Congratulations to our new CHASP Ambassadors representing the Center of Health and Social Policy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference on November 2-4, 2017! Each year the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) hosts a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and this year’s theme is “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions”.
About our CHASP Ambassadors attending 2017 APPAM:
Elisabeth Altazan – Elisabeth is a first-year dual degree student in the MPAff program at the LBJ School and the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture and she also interns with the Austin Transportation Department. Elisabeth recently managed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Healthy Communities initiative for the Louisiana State University AgCenter and was an investment manager for the Capital Area United Way. Through her professional experience, Elisabeth saw the direct impact from data analysis and program evaluation to community intervention and change and this prompted her graduate studies. After leaving LBJ, Elisabeth plans to continue to work for a city government in advancing equitable community development. She is primarily interested in urban issues such as affordable housing, neighborhood development, food access, mobility, and poverty alleviation. Follow Elisabeth on Twitter.
Erika Parks – Erika is a second-year MPAff student in the LBJ School and works as a graduate research assistant for the Child and Family Research Partnership, the LBJ School’s largest research center. Before graduate school, Erika worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center and saw firsthand the dearth of data that many government organizations faced. She came to graduate school to learn more about how to improve this deficit, as well as to explore different ways to pursue her passion: improving the ways families interact with the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Erika has explored legislative policymaking and consulting, but her first and true love is research. Erika is particularly excited about the theme of APPAM this year, “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions”, as evidence-based and data-informed social policymaking is one of her passions. After graduation, Erika plans to apply her research and analytic skills in state or local government or at a nonprofit. Follow Erika on Twitter.
Luisa Alejandra Tello – Luisa is a second-year Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) student from Colombia and currently serves as president of the Social Policy Network for Students and Alumni (SPN). Growing up in a developing country shaped Luisa’s interest in social policy, specifically poverty alleviation. During her undergraduate economics program in Colombia, Luisa worked with forcibly displaced communities that arrived in Bogota trying to escape from violence in the rural areas. Prior to attending the LBJ School, Luisa worked with a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program working to provide access to higher education to Colombian youth, and she also interned for the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Luisa is currently working with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the United Nations (UN) on a brief that will assess the readiness in terms of monitoring and evaluation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. She hopes to work for an international development organization, like the World Bank or the UN, after graduation. Follow Luisa on Twitter.
The Center for Health and Social Policy supports students of the LBJ School of Public Affairs who are interested in social policy issues through the CHASP Ambassador Program by providing sponsorships and access to relevant events, conferences, and opportunities.