Congratulations to our new CHASP Ambassadors representing the Center of Health and Social Policy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at this year’s Texas Tribune Festival on September 22-24, 2017. We are very fortunate to be located in the seat of Texas government in Austin, where we have direct access to legislators and top policymakers, and this premier public policy event.
This year’s social policy related tracks include: Cities, Diversity & The Law, Health Care & The Economy, Public & Higher Education, Transportation, Energy & The Environment.
About our CHASP Ambassadors attending TribFest 17:
Shujaat Haq – Shujaat is a second year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School and a Data Graduate Research Assistant at the Child and Family Research Partnership. He previously studied economics and worked in development economic policy research. In the future, he intends to work in local and state governments to promote data driven policy making for efficient service delivery.
Dana Johnson – Dana is a second year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School. Prior to attending LBJ, she studied sociology and social work and worked for a reproductive rights lobbyist group, healthcare and economic security non-profit organizations, and the American Red Cross. After graduation, Dana hopes to continue to work in healthcare and social policy non-profit organizations on a federal and international scale. Further down the line she hopes to pursue a Juris Doctorate and eventually work in human rights law.
Heidi Kahle – Heidi is a first year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School. She previously studied sociology, after which she was a fellow with UNICEF USA and then worked on the marketing team of a social enterprise start-up called Verb. After completing her MPAff, Heidi wants to blend research with tangible, action-oriented social change at a think tank or research institution with an eye on getting a PhD in Public Policy.
Yeo-Ri Kim – Yeo-Ri is a second-year Master of Global Studies student at the LBJ School. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) and the Korean Ministry of Education (MOE), as well as a research intern at the East-West Center in Washington. After graduation, Yeo-Ri would like to be a policy analyst in an organization where she can develop a social policy program to alleviate social and economic inequalities.
Sanaa Rafique – Sanaa is a first year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School. With a background in accounting and finance, she is pursuing her deep-seated interest in healthcare and social policy research to make a difference in the poorest communities in the developing world. After the LBJ School, she intends to return to her home country and work with an international organization like the United Nations, in close coordination with the federal and provincial governments to devise strategic policies and design frameworks to the bring about improved outcomes in the healthcare and education sectors.
Sarah Rush – Sarah has a Master in Food Studies and Food Policy from Boston University and is a first year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School. She previously worked in healthcare and communications. Sarah’s plan after graduation is to develop policy at the local level, focused on the intersection of access to transportation, affordable housing, and food.
Joanna Warren – Joanna is a second year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School. Over the course of her first year, she discovered a passion for education policy, specifically higher education because of the implications associated with social welfare, labor policy, and workforce policy. She previously interned with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, worked with the Texas legislature and the UT Education Research Center, and authored a short report on gender gaps in higher ed completion rates. Following graduation, Joanna wants to continue working on education issues in Texas.