Student Bios

Leyla Mocan
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Statistics, BSE
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leyla was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and spent her high school years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Most recently, she served as the special adviser for the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department until January 2017. While there, Leyla helped the office manage a policy portfolio covering all domestic U.S. economic issues. She worked on a variety of topics, including housing, infrastructure, economic security, student loans and generally monitoring the macroeconomy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration at the Treasury Department, Leyla worked at the Federal Reserve Board in the Global Financial Institutions section of the International Finance Division. She earned her B.S. in economics with a concentration in statistics and minor in mathematics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Moyseowicz
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Emmanuel College, 2011
History/Political Science, B.A.
Alexandria, Virginia
Andrew was raised in a military family and lived in California, Hawaii, Virginia and Italy before graduating from high school in Brussels, Belgium. He attended Emmanuel College in Boston where he received a degree in political science and history and was an intern for U.S. Senator John Kerry and U.S. Representative Katherine Clark. Upon graduating, he joined AmeriCorps VISTA for two years, where he worked to develop program capacity in Boston-area homeless shelters. After moving to Washington, D.C., Andrew became a federal civil servant at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was an industry and trade policy analyst for the U.S. manufacturing sector. He has traveled in over 35 countries across five continents and enjoys weight lifting, writing and playing music. After graduating from WWS, Andrew hopes to return to government service while pursuing his goal of earning a dollar in all fifty states as a street performer.
Margaret Mullins
MPA2
I - International Relations
Georgetown University, 2010
International Politics, BSFS
Atlanta, Georgia
Margaret was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in international politics with a focus on the Middle East, studying abroad in Egypt and Qatar. Following graduation, she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense before commissioning as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. She deployed to Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and later served as an aide-de-camp and analyst for U.S. Army Europe in Germany. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys running, reading and getting lost in new cities.
Jaime Najarro Soto
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2011
Political Economy, B.A.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Jaime moved to the Bay Area after graduating high school in Honduras. He attended a local community college before transferring to the University of California-Berkeley, where his coursework focused on the political economy of late industrialization and development. After graduating, Jaime worked as a multi-subject tutor, while volunteering at a college-access nonprofit that targeted low-income, minority students in Silicon Valley. He then moved on to work on the design, implementation and evaluation of professional development and performance evaluation systems for teachers and principals at Oakland Unified School District as an Education Pioneers fellow. At WWS, Jaime wants to develop a more thorough understanding of how to foster efficient and effective collaborations among public, nonprofit and private sector organizations to improve educational, career and socioeconomic outcomes for low-income individuals. In addition to his MPA, Jaime is also pursuing an MBA, with a concentration in operations and strategic management, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2017, Jaime interned for the Pacific Northwest team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked on education projects centered in the Seattle area.
Taylor Nelson
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of Michigan, 2011
English, B.A.
Troy, Michigan
Taylor, a native of Troy, Michigan, grew up just north of Detroit. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked in the education field spending two years as a Teach For America corps member in Decatur, Georgia, and one year teaching English as a second language in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Most recently, Taylor served as executive programs coordinator for the City of Detroit’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, focusing on integrating refugees into Detroit and connecting immigrant communities to municipal and community resources. After obtaining her MPA, Taylor hopes to return to Detroit and support both native and foreign-born residents by increasing their access to economic and workforce development opportunities. When not re-acclimating herself to the world of academia, Taylor enjoys exploring new places, speaking French, reading millennial think pieces and reminding people that Detroit never left.
Mia Newman
MPA2
I - International Relations
Stanford University, 2012
International Relations, B.A.
San Francisco, California
Mia grew up in San Francisco, and stayed in California’s sunshine for college. As an international relations major at Stanford, she pursued a passion for the issues around conflict prevention and civilian protection, including leading Stanford STAND, a student advocacy group that built engagement around global conflicts and mass atrocities. She also moved to Kigali for several months on a Haas African Service Fellowship to work directly with survivors of the Rwandan genocide. After graduating, Mia served as a Gardner Fellow at Humanity United, a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. After joining the grantmaking team full-time, she oversaw Humanity United’s work on forced labor in the Thai seafood industry and the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan. Over the next three years, she’ll be splitting her time at Woodrow Wilson with the Stanford Graduate School of Business for a dual MPA-MBA, after which she hopes to help channel the influence and systems of both the public and private sectors to protect human rights and mitigate conflict. In her spare time, you can find Mia meddling in the kitchen, hiking up a familiar hill, or finding a new country to explore.
Marcelo Norsworthy
MPA2
II - International Development
Tufts University, 2009
International Relations, B.A.
Austin, Texas
Motivated by his Nicaraguan and U.S. heritage, Marcelo studied development economics before leading impact evaluation research in Peru. He later focused on domestic policy and private sector partnerships to advance air quality, health, and environmental justice objectives while at an environmental advocacy organization. Marcelo is an avid runner and thinks that the term “great outdoors” really undersells nature. He plans to use his experience at WWS to blend environmental science, resource economics and public policy in the U.S. and abroad.
Christine Östlund
MPA2
I - International Relations
Stockholm School of Economics, 2013
Economics, BSc
Nyköping, Sweden
Christine grew up in Nyköping, a small coastal town by the Baltic Sea south of Stockholm. During her undergraduate studies at Stockholm School of Economics and University of British Columbia she developed a strong interest in international economic policy, and after following the euro crisis at an internship in Brussels in 2012 she decided to focus specifically on EU policy. Most recently, she has been working for three years with EU economic governance at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, mainly focusing on macroeconomic surveillance and coordinating the Swedish delegation's participation in the EU economic policy committee. In her spare time, Christine loves to sing, ski, try new restaurants and she is generally very happy when she can spend a whole day reading a good book.
