"I decided I wanted to get an MPP, specifically from from Harris, where I could gain quantitative tools that would help me determine the types of health initiatives and policies that would be most effective in decreasing Chicago’s health inequities. This, to me, was the ideal way to have a broader impact on improving the health of communities in urban settings."
Emily Perish is now a Administrative Fellow at the University of Chicago Hospitals where she is continuing her research with Harris Professor David Meltzer. Click here to find out more about the Certificate in Health Policy program.
Elizabeth Kneebone MPP'03
"One thing Harris does is give you a really flexible toolkit that can be used in a lot of different ways in the policy arena."
Elizabeth Kneebone was awarded the 2016 Harris Alumni Rising Star Award. Elizabeth is a fellow of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. Click here to view several of Elizabeth's reports.
Oliver Azuara Hererra
Oliver Azuara Herrera MPP'02 PhD'11
“I think the biggest difference between an economics degree and one in public policy is that those of us with public policy backgrounds better understand the political aspect, the incentives of various stakeholders, and how that impacts policy design and implementation. A lot of policies fail because of competing interests. The advantage that Harris school graduates have is that we understand those incentives and interests. We know that it’s about more than just the economic and financial pieces. That informs our work and ultimately matters a lot.“
Oliver Azuara Herrera is an Economics Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank. Click here to hear Hererra's testimonial of Harris.
Andi Widianto MPP'11
"My Harris education helps me connect the dots and construct a more comprehensive view of how the Central Bank should produce its policy, including how to maintain low inflation and a stable exchange rate on a national scale. I am, ultimately, impacting my country’s economic policy by bridging the gap between academic research and policy practice."
Andi Widianto is currently an Economic Analyst and the Central Bank of Indonesia. Click here for an interview with Andi Widianto.
Eric Tawney MPP'14
"Having attained a master’s of public policy, I have frameworks and tools that I use to formulate responses to complex issues in a deeper and more thoughtful way. The graduate degree in public policy offers an opportunity to step outside of narrow disciplines and learn from and amongst a diverse group of incredibly bright and talented people. I grew significantly as an individual through the friendships I developed and perspectives I gained from my peers. I now have a network across geographies of colleagues in a variety of professional disciplines that I utilize to stay connected to global issues and apply to my personal and professional pursuits."
Eric Tawney is an Investment Analyst at BlackRock. Click here for a Q&A with Eric Tawney.
Libby Pearson MPP '10
"Harris’s core curriculum gave me an excellent foundation as a humanities major. I didn’t come in with a very logical or systematic way of understanding how policies work and why policies change outcomes. Harris helped me to focus on policy in a holistic way instead of just focusing on any one type of policy. I learned to understand things like political economy, game theory, and how to measure changes or impact."
Libby Pearson is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Click here for a testimonial from Libby Pearson.
Mike Quigley AM'85
“On a day-to-day basis—in Chicago, in my district, in committee, on the floor, analyzing policy—the skill set I got at Harris is what I use the most.”
Mike Quigley is the US Representative for the 5th District of Illinois. Click here to see how a Harris education translates on the Hill.
Benjamin Stone MPP '14
Harris delivered on its promise to be academically rigorous and heavily focused on the development of quantitative and policy analysis skills. Clearly, I had access to amazing professors; you don’t take classes with Noble Prize winners every day.
Daniel Ash MPP'94
The University of Chicago is a mid-western laboratory with fascinating scholars working on real problems. (Julius) Wilson and others were working on problems that continue to matter deeply to me, like urban planning and poverty. Their work pushed me towards Harris where I became doubly convinced that I was meant to commit myself to areas such as these.
Mitsue Iwata MSCAPP'16
The world of data analytics in the public sector is still defining itself. It’s a developing field with a lot of real opportunities for people at the intersection of public policy and computational analysis to make an impact. That makes it an exciting field to be a part of.
Natnaell Mammo MSCAPP '16
“The MSCAPP program was just launching and offered a whole new dimension of computer programming, which felt like the natural extension of a quantitative program. And it built upon my pre-existing interest in coding. It was an amazing opportunity to have everything I wanted: the quantitative piece, public policy, and a whole new mastery of computer programming."
Natnaell Mammo is an Applied Data Scientist at Civis Analytics. Click here for more about Natnaell Mammo.
Andrew McMahon MPP '09
“I’ve encountered quite a few Harris alums throughout my career. Actually, my former boss at GSA is an alum. When you meet other people who went to Harris, you share an intense and enriching experience that matters. That is a practical thing that never hurts. Importantly, you will be completely comfortable with data and difficult problems. I mean, I took Professor and Nobel Laureate Gary Becker’s human capital theory class and that felt impossible. If I can handle that, I can handle anything. Harris has given me so much confidence.”
Andrew McMahon is Regional Administrator and Senior Advisor for Technology at the General Services Administration (GSA). Click here to hear a testimonial about the Harris education and federal policy.