans to continue a career in local policy.

  • Joe Bettles, MPP '21

    Joe Bettles, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Environmental Policy

    A San Diego native, Joe started out his career as an actor in New York City after receiving a bachelor’s degree in theatre from UCLA. Bettles was motivated to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree after a period of volunteering on community boards and with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. Bettles specializes in Environmental Policy and is currently working as a graduate student researcher on a new center at GPS, the SDG Policy Initiative, where he is using his creativity to help bridge the divide between policy and academia. He completed an internship this summer working on policy research for the Nature Conservancy. Bettles plans to continue working after GPS to promote the latest academic research into real-world policymaking to address climate change and the interconnected issues that surround it.

  • Samantha Beu, MIA '21

    Samantha Beu, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Politics

    Regional Specialization:
    Korea

    Samantha Beu received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in international studies with a specialization in international relations and diplomacy. Before attending GPS, she spent time studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea where she received the Academic Excellence Award for her academic performance at Korea University. Beu also interned with the Columbus Council on World Affairs where she provided direct event support for the Global Scholars program and collected data for program analysis. Currently, she serves on the executive boards for the Strategic Studies Group, GoGPS and Mannam (Korea-focused) student organizations. Beu also serves as a junior fellow to the Strategy and Policy team at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) where she has researched and analyzed data on the procurement and foreign military sales of the defense industrial base to evaluate the health of demand. While at GPS, Beu had the opportunity to work closely with VADM Robert Thomas to research and analyze the commercial shipbuilding industry in Northeast Asia and its potential to serve as a nexus for the ROK-Japan security relationship. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in U.S. national security and defense policy in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • Alejandra Chaidez, MPP '21

    Alejandra Chaidez, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Health Policy
    Program Design and Evaluation 

    Alejandra Chaidez attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in political science and social welfare. Since then, she has worked for nonprofits in research, grant writing, data analysis and program evaluation. She had the opportunity to plan an event at the United Nations 9th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and coordinated communication for high-level events in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations 3rd Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Chaidez identifies as transfronteriza/transborder due to her constant interaction and experience with the San Ysidro-Tijuana International border. Such experience has inspired her desire to work on improving the opportunities of communities along the border in relation to policy, education and public health. Her research and policy interests involve issues of mental health and well-being, disability rights, universal design, transnational and immigration issues and issues in bilingual and English as a second language education.

  • Jack Christensen, MPP '21

    Jack Christensen, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    American and Comparative Business Regulation
    Inequality and Social Policy

    Jack Christensen is a 2021 Master of Public Policy candidate at GPS. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in intercultural studies and Spanish. Christensen has nearly a decade of career experience in the nonprofit and government sector. He currently serves as a Government Affairs Associate for San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) where he works with regional stakeholders to advance the organization’s strategic initiatives and priority projects. Previously, Christensen worked at a large medical facility and later a social service agency where he oversaw a portfolio of federal, state and local grant awards. In his spare time, enjoys snowboarding, traveling and dining out with friends and family.

  • Tony (Ming-Ju) Hsieh, MIA '21

    Tony (Ming-Ju) Hsieh, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Economics
    International Management

    Regional Specialization:
    China

    Ming-Ju (Tony) Hsieh holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s degree in journalism from National Taiwan University. Prior to joining GPS, Hsieh worked at Franklin Templeton Investment in Taiwan for five years, where he served as an assistant manager for the department of digital development and marketing. After completing his first year at GPS, he served as a research assistant for Professor Cowhey and Professor Khanna over the summer of 2020. He was involved in findings for a research paper on U.S. 5G telecom policy, the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Framework and he analyzed the impact on the trade levels in India before and after COVID-19. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career that focuses on data analytics and consulting services.

  • Tanvi Jaluka, MPP '21

    Tanvi Jaluka, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Program Design and Evaluation

    Tanvi Jaluka is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at GPS. At GPS, Jaluka is a graduate student researcher at the Program Design and Evaluation Lab and board member of the Development Club. She has worked extensively as a researcher on gender and development issues, with experience in women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion, gender-based violence and entrepreneurship. Jaluka has worked on these issues at the Center for Global Development, the United States Agency for International Development, Project Concern International and Maastricht University’s Center for Gender and Diversity. She earned her BA in international studies and economics from Vassar College.

  • Alana Laanui, MIA '21

    Alana Laanui, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Development and Nonprofit Management
    International Management

    Regional Specialization:
    Southeast Asia

    Alana Laanui holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in social justice and communications from the University of Portland. Prior to GPS, Laanui served as an English teaching assistant on a Fulbright grant in Malaysia. In this role, she had the opportunity to coordinate an international camp that brought together students from Malaysia and Thailand. Laanui has continued her interest in Southeast Asia by doing research for the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS) on rare earth element deposits in the region. Additionally, she currently supports Freedom House’s Asia team as an intern. At GPS, she has served as a board member for GOGPS, Women Going Global and Southeast Asia Link. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career that allows her to utilize the tools she gained at GPS to support developing communities.

