I am an analytical, creative, curious individual with an endless desire to deconstruct ideas and incorporate logic into our nation’s social and political conversations. Figuring out how things work – what causes the gears to turn in our complex economic system – is what makes me tick. I believe in questioning all that I know, and debating as a form of synthesizing information. I am a permanent student of the world who has traveled through hardship, failure, and fortune, and I am one who will never stop asking questions and contemplating new ways to change the world.
I have just begun graduate school, studying at the University of Maryland to obtain my Master’s of Professional Studies in Applied Economics. I am very interested in banking policy and the financial services industry; after studying the financial crisis in its real-time development during my undergraduate studies, I became permanently enthralled in the complex balancing act that is U.S. banking policy. I have followed the regulatory workings of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since its inception in 2011, and I continue to actively follow the House Financial Services Committee, the Senate Banking Committee, and the actions of the Federal Open Market Committee. I admire Janet Yellen’s perception as not only the first female chairperson of the Federal Reserve, but also the first labor economist to lead U.S. monetary policy.
Related to my admiration of labor economics, I am also intellectually curious about
international development economics, and several years of French language learning supplement my continued interest in North
African economic development. As the global
landscape evolves into a vast, interconnected trade network, it is increasingly important that disadvantaged regions utilize their resources in a way that maintains a humane status quo. The increasingly complex world in which we live needs insightful, knowledgeable minds to develop the tools to build a multichannel global economy with optimal efficiency.
My father is one of my greatest role models, as he is a living example of self-determination. Experiencing some of the most vile acts of domestic violence I have ever heard, his mother and her three children escaped from my grandfather and his affluence, only to find little more than destitute poverty. They chose hunger over the pain of living as victims of his twisted cruelty, and they conceived a new beginning from virtually nothing. My grandmother, although still haunted by her past, spends her days with her children and her grandchildren, enjoying the fruits of a past filled with hardship, hard work, and the endless possibilities of a family determined to create a better life. My father broke away from the conventional patterns of domestic violence, marrying a vibrant, charismatic woman whom he has never laid a hand on – a woman who supported him in college and who mothered my brother and myself. To say that my brother and I are fortunate, I would be understating my gratitude.
For this reason, I am passionate about the economic benefits of incorporating women and girls into our global economy. Similarly, I believe that our democratically-governed free market economy can only prosper if its leaders face an informed electorate with a diverse array of opinions. America is a beacon of prosperity, but we are faced with numerous challenges that come as a result of allowing many industries to self-govern, while many other industries are held under the microscope by politicians eager to demonstrate their legislative muscle. I am deeply dedicated to legislative transparency. When Congress is able to operate with little or no detailed oversight by the general public (not just the local DC politicos), representative democracy is inevitably distorted. Following the actions on the Hill, and deciphering the motives behind seemingly benign legislation, it is easy to see why most individuals do not engage in Congressional affairs. This is why, as an amateur economic analyst, I am profoundly interested in the work of the peoples’ branch of government.