Journal Staff


Wavering HeadshotEmily Wavering (Editor-in-Chief) is an M.P.P. candidate at the College of William and Mary where she is concentrating in social policy, with a particular emphasis on housing policy and homelessness. Emily  graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary's College of Maryland in June 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, and a minor in mathematics. This past summer, Emily interned with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, during which she gained experience in transportation policy. Prior to graduate school, Emily cultivated additional experience through internships with Access Intelligence LLC and Habitat for Humanity, volunteer work with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and extensive undergraduate research on foreclosure rates, homelessness and the housing market. Outside of academics, Emily serves as the President of the W&M Graduate Policy Association, and loves traveling, hiking, and learning calligraphy.

Derr HeadshotJacob Derr (Managing Editor) is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where he intends to focus on education and justice policy and law. He graduated from Ohio University with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. As a student, Jacob has gained experience in journalism and the public sector. Over the summer, he served as a Summer Law Clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk. Prior to that, he produced news stories for the local PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio, wrote and anchored news coverage for local radio in Athens, worked as a research intern at Meet the Press with David Gregory and NBC News Washington, and worked in the promotions department of the Free Lance-Star Media Companies in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Outside of academics, Jacob enjoys following politics, volunteering, and traveling both locally and afar.

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Angel Aymond (Submissions Editor) is a MPP candidate at the College where she is concentrating in environmental policy. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and minored in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Throughout her academic career, Angel has gained professional experience in a variety of positions, largely through community service and in the social sciences. Most recently, she spent the summer of her graduate studies in North Carolina as an intern with the Air Economics Group at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Angel is also the Social and Service Chair for the Graduate Policy Association and enjoys talking about Texas, singing, crafting, and road trips in her free time.

Cale JonesCale Jones (Online Editor) is an MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary and has a specific interest in defense infrastructure and national security. Cale graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts inPolitical Science. Cale has experience as a legislative staffer in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, and has acted as campaign staff for the Pennsylvania G.O.P. In the summer of 2014, Cale interned as an analyst with the Defense Capabilities and Management team of the Government Accountability Office in Norfolk, VA where he contributed to three upcoming reports. Outside of academia, Cale is a diehard sports fan and Baltimore Orioles season ticket holder.


William Shiflett (Executive Editor) is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William and Mary, which also served as his undergraduate alma mater. His interests are applied econometric and statistical methods, public and private retirement systems, behavioral finance and economics, and efficiency gains in American social welfare programs, especially Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, and Medicaid. Prior to matriculating (again), William taught American Literature in the Republic of Korea, served as a program director for the Bridge Community Development Corporation, and worked as a manged care discrepancy analyst for Hospital Corporation of America during its launch of Parallon Business Solutions. Most recently, he took a STIPDG internship with the Federal Highway Administration where he researched best practices in state transportation performance management and assessed state preparedness for MAP-21 data collection requirements


Bethany BostroBostronhsn is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to focus on constitutional law. She graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and minors in Music and Biblical Studies. During her academic career, Bethany has been involved in varsity athletics, student government, residence life, and technical engineering. She has worked as a public relations intern for Lee Byberg for Congress and in the accounts receivable department of Central Lakes Cooperative. Her other experiences include the Alliance Defending Freedom Collegiate Academy, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Summit Ministries. Apart from academics, Bethany’s interests include running, tennis, playing bass guitar, and being involved in her local church.

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Alex Miller is an M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where he plans to concentrate in international development and humanitarian affairs.  He graduated from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.  Alex has had the opportunity to intern abroad with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as locally with the AidData Center for Development Policy. Outside of academics, Alex enjoys racing sailboats, playing video games, and tinkering with web design and data-driven software.


Emily Jenkins is a current second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William & Mary, where she plans to focus on health policy and justice related issues.  Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After concluding her studies at UNC, Emily worked in the private sector.  Emily has volunteered as a paralegal intern with Mecklenburg County, NC's Public Defender's Office and is a certified paralegal by the NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.  Emily has also recently concluded a summer internship providing grant and program support for the Department of Justice/ Office of Justice Programs. Outside of academics, Emily enjoys walking, traveling, and Jane Austen.


