How did your interest in public policy develop?
I first became interested in the intersection of policy and finance when I worked for a tax accounting firm in high school and discovered the impact that government tax policies had on client’s everyday lives. During my freshman year at Penn, I became involved with the student association to the Wharton Public Policy Initiative where I devoted articles to researching, analyzing, and providing solutions to fiscal and monetary policy issues. My interest in policy grew even more this past summer when I worked at the Department of Commerce and saw how trade policy can increase GDP, augment job growth, and fight poverty worldwide.
I view every policy issue as multi-dimensional—there are many externalities to every policy decision, as there are many stakeholders to every corporate decision—and I have strived to consolidate various interests, values, and stakes of different parties to advocate for solutions that serve to increase the social and economic utility amongst all participating parties.
I aspire to utilize my Wharton education to become a pioneer for economic reform, create policies that would maximize employment, battle inflation, and manage long-term growth. While my professional life will likely not begin in government, I am hopeful that I will later serve my country in an advisory role on economic policy to make a positive impact on America and the world.
What do you enjoy about being part of the PPRS community?
As a Wharton student who initially didn’t understand her place at Penn, I have greatly enjoyed being a part of a cohort of students who come from all backgrounds of study, with various career goals, but with the same passion in public policy and public service. Through PPRS, I have been able to harness my interest in the intersection of finance and economic policy further by applying this knowledge to larger, market-based issues in my finance and BEPP classes. These experiences have equipped me to serve in a better capacity in the financial services industry by having a unique perspective of economic policy’s effect on macroeconomic trends.