  • Carmen (Yingying) Lai, BA/MIA '21

    Carmen (Yingying) Lai, BA/MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Management

    Regional Specialization:
    China

    Carmen Lai was raised and born in China, and is bilingual in both English and Mandarin. She is the first generation in her family to attend college. She is in the BA/MIA program and received her bachelor’s in International Business from UC San Diego, and is now pursuing her Master in International Affairs in a total of four years. Throughout her college career, she has interned in the marketing department at various organizations, which has helped her reach her goal of being a product marketer. On campus, she is the VP of marketing for GO GPS. In her free time, she likes surfing, hiking and traveling. She has traveled to more than 20 countries so far and she is excited to see what the rest of the world has to offer.

  • Eli Mogel, MPP '21

    Eli Mogel, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Inequality and Social Policy
    Program Design and Evaluation 

    Eli Mogel is currently a second year MPP student focusing on program design and evaluation. Previously, he graduated from the University of Colorado and taught English in Vietnam for two years. Mogel’s specific interests lie at the intersection of education policy and development. During his time at GPS, he has been able to work with professors Julie Cullen and Gaurav Khanna on research relating to both domestic education and trade. After GPS, Mogel hopes to continue producing economic research that can enable policymakers to reduce inequalities through educational interventions. 

  • Jesse Nasland, BA/MIA '21

    Jesse Nasland, BA/MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Development and Nonprofit Management

    Regional Specialization:
    Latin America
    Southeast Asia

    Jesse Nasland holds an undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in international studies with an emphasis in political science and is currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs degree at GPS. As a speaker of both Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia, Nasland has regional specializations in Latin America and Southeast Asia. His research interests include policies surrounding structural change, energy poverty and environmental justice. After graduating, Nasland plans on pursuing a research-oriented position to further explore actionable policies aimed at sustainable development.

  • Caroline Novit, MPP '21

    Caroline Novit, MPP '21

    Specializations:
    American and Comparative Business Regulation

    Prior to attending GPS, Caroline Novit worked in marketing and corporate social responsibility strategy, developing brand initiatives for a diverse portfolio of non- and for-profit organizations. After several years, she decided to pursue her political interests and interned on Kwame Raoul’s 2018 campaign for Illinois’ Attorney General. She has since made an effort to merge her marketing experience with her GPS education, and spent her 2020 summer interning for Responsible Solutions, LLC, a public affairs firm based in San Diego. At GPS, Novit is president of the Graduate Organization of GPS (GoGPS) and sits on the board for QUIRPS. She was the recipient of the Doming Liu Award for outstanding leadership in the 2019-20 academic year. Novit holds a B.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Scripps College.

  • Dominic Palazzolo, MIA '21

    Dominic Palazzolo, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Development and Nonprofit Management

    Regional Specialization:
    Latin America

    Dominic Palazzolo graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in finance. He worked in the private sector, including four years of financial management at Accenture, where he supported the project financials of large public sector clients such as the State of California. Palazzolo then transitioned into international development and worked for One Acre Fund, a non-profit social enterprise that supports smallholder farmers to be more prosperous. During this time, he was the finance lead for new market expansion and laid the financial strategy and sustainability for seven countries spread across Africa and Asia. Palazzolo is currently a second-year student at UC San Diego, having returned to the U.S. to pursue the MIA degree at GPS with a focus on international development and Latin America. 

  • James Radcliffe, MIA '21

    James Radcliffe, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Economics
    International Management

    Regional Specialization:
    Latin America

    Originally from the United Kingdom, James Radcliffe earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Exeter. Prior to attending GPS, he sought to gain further global experience, studying in Madrid, Spain, and volunteering on sustainable development projects in Costa Rica. During the summer of 2020, Radcliffe furthered his interest in sustainable development and consulting when he interned at JG Global Advisory, a specialist consulting firm for environmental security. At GPS, he has actively participated in the Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club (APDCC), through which he represented UC San Diego at the IXL Innovation Olympics, the world’s largest student consulting competition.

  • Mario Rodriguez Heredia, MPP '21

    Mario Rodriguez Heredia, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Environmental Policy
    Program Design and Evaluation

    Mario Rodriguez-Heredia is currently an intern at the SDG Policy Initiative center, where he is working on mapping public needs towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Paraguay. Rodriguez-Heredia is also interested in the intersection of environment, poverty, public finance and government capacities. He spent last summer working as a faculty research associate at GPS on a local tax collection and state capacity project in Mexico. Before GPS, Mario worked in Mexico City as an investment banking analyst, which included assessing public-private partnerships and evaluating energy projects. He earned undergraduate degrees in economics and international relations from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. In his spare time, Mario enjoys hiking and discovering Southern California and its beaches.

