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Student Spotlight: Chad Maisel, MPA ’13

Apr 5, 2013
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Chad Maisel

As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Chad Maisel and asked five questions about his life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School.


What did you do before coming to WWS?

Prior to Woody Woo, I was working in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. The office works closely with the different federal departments- from Treasury to Interior to GSA- to ensure the entire Administration is marching to the same beat. Before the White House, I served for a year and a half in the Deputy Secretary’s office at the Department of Agriculture, working on issues relating to rural development and local food systems.

What has been your favorite course so far and why?

In retrospect, I remember all of my courses as being great. I might not have said that as I was taking them though. I’ve had a couple courses that have stood out. Last semester, I took an awesome class with Professor Julian Zelizer entitled Great Leadership from a Historical Perspective. Each week, we read a different biography- from Sargent Shriver to Jim Baker to a book about women during the New Deal. Each week’s session was basically a really interesting book club meeting facilitated by a smart historian. Another favorite course was our policy workshop on state-level implementation on the Affordable Care Act. We flew out to Oregon and worked closely with the Oregon Health Authority to outline some opportunities and challenges associated with their soon to be launched health insurance exchanges.

What are your favorite things to do at Princeton?

As anyone here will tell you, the best part of the Woody Woo is the people. I like hanging out and talking politics with my classmates. I’ve spent many hours in the dining hall, talking about what will happen if Newt Gingrich wins the South Carolina primary or how President Obama can pass immigration reform. As a proud townie, I spend much of my time pointing out the greatness of the town of Princeton. Also, I’ve randomly gotten into squash while here at Princeton.

What are your plans for after you graduate?

I hope to move back to DC and work in the federal government, either in the Obama Administration or on Capitol Hill.

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