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Careers in Public Policy: Doing Well by Doing Good

Thursday, March 7, 2019

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Three policy practitioners – all Brown Master of Public Affairs alumni – discuss their professional experiences working in critical social policy areas including criminal justice reform, poverty alleviation, educational opportunity, and professional development for under-resourced communities. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the personal rewards and practical realities of pursuing a dynamic career in public policy.

This event is especially designed for students considering a career in public policy.

  • Jonelle Ahiligwo, ’16, MPA ’17, Project Manager, Research Improving People’s Lives
  • Tina Chelidze, MPA ’18, Policy Analyst, Opportunity Insights
  • Michael Fubini, MPA ’18, Senior Research Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

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Jonelle Ahiligwo, ’16, MPA ’17 is a project manager at Research Improving Lives (RIPL), which seeks to use advanced data analytics, rigorous research, and lasting collaborations with government and private-sector partners to design meaningful and measurable policy solutions that improve equity and economic opportunity for American families. Jonelle manages an innovative program designed to help low-income students get into college, analyzes program data, and drafts RIPL communications. She earned her BA in biology and public health at Brown before earning her MPA.

Tina Chelidze, MPA ’18 is a policy analyst on the policy team at Opportunity Insights, which develops scalable policy solutions to empower families throughout the U.S. to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes. She works in partnership with local stakeholders and policymakers across the country to help tailor and implement place-based policy solutions supported by insights from economic research. Tina’s work focuses on affordable housing, housing-based policy, and criminal justice interventions.

Michael Fubini, MPA ’18 is a senior research analyst at Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, Office of Budget and Policy Analytics. The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance provides key services to the state’s low-income and other socioeconomically marginalized populations — notably economic assistance, food assistance, and professional development. Michael focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of these services by producing research reports, statistical/economic models, and corresponding policy recommendations.