Albert Pak
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
University of Pennsylvania, 2011
East Asian Area Studies/Finance, B.A./B.S.
Oakland, New Jersey
Albert is currently pursuing an MPA/J.D. with Penn Law and the Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to law school, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania as a dual degree student with majors in finance and East Asian area studies from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences. Before graduate school, he worked as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman, where he specialized in the financial services industry. He then took the skills he had developed as a consultant to help launch 12+, an education nonprofit that creates college-going cultures in Philadelphia high schools. At 12+ he served as the COO and CFO and played an integral role in expanding the organization’s reach from one hundred to over a thousand students. During that time, Albert also started the Ivy Advantage Academy, a test prep social enterprise that pursues a “double bottom line.” To date, Ivy has donated over $35,000 to education nonprofits in Philadelphia. Albert plans on combining his experience in business, law and policy to tackle systemic issues in urban communities. At Penn Law, he is a senior editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and leads the Christian Legal Society. In his down time, Albert enjoys playing basketball, practicing the drums and rooting for the Sixers.
Madeleine Parker
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Dartmouth College, 2014
Geography, B.A.
Bangkok, Thailand
Madeleine was born in New York and grew up in Kathmandu, Beijing, Florence and Bangkok. She studied geography and global health at Dartmouth College, where she researched migration and segregation in U.S. cities and interned at the Gates Foundation in Beijing. After graduation, Madeleine worked in the Commissioner’s Office in the New York City housing department (HPD) as an Urban Fellow. She then moved to the research team, studying the impacts of affordable housing. She is particularly interested in questions of inequality and the geography of opportunity, and at WWS she plans to continue to pursue these through a focus on urban policy. In her spare time, Madeleine enjoys long-distance running, cooking for friends and exploring warm cities.
Nicholas Patané
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Georgetown University, 2012
Finance/International Business, B.S.
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nick grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and studied finance and economics at Georgetown University. He developed an affinity for economic policy while interning on Capitol Hill in the midst of the Great Recession. Since graduating, Nick has worked as a strategy consultant with a focus on financial responsibility and contingency planning. He spent two years after college at Accenture where he worked on zero-based budgeting and stress testing. He then transitioned full time to the public sector by joining the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s strategy team where he evaluated the effectiveness of the City’s commercial tax incentives and prepared an economic contingency plan for future shocks. He hopes to refine his policy analysis skills to continue promoting fiscally responsible policies that drive shared economic growth. Nick is an avid soccer player and skier and enjoys playing strategy board games.
Tiffany M. Peterson
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of Notre Dame, 2011
Architecture, BArch
Orange County, California
Tiffany is a Vietnamese-American architect and urban designer who is passionate about building community through equitable design and public policy. Inspired by her undergraduate research on neighborhood redevelopment, she believes that successfully planned neighborhoods can truly alter the trajectory of people’s lives. After her architecture and Italian studies in the far reaches of northern Indiana and a year of urban studies in Italy, Tiffany spent four years in the Los Angeles region working with municipalities and nonprofits to provide over 300 affordable housing units for artists and seniors; renovating community buildings, such as a daycare for homeless children; and informing public policy, such as a walkability study that analyzed accessibility to healthy foods. Her proudest accomplishment thus far is seeing a 67-page civic center master plan she wrote become adopted as a city ordinance. Upon graduation from the Woo, Tiffany aims to work at the nexus of urban design, planning and policy to build vibrant communities. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame where she was the inaugural recipient of the Jane Jacobs Award for commitment to community building. She splits time between Princeton and Brooklyn where she enjoys biking across the bridges, speaking Italian, and sharing 500 square feet with a tico, a pit bull, and a never-ending number of foster dogs.
Aparna Ramesh
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Georgetown University, 2011
International Political Economy, BSFS
Davis, California
A native of Davis, California and transplant to Washington D.C., Aparna graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international political economy. She spent four years monitoring and evaluating federally-funded programs to determine what works and how to improve programmatic outcomes. Her professional and academic interest is to “crack the code” in enabling public and social sector organizations to actually use investments in data collection and research to guide adaptive learning, improve organizational and programmatic performance, and inform future programming. Most recently, she was a senior research analyst with the International Programs department at NORC at the University of Chicago conducting impact and performance evaluations of USAID projects. Prior to this, she worked in Strategy and Operations at Deloitte Consulting’s Federal practice, conducting performance monitoring and management activities for the Department of State. Aparna is interested in working with local governments and CitiStat/PerformanceStat programs to better understand how local entities drive organizational performance, and how these best practices could translate to other public and social sector organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. In her spare time, she teaches Doonya fitness classes, a Bollywood-inspired cardio dance workout.
Qazi Rashid
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Georgetown University, 2012
International Politics, BSFS
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Qazi grew up in Chittagong, Bangladesh. After graduating from Georgetown, he spent four plus years working at startups. He worked at a social enterprise enhancing access to finance for disadvantaged young Arabs in MENA. An ardent admirer of social entrepreneurship, he co-founded a startup focusing on crowdfunding and an advisory firm for socially conscious entities. In the long run, he wants to set up a social innovation lab allowing frugal innovators to scale in Bangladesh. In his free time, Qazi likes to go on walkabouts.
David Rasmussen
PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009; University of California-Davis, 2013
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, B.S.; Civil and Environmental Engineering, M.S.
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
D.J.’s interests lie at the intersection of the Earth’s atmosphere, policy, and the economy. He uses computational models and large data sets to study weather, climate and air quality. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in atmospheric science, he was a research fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) at Princeton University. He later contributed to the physical climate projection work for the technical analysis underlying the Risky Business Project — an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks from the impacts of a changing climate — and was more recently a senior associate engineer at Ramboll Environ, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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