Journal Staff


Geoff Horsfield (Editor-in-Chief) is a M.P.P. candidate at the College of William & 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. Afterwards, Geoff's interest in environmental policy, specifically wildlife policy, grew when he served as Volunteer Coordinator at Carolina Tiger Rescue. This past summer, he was a Programme Intern with the United Nations Environmental Programme / Convention on Conserving Migratory Species in Bonn, Germany. Geoff enjoys spending time with his dog, learning new subjects and traveling with friends.

Jeremy Abramowitz (Managing Editor) is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William & Mary and Managing Editor of the Policy Review. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 2007 and has professional experience in fields including energy, environmental management, politics, and journalism. Jeremy's policy research areas of focus include climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy supply, electricity markets, solid waste management, quantitative research design, and environmental justice. He most recently spent the summer working at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Enforcement, Division of Analytics & Surveillance, Electric Surveillance Branch and plans to spend his career working on policies to address global warming and other critical energy and environmental challenges. In what remains of his spare time, Jeremy enjoys ceramics, painting, digital collage, the occasional political rant, and communing with nature spirits.

nisbet Will Nisbet (Submissions Editor) is a M.P.P candidate at The College of William & 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.

Siyu (Irene) Wang (Executive Editor) is a MPP candidate at the College of William & Mary where she focuses her study on healthcare policy and international development. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China. Siyu has a longstanding enthusiasm in working for nonprofit sectors. She has worked for local NGOs in Beijing on higher education reform, as well as renowned global development organizations like Oxfam. Her most recent internship was with a local health foundation located in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she researched and developed an action plan for the foundation to engage in health opportunity advocacy. Siyu considers cooking and travelling as her second career. She spends most of her weekends in Williamsburg feeding humans (friends) and dogs. 

Derr Headshot Jacob Derr (Student 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.


Katie Baugh is a second year MPP from Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in both International Studies and German. After graduation in May, she hopes to work for a non-profit organization working with refugees or other vulnerable populations. 

Phillip Pless is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the College of William & 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.
Peter 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 & 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.

Charles de Azagra is a first year MPP student at the college of William & 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.

Mitchell Croom is a BA/MPP student at William & Mary, focusing on law and international security. He will graduate from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Government in 2016 and complete the MPP program in 2017. He is a current Research Fellow with W&M’s Project on International Peace and Security. Mitchell has had the opportunity to intern with the Democratic National Committee, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the US Army. In his extracurricular life, Mitchell is the Managing Editor of the Monitor Journal of International Studies and a member of the William & Mary Parliamentary Debate Society.

Kindyl Boyer is a M.P.P. candidate at the College of William & Mary where she intends to focus on social policy. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and minor in French. During her academic career, Kindyl has gained community service experience locally and abroad. Most recently, she worked with refugee families in Charlottesville, VA through the International Rescue Committee as their Family Support Intern. Outside of school, Kindyl enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, as well as, cooking and eating delicious food. 

Hana Sayeed is a MPP candidate at the College and has special interest in international relations and cyber-security. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College where she studied International Political Economy. She hails most recently from Colorado where she worked in public relations for a variety of enterprise tech companies out of the Bay Area. In her free time she can be found exploring the beaches and vineyards in Virginia with her dog, Kaya.

Nicole Cochran is a J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where she is focusing her studies on comparative legal and economic systems and land rights. In 2013, Nicole graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in economics. She then worked as a business administrator for Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia, before beginning law school in 2014. Most recently, Nicole worked as a legal research and editorial intern for Open Development Cambodia in Phnom Penh, researching land law and land issues in Cambodia and developing content for the organization’s open data platform.

Derek Gower is a first-year graduate student at The College of William & Mary. Volunteering in the U.S. and working for private education sectors in Vietnam and South Korea has shaped his professional goals. Teaching, researching, and developing education curriculum abroad and promoting the effectiveness of local domestic non-profits has led him to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree. Derek graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College. One of his professional goals is to provide research that works towards solving domestic policy issues relating to healthcare, education, and the economy. His interests include economic affairs and government operations effect on the policy-making process of agencies. At William & Mary, he is focusing on quantitative policy analysis, specifically the effectiveness of policies regarding institutional budgeting, accountability, and performance. In his free time he enjoys swimming, skateboarding, and reading. Derek’s favorite authors are Ken Kesey, J.D. Salinger, and Philip K. Dick.

Adam Windram is a M.P.P. student with a focus on environmental and energy policy. A Pittsburgh native, Adam graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs. He then worked at a small Boston-based international education company, before switching careers to public service and moving to Baltimore to work at the Social Security Administration. While in Baltimore, Adam volunteered with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, and served as co-chair of the working group responsible for planning and coordinating Beyond Coal actions in the Baltimore area. Outside of schoolwork, Adam serves as Secretary of the Graduate Policy Association, and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and coffee. 

