Student Ambassadors

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Policy Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. The Student Ambassadors are current graduate students in the Policy Studies program who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer any questions you may have about the student experience. Read more about our Student Ambassadors below and feel free to reach out directly to them by emailing

Meet the Policy Studies Student Ambassadors

Sarah Domondon, 2014 Cohort

I am a Seattle born and bred first generation Filipino American. I am a second year student with the MAPS program at UW Bothell while also completing a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies at UW Seattle. I received my BA in Political Science from Washington State University and now work as a Facilitator with Young Women Empowered, a local non-profit that provides mentorship and leadership programming for young women ages 12-18. Led by the drive to embody the scholar-activist identity, I find strength in organizing, usually with groups such as Gabriela Seattle, API Chaya, and the Women's Empowerment Network. I also serve as a commissioner on the City of Seattle Women's Commission. My research interests are gender policy, human trafficking, transnational labor issues and the local Asian Pacific Islander community.

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Richie Meyer, 2014 Cohort

During my time as an undergrad at UW Bothell, I developed interests in policy, human rights, and food. Since entering the MAPS program, I’ve continued to explore food-related policy issues. I’m particularly interested in food and agriculture because it’s an area of research that incorporates social, economic, and environmental topics. In my first year as a MAPS student I’ve had the opportunity to learn about relevant policy issues at different levels of government. For example, in autumn quarter I studied the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and more recently I worked on a project addressing access to nutritious foods in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. I’m looking forward to continuing my studies in year two of the program.

The MAPS program has been a great fit for me because of the flexibility it allows students in terms of choosing their own focus and research methods. That being said, the coursework thus far has provided me the structure and guidance necessary to develop important research skills and the ability to critically analyze policy. All of the faculty and staff, as well as my classmates, have been incredibly supportive throughout.

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Maia Williams, 2014 Cohort

I was born and raised in Seattle, and I completed my undergraduate degree in Comparative History of Ideas at UW Seattle, with a minor in Education, Learning, and Society. Several years later, the interdisciplinary nature of the MAPS program drew me to UW Bothell, where I have continued my studies. Outside of school, I enjoy community organizing, dancing, listening to music, pinball, cooking, baking, reading, rock climbing and lots more.

One of my favorite things about the MAPS program is my ability to register for classes in MACS and other departments. I also enjoy learning the theory behind policy creation and what sorts of policies we should have, not just the nuts and bolts of how to put policies together (which are also important!). My research and policy interests revolve around issues of social justice and equity. Currently, my primary interests are education (shocker!), housing, and prison abolition. I plan on writing my capstone on affordable housing policies in Seattle and the region.

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