  • Ethan Roseman, MIA '21

    Ethan Roseman, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Economics
    International Management

    Regional Specialization:
    China
     

    Originally from San Diego, Ethan Roseman has seven years of professional experience working with international clients within the tourism and hospitality industries.  Upon graduation from GPS, he wants to combine what he learned in the master's program with his past experiences and work in company operations and strategy within the private sector. Roseman is an avid traveler, diehard soccer player and loves participating in polar bear dips in the cold ocean water throughout the year.

  • Satomi Sato, MIA '21

    Satomi Sato, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Development and Nonprofit Management

    Regional Specialization:
    Japan

    Satomi Sato was born and raised in Tokyo, and received her B.A. in law from Waseda University in Japan. Prior to GPS, she has interned for a Japanese education NGO serving children in Southeast Asia. Her interests include equality in education, health disparities and women’s rights. At GPS, Sato enjoys interacting with students from around the world, and she hopes to advance her Chinese speaking skills. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career that works for social good.

  • Ben Swearingen, MIA '21

    Ben Swearingen, MIA '21

    Specializations:
    Peace and Security
    Inequality and Social Policy
    Program Design and Evaluation

    Ben Swearingen’s passion for education and sustainable development led him to pursue a Master in Public Policy at GPS. After graduating from the University of Texas with degrees in Anthropology and French and earning his teaching credential through the Cal State International Teacher Education Program, Swearingen began his career as a bilingual educator in the border community of South San Diego. A passionate advocate for equity, social justice and innovation in education, Swearingen was honored as San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 2018.

    At GPS, Swearingen has served on the GO GPS board as vice president of academic affairs. In 2020, he interned as a political strategist with an online environmental and social action start-up called VotePlus10. Swearingen has also served as research assistant to GPS professor Gordon McCord as part of UC San Diego’s new SDG Policy Initiative, assisting Paraguay in achieving its UN Sustainable Development Goals. After graduation, Swearingen hopes to advance educational and economic policies that promote sustainable development at home and abroad.

  • Sonia (Huizhong) Tan, MCEPA '21

    Sonia (Huizhong) Tan, MCEPA '21

    Disciplinary Specialization:
    Chinese Economy

    Sonia (Huizhong) Tan was born and raised in Guangdong, China. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and politics from the University of York in the U.K. During her time in college, she developed interests in domestic development in emerging countries. At GPS, Tan focuses on studying the political impacts of Chinese industrial policies and regulations in various sectors, as well as the economic effects of globalization. In the summer of 2020, Huizhong worked as a researcher for the 21st Century China Center (21CCC), and participated in the Chinese Headlines Analysis project. During the same time, she worked as a graduate student researcher for Professor Barry Naughton, responsible for tracking and examining the latest industrial policies, and the progress in the mixed-ownership reform in Chinese State-owned Enterprises. Currently, Huizhong is the vice-president of China Focus, working closely with 21CCC and its affiliated faculty.

  • Indira Tirumala, MIA '21

    Indira Tirumala, MIA '21

    Career Track:
    International Economics

    Regional Specialization:
    Southeast Asia

    Indira Tirumala was raised in Chennai, India, where she also earned her B.A. in economics from Stella Maris College. Prior to GPS, she pursued a research internship at the Chennai Center for China Studies wherein she researched Chinese energy investments along the Belt Road Initiative, and later a journalism internship at The Hindu, a major English newspaper in India. Tirumala’s desire to combine an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences and her growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region led her to pursue a master’s at GPS. In the summer after her first year, Tirumala worked as a faculty research associate with Professor Elizabeth Lyons of GPS, wherein she studied the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kenyan pastoralists. She hopes to create a career that combines her academic interests with work experience to contribute to society. In her free time, Tirumala enjoys writing poetry and exploring new languages.

  • Laura Vossler, MPP '21

    Laura Vossler, MPP '21

    Specialization:
    Program Design and Evaluation
    Security Policy

    Laura Vossler holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Prior to attending GPS, she was a program associate at the Open Government Partnership in Washington D.C., where she worked with researchers on the ground in more than 10 countries in Western Europe and Southeast Asia to evaluate policies intended to make governments more open and accountable to their citizens. In between her first and second years at GPS, Vossler was a research fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services (Majority) where she worked with the national security, fintech and AI teams on legislative policies such as establishing a beneficial ownership regime, anti-money laundering, anti-trafficking, cryptocurrency regulation and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in financial decision-making. Vossler is currently a research assistant for the committee supporting the national security and monetary policy teams.