Jesse Jordan graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Government. He spent the next three years living and working in Richmond, VA in both the private and public sectors before returning to the College as a MPP candidate. His policy interests include social policy, especially that affecting children and low-income families, economic development, and healthcare. 

Rebecca Wescott is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at The College of William & Mary. Her interests are the interplay between law and policy, and gender issues. Rebecca graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy. She has worked as an intern for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Congressman Frank Wolf. Apart from academics, Rebecca’s interests include travel, interior design, and the culinary arts.

Mitchell Cole is an MPP candidate at the College of William & Mary, with interests in public finance, health care, education, and the safety net. He graduated from William & Mary in 2013 with a degree in economics and international relations. After his undergraduate work, he worked as a research assistant and a policy analyst for The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit think tank based in Richmond. His work has covered a wide range of state policies, with an emphasis on unemployment compensation and education funding.

Scott "Skip" McClinton is a first year student in the William & Mary Public Policy program. Previously, he was a student at the University of Miami studying Marine Affairs and International Relations. He has spent time at both the EPA and NOAA, where he was able to focus on areas of interest which include (both salt and fresh) water policy, especially as it affects ecosystem health and human health.

Carolyn Iwicki is a first year MPP candidate at the College of William & Mary who hopes to receive a joint degree in public policy and marine science with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She has a B.S. in environmental biology and a minor in leadership studies from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, where she graduated cum laud as a member of the Honors and President's Leadership programs. Her main research interests include fisheries science and policy, marine conservation, and IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing. To date, her academic career has focused more on biological research, and she is now looking forward to finding a way bridge the gap between the scientific and political communities. In her free time, she enjoys deep sea fishing, horseback riding, and the occasional SCUBA dive.

Tim Planert graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2015 with degrees in Economics and History. He is a native of Fairfax, VA, and hopes to pursue a career in the policy field after graduation, particularly as a policy expert at a think tank. His areas of interest include health economics, international economics and international development, and corruption, rent seeking, and regulatory capture. Outside of public policy, he enjoys sports, history, trivia, and music, and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

Stacy Martinez is from the city of Sutter Creek, California. She received her B.S. in Business from Marist College located in Poughkeepsie NY. She is a 2017 Masters in Public Policy candidate with prior experience at IBM and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Venu Katta is a joint BA/MPP student at the College. He was a Monroe Scholar and received the Chancellor Gates Study-Abroad Scholarship as an undergraduate. He has previously served as the Interviews Chair and a Reviewer for the Monitor Journal of International Studies and a Research Assistant for the Teaching, Research & International Policy (TRIP) Project at William & Mary. Venu is currently the Secretary of Campus Affairs for the William & Mary Debate Society where he organizes speech and debate competitions for High Schoolers and while home on breaks, he works as a substitute teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Carrie Hartgrove is a MPP candidate at the College of William & Mary where she is focusing on social and environmental policy. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and a minor in East Asian Studies. Carrie's interests include labor policy, education policy, and health policy. Outside of the classroom, Carrie has developed her professional data analysis skills by working at the Cohen Career Center. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys working at a local craft brewery, reading classical Japanese poetry, and snuggling with her beloved cat, Kira.

Aaron Albrecht is pursuing his Masters of Public Policy at The College of William & Mary with a concentration in Global Governance and Policy. He graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/anthropology. He is interested in international peace and security, international development, and international trade. He is also interested in the Global War on Terrorism and the United States post 9/11.

Rory Mondshein is a M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where she plans to concentrate in international policy. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Bard College in 2014, Rory had the chance to intern for Senator Charles Schumer’s Immigration Affairs department, and work with the World Federation of the United Nations Associations in Italy and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. During the summer of 2015, Rory served as an International Public Speaking Instructor and staffer at the WEMUN Expo in Beijng, China. In her free time, Rory continues to play an active role in the Model United Nations community, serving as both a WFUNA International Model United Nations Ambassador and an Oxford Global Summer School Ambassador.
Daniel Strubler is a second-year MPP candidate at the College of William & Mary, where he studies econometrics, health policy, and social policy. Before attending W&M, Daniel graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and International Relations. While attending UVa, he was awarded the Emmerich-Wright prize for the most outstanding undergraduate thesis in politics for his thesis entitled "Redistribution and the Welfare State: An Econometric Approach to Public Social Expenditure and Inequality Reduction in OECD Countries From 1983-2009."