Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
After graduating from UT, I earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. I was then accepted into the Presidential Management Fellows program, through which I worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for three years. Most of my time at HUD was spent working on a public housing demonstration program, but I also did rotations at HUD’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, as well as Bread for the City, a local comprehensive service organization.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
Learning more about poverty and social programs helped cement my interest in pursuing a career in social policy. When I arrived at UT, I knew I wanted to be involved in politics or policy-making, but with such a broad idea of what I wanted to do, it was helpful to dive deeper into specific issues and understand the career options within those areas.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
Participating in a BDP helped me select my elective courses from an otherwise overwhelming slate of options, and pursue something practical and focused. When I applied to graduate school straight from college and without any full-time professional experience, it was helpful to be able to point to my BDP coursework as evidence of my commitment to the types of issues I wanted to pursue in graduate school and beyond.