2021–22 Robertson Fellows

  • Jonathon "Jack" Alegre, MIA ’22

    Jonathon "Jack" Alegre, MIA ’22

    Career Track: International Politics
    Regional Focus: Latin America

    A San Diego native, Jonathon “Jack” Alegre completed his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara with a degree in global and international studies. A primary theme of his work focused on how state and non-state actors use media and soft power in the Internet Age. While at Santa Barbara, Alegre served as an editor and reporter for the campus’ Pacemaker-nominated weekly, The Bottom Line. Heading the features section, he oversaw stories covering the nuances of student life and culture, and how the university and community intersect. With “think globally, act locally” as his guiding maxim, Alegre interned with International Sanctuary, a partner in the transnational effort to empower and aid women escaping human trafficking. In the future, he hopes to be a part of U.S. efforts to pursue and promote global cooperation.

  • Elisabeth Earley, MIA ’23

    Elisabeth Earley, MIA ’23

    Career Track: International Development and Nonprofit Management
    Regional Focus: Latin America

    Elisabeth Earley graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science, specializing in quantitative methods and survey design. There, she worked as a research assistant investigating international anticorruption interventions and assessing their effectiveness and scalability. She also conducted survey experiments measuring confirmation bias for political news on social media. Outside of academic research, Earley studied Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, played intramural soccer and coordinated volunteers for the student-led organization Bears for Elder Welfare. After graduation, she assisted fieldwork in Brazil and Nepal for the World Bank, and most recently, served as project manager for a large-scale study by the Inter-American Development Bank that used banking and mobility data to track and measure the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latin American SMEs.

  • Aurora Guild, MPP ’22

    Aurora Guild, MPP ’22

    Career Track: Environmental Policy

    Aurora Guild earned her bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in environmental systems, focused in ecology, behavior and evolution. She was born in New Zealand, then raised in Fiji and the Philippines, before moving to California attend college. Guild’s global set of experiences piqued her interest in environmental policy on an international scale. She combined research science and policy in a set of internships at UC San Diego, where she worked in a biochemistry laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She then moved to a policy and economics internship at the Blue Latitudes Foundation, where she created a cost-benefit analysis of offshore oil decommissioning in Southeast Asia. In the future, Guild is excited to use her graduate degree in international fisheries policy, aligning with U.S. environmental goals.

  • Catherine "Cate" Pollock, MPP ’22

    Catherine "Cate" Pollock, MPP ’22

    Career Track: Peace and Security

    Cate Pollock was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Arabic and Spanish literature from the University of Edinburgh. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Spain and Tunisia. Following graduation, Pollock moved to Khartoum, where she spent a year teaching English at the Sudan University for Science and Technology. Prior to enrolling at GPS, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. There, she worked with village government officials, schools and women’s groups to facilitate educational events relating to HIV and malaria prevention, nutrition and maternal health. She also served on Tanzania’s country-wide Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Committee.  

  • Peter Joseph Wilborn, MPP ’23

    Peter Joseph Wilborn, MPP ’23

    Career Track: Inequality and Social Policy

    Peter Joseph Wilborn is an Atlanta native and 2019 graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Affairs. While at Morehouse, he participated in the STARs Program as a research assistant at UC San Diego and was a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the Ford School in the University of Michigan. Following graduation, he joined the Peace Corps as an English teacher, where he also worked with local communities in East Africa until he was evacuated by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. Upon his return, he joined the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) as a site manager for COVID-19 testing centers, eventually leading the logistics planning for all Georgia-based sites. His interests lie in regional and international development and policy geared toward human security, and plans to continue developing those skills while at GPS.

2020–21 Sylff Fellows

  • Emily Collins, MIA '22

    Emily Collins, MIA '22

    Area of Specialization: Environmental Governance
    Regional Focus: Japan

    Emily Collins graduated from UC San Diego in 2018 with a B.A. in international business. During her undergraduate studies, she held leadership roles in several organizations including The Guardian newspaper and the Undergraduate Investment Society. Her studies focused on the Japanese language, Japanese culture and politics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. After graduating, Collins worked at a Japanese company focusing on marketing and strategy and then moved on to work in international real estate. She has studied Japanese and French for several years and recently began studying Russian. Her current research interests include international environmental policy with a focus on Japan.

  • Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Area of Specialization: Environmental Policy

    Ellis is a 2021 Master of Public Policy candidate at the school specializing in energy and environmental policy. Before beginning graduate studies at GPS, Ellis worked for six years in Washington, D.C. on environmental policy issues at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, serving as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he was engaged in studying policy developments related to mining regulation and land and water restoration, as well as representing the perspectives of state-level natural resources management and environmental protection agencies.