Serena Saffarini is a joint BBA/MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary. She has particular interests in business law and policy as well as education policy implementation. This past summer, Serena completed a research project on the Race to the Top education funding program using the state of Rhode Island as a case study. Previously, she was a Development Intern at the Center for American Progress, a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. Her other experience includes working in a physics lab at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University where she conducted lab research on the mechanisms underlying hippocampal seizures and epilepsy. Serena's non-academic interests include rowing, Model United Nations, and cooking.


Emily Uselton is a first year M.P.P. student at William & Mary where she plans to concentrate in budget and health care policy. She graduated from Xavier University with bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Finance. Shortly after graduation, Emily received her Certified Public Accountant license in the state of Ohio. Her work experience includes  public accounting and, most recently, serving as the Director of Accounting at Health Care REIT. Her professional experience involved exposure to financial institutions, real estate, and health care industry. In her free time, Emily enjoys volleyball, kayaking, and camping.



Charles de Azagra is a first year MPP student at the college of William and Mary’s Thomas Jefferson School of PublicPolicy. He is enrolled in undergraduate courses and is finishing his degree in Public Policy concurrently. His policy interests include tax and regulation, harm-reduction narcotics reform, economics, and space. Charles is captain of the W&M Fencing team where he enjoys teaching and coaching on a regular basis. In his free time, he also enjoys PC gaming, playing chess, reading science-fiction, and rocking out to rock and roll.


Geoff Horsfield is a MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary with a focus on environmental policy. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Management and a Minor in Religion. After completing his undergraduate degree, Geoff served as an AmeriCorps member with AIDS United and the Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina in Durham, NC. Geoff's interest in environmental policy, specifically wildlife policy, grew when he served as Volunteer Coordinator at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Geoff enjoys spending time with his dog, learning new subjects and traveling with friends.

Christian Bale. Biography coming very soon.

nisbetWill Nisbet is a M.P.P candidate at The College of William and Mary where he hopes to concentrate on economic and social issues. Will graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Economics and History. Throughout his academic and extracurricular career, Will has gained beneficial professional experience in economic analysis and organizational leadership. Most recently, Will worked for the Department of Defense in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Will has also worked as a soccer coach, camp counselor, and media manager beyond his roles as a leader in collegiate organizations. Beyond his interest in public policy, Will enjoys soccer, tennis, volunteering, watching sports, and passionately cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers.
Phillip Pless is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the College of William and Mary where he plans to concentrate in economic policy.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in history.  After graduating from UNC, he served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working on homelessness in Manchester, New Hampshire.  From 2010-2014, he worked at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and helped administer a federal housing program for persons living with HIV/AIDS.  Outside of class, Phillip enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, reading, writing,and board games.
Danny Berg is an M.P.P. candidate at the College of William and Mary where he plans to concentrate in economic, education, and environmental policy. A California native who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of arts in Political Science and minors in Anthropology and Sociology. Since completing his undergraduate studies Danny has gained professional experience within various aspects of education; coordinating the national recruitment campaign for Teach For America, teaching art to primary students at Phoenix Country Day School, and providing academic counseling to doctoral candidates in the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. In his free time, Danny is an avid rower who also pursues his passions for fitness, learning, art, culture, and service.

quinn-jacobsPeter Quinn-Jacobs is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where he intends to focus on civil rights and environmental policy law. He graduated from Wells College with a B.A. in English. Prior to attending William and Mary, he worked as a consultant for online learning companies, writing, editing, and maintaining content in online courses. Peter's interests include civil rights, the environment, and healthcare. He has written three novels and a number of poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction pieces. In his free time, he likes to play strategy games and go for hikes, though not often at the same time.

Sara Scharff is a first-year J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to focus on family and juvenile law and policy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Throughout her academic career, she gained a variety of experiences in both the public and private sectors, including as a swim instructor for special needs children and as a mentor for youth struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Most recently, Sara served as a court judicial assistant for Colorado's 18th Judicial District, where she managed a variety of court dockets, including domestic relations and truancy. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.