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Our Team

Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter, MPP Candidate 2010
Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. An advocate at heart, Michelle studied international human rights law at the University of Oxford and later worked defending human rights at the grassroots level as well as through international policy advocacy before the UN Human Rights Council. When she returned to her home country in 2006, Michelle took a position a refugee claims adjudicator for the Ecuadorian government and later became the founding director of the Ecuadorian offices of Asylum Access, a refugee legal aid NGO. Michelle is currently in her second year at the Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley as a Rotary World Peace Fellow. She spent the summer supporting the land rights struggle against development-induced displacement in India, Cambodia and Thailand as a Research Fellow for the NGO International Accountability Project.

Michelle L. Chang, MPP Candidate 2010
Michelle Chang is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. Her policy focus includes international development policy, South-South cooperation and development assistance effectiveness. Her most recent work with the United Nations Development Program, International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth in Brazil focused on South-South Cooperation among Brazil, Africa, China and India. Previously, she reported for KQED Public Radio and National Public Radio and also worked as a human capital consultant. Among her other activities are marathon running, rock climbing, photography, travel and music.

Tania Dutta, MPP Candidate 2010
Tania Dutta is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. Broadly, her policy interests are in science and technology policy, role of technology in mitigating global health challenges in developing countries. She interned at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC this summer working on Data and Information policy. In her previous avatar, she is a trained scientist with Masters degrees in Biological Sciences and an undergraduate degree in Human Biology. She has undertaken research dissertations elucidating mechanisms of cancer, which has led to publications in reputed journals. She has also worked on social issues encompassing disability and mental health with the United Nations Volunteers Group under the aegis of the United Nations Development Program, India.

Megan Garcia, MPP Candidate 2010
Megan is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. Megan’s areas of focus are International and National Security policy. Before she came to GSPP she was U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs, National Security and International Trade and in that capacity she directed legislative efforts in those areas. Key accomplishments include representing coordinating Congressional effort to increase oversight of private military contractors; successfully urging USAID, the Office of the President and the World Bank to increase funding to Haiti during the 2008 world food crisis, and working with the House Foreign Affairs Committee to restructure funding for Plan Colombia. Megan also has experience as a Summer Associate for Deloitte Consulting, as Legislative Fellow for U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown specializing in international trade, on the Mary Jo Kilroy For Congress 2006 campaign, and as a Program Assistant at Public Citizen.

Javier Gutiérrez, MPP Candidate 2010
Javier Gutiérrez was born and raised in Lima, Perú. After studying economics as an undergrad and working in the Central Bank of his country for three years he came to Berkeley to get a Master desgre in Public Policy. His interests are International Economic Development, Energy Policy and Monetary and Financial Policy.

Rashad Korah Thomas, MPP Candidate 2011
Rashad Thomas is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. His interest lies in international development and Human-Rights Policy. Before coming to the Goldman School of Public Policy he spent 2 years in Tanzania as an Health Education Volunteer with Peace Corps. His hobbies include basketball, dancing and creating future plans on how he will change the world.

Paul Perry, MPP Candidate 2011
Paul is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. His interests include education policy, international development and social policy broadly. His past international experience includes working as an analyst for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya as well as an English instructor in Madrid, Spain. His hobbies include recreational sports, dogwalking and movies.

Manaswini Rao, MPP Candidate 2010
Manaswini Rao came to Berkeley in Fall 2008 to pursue public policy focusing on international development sector. She interned with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila during Summer 2009. Her project involved an analysis of potential impact of climate change on trade and trade facilitation projects in the eastern part of South Asia using open source GIS tools.
Manaswini has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from B.M.S College in Bangalore, India. After a brief period in the software industry, she pursued the field of urban governance and policy in India, with a focus on public accountability of urban local bodies and urban land management.

Nadia Rhazi, MPP Candidate 2011
Nadia is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She is interested in international environmental issues related to climate change and adaptation and environmental equity. Nadia became particularly interested in international issues after spending three years in Ecuador teaching English and volunteering in the Amazon region and at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking and practicing Arabic dance.

Armando Salcedo Cisneros, MPP Candidate 2010
I was born and raised in Mexico City. Living in the capital of the country exposed me to the political environment, because of this I decided to study a Political Science major at the ITAM. The diverse problems of the City taught me that I needed to learn their causes and they can go back in the past, this lead me to study a major in History at the UNAM. After graduation I worked for Vázquez Nava y Consultores, S.C, a consultant firm for the Mexican Federal Government and some states in Mexico. I was responsible for accountability projects in different policy areas such as education, agriculture and health. While working there I learn about the importance of the government’s transparency and holding public servants accountable to the citizens in order to improve the quality of service delivery in social programs. Eager to gain more knowledge on how to make the government more efficient, I decide to study an MPP at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC, Berkeley. Being here gave the opportunity to make an internship in the Governance Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) during the last summer.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling around the world to learn about traditions of different cultures, I am love playing soccer and spending time with my friends talking about the problems of our countries and the way our governments face them.

Libei Tian, MPP Candidate 2010
Libei is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. She is interested in international economic development, international trade policy, urban economics, land and housing policy. She is a short-term consultant for the World Bank. She loves Chinese calligraphy and photography.

Wanyi Zhao, MPP Candidate 2010
Wanyi Zhao is a student at Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. Her policy interest is housing, urban planning and international economic development. Her hobbies are watching movies, taking photos and cooking.”

Karen Zhang, MPP Candidate 2011
Karen is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. Her interests include international economic development, environmental policy, communication and mass media. Born in Beijing, Karen has always been passionate about her city and her country, which is why she majored in Chinese Literature in Peking University in her undergraduate years. A keen blog writer(http://blog.sina.com.cn/sleeplessseattle0725), Karen shares with everyone her study, travel, and thoughts about life. She also has a passion for running and is on the way of developing her new hobby of photography.

Yan Zhu, MPP Candidate 2010
Yan is a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley.
Interests-Policy areas: International development, public finance, energy efficiency and climate change
Previous experiences: Internship of the World Bank at Washington DC; GSR and GSI at East Asia Culture and Languages department
Hobbies: Reading, fishing, Playing Mafia and Jogging.

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