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I am passionate about learning, social impact and improving public policies via evidence-based research. My defining values are curiosity, collaboration, and compassion. My research interests include comparative politics, public policy, political economy, development, gender, and technology policy. More specifically, I am motivated by questions such as: How can we improve democratic governance in developing country contexts? What policies are effective in closing the gender gap in education and labor market participation? What role can technological innovation play in strengthening democratic representation and accountability?

I graduated from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) degree as a Dean's fellow and a merit fellowship (full scholarship) recipient. I was awarded the Academic Achievement award for attaining the highest GPA in the graduating MPP class. I also served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs for the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) representing all the graduate and professional students at UCSD. I received my undergraduate degree from University of British Columbia (UBC) as a recipient of the International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) award.

Most recently, I have worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in two core first year graduate courses at UCSD: Policymaking Processes and Public Finance. In the summer of 2023, I worked as a summer intern at the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit in the Research Group of the World Bank, where I worked under the gender unit and was involved with several RCTs designed to evaluate the effectiveness of different interventions to stop sexual harassment on public transport vehicles in developing countries.  Previously in UCSD, I worked as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity and Health where I worked primarily in the EMERGE project funded by the Gates Foundation, which is one of the largest repositories of measures and resources for survey researchers and practitioners. I have co-authored several research and policy briefs for different government and multi-lateral organizations, including Afrobarometer. Before coming to UCSD, I worked in public sector consulting and for different public sector organizations, including the United Nations and a municipal government in Canada. I believe in the vital role that public and non-profit organizations play in defining the quality of life for people in our communities.

Having lived and worked in three continents, I enjoy meeting new people, visiting novel places and learning about diverse cultures and their histories. Outside of work, you can find me catching up with friends, reading voraciously, listening to podcasts, running long distances, hiking beautiful trails, or writing for my blog.

Receiving the Best Policy Memo Award in 2023 from School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego.