Alumni Ambassadors are alumni representatives who embody the values and aims of the MA in Policy Studies program. As alumni working across diverse roles and sectors, they support prospective students, current students, and fellow alumni by sharing how they’ve translated their degrees and navigated their careers.

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Mariah Crystal, '10

Mariah Crystal
Mariah Crystal is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Mariah’s PhD research is focused on gender-based violence in Southern Africa. She seeks to examine how historical factors such as colonialism, apartheid, and genocide, as well as contemporary issues such as poverty and inequality may be connected to gender-based violence today.  Read more

Kristopher Dane, '12

Kristopher Dane
During his graduate studies, Kristopher Dane also earned a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Risk Management from the UW Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.  Kris is presently working as an Associate at the international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. and is currently a Doctor of Engineering Candidate at George Washington University.  Read more

David Doyle, '15

David Doyle
David Doyle is the Open Data Program Manager for City of Seattle.  His primary focus is continuing the implementation of Seattle’s open data policy, which involves coordinating efforts across all City departments to accelerate the publishing of high value datasets.  David’s passion for open data developed as a Policy Studies student, leading him to complete an analysis of the impacts of open data law in Washington State as his capstone research project.  Read more

Megan Dunn, '13

Megan Dunn
Megan Dunn has a 15-year work history in environmental advocacy and social justice and volunteer experience as a community leader.  She serves on several City of Everett commissions, and most recently, the Streets Initiative Task Force and Human Needs Committee.  As an experienced environmental health advocate, Her master’s degree lead to her current position as Program Director with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).  Read more

Mike Irons, '13

Mike Irons
Mike Irons has served 20 years with Snohomish County Superior Court and currently serves as the Juvenile Court Programs Manager, responsible for 45 direct and indirect reporting employees (Probation Counselors, Community Corrections Officers, and support staff).  He is responsible for budget, reporting and development of multiple county, state and federal grant funded programs.  Read more

Vy Nguyen, '12

Vy Nguyen
Vy Nguyen is a Seattle area born and raised native with a background in community development and passion for social justice and equity issues. Vy’s work has taken her as far as Azerbaijan with the U.S. Peace Corps, the other Washington as an intern for U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, and locally in White Center and Seattle’s Little Saigon around community building issues.  Read more

Melissa Watkinson, '15

Melissa Watkinson
Melissa began working with The Nature Conservancy in Fall 2015 on coastal climate resiliency and policies as the first UWB Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow. Her professional and research opportunities have now led her to pursue a career working with coastal tribal communities who are impacted by changing environments and to contribute research on adaptation strategies.  Read more

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