Policy & Advocacy
Federal Science Policy
From 2014-2016, between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked as a Science Policy Fellow at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), the federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). As a science policy fellow, I conducted policy research and analysis in support of policy projects at OSTP. Because of my background in quantitative analyses, I also played the role of data analyst on grant program evaluations for both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
State & Local Policy
From 2017-2018, I interned with New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, who is both a state assemblyman and a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. I mainly assist the assemblyman and his staff in researching state policy, typically with an emphasis on issues related to science, technology, and the environment.
I sit on the Board of Directors for Abundant Housing LA, the largest pro-housing nonprofit in Greater Los Angeles. The organization supports more housing at all levels of affordability and reforms to land use and zoning codes—both of which are necessary to improve housing affordability, homelessness, access to jobs & transit, environmental sustainability, and racial & economic equity. In this role, I help guide AHLA's strategy as well as inform AHLA's endorsement process by researching, interviewing, and recommending pro-housing candidates in local and state races in Southern California.
AAAS Featured Force
In 2017, I was featured by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a part of their “Force for Science” member spotlight series. My past and present efforts in science policy and science advocacy were highlighted in a short Q&A interview. See the article here