I’m a senior at Rice University studying Social Policy Analysis & Political Science and minoring in data science. I’m interested in data visualization and public policy (and their intersection!), and my go-to tools for exploring those topics are D3.js and R.
Previously, I’ve worked with the Texas Policy Lab as a data scientist, the Religion and Public Life Program as an undergraduate fellow, and the Baker Instute for Public Policy as a research assistant.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy Analysis, 2021
Awarded first place (out of 13 teams) at Rice University’s 2020 Houston Policy Challenge. Judged by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison, Southern District of Texas, and Judge Franklin Bynum, Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 8 My partner and I proposed a pre-trial diversion program for pregnant women and mothers of young children. Awarded prize money and seed money for implementation.
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Honored with the student award for best visualization at the 2020 Computation + Journalism Conference (2020) at Northeastern University. The winning visualization was ‘Automation and Its Impact on Jobs.’
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Recipient of the Hudspeth Award in recognition of my seminar paper “¡Vota! Testing the Impact of Spanish-Language Ballots on Election Results and Preferences.” The paper described an online experiment testing the impact of Spanish-language ballots on the policy preferences of white, monolingual English-speaking voters.
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Awarded second place in the 2019 Houston Centered Policy Challenge. Judged by Dwight Boykins, Houston city council member; Tory Gunsolley, president and CEO of the Houston Housing Authority; Amanda Timm, executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Tom McCasland, director of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development department and Stephan Fairfield, founder and CEO of Covenant Community Capital.
My team and I proposed a program which incentivizes homeowners in high-opportunity neighborhoods to construct ADUs & house voucher recipients. Our proposal prevents “NIMBYism” and community backlash to high-concentration public housing projects, and decentralizes low-income voucher recipients to high-opportunity neighborhoods.
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Awarded first place in the Baker Institute Student Forum’s fifth annual undergraduate public policy competition. Judged by Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg, Dr. Francisco J. Monaldi, H. Richard Sindelar, and Oscar Arredondo.
The award was in recognition of a 6000-word research paper and a 20 minute presentation on U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere; my partner and I’s paper critiqued current mechanisms for distributing food aid to Haiti. Awarded prize money and publication in the Rice Journal of Public Policy (Spring 2019 issue).
Awarded first place at Rice University’s inaugural Houston Centered Policy Design Competition. Judged by Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen; former president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Lee Wunsch; City Council at-large 2 representative, David Robinson; director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Bill Fulton; and “flood czar” Stephen Costello.
My partner and I proposed an innovative, multi-home buyout system for the Meyerland community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We recommended multi-home buyouts in order to address the “checkerboard effect” of home buyouts and also increase community solidarity. Awarded prize money and seed money for implementation.