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

Ashley Brandon, 2015 Cohort

I was born and raised in the Seattle area, discovering my love and dedication for the environment during my undergraduate studies at UWB. My journey at UWB didn’t feel complete upon graduation, and I'm so excited to continue my education within my second home I’ve found within my peers and the community of UWB. My ultimate goal is to work with a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the mitigation of global climate change or biodiversity conservation, because I love working with and studying animals. 

My research goals going into my second year as MAPS student are more focused on the marine sciences and the proper application of statistics in real-world scenarios, which are two areas of study I hadn’t seen an interest in before. MAPS has offered me the opportunity to explore skills I didn’t think I had the potential to master, and now I actually study statistics in my free time! The program has been such a great experience, from building a second family within my cohort to truly understanding the system behind policy. This program has made me feel empowered as a student and more confident going into the work field with the skills I have acquired within my classes. I can’t wait for what my second year has to offer!

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Deborah Hopkins, 2015 Cohort

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Connecticut, I now live in Snohomish county.  I received degrees in the Life Sciences and worked in biotechnology as a scientist for 15 years, in both Seattle and Boston.  My previous profession included a range of research from HIV to lung cancer to asthma, and as a student I am interested in how health policy can drive environmental policy.  So far this has included a summer abroad trip in Guatemala to assess the use of clean cook stoves in rural villages, assessing Public Health interventions for air quality and asthma as part of the Center for Disease Controls BRACE framework in Snohomish County and MAPS coursework that helps me to define best practices.  My favorite part about MAPS so far has been the ability to engage with the larger UW community as well as local NGOs and state agencies that are interested in working with you based on the reputation of the MAPS program. Through these connections, I am currently building an experience base that includes work with both local and international networks that are actively engaged in the policy arenas that most interest me.  Running a close second for favorite status is the UWB faculty that are invested in connecting you to those organizations and ensuring your success as you move through the program.

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